Part 1 Architecture Portfolio 2019

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Art & Design Foundation Monuments of War Prints

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Year 1 BA Architecture Gellery of The Fututure The Bandstand

3. Year 2 BA Architecture The Neuro-Sound Experiment Museum of Failure: The Last Flight of Hindenburg Site Diary, WilkinsonEyre 4. Year 3 BA Architecture The Butterfly Roof Pancras Library: Extention of the British Library 5. Work Experience BBLUR Architecture Constructionarium

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M o n u m e n t s f o r Th e D e a d These prints were a starting experimentation of surfaces and lay outs, exploring the multimedia approaches to creating illustrations for monuments of peace. They capture the journey of sharp and concrete surfaces of monuments whilst also representing the pathway and

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H i ro s h i m a M o n u m e n t journey of one walking towards that object. The heavy background captures the earth’s textures reflecting the buried people to whom the monuments are dedicated.

Reflected underneath the city and the living people, the Hiroshima Monument remembers those who are buried and lost their lives through war.

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Techniques used: lasercut, press.

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G a l l e r y o f t h e Fu t u re , D e p t f o rd H i g h S t re e t

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Studio group by Dr. Corinna Dean & Juan Piñol

Imagine approximately 30/40 years from now, what might be obsolete in 2060 and worth educating future generations about? In a society where ideal beauty is praised upon, imagine a world where elder people do not exist. Age is just a number, and technology has

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evolved so far we can maintain our skin in the same condition as in our 20s till we die. Wrinkled skin is part of history, where only one museum in Depford holds the last elderly person in a cryogenic freezer to be seen.. I was looking at the way the prefabricated panels

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C l a d d d i n g & M at e r i a l S t u d i e s controlled sun light in the building and how the panels are supported to the structure. To test this idea I done a plaster cast with an organic shape. The materials of a building in “my future” are light, therefore to exemplify the real-life material I used a layer of plaster, then plaster

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Ra t i o n a l i s i n g I d e a s band­ages to reinforce it, this was to demonstrate the FRP, the plaster mesh working as fibreglass in the FRP material. The sketches demonstrate the thought process whilst working with the plaster casting, the ideas of how I wanted the ma­terial to be supported and cast

came together whilst analysing possibilities and ideas on paper and through casting. As with old age human skin wrinkles, the idea explored was fueled by simulating the surface of the skin. These studies also allowed me to explore structural solutions and how to transform an

object into a rational series of layers. To rationalise the object I had made, I was looking at natural references in which to work with such as rocks and diamonds. Deciphering the geometry helped me understand that the shape is a series of arches.

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Th e B a n d s t a n d , Re g e n t s Pa r k

Studio group by Dr. Corinna Dean & Juan PiĂąol One of your basic tenets as architects is the design and definition of space through planes. A fundamental element to this is the treatment of walls, and how these can be used to provide qualities to space. Investigating properties that can influence the quality of light through

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testing ideas in small scale models were made and incorporated in the Bandstand pavilion. The final design introduced a second floor with a spiral staircase in the middle, the wall operates as a barrier influencing light shadows throughout the day.

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Th e N e u ro -S o u n d E x p e r i m e n t , I m p e r i a l Ro a d

Studio group by Camilla Wilkinson & Chris Bryant

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The Neuro-Sound Experiment structure allows the visitors will be able to learn (expand their brain plasticity) how sound works in the environment via different materials and manipulated spaces. The scientist will have an opportunity to use the structure to conduct sound

experiments and collect data on the comfort zones of how we learn information the best. Site constraints were that the width of the site is limited to 25m. It is a closedup space by surrounding buildings, therefore, my structure is not to be seen unless entered Imperial Road.

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S i t e Co n s i d e rat i o n s Some stalls of the Imperial Festival will have music which can interfere with my structure. Based on the client the music stalls tend to be placed randomly. Some site opportunities were that the length of the site is more than 50m. Major tourist and public attraction due to

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V&A, Science Museum, Queens Tower nearby.I wanted to place the building inside further in the Imperial Road in order to compel visitors inside the festival, creating a chance to expand their knowledge in different sciences as well through the adjacent stalls. Also, I did not want

to block the exit/entrance roads of the site because it is a tight space predicting in case of huge crowds people can walk around my building. Only means of vehicle access is through Exhibition Road in the Imperial Road. The entry of the road has a gate which allows vehicles

in. Some of the construction challenges are that the Imperial Festival is a two-day event. Imperial sets up the event the day before it starts, which would mean simple and fast assembling is required for this project. Considerations taken in order to resolve those challenges were

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E n t ra n c e s & Co r r i d o r s an easily put temporary foundation system. Prefabricated timber frame stud wall construction to accelerate the assembly. There are ventilation challenges as the experimental rooms are ceiled, have no windows in order to prevent sound travelling in from the outside, as well as

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reduce the cost and time of triple glazed soundproofed windows. This creates a challenge of ventilating the room as well as keeping the sound of airflow to the minimum. This brings a heating advantage on the contrary as all rooms in the building are soundproof insulated

with Whisper Foam. Thermal insulation is automatically provided since the sound insulation is being placed. Aims of the Neuro-Sound Experiment are to attract more people to the Imperial Science Festival, who aren’t educated in the area of science. Design space where

the scientist can safely and enjoyably perform their area of scientific research to the visitors.Increase the chance of “talking spaces� for science to be discussed among different people potentially of diverse working backgrounds. The structure accommodated an introduction

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E a r l y Co n c e p t space for visitors and scientists to introduce the experiment and research. Experiment spaces where the sound experiment will take place. Talking spaces for discussion, information exchange and reflection. The proposal is a fun way for a scientist to engage using the temporary

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structure to teach the function of the brain. Users most likely to use this structure are members of Imperial, students and professionals that are interested in science or sound, general public / aware of the festival, families with children.

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M u s e u m o f Fa i l u re : Th e L a s t F l i g h t o f H i n d e n b u rg , K i n g s C ro s s Studio group by Camilla Wilkinson & Chris Bryant

The design was influenced by the Hindenburg itself, complimenting the structure which sits beside the museum. The concept behind the shape was flow. I wanted a free public space in front of the museum for everyone, a route that is a bit more playful and away from the busy

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traffic of York Way. There were few different variations of the museum through out the project, my final design was influenced to suit around the structure of Hindenburg i.e views to the structure from 1st floor and above, platform that goes inside the airship. The cafe and

event space takes advantage of the location of the site that has wide views looking towards Kings Cross. The museum The ‘Shard’ of The Skies portrays the sensation of what it was to be in the last flight of the Hindenburg. This is done through the use of materials such as light

aluminium frame and perforated cladding of the museum. Colours such as red, cream white, black and silver are used in furniture, walls and exterior. This pallet is inspired by the interior of the Hindenburg itself.

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H i n d e n b u rg Co n c e p t The exhibit layout showcases the tragic event from the beginning to the end, the story unravelling as the visitor circulates to the top of the building. Time is stretched naturally as the visitor engages with the different spaces, familiarizing as to how it might have felt to be in the

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airship of such lightness and massive scale. 6-meter ceiling, big openings and exposed beams are complimenting the design of the Hindenburg which sits embraced by The ‘Shard’ In The Skies. The aim was to design a museum which mirrors an event in history, assists our future

generations to understand and honour the ambition of aviation and engineering which tragically failed in May 7th 1937.

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D e s i g n Pro p o s a l s The museum sits next to the Europcar building, the gap that occurs is used discretely used for emergency exits to through out the 3 floors. The project proposes a new pedestrian route removing Bingfield Street in order to allow a flow of entrance and exit to the museum for

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Te c h n i c a l S o l u t i o n s people coming from Kings Cross station. The curb is rounded to fit the Hindenburg as well as vehicle access is moved in order to add pedestrian access to Rufford Street. An additional pedestrian crossing is added in York Street facing Roubicon Hall allowing immedi-

ate entrance to the building. Materials used for this structure are, aluminium frame for minimum weight. A bolted construction process was used to enable easy deconstruction of the building after 15 years. Safety glass/ plexiglass instead of regular glass to minimize

weight and cost. Perforated aluminium cladding for lightness and added shade/privacy to the interior.

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E a r l y S e c t i o n D ra w i n g One of the advantages this site is that its not cramped with buildings allowing making the building to sit independently, ideal for the 20m wide Hindenburg structure. There is a closed railway 4m under the site. This affected the positioning of the Hindenburg to be

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Project Title: The ‘Shard’ In The Skies

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moved to the stable part of the site, and use a light aluminium structure for the museum in order to minimize the weight load above the railway.

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Some but not all amenities integrated into the design are, external public realm a place outside, public entrance space entry and exit, exhibition space to see/ listen/experience, learn, a place to think, event space space to celebrate, auditorium space to talk/discuss/

H i n d e n b u rg i n K i n g s C ro s s debate , research space space to store/ preserve, café/ shop space to eat and drink, sell and buy, a place to sit, service spaces/storage heating, cooling, level change, space to store/ preserve, staff offices space for staff to work and rest.

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Site Diary 2 1 M o o r f i e l d s , W i l k i n s o n Ey re The site diary is aimed to witness, record and speculate on the Architect’s role in the construction process. Some of the questions answered and understood through this project was; risk assessment + CDM, making sense of the site, who were the design team, statuary approvals,

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understanding the construction of the building.

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Th e B u tt e r f l y Ro o f , K i n g s C ro s s

Studio group by Bruce Irwin & Catherine Phillips

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The brief was to design a “spatial stitch” for the site. This may be apath/bridge/connection/ between existing but currently unlinked places, spaces or paths within the site with a symbiotic support activity (program) for the stitch. The proposal uses lightweight materials principally due

to a railway underneath the site. The studio worked with ideas of layering as a core strategy of work.

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Th e B u tt e r f l y B o d y The proposal brings together the community of the small block near Kings Cross station, with the new stitch from Swinton to Wicklow street. The project brings the opportunity to draw collectively the public with a proposed market at Wicklow Street. The new proposal

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also provides a new access from Swinton to Wicklow through the Butterfly Roof. Some of the materials used are steel frame structure which can be recycled and is lightweight. Polycarbonate and Fibre Reinforced Plastic which minimises the cost, and weight to the structure.

Rubber floor cladding, anti-slippery. About the client- The Gagosian Gallery in Britannia street is a high-end art gallery which sits on the Northside of the site. In response to the business, the proposal for a market is an opportunity for the public to be

engaged in art & craft goods. Opposed to the riches, the stitch targets for the middle-class families with children, giving an opportunity to express, exchange and learn about the crafts.

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Th e M a r ke t Pro p o s a l The stand of the new ‘bridge’ sits unapologetically between the 20th-century brick buildings. Elegantly placed between the Audiology centre and the railway. The butterfly roof merges with the surrounding architecture of the pitched and butterfly roofs, with a twist of

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Pa n c ra s L i b ra r y : E x t e n t i o n o f t h e B r i t i s h L i b ra r y, K i n g s C ro s s Studio group by Bruce Irwin & Catherine Phillips

The brief was to design a building to house a specific collection or taxonomy within our site area in Kings Cross. The collection building will house the specific artefacts, records or recordings of the chosen topic and provide space for all necessary support programs.

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In response to the site, the aims outlined through out the project were to renovate the sites’ courtyard into an attractive and pleasant place for the Derby Lodge apartments and public.Maintain a public passage between Britannia St. and Wicklow St. Design an inclusive

artbook collection space as an extension for The British Library and spaces to support education for the public. The British Library has announced they are proceeding an extension. Part of the motive behind the brief was taking that realistic idea, and manifesting it in my version

on the site. Due to the restricted space of the site, the collection of books would be limited, but yet serves positively at the context of the site which has a rich historical and creative background. During my research on the site, I had found an office project adjacent the

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S i t e Co n d i t i o n s Derby Lodge apartments. The project still has yet to get planning permission as “the residents have raised issues on the blocked views the office will restrict”. In response to this case, I used this to support the step for excavating the courtyard space. By doing this, the library does

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not restrict sunlight, views and creates a much pleasant and “greener” space for the residents. 1 bedroom apartment at Derby Lodge=£1,430 PCM 120 apartments in one building = 20k minimum/m. Having a cultural building next to apartments is contributes to the

site as an attraction for students. Having a Depot and residential housing around the Pancras Library would allow people to have study space near their home or institution.The decision making behind designing the concept was developed from the user experience

through the circulation in the building. Through geometric site analysis, I’ve approached the project by dividing the structure into three different parts which have their function but the aim was to have a clear and pleasant circulation on the street level allowing public

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L i b ra r y L i g h t w e l l s access from Britannia Street to Wicklow Street. Furthermore, heights of the surrounding buildings around the site which range betweet 15-30 meters and particularly adjacent Derby Lodge apartments have been a consideration to match the masterplan. The way the building

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Re t a i n e d B r i c k s & G re e n Ro o f is arranged naturally creates a courtyard within. I saw this as an opportunity by creating what I call a “city within a city� introducing bridges on the upper floors which link the three parts of the structure. Natural light was a key element in my design of the library in which I proposed

lightwells as a solution for the underground section of the building. To cast the least shadow to the apartments on the street floor, the library gradually sinks like a submarine in the courtyard. Museo de Bellas Artes was a key precedent in designing the lightwells and the level

changes with a visible sightline from above. Kings Cross has been under development creating better public circulation in which inspired me to take a similar approach to introduce the site as being part of the bigger picture in the masterplan.

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Pe d e s t r i a n A c c e s i b i l i t y The site is situated immediately adjacent to Derby Lodge, a pair of Grade II Listed Buildings. Since the library takes over part of the Derby Lodge site I aimed to provide as much privacy whilst also making it available for the public. Using design restrictions for Grade II

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Co n s t r u c t i o n a r i u m B re w e r y W h a r f Fo o t b r i d g e Built in 1992 by Ove Arup and partners, the challenge in this project is to ensure accurate setting out to allow the precise construction of the structure and to practice project management/programming skills. Duration of construction: 5 days

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RIBA part one architectural designer, Elizabeta Diakantonis