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Design Studio


Malgorzata Persa 77174985 MArch 2

Leeds Beckett University Studio Group: Cinematic Commons Tutor: Sarah Mills

Submission date: 14th April 2018


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Professionals ‘running the city’ Stories of Londoners Working towards better future | 25 London Projects Film stills | Film essay Museum of London |Axonometric drawing Site | Historic information Unique spaces | Site analysis Brief Lower Ground Floor | Site strategy Pedestrian level | Site strategy To level | Site strategy Section | Site strategy Initial Sketch Design | Narratives Projects allocation OrganicLea project GrowUp project Living above Growing Set model Level -2 | Proposed design Views in Urban Farming | Set model Ground floor level | Proposed design Views of Living Pods | Set model Roof plan | Proposed design Section A-A | Proposed design Exploded axonometric drawing | Proposed design

Website: Film essay available at:

Professionals ‘running the city’

The people working on a minimum wage in London are often unskilled jobs. However, the are jobs that run our cities an everyone lives. Warehouse workers, food pickers, bus controllers, kitchen porters, waitress, security guards are only a few. In the immediate area of the site there are number of schools, hospitals, libraries and other public buildings who employ these professionals. The Future History project aims to help these people.

Stories of Londoners

Charlie Fegan 24-years-old, live-in guardian Dot Dot Dot Charlie graduate from University of London was in hopeless situation until not long ago. He was hired as a live-in guardian with few other people to look after an old run down pub. He couldn’t find a job and rent was too high to afford a private let. This or living on streets of London was his only options. Despite horrible conditions he was put on, he fought for a better tomorrow. There is a huge risk with this type of accommodation. Charlie didn’t have full legal rights as a tenant in private letting sector. The condition of the houses he was living in were poor, no proper bathroom or private bedroom, gas or overhead lights, even basic fire alarms didn’t work. After two years, he moved in with Dot Dot Dot agency. To be able to rent from them, he did 20 hours a month as a volunteer in local primary school, helping students with Maths. He is constantly on the move. He spent 6 months in disused pottery workshop in Kensigton, then 8 months in terrace house in Tower Hamlet, which is currently renovated. Finally, he moved to office block right next to Tower Bridge. Although the conditions of the building were much better, that didn’t have any better impact on Charlie’s life. Although better house condition, he is still struggling with everyday life, commuting, grocery shopping, socializing with friends. Image on the right shows old pottery workshop were he was living with few other live-in guardians. Although The space is not purposed for accommodation, it was adapted by the owner to provide with sleeping and living spaces for guardians. Only if there was a place right for me, with other young people and affordable rent.

Londoners constantly on move Charlie, Jodie and Brian work in London. The current housing situation is not in favour to young professionals and school graduates. These three struggle with living. They have a few options. First is to live far away and commute to work everyday, like Brian who spend 5 hours a day travelling. Second, live in small shared studio flat within 45 minutes travel by public transport, but work pattern make it necessary to take a nap at work, like Jodie who is a nurse at the St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Next, you can be a live-in guardian and look after empty properties around London. This means that you can be contently on the move. Charlie moved 5 times in last 2 years.

Jodie White 26-year-old nurse from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Jodie is working long hours as a nurse in St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Night shifts make her life very difficult. When most of London is asleep, she and her colleagues are working non-stop to save people life. There are times when she falls asleep on the patient’s bed and sleep in stuff room after her shift finishes. The staff room has a sofa bed and armchair. During her shift she takes a 30 minutes nap together with 4 other nurses. She takes tube and bus to get home. It takes 45min to get there. She shares her studio flat with another nurse. It is cramped but she can’t afford anything else.

Image above shows Jodie asleep on the sofa in the staff room in the hospital she works. It is not worth to take a bus to go home and take a nap as it takes longer to get there than her break is. It is difficult and uncomfortable this way, but only if there was a place close to her workplace, affordable and peaceful after long night work.

Brian Watts 25-year-old porter at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama He lives with his parents in Wanborough outside Farnborough. The commute to London takes away 5 hours of his day. He takes the earliest bus to the train station at 5.30 am to get to work for 8am and is back home after 9pm. He often sleeps on the bus and train to get some rest after getting up so early in the morning. Long hours spend on commuting are not giving him much time to socialise and meet with his friends, whether it is in his hometown or London. Although Brian worked as a porter for last 4 years and didn’t have to pay rent to his parents, he wasn’t able to save enough to buy a small place in London.

Image on the left shows Brian asleep on the bus which he took early in the morning from Wanborough.

Working towards better future | 25 London Projects

25 London projects are charitable organisations from London, that work with local communities to support citizens and quality of life. The projects covers various aspects of the city, starting from farming, sustainability, through recycling, security and health lifestyle.

• Growing projects: 1. Organic Lea - located in Lea Valley uses green houses and soil to plant tomatoes, potatoes, root vegetables, fruit trees herbs. It supplies local shops and restaurants, as well as organise a market open to public once a week. Organic Lea


2. GrowUp - urban farming, using aquaponic techniques. It is located in the Beckton. The salads, herbs and baby vegetables are grown in the warehouse under constant environmental control.

• Recycling projects: 1. FoodCycle - project widespread around the United Kingdom. The volunteers collect out of date food from supermarkets, cafes and restaurants to cook meals for people in need.

Living Under One Sun

2. WrapUp - it is a seasonal project where volunteers collect unwanted jackets and other clothes in transportation centres, mostly metro stations. The clothes are then sorted and redistributed to charity shops and homeless shelters.

Growing Communities

• Active projects: 1. GoodGym - volunteers are working in their local area to help other residents. That can be done through landscaping and construction work for local communities. They also meet elderly people who feel lonely. 2. London Cycling Campaigne - an event to promote cycling in the city. The organizers are applying for a better and safer cycling routes for cyclists.



• Sustainable projects:

Location of key 25 London Projects developed in this project.

1. Repowering London - an organisation working with local communities. It provides with a technical knowladge on renewable source of energy. They help you to design and install the solar power system. 2. Citizens Sense Dustbox - a system developed to measure air quality in the area. It is used on a domestic scale now. They organise events and sessions to tell people how to fight with raised pollutions. This allows them to act through planting trees, use of public transport or reduce of use of plastic packaging.

Phase 1 The phase will focus on growing projects: -

Organic Lea GrowUp Growing Communities Living Ubder One Sun

At the same time it will provide with new accommodation for young professionals. It will be part of the exhibition and integrate with new farms.

Phase 2 Production and recycling processes will take major scene. _GoodGym - FoodCycle - Sustainable Fashion - Repowering London - WrapUp Thanks to the available materials, new residents will produce construction materials on site. They will then building their own homes under contractors supervision and guidance.

Phase 3 Phase 3 is undertaking existing exhibition spaces and accommodate spaces between them and disused areas to create new permanent and temporary accommodation.

I have catheterised them into sections to fit the proposed site and take advantage of it. Site plan of Museum of London. Phasing and allocation of 25 London projects in existing spaces.

CITY NOW. CITY FUTURE A year ling exhibition at the Museum of London that is looking into major issues and changes in the biggest cities in the world. It is made from various interactive exhibits. Number of stands and activities allows visitors to experience them first hand. There are also exhibits that shows potential solutions to the problems that cities face now and they will in the future. Various projects from around the world are described to show how we can protect our cities. A part of it where 25 London Projects. However, the did not have their exhibition space. They were limited only to a single page in the cafe area the informed the visitors on lunch time sessions with the representatives from each of the charities. The Future History project is developing key projects from 25 London Projects and will give them a prime location in the museum. The projects themselves will shape the design.

Film stills | Film essay

Film essay available at:

Museum of London |Axonometric drawing

City of London School for Girls The school employs kitchen staff, porters, security and cleaners. They are all candidates to become new residents. The school itself can be connected with the Future History project by organising classes and tours to the museum.

Roman Wall

Ironmonger’s Hall

The historic site with a scheduled monument. Section of ancient Roman Wall going through the city. The only connection with the museum is through the low window that overlooks the ruins.

A historic building that survived the World War II bombing. The museum was designed around it. However, it do not have a direct relationship with it or respect its design and scale. The museum is separated from it with a tall brick wall.

Office blocks

Office blocks City of London is a business centre of London. Most of the available space for development are used for office spaces to support London’s position business and economics. The buildings are design to their own principles, without the consideration for historic site.

Steel and glass structures go in contrast with heavy concrete of the museum. Their scale is also much bigger. They are multi-storey blocks running vertically, in contrast to the horizontal lines of the museum.

Site | Historic information Site history

Construction process

Proposed site is currently occupied by Museum of London building. It is located in City of London area and it is a part of Barbican Estate Development. The present site of Barbican Estate was completely destroyed during World War II bombing attacks. After the war, Powell and Bon designed the Barbican Estate in 1955-59 and developed between 1962-82, provided with new accommodation, art centre and schools. The Museum of London was Constructed on left over land around Ironmonger’s Hall (one of few standing buildings following the Blitz) to the adjoining site of Barbican Estate. Powell and Moya has designed it and work were completed in 1977. The Museum of London, like Barbican Estate are brutalist examples of post war architecture. Tones of reinforced in-situ concrete were poured into the site. Many principles of brutailist style were included, like walkways in the skies, building on podiums, roof gardens and private garden / green spaces. Maps below illustrate Barbican Estate laid on historic map, before the Blitz and scale of the Blitz on the same area.

Bomb destroyed area of Barbican and site under construction. Barbican layout on historic map prior the Blitz.(Image source: mapped-barbican-before-the-blitz [Accessed 15 Nov 2017]).

Top: view of destroyed area of Barbican. Below: view of construction site in relation to already built BArbican Estate.. (Images source: [Accessed 15 Nov 2017]).

Diagrams of construction details of the Brutalist design solid concrete used for structural elements and finishes.

Historic images

Current images

Historic images of Museum of London. Museum as well as Barbican Estate have primary position.

The site has significantly developed in last few decades. Central London has become centre of many businesses and multi million investments. It is no longer a residential area for people on low income but luxurious area in high demand for land and developments / investments. On the other hand, there is many young professionals working in this area on a minimum wage and struggle with living.

Map of destroyed sites in Barbican and Central London area. (Image source: https://www. [Accessed 15 Nov 2017]).

Top: frontage of museum from Aldersgate Street. Below: view across the highwalk towards the Rotunda. (Images source: [Accessed 15 Nov 2017]).

The images show the site in November 2017. It is surrounded by high rise block towers, made of glass and steel. Comparing to historic images (to the right), when Museum of London was just constructed, it is ‘hidden’ between them. It is no longer a landmark visible for distance. We can only see that this is museum building thanks to the bold rotunda structure with large ‘Museum of London’ sign.

Unique spaces | Site analysis

Available spaces

DT - 02. Thick concrete walls of the rotunda and spaces under the walkway used to storage skeletons. The walls can be carved to provide with new spaces with purpose.

The existing building was designed to be a museum. However, the design did not consider the requirements for natural light ventilation, height of spaces. The Brutalist architecture was more than functionality of the building. Windows and glazed screens are covered by blinds or partition walls. Lower levels do not have relevant purpose and thick concrete walls make it look heavy. Site location map allocating the unique spaces on the site. Scale 1:1000.

DT - 01. Double height space around the central atrium in the main exhibition space. The natural light is blocked and available high spaces disused.

DT - 03. False walls and spaces behind the partition walls. Walls act as a room divider, but do not create a audio barrier. Spaces behind them often used as storage.

DT - 04. Spaces between exhibitions and above them. There is a lot of empty spaces to provide with a good circulation and space to view artefacts.

DT - 05. Triple height space in the North Wing. Currently used as a storage space, car park and plant room. Great possibility of us of thermal mass of retaining walls.

Site location photographs highlighting the key spaces / unique spaces. They will be developed, taking the advantage of available light, ventilation, temperature or thermal mass.


The design thesis proposes a 24 hour use of the Museum of London, while incorporating accommodation units for professionals working in the City of London on a minimum wage together with active exhibitions of 25 London Projects. The project thesis started with looking at the museums in London and there’s role in the life of the ordinary citizens of London. They do not bring direct benefits to the citizens but they improve the tourism, resulting in increased need for hospitality and culinary sectors. London as a business and financial centre is using most of the available floorspaces for offices to support the leading role in business. This results in reduced number of available spaces for residential units. This is a real problem in the City of London borough. City Plan framework will not allow for residential developments if it would harm the business aspect of the area. 400,000 workers and only 8,000 residents are in City of London each day. This means that remaining 392,000 commute from other parts of London (and outside of it) every day. This situation has a profound impact on Londoners life. People, who run the city on a daily basis, like nurses in hospitals, kitchen porters in schools, ticket controllers on trains, struggle with simple tasks that are forced on them by a difficult housing position. Historically, the high demand for housing in City of London was achieved by building mixed use estates. The example here are Barbican Estate and Golden Lane Estate. Both were designed and built following the bombing of London during World War II. They were to provide with a social housing with a variety of amenities and facilities for the residents who lost their homes to the Blitz. Golden Lane Estate includes a swimming pool, a community centre and over 500 flats. Barbican Estate contains the Barbican Art Centre, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the public library, the City of London School for Girls and 13 terrace blocks, accommodating over 2,000 flats. Each of these developments follow a strict principles of Brutalist architecture creating monumental structures. This approach is difficult to follow in current City of London and alternative types of accommodation / developments are needed. Proposed 24 hour use of the museum and sleeping between the exhibitions could be a solution here. After visiting the Museum of London, I have learned about interesting exhibition that was held in the museum. I belief that the projects mentioned in the exhibition, including 25 London Projects, where beneficial for citizens of London. However, the public did not know enough about them to make a difference in their lives. The thesis project proposes to accommodate a few of the mentioned projects as live exhibitions. They will overtake spaces of the museum that are currently misused and do not bring any cultural value to the museum. The uniqueness of each of them will determine what projects and types of accommodation will be allocated there. The project is divided into three main phases. Phase 1 will overtake a North Wing of the building and accommodate growing projects (OrganicLea, GrowUp, Living Under One Sun and Growing Communities) and Living Pods. The 14 pods will house 28 young professionals, who work night shift. Phase 2 will develop recycling and sustainability projects (GoodGym, FoodCycle, Repowering London, Sustainable Fashion, WrapUp) in the rotunda area with new residential units accommodating the existing wall. It will create 18 two bed two storey units, accommodating further 54 residents on permanent basis. Phase 3 is located in the main permanent exhibition area, around the central atrium / courtyard. The spaces between existing exhibitions will be used a temporary sleeping accommodation for 60 occupants for no longer than three consecutive nights. Each of the projects and accommodation types is unique and requires specialist design, services or building techniques. These will be further explained in section 1.4. Technical and Technological questions.

Lower Ground Floor | Site strategy



1. MoL recognised from road level thanks to large rotunda with white title.

2. View of the lower ground floor from upper floors.

3. Access road to lower ground floor (LGF) car park and storage and staircase leading to it.

4. Existing open storage below the museum.

5. Large open space with many layers overlapping, creating interesting spaces.

6. Access road to LGF car park.

7. Entrance to the Ironmonger’s Hall and MoL not well presented.

8. View of pedestrian access to museum taken from upper floors.

9. Existing staircase and large concrete walls creates long views and interesting spaces.

10. Open storage below the museum.

11. View of pedestrian access walk from road to Ironmonger’s Hall, viewed from street.

12. View of access to underground storage to Ironmonger’s Hall, viewed from street.

Pedestrian level | Site strategy

Image across rotunda roundabout that is currently closed to visitors.

Image across rotunda roundabout that is currently closed to visitors.

Museum floor part of the high walk - part of Barbican high walks.

Corner window in the museum building, connecting inside with view of Roman wall.

New Atrium window allowing light into the walk leading to the museum entrance.

Narrow stairs leading to grassed area at the back of museum.

View of museum entrance from pedestrian level across the street.

Rotunda open space to be better used in phase 2.

High walk connecting West Wing of museum with Girls School.

Angled window in the museum building, connecting inside with view of Roman wall.

Walkway connecting Barbican development and rest of the city.

Entrance to Ironmongers Hall and further to the museum.

Staircase leading to the high walk from road level.

High walk supported on beams and columns creating building structure.

Walk leading to the museum is dark although there are windows and other openings.

Structure of the building with lots of narrow spaces between them.

Despite window and large open area, the internal space is dark.

To level | Site strategy

Existing services run exposed. They will be hijacked to support proposed design.

Partition walls are free standing. Most of them will be removed to create open space.

Existing atrium window is covered and does not allow natural light inside. It will be exposed.

Existing staircase is dark and set in the corner. All circulation will be unified.

Existing double height space on lover floor restaurant. Space adapted in phase 2.

Detail of structure build up.

Existing services run exposed. They will be hijacked to support proposed design.

A large number of artificial lighting will be replaced by natural light.

Dark spaces created by covering windows in atrium. They will be reviled.

Existing staircase is dark and set in the corner. All circulation will be unified.

Existing services run exposed. They will be hijacked to support proposed design.

Existing services run exposed. They will be hijacked to support proposed design.

Overlapping structures that grow one from another. It will be used in phase 2.

Service corridors between rooms to more open.

Glimpse of Barbican estate tower above posters blocking windows.

Spaces between atrium and walls are not used to their best.

Spaces between atrium and walls are not used to their best.

Section | Site strategy

Initial Sketch Design | Narratives

Principles of the design: The building of the Museum of London is an example of post war Brutalist architecture. It is built from thick, solid concrete slabs, joists, beams and columns. The surrounding buildings are mostly an office blocks, made from steel and glass. The proposal is looking to accommodate the unused, unique spaces to the museum. The materials will play a big part of the deign. They will come in contrast to concrete. Light, bright, temporary materials, like timber, polycarbonate and steel will be used. In Rotunda, which is help to locate the museum will be better used. The thick walls will be curved and inhabited. The existing spaces will provide with a new accommodation, where centre of it will create a new activity centre / playground for younger residents and visitors. Inside the museum and the main exhibition spaces, there is a lot of potential spaces for temporary accommodation for young professionals. Spaces between exhibitions, storage under the artefacts stands, hanging elements from the ceilings. Entrance to the museum is currently not easily located and accessible. The proposal will look into creating a new entrance from the road level that will be highlighted. Better use of the front elevation and introducing the vertical structures made of timer in contrast with concrete and white tiles.

Rotunda to stand out with new structures and materials. Curving through the thick concrete walls creating new openings.

New structure hanging from the ceiling. Vertical farms and growing mushrooms in a dark space on lower ground floor.

Inside the rotunda new residential units over four floors. They will occupy existing concrete walkways and walls. New reclaimed materials to build the structure, like wood, glass, rubber.

Spaces between the exhibitions to be accommodated with hidden sleeping accommodations, like hanging beds, hidden storage, false walls.

Double height space between atrium and floors to be accommodated with new residential flats. They will become part of the exhibition with use of glass. Better use of atrium area.

Projects allocation

Greenhouse Farming

Permanent Accommodation

The plants - vegetables and fruits in this type of farming require plenty of natural light and warmth. That will be provided by using greenhouses. It will house projects like:

This type of accommodation will provide with a permanent accommodation for the new residents. Access to it will through new stair well inside the light well. Life and activities of residents will be partly on display and be a part of the exhibition. Areas of exhibit will be controlled through materials and light. The overlooking of the houses will be from neighbouring buildings that are much taller that proposed works. Living spaces like kitchen and living room will require natural light. They should face light source. Bedrooms and bathrooms are more private and should create an environment suitable for sleeping.

OrganicLea - a plant nursery in Northern London. The organisation occupies the area of Lea Valley, directly by the river. On the grounds we can find many greenhouses, raised beds and fruit trees.

Living Under One Sun - an organisation that is supporting many different communities. It supports many local projects, that aim to improve the environment and social relationships.

Each of these plants / method of farming require lots of natural light and warmth.

Use of polycarbonate and mirrored glass to control transparency, light and privacy in Laban Dance Centre, London, UK.

Temporary Accommodation This type of accommodation will provide small sleeping and storage space on individual level. It will be accessible only at night time, when museum closes. This way the residents do not require natural light when using their spaces. Communal spaces like kitchen, living room and shower rooms will be shared between residents and museum, depending on the time of the day. As the spaces are used only by residents at night, they will not have such an impact on exhibitions like permanent type, but will create a permanent sharing space.

Intense urban farming in The Hague on the rooftop of existing office building in Den Haag. The Urban Farmers operate with aquaponic system, producing fresh fish and vegetables to locals.

Raised Bed Farming The plants - vegetables and fruits in this type of farming require plenty of natural light and warmth. That will be provided by using greenhouses. It will house projects like: •

Growing Communities - organic food growing by local farmers and communities. The organisation give them an opportunity for fair and stable market. All products are sold locally. The organisation is also teaching locals, including children, how to grow healthy vegetables in your private garden.

Guerrilla Gardening - growing of plants, mostly flowers, in small, abandoned or not looked after pieces of land. Rooftops, roundabouts, spaces between buildings are only a few examples.

Vertical Farming

Permanent Accommodation

The plants - vegetables and fruits in this type of farming require plenty of natural light and warmth. That will be provided by using greenhouses. It will house projects like:

This type of accommodation, same as on roof top will provide with permanent living spaces. It will become a part of the exhibition and structure that buildings it. Structure of vertical farming will create a structure of the houses, that will ‘grow between farms’. The best step here is to make the best use of existing building and new activities taking place there. The overlooking of the residents will be done pedestrians and passers by who will have the houses on their eye level. Living spaces like kitchen and living room will require natural light. They should face light source. Bedrooms and bathrooms are more private and should create an environment suitable for sleeping.

GrowUp - urban farming of micro-salads. The aquaponic system is used to provide with sustainable way of farming. Fish produce waste that is used as a fertilizer for plants.

GroCycle - organisation that grow oyster mushrooms in vertical farms. The mushrooms are grown in bags filled with used coffee grounds, collected from local coffee shops. Harvested mushrooms are then sold back to cafés and restaurants.

Vertical farming of oyster mushroom. Constant supply of water, light and electricity. Mushroom grown in PVC pipes placed in plastic tubes that provide with the right environment to grow them.

OrganicLea project OrganicLea OrganicLea is an organisation that grow different types of vegetables and herbs in the Lea Valley. The farm compromises of series of greenhouses and raised beds as well as fruit forests. The organisation is producing seedlings and planters for sale. The vegetables harvested here supply local markets and are sold to local restaurants and cafes. The type of growing will be applied to the proposed design on the top levels / rooftop to take advantage of disused spaces and natural light.

Axonometric drawing of OragnicLea farming, with division for different area of growth. Below: Examples of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers planted in the valley.

GrowUp project GrowUp GrowUp is well established Urban Farming that uses aquaponic systems to grow mini vegetables, salads and herbs. The GrowUp uses indoor spaces to grow plants. The aquaponic system (supply with water and nutritions) is supported by LED lights to substitute lack of natural light. This system will be applied to lower levels of the proposed design to make best use of existing conditions and environment in the building.

Above: Diagram illustrating principle of vertical farming used in GrowUp London. Below: Water and waste circulation in aquaponic system.

Living above Growing

Primary structure

Secondary structure

The primary structure of the new architectural vocabulary created around new vertical farms. Steel vertical shelves will rise on 3 up to 4 floors, starting from level -2.

New farms will be accessed by circulation around them, stairs, ramps, walkways and bridges, that are connected to the main stair well in the centre.

Scale 1:200

Scale 1:200

Tertiary structure

Quaternary structure

The new structure will provide not only with farming , but also living accommodation that will make best use of the structure and circulation.

Between new vertical farms there will be concealed storage space for water equipment, soil and other necessary items to grow vegetables there.

Scale 1:200

Scale 1:200

Set model

View from level -2 looking up to living pods and further vertical farming. It is intense and very closed to each other.

View from level -1 down to vertical farming. Where space at the lower level is quite wide, it will accommodate spiral staircase, the upper level pods are really close to each other.

View from level 0 looking all the way down to level -2. The view is magnificent, looking 6 meters down to exhibition and living space.

Level -2 | Proposed design

Views in Urban Farming | Set model

Access to the higher levels and Living Pods from level -2, through new Urban Farms structures. Walkways and storage between plants grown.

Growing plants, like oyster mushrooms, salads, herbs in vertical PVC pipes between shelves with plants.

Series of raw of structures that grow Urban Farms create a new landscape, long, narrow and tall spaces.

Ground floor level | Proposed design

Views of Living Pods | Set model

Views from Living Pods towards Urban Farms at night.

LED lights in Urban Farms reflects on the surface of polycarbonate panels used on external walls.

Bridges connecting the Living Pods with Urban Farms and the rest of the museum.

Pink light reflected on the surface Living Pods external walls.

Raw of Urban Farms lighted by colourful LED light make the Living Pods more exciting and appealing to residents and visitors.

Roof plan | Proposed design

Section A-A | Proposed design

Exploded axonometric drawing | Proposed design

Accommodation: - type of accommodation: permanent - spaces:


- residents: young professionals working in the City of London, on minimum wage.

Roof top

Growing beds for fruit trees, climbing plants Three living pods The area that receive the most of the natural light and natural ventilation.

Level 3 Office spaces communal kitchen Staff room Toilets Showers Secure locks Space used during the day by museum workers and volunteers from London Projects. At night is used by new residents.

Level 1 & 2 Market Growing beds for vegetables Plant room Toilets The vegetables are grown all year. Market, which sells produced vegetables is open three days a week to the public.

Lower levels Vertical farms Eleven living pods Plant room New entrance The space take advantage of environmental conditions provided by reduced amount of natural light, thermal mass of retaining walls. Vegetables are grown all year thanks to controlled environment - temperature, humidity and light.

Scale 1:250

M_Persa Design Studio 3 2018  

Design thesis project. Project proposes 24 hour use of Museum of London by providing new live exhibitions and accommodation for Londoners wo...

M_Persa Design Studio 3 2018  

Design thesis project. Project proposes 24 hour use of Museum of London by providing new live exhibitions and accommodation for Londoners wo...