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Rebeca Thomas UCL Application Portfolio 2020 UCL STUDENT ID : 15044456

NOTE TO APPLICATION PANEL: A physical copy of Portfolio was handed in to UCL Bartlett on Wednesday 11th March 2020. This is a shortened online copy of original version. It is designed as snapshot images through each design project.

Please view as a Two Page Continous Spread to reflect the physical portfolio layout.

Singaporean Utopia (Drawing Competition Submission 2018)


Rebeca Thomas UCL Application Portfolio 2020

About Me Extremely driven Part-1 graduate seeking a masters placement at the Bartlett. Graduating from Sheffield University/National University Singapore with First Class Honours (Architecture BA Hons), I am currently working at BDP, London as an Architectural Asssistant. Bringing an artistic and cultural complexity to design approach, my education in Asia (National Univeristy of Singapore) honed my architectural passions. Manipulating my artistic education at CSM, my work draws on the simplicity of emotive sketching and rawness of architectural concepts. I believe the Bartlett will provide the enviroment to enhance my skill set and discover new aspirations.

bexthomas97@googlemail.com +447840652641


Rebeca Thomas

About Me

Architecture BA Hons, RIBA Part 1 Architectural Assistant. BDP.

Extremely driven Part 1 graduate seeking a masters placement at the Bartlett. Bringing an artistic and cultural complexity to design approach, my education in Asia (National Univeristy of Singapore) honed my architectural passions. Manipulating my artistic Marine City - Future City Marine City still operates in draws the future. Humanisation becomes topical once education at CSM, my work on the simplicity of again. emotive sketchingIt maintains and itsrawness of ofarchitectural concepts. infrastructural monster the past, using its spaghetti lanes

Education University of Sheffield/NUS (Year abroad at National University Singapore) 2016-2019 BA(Hons) Architecture, First Class Degree

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Postcards to

home 2018

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for rice fields. Also running the city entirely on wind power, the water works as a perfect scenario in addressing agricultural perils.

With the population facing the challenge of an older demographic, the city I believe the Bartlett will provide the enviroment no longer has to multiply at such an extensive rate. Marine City may not to wholy be able to fix societale issues but stands as a advantageous project, realising the architecture of individual to work towards a better future. enhance my skill set and discover new aspirations. Living on the sea maybe the cure to the cities evils afterall?

Central St Martins 2015-2016 Art Foundation, Merit

Wellingborough School 2013-2015

A levels: Art A*, History A, Maths B

Architectural Work Experience Part 1 Architectural Assistant, BDP September 2019 - Present

Internship, W Architects Singapore 77

November 2017- Decemeber 2017

Achievements

Internship, Janet Mcglennon Interiors September 2017 - May 2018

Dissertation Drawing Metabolism Reconsidered

YCA Competition Entry - Feb 2020 Architecture for Schools - 2020 NLA Architecture Mentoring Univeristy Cross Country (Singapore) University Tennis (Singapore) Art Scholar 2014-2015 Head of House NCO in RAF CCF

bexthomas97@googlemail.com +447840652641 Year 3 Final Project Conceptual Section


Contents 1. @thatblondearchitect Instagram account 2018 - present

2. Metabolism Reconsidered Dissertation, Year 3, BA Architecture University of Sheffield.

3. An Age of the Void A Project Proposal 2020

4. Anatomy Museum Final Project, Semester 2, BA Architecture University of Sheffield.

5. Ghost Town - YAC Competition Competition Entry February 2020 - Rebeca Thomas and Ben Warren

6. BDP - main projects Part 1 Placement 2019- 2020


1. @THATBLONDEARCHITECT For the past two years I have kept an instagram profile documenting photos and drawings. The photos are a collation of buildings i’ve seen walking around London and travels, along with exhibition visits. I vary my own sketch work within photographs.


Visit to Tokyo, January 2018


Nakagin Capsule - Future City

Marine City - Future City

The race to the sky leaves new transport networks weaving through the citys skyline.

Postcards to home 2018 in the future. Humanisation becomes topical once In the future, architects turn once more to prefabrication, using new techagain. noligies and urban theories to quickly manufacture urban living.

tural monster of the past, using itsThe spaghetti lanes 2. Metabolism Nakagin Capsule remains an architectualReconsidered precedent in an evolving city. g the city entirely on wind power, the works Thewater Japanese have been able to turn capsule living from a mere utopia to a nario in addressing agricultural perils. sustainable reality.

“The Architects job is not to propose ideal models for

ng the challenge of an older demographic, How the city might our future reactspatial to prefabrication in the future? society but to city devise equipment that citizens y at such an extensive rate. Marine City may not tale issues but stands as a advantageousCan project, operate� we use technology tothemselves our advantagecan or will it be our downfall? e of individual to work towards a better future.

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Kurokawa K. 1977. Told through a series of Urban Tales, the dissertation analysed three Metabolist projects, revealing their revolutionary efforts whilst gaining a meticilous understanding of the metabolism instilled in Japanese culture. The tales reflect on their impact on contemporary architecture and how we can use radical thinking to impose realistic reforms.

Snapshots of hand sketches


Marine City 1958-1963 This project displayed the uptopian idealism of the metabolists. The future Marine City maintains an infrastructural monster, using technology and infrastucture to create the ‘ideal city.’ The project acted as a radical concept, in hindsight displaying a need for ‘architecture for the individual’.

Marine City - Future City Marine City still operates in the future. Humanisation becomes topical once again. It maintains its infrastructural monster of the past, using its spaghetti lanes for rice fields. Also running the city entirely on wind power, the water works as a perfect scenario in addressing agricultural perils.

City 1958-1963 nori Kikutake

ase Study

With the population facing the challenge of an older demographic, the city no longer has to multiply at such an extensive rate. Marine City may not wholy be able to fix societale issues but stands as a advantageous project, realising the architecture of individual to work towards a better future. Living on the sea maybe the cure to the cities evils afterall?

The three developing Marine City projects contained common threads of characteristics. 1. Vertical communities - also used floating buoys for the city 2. Evolution of the city as a biological process 3. Horizontal ‘Floating Platforms’ 4. The sea separating functional zones 5. Self sustainable and adaptable The living components of Marine City can be understood through the Housing Megastructure and the diagram ‘Kikutakes Marine City Housing Megastructure’

PLAN

ELEVATION

PERSPECTIVE

Marine City 1958-63, Future City - Handrawing

Kikutakes Marine City Housing Megastructure

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Nagakin Capsule Tower 1972 The Nagakin Capsule is the last standing premise of the Metabolist era. The success of the building stands in its story of modular design. Looking 50 years into the future, how might the capsule tower reacted through time? How will the modular housing have kept up with the advancements in technology?

Nakagin Capsule - Future City The race to the sky leaves new transport networks weaving through the citys skyline. In the future, architects turn once more to prefabrication, using new technoligies and urban theories to quickly manufacture urban living. The Nakagin Capsule remains an architectual precedent in an evolving city. The Japanese have been able to turn capsule living from a mere utopia to a sustainable reality. How might our future city react to prefabrication in the future? Can we use technology to our advantage or will it be our downfall?

Nakagin Capsule Tower 1972, Future City - Handrawing


Plan for Tokyo 1960 Based in Tokyo Bay, this regminented city contains no concept of ‘architcture for the individual’, people circulate through large transport systems and rely on technology to communicate. How do we accept the flaws in society and use architecture to combat these issues?

Plan for Tokyo 1960 - Future City In the future, the regimentation of the city has suffered against sporadic changes in society. The city survives by moving towards a more enviromental conciousness. Transport networks become derelict, no longer required by the user of the future, instead act as rice fields harvested for a sustainable city. Wind farms cover the sea of the city. The individual operates through outdated networks, but lose themselves within advances in technology and virtual communities. Ironically Tanges dream of utopia was the creation of a distopia. How do we accept the flaws in society and use architecture to combat these issues? How do we humanise a city riddled with technology?

Linear Development Diagram

Plan for Tokyo 1960 , Future City - Handrawing


3. An Age of Void Metabolism Project Proposal Void Metabolism - an urban formula which focuses on the void spaces between buildings when they are rebuilt. In understanding the void we can revive the ‘sustainable city’. This proposal places Tokyo at the peak of its architectural substance; volatile and potentially subject to radical change. It aims to identify patterns in the creation of Tokyo’s void and analyse its integral role in shaping the future of Tokyo’s urban grain. It takes into consideration the fundamentals of a sustainable city and how the void advocates symbiosis of both environment and industry at a time of climate crisis.

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Maps exploring the development of Tokyos Urban Void

ncan seesee thethe credibility of of this proposal through thethe socio-economic history of of inner cities in in credibility this proposal through socio-economic history inner cities and thethe globalisation processes that have occurred since thethe 1970’s post WW2 goverment an and globalisation processes that have occurred since 1970’s post WW2 goverment ng policies. Most of of Tokyo’s townscapes have been constructed since WW2, although a a using policies. Most Tokyo’s townscapes have been constructed since WW2, although rn city, it has a released informal quality. Japanese architectural historian, Itoh TejiTeji notes how dern city, it has a released informal quality. Japanese architectural historian, Itoh notes how 's lack of of hard borders achieves a flexibility which would otherwise be be unobtainable in in thethe an's lack hard borders achieves a flexibility which would otherwise unobtainable 4 4 5 5 city’ . More recently thethe land bubble of of 1991 hashas dominoed thethe growth of of subdivurban se city’ . More recently land bubble 1991 dominoed growth subdivurban nhin inner citycity Tokyo due to to inflated land prices and astronomical inheritance tax. The void is ais a inner Tokyo due inflated land prices and astronomical inheritance tax. The void consequence of of sporadic growth and tearing of of thethe natural urban grain. ect consequence sporadic growth and tearing natural urban grain.

Rebeca Thomas Thesis Proposal 2020


4. Anatomy Museum ‘Returning to Darkness’ This final undergraduated project took advantage of my asian influences and education. The building is designed through a series of experiences, the architecture manipulating light and shadow to create a series of sequential moments. Raw materials complimnt the certain complexity in the design to craft a refined atmosphere. A distinct architectural narrative is told throughout the building relating to the reburial of the 16th Century Anatomical human preparation tables, where by the building reutrns the tables to ‘darkness’. The Museum is designed purely for the ‘reburial’ of the tables.

Concept Sketch - ‘ Burying the tables’

Anatomical Gallery Visual


Brief Background Own by the Royal College of Physicians, Anatomical Tables travelled to the UK in the 1700s. and now need a new museum to house them.

Inital Table Gallery Collages


Understanding The Brief

Concept and development model

The Brief was deconstructed to focus the programme around the ‘reburial’ of the Anatomical Tables. The building includes a series of gallery spaces, lecture theatre and reading rooms and archive space.

Testing light and shadow through voids


Sketch of Ramp down to Anatomical Gallery The sketch is critical to understanding the movement down the gallery spaces. The architecture acts an element, uniting sequences of space. The project was heavily influenced by Tadao Ando, during the Christmas of 2018 his Exhibition at the Pompidou.

Tadao Ando Anxonometric Sketch


Emotive Section through Gallery Journey The section explores the sequence of space through the gallery. The anatomical tables are returned to ‘darkness’, the architecture expresses depth and raw simplicity through the transition down into the main gallery space.


Basement Plan - Location of Anatomical Tables

Ground Floor Plan


Final Exterior View - Anatomical Museum.


Sketch Series through Anatomical Gallery The building was designed as a series on sequential spaces, taking you down by a ramp to the lower ground where the Anatomical Tables are layed to rest.

Columns defining the Gallery Space

‘Returning to Darkness’ - Journey Down the Ramp

Defines the start of light and shadow manipulation in gallery spaces. This

The Ramp negotiates a level change in the gallery through emotive

space holds the College of Physicians Collections.

architecture.

Tadao Ando Armani Milan 2010

Inital Concept Sketch of the Ramp


Reveal at the End of the Ramp

Viewing the Tables

Reflection Spaces

From the darkness at the end of the tunnel, a split in the concrete wall reveals the tables ‘buried in the ground’.

The Tables are returned to darkness, displayed as they would have during 1600s lecture theatres.

Pockets of space within the gallery open up onto a serene yet brutalist space stepping down to the river. The architecure provides a space of contemplation after viewing the Tables.

Inital light and shadow study

Tadao Ando Steps to water.


5. The Ghost Town YAC Competition 2020 “Take Me back to Craco. And give me some Music and Welcome!� This competition is based in the old ghost town of Craco, Italy. The project focuses on culture of pilgrimage surrounding the catholic faith in the town. The importance of the Holy Spirit is the central focus of the concept.

Interior of Church Concept Sketch

Site Photographs - Craco, Italy,


The Ghost Town YAC Competition 2020

“Take Me back to Craco. And give me some Music and Welcome!” Craco is a city defined by ghosts. Folklore tells the story of the spirit of San Vincenzo, speaking to his kidnappers, asking to be taken home. Drawn to Craco’s relationship with religion and spirituality, the proposal builds upon the existing Festival of San Vincenzo, a yearly event that celebrates the failed kidnapping of the Saint, through music, and a procession of the a statue through the town. By establishing Craco as a place of Pilgrimage, guests are encouraged to make San Vincenzo’s journey,

Photograph of San Vincenzo Statue.

Site Approach


The Church ‘The Father’

The Keep ‘The Son’

The Ghost Town ‘The Holy Spirit’

The proposal comprises of a procession of spaces through the Ghost Town. Beginning with the Arrival Chapel, pilgrims pray to San Vincenzo, before moving through recreated portions of the collapsed town. A corten steel stair carves a path, ascending to the ruin, in which 8 refuges are concealed, providing shelter and privacy for overnight visitors. At the end of the journey, pilgrims will arrive upon a stone cast statue of San Vincenzo, erected at the highest point in Craco. At this threshold, the religion, architecture and statue sit in harmony.

Site Plan Scale 1:2000


Church Concept Sketch

The Place of Pilgrimage - Church Building The church is at the heart of the ghost town project. Designed through the concept of Eat - Rest - Pray The buildings form reflects its function, intersecting elements compliment working spaces, and light is manipulated to create

unique moments of space.

The Church Plan Scale 1:250


Interior Church Render


Revival of the Ghost Town The Ghost Town was designed as a series of sequential spaces reviving and reminding of a religious place. The ruins are rebuilt as new non-destructive buildings enhance the once forgotten town.


Rammed Earth Construction Sketch

Exterior Render of the Church and Religious Pilgrimage


Experience of the walking through the Architetcure A series of renders were created to display the journey through the site and how the architecture ‘revives’ the ghost town, enhancing the Craco’s vernacular. Designed as ‘snapshot moments’, the images display unique moments of space created by the architecture.

Exterior of Arrival to Church

Inside refuge pods, concealed within the towns architectural vernacular


The start of the pilgrimage walking up past revived gabian wallingww

Reaching the end The statue of San Vincenzo

The steps through the old ghost town


5.3 A Site Wide vision

A site wide vision, integrating the buildings and landscape with the natural slope and surrounding residential buildings will provide world facilities, that sit comfortably in the Vitosha resort setting. 6. class BDPschool - Part 1 Architectural Assistant, Views of theEducation mountain dominate the setting of the buildings and Sector. provide a dramatic backdrop to key external spaces. A successful delivery of the project will result in a collection of buildings and spaces that are woven into the landscape and maximise the potential of this During my site. Part -1 experience so far I have been fantastic

working on a 10,000sqm private school based in Sofia, Bulgaria. In a team of three people, Stages 1- 3 have just been completed. I have also contributed to several projects including a competition team for Plymouth University Engineering Faculty Building which I worked on for the whole 8 week competition period. I am now currently working on the National Library of Istanbul which will contiue till May 2020.

Repton School of Sofia

Site Analysis of Sofia, Bulgaria

Set in the Vitosha Mountain-side the building tackles a steep slope, intergrating over three levels the complexities of a school.

The site tackles a steep slope over a three-level change. It recieves views from Mount Vitosha, whilst looking over the city of Sofia.

The building explores the benifits of the mountain side, maximising views, creating pockets of unique space.


Roof Design and Structure - Repton School The roof is designed as an independent element from the building - floating and joining together the levels of the building. The timber clad roof is held up through column/beam structure. The construction sketch below shows the roof window detail over a movement joint in the building.

Concept model making of roof structure

Library garden concept sketch displaying roof design


Enviromental Sketch Section in the Agora This central space promotes stack effect through the building. North light floods the three levels of space, whilst direct sunlight provides opporunity to create solar energy.

View of the Agora


Current Project - National Library Ibn Haldun Univeristy, Istanbul. January 2020 - until May 2020 A complete redesign of a 100,000 sqm Library, Confrence Centre and Theatre up to Stage 4. Previously completed up to Stage 2 in 2018, the library will go into construction commencing June 2020. Currently working in a team of 4 people and am the only Part-1 on the project.

1 :50 Scaled Facade Model

Current Stage 2 Render of Presidental Library


Rebeca Thomas UCL Application Portfolio 2020 UCL ID: 15044465 bexthomas97@googlemail.com +447840652641

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UCL Application Portfolio 2020 UCL Student ID: 15044456 NOTE TO APPLICATION PANEL: A physical copy of Portfolio was handed in to UCL Bartl...

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UCL Application Portfolio 2020 UCL Student ID: 15044456 NOTE TO APPLICATION PANEL: A physical copy of Portfolio was handed in to UCL Bartl...

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