Centre of Didactic Making Ross Robson
exploded part facade
Exploded Part Facade
Texture Study -Proposal on Perth Road
“Didactic” Intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
“Old and New” A refined expression of materiality and form with the objection to initiate discussion surrounding the juxtaposition of “Old and New” in both the material and immaterial
“Cultural Heritage” “Cultural heritage is the legacy of cultural resources and intangible attributes of a group or society that is inherited from past generations. Not all legacies of past generations are “heritage”, rather heritage is a product of selection by society” Logan, William S
“Function” The poetics of architecture remain fastened to function, in the fullest sense of that value-freighted word. John Tuomey
“Technology” The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.
“Humanity” The quality of being humane; benevolence. Learning concerned with human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy.
Evolving a Brief A ‘make’ centre on Perth Road - the heart of Dundee’s West End. A collaborative and engaging hub of practicing, learning, teaching and celebrating the vibrant and theatrical arts of making inspired by Dundee’s strong industrial heritage. The multi-use and adaptable programme spaces provide the physical and cultural facilities to reinstate the lost traditions of physical, material making and crafting to further develop the creative industries. Dundee being the only UNESCO City of Design in the UK the brief seeks to accommodate the future of making, with its growing influence on local communities and cultures.
Old Dundee Mills
Inside Jute Mill
Maurice Broomfield Industrial Photography
V&A Dundee - UNESCO City of Design
What is the future of ‘making’ ?
City Scale + Cultural Context
Industry pushed out of the city centre over past century
Proposal aims to return industrial skills to city centre as an enabler to small scale and creative industries
Express local heritage of industry, recognising where Dundee came from
Designing for the future of making in a UNESCO City of Design, a creative globally connected and integrated Dundee
Form publicly engaged didactic hub of making and creativity in Dundee’s West End
Plan of Dundee 1:20,000 Accommodate for passing of skills within local communities outwith formal educational institutions
Cultural and programmatic links to proposa
.Verdant Works Museum .Flour Mill Workspace .Waters Edge A celebration of making - open to all
.Dundee Make Space .Wasps Studios
al + Perth Road Site
.West Ward Works Development
.Dundee Contemporary Arts
.Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art + Design
.Univeristy of Dundee
.Dundee + Angus College
.Tay Road Bridge
.V + A Design Museum
.Tay Rail Bridge
Existing Condition A
North Elevation - Perth Road 1:250
West Elevation - Westfield Lane Retained Elements
C Level -1 1:250
Retained Elements N
East Elevation - Westfield Place
Regional Plan 1:10000 West End Lanes Conservation Area
Site Section 1:1250
Aerial Sketch - Roseangle
studio. cad. workspace. meeting g a l l e r y.
b a r.
v o i d .
wo r k s h o p s . m a k ing ha ll. ma k ing ya r d .
Publicly Engaged Entry Level
Elements + Vistas
Punctured Service Wall
Section A-A 1:200
Extending the Public Realm
Legibility and Spatial Relationships
Folding the Elements
Draw Between Yards
The upper set of strategic diagrams were developed throughout the early design phases. Curated to capture and explore core principles that informed the design, identified as important to the programme and brief response. The lower set of diagrams represents the proposals key design moves necessary to achieve the ideals previously set out. The ‘Elements + Vistas’ concept was influenced by the organisation of Roseangle which is itself essentially a collection of elements and vistas providing legibility and a journey through the region. With the folding elements representing physical masses being folded in to the proposal but also the different programme and historic elements being folded into one, this re-initiating the discussion with the lanes that flank the East and West of the site. The punctured service walls evolves the ‘elements’ to house building services as well as service spaces across the 3 levels. Maintaining external access and serving the served primary acess internally.
General Arrangement 1:200 N P
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1. Entry 2. Gallery 3. Office 4. Fire Stair 5. Passenger Lift 6. Goods Lift 7. Shop 8. Mini Exhibition Space 9. WC
19. Refuse Store 20. Kitchen Store 21. Yard 22. Breakout Workspace 23. Flexible Studios 24. External Terrace 25. CAD Studio 26. Meeting Room
10. Kitchen 11. Bar/Cafe 12. Changing Rooms 13. Lockers 14. Making Hall 15. Machining Workshop 16. General Workshop 17. Plant Room 18. Break Room
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West Elevation - 1:200 Westfield Place
North Elevation - 1:100 Perth Road
View Into Make Hall
Metal upper facade system fixed back to primary steel frame
Structural steel frame - ‘I’ Beams + paired ‘C’ section columns 3.
New brick elements
Pre-cast concrete floor slabs spanning 5 metre structural bays
Steel columns inserted inside retained brickwork
Retained brick elements as external envelope at basement level - gable cut down to form yard wall
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Technical Section 1:50 1. Triple glazing north facing studio windows 2. Primary steel ‘I’ beams - 600mm 3. Steel paired ‘C’ section columns - 300x300mm 4. Service channel for lights and ventilation 5. Folded steel stair 6. Zinc sheets - Vapour barrier - waterproof membrane 7. Steel battens 8. Rigid insulation - 350mm 9. Pre-cast concrete roof slabs - 250mm
10. Central gutter system 11. Steel stud partition wall 12. Secondary ‘I’ beams rooflight structure - 250mm 13. Opening window for ventilation 14. Folded steel stair - suspended from primary steel frame 15. 1100mm steel plate bannister 16. 80mm internal wall finish 17. Cavity gap - 50mm 18. Metal wall ties - 450mm centres
19. Existing masonry construction 20. In-situ concrete floor slab - 300mm 21. Rigid insulation - 300mm 22. Screed with underfloor heating pipes - 75mm 23. 75mm polished concrete floor finish 24. Mechanical ventilation duct 25. Industrial folding doors 1000mm x 3600mm x 8 26. Blackout roller blind
Bay Study 1:50
1. Mechanical ventilation above kitchen worktop 2. Artificial lighting 3. Mechanical extraction 4. Router 5. Retaining wall to engineers specification 6. Foundations to engineers specification
View From Make Hall
Breakout Workspaces + Studios
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