The University of Sheffield School of Architecture
04 Richard Webster - Sheffield Castle Museum The project exploits a previously little known layer of Sheffield’s heritage – its medieval castle. The proposed building sits alongside a newly created landscaped park that exposes the castle ruins and former moat, whilst enlivening the adjacent riverside. A main gallery space to exhibit archaeological artefacts is supplemented by a cafe, shop and educational spaces. Materials from the site are utilised in the building’s construction, with artefacts contained by a new rammed earth exhibition wall and an existing 1960s pickhammered concrete retaining wall. A linear and horizontal design concept relates to the stratified archaeology of the site and the museum connects the different levels of riverside and park. 05 Sian Maycock - The Sheaf Reanimation The Castle Market site has been developed to expose the River Sheaf and utilise the river to generate local power in a new media artist exhibition centre.This building along with a proposed kinetic intervention at the confluence of Sheffield’s rivers, celebrate the geographical origin of the city whilst reflecting Sheffield’s rich industrial history by harnessing water power for use at different scales. The architectural interventions reanimate the rivers and mediate between different levels of the site to improve pedestrian routes and increase footfall across it. Outdoor seating is created for open-air film and a main square allows for public events and seasonal fairs. The interface between old and new technologies is investigated through the integration of a water wheel within the building. 06 Hung-Tsung (Casper) Lin - SPOLIA Institution This project builds upon the medieval history of the site where stonework from Sheffield’s raised castle was salvaged for reuse in buildings elsewhere. The Spolia Institute is a new organisation for preserving, repairing, recording and exhibiting valuable architectural components whilst creating a platform to promote and facilitate their relocation and reuse. The institute’s administrative, curatorial and specialist workshops spaces are supported by a gallery and event spaces for the cultural consumption and acquisition of spolia. Known archaeological fragments of Sheffield Castle are embedded ‘in situ’ within the institute whilst the building’s structure is assembled by reusing reclaimed concrete columns and beams from the 1960s Castle Market, reflecting the concept of spolia within the building itself. 07 Valandis Kallis - The Market of Events The Market of Events will be a publicly accessible piece of infrastructure to support the staging of cultural events within the city. The proposal comprises an archive of events and fairs together with workshop spaces that will be used to make and curate contemporary events and celebrations, including the building of theatrical props and scenery. The project creates a new cultural public space in the historic location of Sheffield’s castle ruins and former Castle Market, building upon the tradition of gatherings and events upon the site. The Market of Events will be a cultural destination reintroducing the idea of events and fairs, developing a contemporary approach to the way events and civic celebrations are held, and enhancing the vibrancy of Castlegate and its connectivity within Sheffield’s city centre.
08 Le Qiu - The Future of Castlegate Since market trade was relocated to the Moor Market in 2013, Castlegate has been deprived of its main economic driver and one of its most important characteristics. Alongside this, future council plans focus on the excavation of Sheffield Castle and ignore the heritage of retail which began on the site in around 1297. This project analyses the site from cultural, physical and economic perspectives and proposes an alternative business case, along with urban strategies and design guidance, to define a new vision for Castlegate which respects the tradition of its historic markets. 09 Alex Gilbert - A Stronghold for the People of Sheffield The regeneration strategy acknowledges the significance of Sheffield’s castle ruins and places them, quite literally, central to its agenda. The proposal is to use the remaining archaeology as a physical framework to guide a future development, in the form of a Stronghold, with cultural values that are intrinsically linked to its social history. The proposal is to create a business enterprise hub focused on nurturing the creative talents of Sheffield with a strong community and educational agenda. The Stronghold will facilitate a reinterpretation of the site through its strategic and commanding riverside presence. 10 Benjamin Tosland - Weaving Urban Communities This project seeks to regenerate Sheffield’s most historical route as a viable way of accessing the city centre from places that are being increasingly alienated. The areas in question have both a rich cultural and social identity along with buildings of architectural and historical significance. There are a series of ‘voids’ along the way into the city that this project addresses in order to re-centralise these forgotten communities. Through repairing these voids and utilising the social and architectural value of this route, this area will once again become a social hub and somewhere that people are proud to live.
11 Ilan Bitterman Itzcovich - Castlegate Plaza and Interchange This proposal aims to set out a strategy to link some of the isolated areas of Sheffield to the proposed ‘gold route’.The project aims to resolve the conflicting transportation junction between the streets of Castlegate and Waingate by creating a pedestrian plaza whilst pushing the buses underground; using the old town hall and basement of the Castle Market tower as an interchange station.This will provide a friendly solution to separate pedestrians from the traffic, as a reinterpretation and development of the strategies developed in the 60s on the site. 12 Zhefan (Geoff) Feng - Unpeeling Castlegate This project aims to harness the educational, cultural and inspirational potential of Castlegate, building upon its complex history from the Castle to the markets and the Old Town Hall. The proposal attempts to combine these heritage assets through the opening up of the historic castle ruins and the establishment of a new public park.
Full catalogue of student work from the School of Architecture Summer Exhibition 2015.