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1. Introduction p. 3 2. Schools for the Future p. 4 3. Infill Site p. 10 4. Cube Project p. 16 5. Harbour Masters p. 18 6. Personalization of Space p. 26 7. Theatre of Cruelty p. 30 8. Blackmith p. 34 9. Pairetree Byre p. 36
I tend to take an investigative and holistic approach to architectural design. The direction of the research is usually determined by the project and I tend to use a combination of words and photography to express my intention. My ideas usually formulate through a collision of whimsical notions and functional ideals which I synthesise into a tangible form. I have wide ranging and varied interests. What has excited me most recently is what I would term ‘experiential architecture’ be it in the form of a subway intervention or aerial walkway, architecture that can generate and instil a sense of excitement holds a greater significance to me than a fanciful façade or instant icon. Conversely, I’m drawn to the decrepit and decayed; I believe that buildings can imbue a sense of time, history, and place; I have a deep seeded interest in ruins. Whilst studying in the UK I wrote my dissertation on the Japanese aesthetic WabiSabi, and from that point on my interest in ruins and the aging process has blossomed.
Schools for the future
St Peters Primary School
A school already exists on this site, but it’s far from ideal. The building is situated on the centre of the site so the playground is forced around the perimeter and the children are exposed to a busy high street. The building itself is uninspiring and the teachers expressved a sense of loathing towards it.
An awkward site located on a busy road overlooking the quayside in the city of Lincoln. The brief was to design a family dwelling suitable for an average family. The Site measured on 5 metres wide (approx.) and as such this posed several problems. . .
Solid, Skin, Void…
Exploring space - the tangible, the illusory, and perceived.
The brief was to design a new building for the Harbour Master at Brayford Pool in Lincoln. Included in the brief was a list of seemingly unrelated to spaces such as a visitor’s centre and a launderette. I couldn’t rationalise the juxtaposition of these spaces so I started to consider them as fractured elements.
This notion coupled with a brief study of the properties of water lead me to design a series of buildings linked by their orientation and proximity.
Personalization of space
Function of the frame
Both the clock and the light reside on my bedside table, and they are not alone. The frame that is my bedside table is a window into my everyday life, it is also a reflection of events, habits , and lifestyle. “Both in art and literature, the function of the frame is fundamental. It is the frame that marks the boundary between the picture and what is outside. It allows the picture to exist, isolating it from the rest; but at the same time it recalls – and somehow stands for – everything that remains out of the picture.” Italo Calvino
“Objects, like people, come in and out of our lives and awareness, not in some random, meaningless pattern ordained by fate, but in a clearly patterned framework that sets the stage for greater and greater self-understanding” The image is of a model which describes what it is to inhabit a space, to take control of it, and make it your own. As I see it, part of inhabiting a space is to surround ourselves with familiar possessions, be it books, music, furniture. Over time these possessions may come and go, new ones may be introduced, old ones replaced, but these objects find a natural order which creates the familiarity that puts us at ease with our surroundings.
Threate and Cruelty
Comprehensive Design Project
This project began with a study of an oriel window, from there the language that developed led me to consider the notion of being on display in a theatrical manner.
Using the musings of Antonin Artaud I designed this building as a vessel, listless and inert without its inhabitants, yet allowing for frivolity, freedom and exposure when occupied. In a sadistic twist of convention this theatre puts its inhabitant’s on display, the spectacle that unfolds within is clear for all to see – the spectators’ become the spectacle.
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
Lincoln is a city with a long history, much of which is told through its buildings. The city attracts visitors seeking to experience the old and the quaint, tea shops, bookshops, and boutiques clothes shops give the city an olde world feel. The brief of the blacksmiths project was to introduce a traditional trade to the market place – an area that feels sterile and generic.
I personally oversaw the total renovation of this property. This included extensive ground works, a new roof, and an extension. Replacing the roof afforded the opportunity to create some dramatic spaces by having a vaulted ceiling throughout. The building was stripped back to just the bare brickwork and refitted in a style and layout that suited the new owners lifestyle.
This is a property located in rural Lincolnshire, surrounded by farmland in a remote setting. The Byre had been converted into a dwelling sometime during the 80’s, but half the building remained in its original barn like state whilst the habitable part was woefully inadequate for more than one occupier.
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