The House that Kevin Built 2012 The Brighton Waste House

Virtual architecture

The following virtual project presents an imagined architectural application of the final THTKB build

Hybrid-virtual community for College of Arts and Humanities

level three interior architecture student
The design idea originated from initial site analysis where I noticed that the different art departments had a clear segregation from one another. This meant there was no interaction between students, other than those on the same course. Which I personally felt is a necessity, as anyone involved in an art-based course will share aspects of another course at some point. For example architects make models, so communicating with someone from a 3D course is helpful. Therefore this led me to design somewhere that students would be able to share and exhibit their work.

The key spaces I am designing are:

  • Exhibition Space/Auditorium - A space for students to publish and exhibit work.

  • Isolation booths - These rooms will consist of having video editing software, allowing students to make their own videos of there work.

  • Individual and group reading rooms - Tutorial rooms, private rooms, lecture rooms.

  • Knowledge Bank - A space where all the information from student’s i.e. there work is stored. Creating an advanced blogging system.

Other design issues I wanted to tackle included the South East corner to make Grand Parade feel more complete. An important part of my design was the connections between one space to another; I wanted there to be a series of complex walkways. I have been looking into qualities of transparency, being able to see through into other spaces.

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level three interior architecture student

Programme

Form prior investigation into the site [Datascape] it is evident that the structure of the building has in an accretive nature begun to form a building predominantly made up of wings of which the South wing is currently absent. Further investigation into this ‘absent wing’ has revealed much speculation that it will someday become the new architecture school. Therefore, from these findings, the proposed programme for THTKB is to form the central hub for the new architecture school.

This hub, a word meaning “a centre around which other things revolve or from which they radiate; a focus of activity, authority, commerce, transportation, etc.”, will be the centre point of the architectural school which will form a space where architectural conversation can be exchanged. Conversation can, metaphorically speaking, be described as the driving factor of the architecture school but in this instance it can also be considered as the physical. In other words this hub can be described as the driving force that feeds the parasitic elements.

The parasitic elements will form the spaces required for the architecture school [such as studio, gallery, lecture, workshop, computer and tutorial space] these spaces will overlap/grow/adapt depending on their required use. The parasites will take strength from their host, the East and West wings of the existing site at Grand Parade. This attachment to the existing will begin to establish the architecture school with existing programmes on the site by creating connections from the new elements [THTKB, metal workshop, Raku firing area, smoking shelter etc.] to the existing [sculpture studios, south-facing and east facing walls, perimeter fence etc.]. A new entrance along the existing perimeter fence will provide a new entry point for everyone at Grand Parade; this will alter the circulation in the South-East corner of the site and will further integrate the architecture school with the rest of the art school.

Concept

The conceptual idea that will drive the project is one concerned with the accretive nature of the site and how the parasitic elements may begin to grow / expand / evolve in response to the user. The new architecture school will begin to establish itself on the Grand Parade site through occupation of the first floor of THTKB. This space will be the centre, ‘the hub’, of the architecture school. This hub will form a space for conversation, the central driving force of the architecture school, which will feed the parasitic elements allowing the architecture school to further establish itself within the South-East corner of the site. The parasitic elements will be expand / contract depending on the programmatic needs, adjusting in terms of scale with changes in density of people. There is a symbiotic relationship between the parasites as one element expands the other contracts creating a living architecture that adapts to user needs.

Programme [Re-developed]

The central hub of the architecture school [THTKB], a space for, what could be described as the driving force of any architecture school, conversation. This will take form of an archive, which will provide the material for such conversation. There will be a series of other spaces that form the rest of the architecture. These will include; a workshop that will be designed to be included in the redevelopment of the existing metal workshop and Raku; parasitic elements that will attach to the South-East and West wings and a large pavilion that will be reconfigured to accommodate a range of functions.

The idea behind these elements is that the ‘hub’ will feed the school in terms of architectural conversation but the parasitic elements will begin to feed from the facilities of their host for example; by working will students from other courses a totally new architectural conversation will be created such as, architectural conversation related to graphic, sculpture or performance. This symbiotic relationship allows the parasitic elements to give back to their host by returning this conversation in turn creating ‘a hybrid school’ that begins to not only be defined by its own discourse but one that takes on external influences. The pavilion is to be designed to further enforce the parasitic relationship the architecture school has with its host, not in terms of how it feeds from it but how it gives something back.

1  THTKB - Archive / Reading Room / Computer Room

THTKB is the central ‘hub’ of the architecture school, a school driven by architectural conversation, therefore THTKB has been adapted to accommodate an archive area whereby architectural conversation may stem from. This archive area has been split over three levels:

Basement: Will house a computer suite that will not only function as the architecture schools general computer facility but will also the students to have access to a database of all the previous students work. Overtime this database will become an invaluable resource allowing students to effectively and efficiently research projects that are of interest to them.

Ground Floor & First Floor: Will hold an archive of all the current architectural magazines and books, as the space is limited once the archive is back dated to a certain point the it will be moved to the universities library to allow for new editions but ensuring students still have access to the material. On the ground floor an addition THTKB has been made to create a small peaceful reading room disjointed from the rest of the architecture school, this space benefits from a South-East facing window which allows the space to be flooded with light during the morning hours.

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