During the Third Year my architectural designs looked at the question of boundaries, be they physical or mental. Each project marked an important development in the journey of the individual.
African culture and traditions have existed for thousands of years, but recently have reached a point of near extinction.
Concepts from architecture and the performing arts can be transferred from one to the other, and back again. Concrete helps to ‘materialize’ my intentions of turning the static into dynamic, as a principle of transformation.
Our personal histories informs the way we interpret the world around us. Our past creates prejudices that we unconsciously adopt. While memory informs our life and desires.
My exploration began from an inquiry into the adaptation of human skin particularly the identification of the primary conditions of metamorphosis, interstitial spaces, primal instruments, evolving landscape and incubation.
The brief for the year dealt with the idea of archiving the intangible. An everyday object or event was to be observed, analysed and its intangible qualities recorded.
Everyday the world seems more and more chaotic. Yet we survive the trauma. We adapt to every transformation. We end the jeopardy of endless possibility, of destruction and failure, through inventiveness and imagination.
PEOPLE, ENVIRONMENT & PLACE. The proposed Photographic Gallery is sited along the busy Orchard Shopping District but is isolated from the surrounding activities by congested roads flanking it.
A carpark in SoHo Manhattan, is the site for a Film Festival HQ. The proposal for a 9 x 60m shaft site provides a 70-seater movie theatre and 3 private viewing screens all arranged around an elevated mesh foyer platform.
My response to the brief’s title, ‘urban oasis’, was to try to create something that deliberately opposed itself to its immediate context. The hostel proposes a communal, semi autonomous existence for its residents, in the middle of an area dominated by trading floors, offices and the rest of the machinery of the financial world.
A double series of sensitive structural fibres receive and integrate diverse layers of programmatic and site-specific information through a process of material proliferation, collaboration, and mutual accommodation, to build up a porous skyscraper typology into the United Nations Headquarters (NYC).
The key aim of the project is to create a narrative of place and ‘placelessness’. The scheme consists of a subterranean performance hall and archive, irrigated gardens, folly and a reservoir.
My project uses the analogy of physical growth to conceive of problems posed by digital space. Architectural issues of scale and site need to be reconsidered as they are no longer fixed, but endlessly malleable.
My project for a library explores the anxiety and the pleasure of a quest for learning, expressed as an endless journey whose boundaries extend in successively infinite proportions.
Volcanic form is defined by shifting boundaries. The earth trembles and smoke billows. To order to recreate the atmospheric in a static architectural form an investigation of the use of a ‘volcanic’ line may prove useful.
By making and unmaking, by constructing a series of tools and then dismantling them, a conceptual path and body of work were formed that enabled the approach to the bridge and lodge proposal in the Swiss Alps.
The programmatic character emerged through the recognition of the site as a composite palimsest of material movements and secretions all with equal meaninglessness. An archaeological site attitude nihilistically recognises all moments and artefacts as transient;
In the site next to Beckton Gasworks, traces of contamination from earlier industrial activity remain in the soil.
Archaeological excavations in Gibraltar’s network of natural caves have yielded Neanderthal and Classical finds of world importance.
The site of my project is located between the factories of Maquiladora industry and the colony for the workers in Mexicali on the border of U.S and Mexico.
The project explores the notion of a façade as a projected ‘drawing’.
Rising a few metres from the Hampstead Bathing Ponds, in the Vale of Health, is the source of the River Fleet. Apart from this small group of reservoirs, this ancient river tracks a subterranean route to the Thames where it exits at Blackfriars.
Guild was a year long programme, developing themes which sought to address issues within the contemporary construction industry.
Landscape surface is an appearance, not the real nature of land. Substance is the tangible matter of which it consists.
Initially a structural and spatial organisation was developed as a principal language to be examined and tested on different scales and for different uses.
The project explores how inward reflection and collective experience can influence architecture.
Re-Silvering the Mirror is an architectural investigation, which strips bare the process of editing and reveals the complex political and cultural mechanisms behind it.
The project began with an interest to find out how architecture and spatial dynamics can be generated through the study of psychology and emotional expression.
My scheme proposes a park supported from and running the length of London Bridge. The park will create a new pedestrian route into the city and reconnect the surrounding area and its existing transport network with the river.
This project proposes a new ferry terminal at Leith (port of Edinburgh) to receive ships making the crossing to Zeebrugge.