Works - Photos
The Final Project - ARC330 - Community Hub
We all feel elation at reaching the top... so my project focused on a climbing tower that would use that metaphor to help Camborne people see that they too could climb out of deprivation. There are four building types within this project and numerous elements including a cafe, dance studio, creche, restaurant and bar and a community centre for accommodating young people and apprentices learning in workshops around a central square. This challenging task was important to me as I had already had the pleasure of working on a real-life project in Camborne, Holman Park. The quality of this town has been lost and I enjoyed being part of what I hope will be a new beginning for all who live and visit this Cornish gem.
Independent Exploratory Study - ARC310 - Contrast Therapy Centre
A tricky project. Developing a device that would change the perspective on the site. Recording the sound and the vision of the surroundings to develop a design that mirrored this feeling. At first it was obvious; capturing the light from the sea reflecting, refracting and dispersing. Actually achieving this in reality was far more complex. The development of fused glass for a large model helped to see the potential of light and water together. The final design for a contrast therapy centre on the edge of Swanpool Point used the scars of past interventions and considered the environment. Ultimately, I now believe the platform over the water would have been the 'pièce de résistance', sadly time was against me. The time spent studying in this free environment certainly gave me a whole new perspective and no site I visit in the future will be dismissed without the careful process of exploration.
Large Scale Design - ARC 230 - The Neighbourhood
Large scale does not necessarily mean a large space in which to work. The site at Falmouth Docks station, merely a car park, hypothetically turned into a raised street of eight homes. To fully utilise the area a glazed walkway ran though the street mimicking the railway line adjacent to the plot. Below, to capture the importance of bringing light into dark places, a 25m swimming pool helped to capture the diffused light from above and through the glazing walls of a community cafe. A particularly challenging project organised in groups. I was grateful for the help from my peers in developing and milling the site model which enabled more accurate model making and clearer thought process. The new student development linking to our new site could maybe have been better I thought a the time, but then we studied the budget....!
How Things Work - ARC140 - A Granite Staircase
The work of another architect is fascinating to study. My research of the Carlo Scarpa Olivetti Showroom staircase in Venice provided me with a whole new approach to detailing my work. The other works of Scarpa and those of the likes of Louis Kahn, amongst others, started to grab my attention. Creating a staircase from a pieces of stone cut in one single form was challenging. The use of Corian as a modelling material began to raise my interest in stone generally and led to an investigation of local granite quarries. The staircase was designed around my own home at the time, which if actually built would have provided a fantastic view of the sea. Regrettably, my landlord was not keen!