sketch models

Sketch models at 1:500 scale showing the design process from the beginning of the project.

Development Models.

This model served as a basis in the process of starting and connecting the different typologies of the design process. Its was about trying to create, enable people to be smart with things and within things, using the structure not just as a container, but rather, as something more active, more dynamic which will, at the end of the day, benefit the users.

The Power of information

After watching a Ted talk by Usman Haque about extreme connectivity(smart people dump objects) I started noticing, progressively, the potential and the possible application in my design. My intension for the business school, as Usman was describing it in his talk, was a short of joint experience between the community and the school. A short of openness and transparency which could be achieved through the medium of information.

The business school aims to connect things together that other people might have not thought to connect in the first place. It is about establishing a platform which other people could come and innovate on top of that!

landmarking..

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How do you design a landmark without interfering with the quality of the surroundings? The idea of the business school being visible from around the area was something desirable, however, an extremely large building was something impossible according to the brief. Thus, the purpose of that extended platform is not only to act as a landmark and offer a retreat for the users+visitors. It is also used for controlling things like light and ventilation through its position, shape, angle and size

Devolopment Model

This was my first development model bringing all the bits and pieces together, trying to think and test all of the design decisions. Check in three dimensions what is working, what is not and what things could be improved.

Trying to contextualise my design intensions is for me the hardest thing of the design process. How do you translate words into drawings and how could you be sure you did it in the best possible way?

Within this model, I continued working with the idea of the ”housy” structure as my motive was to design something that people would be comfortable with, engage with and not come in total contrast with the surroundings. Hence, I started experimenting with little ”pockets of sky” in the roof  and started playing with the shape in order to start deconstructing a solid idea, create new points of interest and establish a new sense of place bring the desirable elements  and outcomes back together for the formation of my final design.

Negative Space

As my intension is designing a building with an intension of acting as a servant for the community, the qualities and the experience of entry are vital in the implementation of the intension in full capacity.

Facade Qualities

This model was a first attempt of trying and contextualising RWY’s skyline into a facade screaming about the regeneration talking place in and around the yard without intervening or ‘insulting’ the surroundings. Another vital part of the investigation was light. Hence, the big windows along all three floors of the building, are trying to bring as much light as possible inside the building, while, at the same time, give a small taste of what to expect on the inside- tell a story

Forming the Space Over Time

Because of the static, quite linear post war spatial configuration of the RWY, roads and buildings act as a set of divisions, linkages and barriers along the site. As a result, I was wondering how a design intervention( objects, building, shadows or just reflections) could act in a ‘manipulative’ way to enable people to move around the space and experiencing it, not just passively observing it.

Sustainability mechanism..

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The plot for the business school is located 10 min away form the university campus by car. However, instead of looking at it as a handicap, I decided to use it as a catalyst in the formation of my design proposal.

My intension was the building to act as an ‘ambassador’ of Plymouth University, in a part of the city, community, which was not easily reached before. Hence, the idea of an autonomous structure, not depended entirely on the rest of the university, started to take shape in a form of energy diagram. This independence in terms of power and energy consumption is an initial step on how to make Plymouths business school a more modern, desirable and sustainable school while generating a ‘dialogue’ with the community.