Prior to the tragic fire in The Bank Buildings, the surrounding public space served as a bustling thoroughfare of social interactions and gatherings. The following weeks have served to identify issues for the surrounding businesses; a lack of footfall and serious restriction of access to their shopfronts due to fencing which has been erected around the perimeter of the fire befallen building.
Our proposal is to create and active hoarding; spaces within the restricted perimeter for social gathering and discussion. Not only does our proposal create an attraction for public interaction but also creates a tall shield from potential degradation of the damaged building, allowing ease of movement around the site.
It occurred through discussion that during this time of the year people benefit from shelter away from the inclement weather. Interactive spaces include a covered performance space for local buskers and a retail library with covered seating area.
The structure not only interacts with the street but also serves as a decorative hoarding for the contractor and associated companies, serving as a highlight to attract public attention to the positive work being done in the face of tragedy.
Location | Rijeka, Croatia
Client | EASA Croatia
Design & Workshop Tutors
Brett Mahon Joonas Parviainen Saagar Tulshan Shreyansh Sett
Level Up in its process & built form is a site-specific design & build workshop aiming to readapt the disused rooftop of the Export Drvo buildings extension located next to the Dead Canal in Rijeka's Delta area, bringing it to life as a meeting place for locals. The pavilion starts at the street, with multiple levels reaching the elevated terrace built on top of the extension. You can walk up, climb, jump or hop, sit or sleep, meet & greet, host a group on Level Up. A raised platform on the terrace provides for small gatherings to be addressed and a observation level steps up to allow users to gaze at the city beyond.
Level Up is to become a social/Event space outside the Export Drvo, which is set to become an important venue when Rijeka becomes Europe’s culture capital 2020. The pavilion provides a beautiful view of the canal, the ‘Galeb Ship’, and Rijeka’s beautiful post industrial Harbour.
The great significance of public places in the urban environment is well known, as is their lacking in the center of city Rijeka, which is especially pronounced in the Delta zone. Instead of creating new public urban area, this workshop puts focus on reclaiming existing space and creates a balcony to the Delta with an industrial aesthetic which will act as a public frontage
In an era where permanence of the built form has been defining what architects do, Level Up aims to celebrate Ephemeral Urbanism, which invites us to ponder material & spatial impermanence. Is a recognition of the transitory nature of physical substances integral to the city growth process? Level Up is not just a construction idea but a pursuit of this philosophy
Amongst the medley of sounds and colours of nature, a manmade structure stands divergent against the backdrop; a serene, airy, shaded space lifted above the earth.
Designed as a meditative space and place of reflection, the pavilion is aligned to the moon rise and was built as part of the 60th National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) India convention. Started in 1957, NASA India is a platform which was created to allow the knowledge of architecture to be spread amongst students with varied backgrounds. Each year the convention changes location from state to state, each time bringing together over 4000 students from all over India to participate in a 5-day agenda of competitions, workshops, seminars and talks.
This year’s convention took place at DC school of Architecture located among the hills of Vagamon in the southern state of Kerala. Known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters which lead up into the hillsides and mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantation.
Acting as a visual and emotional bridge between the user and the context, Reflection is intended to create a spatial experience of calm, serenity and self introspection through the simplicity of the design and framed views to the context which is surrounding. The space extends to invite gatherings, and provide shelter from wind. A space not just for meditation, but concentration and contemplation. Completed in 3 days by a team of 30 students, the pavilion is constructed from locally sourced azobe timber which gives the structure tones of red that complement the colour of the local soil.
Co Tutors - Brenden Holbeach, Saggar Tulshan, Shreyansh Sett
Located in the Harbour of Frederica in Denmark, Neptune is a bespoke steel framed structure which provides amenities for local fishermen. Sponsored by Quick Tube Denmark, it consists of over 600 steel members which where uniquely designed to be laser cut and assembled on site as part of this years European Assembly of Student Architects (EASA). Inset into the steel structure are stools, benches and work surfaces made of plywood along with steel fabricated grills, all of which was created by the 17 Architecture students who participated in the Neptune Workshop.
The idea of the workshop started with a simple observation during a site visit between Brett Mahon and Tobias Hrabec the previous October when they visited the location as part of an International Tutors Meeting held in Frederica during October 2016. It began by an interaction between two fishermen, one with a cup of soup from a sachet, the other with a pre-packed sandwich from the rear compartment of his motorised scooter. Both men had been fishing all morning and had caught many fish, but being so far from the possibly of cooking, they couldn’t indulge in even just one of their catches. From this observation and a few interactions with local fishermen the concept grew into an outdoor kitchen, to facilitate the preparation and cooking of fish, caught in the harbour, which during the summer months attracts over 40 fishermen.
The over all aim of the workshop was to create a functional space in the environment that would encourage social interaction with us and the local people.
The inclusion of a seated grilling area in the harbour created a focal point for people to cook together and share there catch. During the two weeks of the workshop it allowed for the structure to become an integral part of the community and eventually the locals took ownership of the structure when completed.
Collaborative with Rory Rankin
Collector Gatherer is a forest pavilion located in the heart of Nida, Lithuanian.
As we explore places we tend to collect or gatherer objects which connect with us. The permeable timber walls of this structure act as a gallery and sharing space for these found objects.
The walls change their shape and colour over time as a direct result of the people who use it. Each wall has multiple platforms which can contain treasures from the forest that anyone from local children to exploring tourists can collect and display for their next visit, or for those who use the shelter next.
Experimental study of shared living within an urban context.
Choosing a site in inner London with a rich existing industrial heritage I intend to re-establish a living typology that allows for a shared living experience with greater communal areas and a link into the existing fabric of an area which is characterised by creative co-spaces. Starting from the city I want to explore the nature of shared spaces moving inward from the urban to the domestic, deriving a tension between the different eras of industrial buildings in the area and creating a movement through lit, dimly lit and dark spaces.
City Dwelling | Collective living
Publication & graphic Work
Commissioned by Queen's University Belfast this was a publication focused around the progressive work of a group of student architects who worked extensively with local communities and city representatives to envision a better future for their city.
This is a on-going current publication with an exhibition and workshop launch planned for early summer.
A current project which is linked to a construction workshop during EASA 2018
As part of an audio / visual event this bar design will act as an installation and functioning bar facility. More info to come soon!
Installation | Munich
The moment a ray of intense light enters the room, through a crack in a window or a gap in a door. It is the unknown behind, which intrigues the mind. Is that light natural or artificial?
Viewing light at such intensity gives little notion of the source at play, other than your context and its relation to you at that moment in time. To blur the lines between the would would alter ones preconceptions.
Adaptation Shivers 1975
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A Series of image making which aims to explore the imagination.