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First Year Student Projects at Edinburgh School of Architecture
First Year Architectural Education Work Progress – by Daniel Lomholt-Welch, Scotland
7 Jun 2019
28 Jul 2018
Edinburgh School of Architecture First Year Student Projects
e-architect are following the progress of architecture student, Daniel Lomholt-Welch during his degree studies at Edinburgh University.
The first semester we worked on two projects, the first being “Material World”, and the second “Strangely Familiar”.
The first project of the semester involved a series of four brief, one-week projects, each centred on using different materials. Each material has distinct qualities and will create a specific atmosphere. They also require very different methods of construction.
This all contributes to requiring a unique way of designing a building depending on the materials that one uses to do so. Brick, timber, stone and concrete are four extremely diverse, and common building materials. Different parts of the world use a variety of materials, often depending on the resources available, and the climate of the project.
Practices which are common in the use of one material may not be used at all with other materials. For example, a timber frame is a common method of building with wood, however a stone frame would be totally inplausible and structurally unstable. The projects also involved reacting to different activities taking place in the building. Certain briefs require much more attention paid in some more areas than others would require.
We then had to choose one of our designs from this rotation to develop for our final proposal; I chose to develop the stone spa.
The brief for this project essentially requires the provision of 4 different spaces, each warranting a different quality and atmosphere, to serve the 4 activities in the brief (Arrival, Relaxation bed, Shower, Steam room). Therefore I decided that each space should be a building in its own right, connected by a long axial corridor. This allowed each space to create their desired atmosphere, while linking them all to each other, much like individual. beads on a string.
The second project was a more in-depth investigation of the specific needs of a certain industry, coupled with an introduction to residential architecture. It was important for our proposal to reflect this industry in its design. The residential aspect introduced us to having to cater for a specific group of people, and their roles in a family structure.
Consequently, the assembly of spaces in the home was incredibly important, as it helps define how a family will behave as a unit. It also introduced a “real-world” plot, meaning that the amount of research and site-analysis that was possible, greatly increased.
I was encouraged to look at the daily, weekly, and monthly rituals that are undertaken in the home, and how the spaces would relate to that. The relationship between private and public space was very important in this project, as well as the thresholds that define them. We were asked to consider how someone would move through the building, and how the internal and external spaces correlate.
The main precedent that I investigated for this project was the Eames House, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1949, in California. The house also incorporates a working area, much like the brief for our own project, and how this space is treated, and how it relates to the rest of the house is integral to the design itself. In the Eames’ design, a small courtyard separates the studio part from the domestic part. In our plot we didn’t quite have the space to achieve this, however I took inspiration in the concept behind separating these spaces.
The concept of my proposal is based on dividing daily life into 3 equal parts; we sleep for eight hours, work for eight hours, and ”live” for eight hours. The facade hence frames life by incorporating these 3 aspects of life into the 3 protruding timber/glass modules, which represent the introduction of domestic life upon the old stone buildings which did not previously harbour domestic life.
Photo of the form maquette, showing the three modules, inserted into the stone wall. These modules are flexible to face different ways, allowing me to visualise which way I wanted each of the roofs to slope.
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