In this first exercise, we will focus on two projects in London: Fitzroy Place and Iroko Housing. They are both new developments, one in Fitzrovia´s heart of a creative district; the other one in South Bank, by some of the most iconic cultural destinations in London. We will draw these buildings from their physical and material qualities to their intangible and performative qualities.
The first project replaced an old hospital into a mix used development that offers new homes, office space, stores and restaurants, all gathered around a patio that integrates an old chapel in its landscape design. The second project, arranged various type of affordable living around a communal courtyard and a neighborhood center. The aim is to discover how the building design reacts to similar challenges, for instance of circulation, scale or materiality; and examine how they relate differently to their adjacent urbanity to create specific urban environments.
To do this, the studio will be divided in two groups so that each member of the team can explore one specific topic. The elements to explore deal with tangible and intangible attributes so that the unseen essence is unveiled. The topics to explore are the following:
1- Circulation and Flow
2- Infrastructure and Network
3- Activity and User
4- Edge and Boundary
The challenge is to abstract the real building to just show the qualities of the topic the student chooses.