NTU Architecture Subject Group

A Place To Grow

Drawing solutions from the lack of greenspace in city centres and how this effects our well-being, this Community Centre aims to provide 'A Place To Grow' for the people of Nottingham, through all stages of life. The scheme aims to resurrect our nature-society relationship, through the immersion in a re-wilded landscape, as Nottingham’s urbanisation period and subsequent urban spread made the countryside inaccessible for many. The Victoria Embankment is one of the largest greenspaces remaining in Nottingham and this project aims to enhance and reclaim our natural spaces for well-being and the sustainable survival of our cities.

A Place to Grow provides a home for the community to grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and nutritionally, all through the vehicle of nature. Children can come to learn and play, and the elderly can spend time in the gardens, library or learning about horticulture, in a naturally beautiful setting. The concept of growth and rewilding encourages a symbiotic relationship between plants and humans. By removing the machine-made features from the site, allowing flooding of the River Trent to become an Oxbow Lake, the site will become a hub of biodiversity and wellness.

Every part of the building programme and form is designed to reconnect people with the outdoors through learning and planting. The key elements of the brief: nutrition/rest/connect/learn/move relate to places in the typical home. The areas of Kitchen, Lounge, Study and Garden are divided into timber pods, connected by boardwalks, which are intended to expand and move across the site as the community’s needs change and as the site evolves and rewilds. The project illustrates these changes at 1, 10 and 25-year intervals. The building’s form appears to grow out of the ground, where the columns irregularly provide structural support, but also a haptic experience, imitating pond reeds and bulrushes.

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Maddie Rutherford-Browne
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Maddie Rutherford-Browne
BArch Architecture

BArch Architecture

The BArch (Hons) in Architecture course is focused on the creative and practical development of architectural design, investigated in a studio environment through a series of carefully considered practical and theoretical projects in a variety of spatial, social, cultural and topographical situations.

The purpose of the course is to align architectural concepts, thinking, techniques and values with current architectural thought and practice. It involves strategic thinking and creative imagination; problem-solving and research tasks; attention to detail and tectonic resolution; traditional and digital forms of representation; and public presentations and reviews. This course addresses the challenges of designing for diverse communities and cultures and develops Part 1 graduates with creative vision, practical skills and an ethical position in respect of the role of the architect in a globalised world.

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