NTU Architecture Subject Group

Organic Stimulation

The name of my project is Organic Stimulation. This relates to the natural intuitive ways in which children learn. Focussing specifically on children aged 3-8 years old, I have designed a unique educational environment in which the children control what they learn and how they do it.
My proposal is located on the Green’s Windmill site in Sneinton- a charming, small green haven away from the city. Young children learn through outdoor play, thus my design includes a large outdoor play area which acts as the heart of the scheme. The overall aim is to bring together children from Sneinton and the wider Nottingham community, allowing them to learn through play and engage with the different stimuli embedded within the design.

Key concepts throughout my design were the ideas of ‘connected yet individual’, and ‘free-flow of movement’. These each related to the site itself and to the characteristics of my chosen age demographic. Through following these, I have concluded with a design that connects the entire site and sits within its topography. The central outdoor space is visible from all levels of the building, and there is a ramp to encourage the flow of movement from level to level, which also overlooks both the outdoor play area and the windmill. A constant connection to the outside is achieved, emphasising the theme of nature whilst still remaining safe and secure for the children visiting.

Sahara Malcolm-Smith
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Sahara Malcolm-Smith
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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