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This proposal is a new civic bath located in Sneinton, Nottingham. The project is an exploration of the phenomenology of ruin, where my intent is the formation of an architectural language which has the potential to create moments of beauty and connection within my work through the use of trauma. This is achieved through a theoretical parasite which travels across my scheme, acting as the guiding lines of circulation as it morphs the spaces it moves through with the introduction of symbolic vulnerabilities. Rips in the walls acting as windows, changes in ground level forming implied seating and ornament which disarticulates basic architectural formations such as the corners are all used to humanise my spaces and form a connection with the visitor through a shared sense of vulnerability and temporality. To form my understanding of this phenomena, I have explored the imaginary prisons of Giovanni Battista Piranesi in which he introduced me to the dark architectural fantasies composed of overly complex construction and clutter masked in subterranean shadows. These fantasies set forth my exploration of the ruin and lead me to a more recent precedent. Lebbeus Woods is an architect who explored these ideas in his theoretical reconstructions of war-torn cities with the use of scaring. Through these precedents, I found the possibility of an architecture which does not adhere to any ideal, but through its tangible language it embraces and reflects temporal qualities shared among all things in nature.

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Dominik  Los
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Dominik Los
BArch Architecture
NTU Year 3 Medal

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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