NTU Architecture Subject Group

Performance Polyvante et Usine

This project features two clusters of open-plan spaces which entice the visitor into a world of spectacle and performance. Taking inspiration in its form from the organic, yet choreographed shape of Labanotation the buildings look over an oasis of creativity in their courtyard which fosters the idea of performance for all, encouraging local people to hold their own shows for onlookers without the exchange of money and helping to make the arts more accessible (the buildings themselves features retail, studio, factory and mutli-purpose community spaces). This elitism is further considered through the development of eco- pointe shoes in the microfactory here. Shoes will be donated to those in low-income families as well as profits going to funding the arts in the local area. The factory space plays a huge role in this scheme, so visitors are encouraged to look into the spaces and watch the process. Heavy use of glazing and open plan arrangements helps to provide opacity for the visitor to see the activities taking place from both inside the building and out, including this pointe shoe manufacture (with the option to donate their old materials to be turned into shoes), performances in the outdoor, partially covered amphitheatre as well as retail and studio spaces. As further encouragement for sustainability and local arts, local artists have been commissioned to design privacy curtains with excess pointe shoe materials to provide a differing layer of opacity. The unique perforated brick façade casts atmospheric shadows into the spaces enhancing the performance of the space and making them more exciting for visitors as well as the balcony providing a view of Nottingham city and an experience for pedestrians passing below.

Alice Maylor
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Alice Maylor
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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