NTU Architecture Subject Group

Unearthed Plaza

My project, Re-Discovery, is a civic bath located on the windmill site in Sneinton. I chose this site due to its steep topography, incredible views and the windmill which sits atop the hill.
My project is about Re-Discovery and mystery, it is a combination of modern and ancient architectural styles, using elements and ideas from Roman and Greek architecture. Through my scheme I make the user feel a sense of mystery and curiosity when experiencing the ancientness and abnormality of my civic bath. The project has been designed to seem as if not for human use, everything found within the building is slightly bigger than what we are used to, along with the pristine condition of a seemingly ancient structure I want the user to feel that the baths were previously used by a different bigger race but have been long abandoned. Through my scheme I have excavated these ruins and repurposed them into a civic baths, with rooms and buildings that have had their original function forgotten through time being re discovered into baths, changing rooms and showers. I have used the topography to my advantage, burying parts of the buildings while revealing others. Through this juxtaposition of structure and ground I emphasised the abnormality and mystery of the building. While bathing inside the halls of the civic bath enveloped by the shadows cast down by the grand walls, only to be illuminated by the dim light of oil lamps, you will feel this sense of mystery about the past and curiosity of what the place could have once been like.

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Alan Lorenz
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Alan Lorenz
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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