Titled Lost Futures, the second semester project of the third year proposes a counterfactual history that saw the London School of Architecture's radical origins realised. The project pivots from Somerset House to the adjacent Great Arundel Court through a reading of the history of the site, and its position in the contemporary urban fabric. Drawing on the legacy of British Modernism found across the river in Lasdun's National Theatre, the proposal calls for a number of disparate institutional elements united by a masterplan that prioritises unbuilt space and public terraces as future foundations.
An investigation of Somerset House drawing on the renaissance concepts of the bottega and studiolo. Serendipity led to the Melancholia exhibition at the Inigo Rooms. The project then takes on an analysis of Somerset House at a sequence of scales and abstractions: a study of Dürer's Melencolia; William Chambers' drawing and architecture; and a speculative proposal that imagines a new workshop, archive and exhibition space. The portfolio is framed as an exhibition held at the proposal, and asks questions of authorship and curation.
New offices and a 'safe space' for Thrive, a charity promoting discussion of mental health in London. Situated in Mitre Square, the proposal draws on the area's rich history, excavating disparate histories and taking cues from the historical traces of buildings, materials and organisational strategies. The office building forms a new frontage for the square, elevates the playground of the Sir John Cass Primary School and forms a new border for a reimagined public square.
Bottom project image: Thrive London zine. Photos forthcoming.
A new outdoor pool and physio center for Stoke Newington's West Reservoir. The project opens up routes to the West Reservoir, making the most of an underused resource in a deprived area of Hackney. The north shore of the reservoir is the site of the Westberry Down estate, currently undergoing regeneration. The proposal seeks to make good on the undelivered promises of community swimming facilities for displaced residents.
This project deals with the reconstruction of a Victorian terraced house on Broadway Market. The existing fabric is pulled apart and reused and an accoustically isolated studio inserted within the shell. A link between Broadway Market and Broadway Mews is established, blurring the boundaries between the internal and external, and private and public space. Part of a portfolio that won the 2016 RIBA CLAWSA prize.