For this design module AD671, with the site being based at the Old Central St. Martin’s building in Holborn, London, we were asked what does ‘Arts and crafts’ mean to us. Other projects ranged from music to stained glass, but for me, sculpture and namely stone sculpture is most closely related to the world of crafts. The Old Central School of Arts and Crafts was previously a university complex which today is only minimally in use by art students and the rest of the building now being preserved until renovation which offered up a lot of ideas and space for design. Therefore, with the current building being listed for renovation from the old school into a new set of hotels open to the public, we were tasked with designing an alternative ‘crafts’ school which would not only involve the teaching of such activity but also the exhibition of work alongside residencies for visitors requiring a longer stay whether it be for business or leisure.
Having previously designed on this site in our first semester for a similar project being an exhibition with tenants also occupying the space, we then had a good bank of knowledge to begin getting creative. With this in mind, I designed a stone sculpture school with student and public access for both teaching and exhibiting the lavish sculptures. Accompanied by a tower block of living ‘pods’ for visiting tenants, this large-scale project was an enjoyable and rewarding challenge.
This image below is in relation to the technology side of this module, which involves a 1:20 section of our finished proposal, exposing the raw material, environmental, constructional and structural elements that went into the design.