The contemporary scene of central London’s architectural landscape is far from stagnant. The skyline is almost continually littered with cranes and scaffolding as the pricy fight for urban space skyrockets, often at any cost to the already deteriorating environment.
At the heart of this project is the Studio 13 ethos of re-appropriation in the name of being carbon conscious, with the more project specific aim of retaining and utilising as much of the existing structural framework from the deemed ‘unsalvageable’ building on site.
The design decisions throughout this project were largely shaped by the site’s urban constraints as well as the more prominent topics of efficiency and embodied carbon retention and reduction. The union of a lightweight timber frame in conjunction with the existing repurposed framework onsite, made for a best-case scenario as far as creating a carbon efficient high rise.
The proposal consists of two major components, the primary being the revitalisation of tactile craftsmanship that is no longer as prominent in central London as it once was. The secondary programme is several modular living quarters which are perched in the existing framework providing accommodation for the attending students or associated craftsmen.
The project is largely led and moulded by its positioning in the very pedestrianised part of Holborn, with the underlying connection of community altering the threshold of public and private, as a pedestrian path cuts the corner of the block and meanders through the proposal.
To further extend the proposal’s efficiency, ambient and direct natural light was the biggest variable when considering form, as passivity meant less reliance on fossil fuel amenities. In conjunction with this, architects such as Tadao Ando have heavily influenced my thought process, with his very minimalist yet exciting aesthetic which contrasts the human habitation of a building without making it feel bare.
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