NTU Architecture Subject Group


Common ground – “a foundation of common interest or comprehension, in a social relationship or discussion”.

The brief requested a Civic building for the community of Nottingham on my chosen city-centre site.

Research allowed me to discover the fascinating range of communities Nottingham accommodates. With culture being an important factor to me, I developed my project around this observation. My design features a range of adaptable but lifelong spaces, with a large gathering hall being the main feature. I designed an intriguing foyer to wrap around and a stair tower that provides access to upper floors such as meeting rooms, roof-terrace, and a glazed top floor which allows views out into the city including the historic Nottingham Castle.

The aim is to encourage interaction from which I derived terms such as transparency and interlocking.

I expressed these themes through my building and façade with conjoining structures and contrasting materials, all coming together as one to create a welcoming space for the community.

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Rachel Nti
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Rachel Nti
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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