An Ode to the Soul is an exploration of each element and layer making up the soul of the Workers Cottages located in Ambergate, Derbyshire. Through my own investigation I have divided the soul into the Surface (context and body), the Experience (textures and lights) and finally the Legacy (memories and evidence of time). The factors have then been used to imprint and echo the narrative of the cottages by wrapping and preserving the building in a Corten wrap. The cottages have been converted into a live/work environment for a family of 4 with a focus on textures and wayfinding in order to help the partially sighted client navigate her home.
Entrance Walkway The entrance into the garden through the kayak storage opens up into a natural haven for wildlife. The corten walkway divides the garden up into the wildflower rockery and the natural pool and eventually splits to allow access down to the river or into the cottage
Kitchen The kitchen is located on the first floor and gives the first opportunity to the witness the extent of the openings created from the corten wrap around the roof and facade. The large skylights allow for the room to be filled with light throughout the day as the sun travels around the cottage.
Library Atrium When entering the main entrance to the cottage the space opens up into a double height atrium. The space is designed to be multifunctional allowing for storage for the clients extensive book collection and any coats or shoes the family might want to put away when they return home. The corten wrap around the library creates a secret nook for the family to sit and read underneath the changing dappled light created through the perforations in the corten.
The MA Interior Architecture and Design is a multi-dimensional course which incorporates the understanding of interior, spatial and architectural design alongside an awareness of building structure.
The course is an intensive 53 week in length, and it is divided into three successive terms: Certificate, Diploma and Masters. The DIPLOMA SHOW is the conclusion of Term 2, launched in July 2021. At the end of Term 3 October 2021, the same students present their MASTERS SHOW before entering into industry or further studies.
The course has a very strong studio-based culture which is reflective of professional practice, with a combination of design and skills-based teaching and exploration with a strong focus on the spatial investigation, humancentric and holistic use of space.
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