“The greenest building is one that is already built.”
Carl Elefante, 2012.
Located along Trent River and Meadow Lane Lock in Nottingham, this new foundation school of architecture represents a change in the future of architectural education.
The ‘Pre-Arch’ curriculum is based on the idea of preparation prior to BArch where students are taught the skills and knowledge, they need to be successful in architecture school.
The design of the building reflects this curriculum with flexible spaces designed to accommodate 150 students. The spaces include a large central workshop, open-plan studio, two lecture rooms, and smaller group and individual study spaces. The building also has a roof garden, café, and exhibition space that encourages integration with the public.
The design concept for this building is the sustainability of building reuse, which is why the existing Environmental Lab Agency building onsite has been retained and integrated into the design.
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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