A 1960s, non-listed lab building is regenerated into an innovative school of Architecture, where sustainability, heritage and creativity are key principles. By using existing brickwork, this design saves 65kgCO2e/m2 of carbon, which equates to a whole football pitch of British Woodland. The heritage of Meadow Lane Lock, Nottingham Canal and the River Trent is conserved, creating a sensitive, yet architecturally innovative and exciting proposal.
The new structure is of Passivhaus standard, with timber columns growing into complex timber grid shells. One over an atrium encased in old brickwork, the other over a design studio. The design demonstrates the key methods of adaptive reuse; preservation, insertion and integration.
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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