NTU Architecture Subject Group

The Waves

The Waves is a complex consisting of a Library, River Trent & the Canal Research Centre and an underground Aquarium situated near the Meadow Lane Lock, where the canal meets the river.

The concept of the design flourished from the water element that strongly defines the site and the city. Rivers flowing through industrial cities, such as the River Trent, were stripped of their nature. The Waves aims to draw attention to the river and its watercourses, where environments are today recovering and refilling with vast biodiversity.

The project enchants with its contrasting realms of different atmospheres, and the manipulation of scale through full height spaces and a tall aquarium connecting the underground realm to the above ground world. Light timber and glass structures covered with roofs, reminiscent of shells, tower over the dark concrete cave-like structure that hides the aquarium. The internal street that runs along the body of moving water invites visitors to submerge into the world where books meet water.

Julia Bialy
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Julia Bialy
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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