Trentside Teatro establishes a new architectural landmark adjacent to Meadow Lane Lock on the bank of the River Trent; an important site south of the city belonging to Nottingham’s waterside heritage. Once an area of intense activity, the site has over-time, lost its purpose, from underuse to non-descript developments. The new landmark attempts to re-vitalise the area with a blended theatre and marketplace typology to encourage visitors from near and far. Its southern façade faces the river and is concaved, recalling a Baroque sensibility to landscape and building.
To coordinate space and structure, part-to-whole relationships have been exercised throughout the process allowing the composition to become distinctly centralized with an informal colonnaded perimeter to accommodate supporting functions. The auditorium form has considerable height over the immediate surroundings, bringing focus to its circular objectivity. The base has been punctuated with arched openings, allowing permeability from multiple sides for a dynamic theatre-in-the-round experience.
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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