I have a keen interest in housing and community architecture as I believe that architecture designed specifically for its user can have the greatest impact, combining that with linear geometries creates simple, beautiful, and fit for purpose spaces. I also believe that the environment should be considered at every turn point, from timber structural elements to permeable paving.
Energy, Landscape, Culture: The Urban Food Exchange
Located on the banks of Maryhill Locks in Glasgow, this urban food exchange brings the methods of food production into the city and opens up understanding of its processes to the local and wider community. The main element of this scheme is the live in aspect and its relationship to the production elements. The design looks at both parts (the hub and the house) as separate but interconnected elements that communicate and connect to one another as well as the wider landscape of the Maryhill community.
This proposal uses natural resources in many elements, from structural and cladding materials (timber) to a water source heat pump and solar flowers for operational energy Not only does it use renewable energies it also brings new energy to the maryhill locks stretch of the canal as well as the wider community.
The scheme is designed from the existing landscape and adds another level of space for the local and wider community to enjoy. The buildings themselves frame one of the four lock basins opening up to the existing and drawing in new life.
Food is a central part of culture, you are what you eat, the hub element of the scheme brings in an easily accessible option the differs from the mass produced meals that are the easiest option for much of the city. Bringing local fresh produce and a place to learn about and buy that produce encourages a healthier culture for generations to come.
This element contains the production aspect of the scheme. Kitchen, workshop, production, learning, and assembly as well as service space; office, toilets, changing rooms, storage, and plant room. The working spaces interact with each other keeping the service spaces out of the way of everyday working and interaction with the community.
This element of the scheme looks at the residential aspects. It creates a relaxed environment for residents to wind down from working in the Hub. The central atrium connects the whole building to the outside roof terrace and lights the shared spaces.
The scheme incorporates renewable building materials in the structure and in the external finishes. It takes into account the lack of southern exposure and the access to canal for energy. It uses solar flowers instead of solar panels to maximise energy gains, and a water source heat pump in the canal. The combination of these things consider the operational impact of the building.