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I am delighted to welcome you to The Glasgow School of Art Graduate Showcase 2020. We hope you enjoy our creative response to mounting a physical degree show during the current pandemic. Our digital platform enables us to share the work of our hugely talented graduates at this important moment in their careers.

As a creative community we understand and value the significance of the physical public exhibition, and its importance to the individual practitioner and their audience. Once we are able to move beyond social distancing, the GSA is committed to assisting our graduates as they enter their creative careers, supporting them to develop physical exhibitions which showcase their work. Our support will manifest itself in sponsorship and access to exhibition spaces, and our dedicated team are developing a guidance framework for this next stage as I write. Glasgow as a city thrives on the quality and volume of its exhibition and cultural programming, it is essential that the GSA and its graduates continues to contribute to this going forward and we are committed to making this happen.

The work within this exciting digital showcase represents the culmination of a student’s time with us, their unique creative journeys and signals the start of their professional lives.  You will notice as you scroll through the site exploring the work of our students, that a number of them have linked their work to the National Union of Students’ Pause or Pay campaign and a group of PGT students have chosen not to submit work at this time, the reasons for which are detailed within their personal statements.  We hope that these students will in time submit work and the digital platform has been developed to allow this.  All students can add new work as they complete it allowing them to share with you over the next 12 months the development of their practice as they transition from graduate to professional practitioner.

We invite you to join with us as we celebrate our students, view and engage with their work and reflect on the importance of creative people and creative education in complex and challenging times.

Penny Macbeth
Director, The Glasgow School of Art

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Performance Hall Model

Simple model images showing the sheltered walkways around my performance hall.

Performance Hall Interior Render

This render shows the main space of my performance hall, and can be viewed in three dimensions by clicking here (https://api2.enscape3d.com/v3/view/cc22a562-8204-4b8a-9a35-ede98f92963e?fbclid=IwAR0Fd5ew0veZggyi3Fzn1gy2OZkTqbk9DL-7L04rYr4QQgnSsVOP7vVxxxY)

Performance Hall Perspective Section

Performance Hall Site Plan

Library Model 1

Library Model 2

Perspective Site Plan_ relationship between two buildings

Introduction to Residential Retreat_ Concept diagrams

Exterior Render and Plans

Interior Renders

Exploded Isometric_ Technical study and Private void study

Perceptive Section_ layers

Introduction of Performance Hall _ Concept diagrams

Exterior Render and Plans

Interior layout and study & Illustration of Interior spaces

Exterior view and relationship to Retreat & Exploded Isometric_ Construction

Cross Section from Pier

Space Between Water.

Landscape Design

A series along the site, detailing how the land interacts with the water.

Rendered Site Plan

Extended Pier.

Perspective Performance Hall Section

Interior View of Balloch Performance Hall.

RESIDENTIAL RETREAT PERSPECTIVE ELEVATION

The view of the retreat is shielded partially by the untamed trees, to give the building a sense of security from those that use the park. The glass of the building creates a visual connection between the interior of the building and Balloch's landscape.

RELAXATION SPACE

A space at the top floor dedicated to people who want to escape from other social spaces. It gives people time to themselves, whilst overlooking the river and the scenery beyond.

SISTEMA

Representation of the residential retriet and concert hall for the SISTEMA charity and the local community in Balloch, Scotland.

cross-section river leven

axonometric site plan

entrance

Music Retreat

The combination of a residential and performance space is captured within the landscape of Balloch. Its beautiful surroundings remain interrupted with the buildings matching the tranquil setting. The juxtaposition of the buildings catches the eye of by passers and lures them in for more.

Interaction

The way the buildings interact with one another is portrayed in this social scene. An open private space connects the two buildings together, allowing the children to interact with one another and remain in a safe space.

The Site

Accommodation Section

Bedroom View

Bedroom View

Performance Hall Section

Performance Hall View

Site Section

The Pedestal

Initial schematic drawing and the development work at 1:2 scale.

Site Isometric

Construction Details

Construction Model

Showcasing the relationship between the brick volumes and timber roof.

Site plan at 1:500 scale

Initial arrival section/ elevation to the site at 1:500 scale

Site section at 1:500 scale

Site section at 1:500 scale

Detailed section and elevation

Visualisations

Park Leven & Sistema Music Retreat

The Sistema Music Retreat project, for myself, was about creating two different buildings, in what I found to be a beautiful pastoral setting, that would create a semi private semi courtyard that kids and young adults can enjoy and have a free and diverse experience during their stay. The idea of having activities and places semi privatised for the kids was a leading factor in the design process for the River Side House and Leven Hall. After drawing the two buildings on site and working out the physical relationship they had with one another I wanted to go one step further and solidify the relationship my design had with its surroundings. On this map is not only my design for the Sistema retreat but also a redesign of the area. New pathways, activities and less tar parking lots. Having been inspired by the works of David Chipperfield, Gaudi’s Park Guell and the idea of place this project aims to give back both to the community and nature while not boldly conforming to its surroundings in a contemporary manner.

The bubble musical center

This project concerns a music center in Ballock comprising rehearsal rooms, an auditorium and accommodation for young musicians coming for internships. The idea here was to achieve an architecture which would reduce the carbon footprint as much as possible. I thought of one of my trips to Sicily (Italy) where I discovered very large ovens resembling large igloos used to produce handcrafted terracotta. These shapes are designed to minimize heat loss. This is why my project explores these unusual forms.

The bubble musical center

The bubble musical center

The bubble musical center

Little Venice of Cadiz

This project aims to respond to a future rise of sea level due to global warming. It is located in the lagoon of Cadiz. This Zone of Spain would be most affected by the rising waters because the level of land is very low. I therefore propose a partly floating village and partly on stilts This floating district is organized around a market on stilts. The inhabitants around the market sell fish, fruits and vegetables as well as products of marine culture (mussels, oysters and algae) in the market open to visitors. All these products can be consumed on site in small restaurants around the market forming small islands with panoramic views of the lagoon. Everything is produced by residents of the floating village, in floating greenhouses and fish and seaweed farming parks located around the dwellings. Leisure facilities can also be found in the district for inhabitants and to attract visitors from Cadiz: A volleyball court and a football field are provided as well as changing rooms and meeting rooms and small indoor sports halls. At the end of the district, there is an artificial beach of a unique shape reserved to bathers. Each home is designed: . to have maximum energy independence and a certain intimacy; . An external personal space sheltered from the sun; . And a pontoon to dock a boat Rainwater is collected by a steep roof, then directed to tanks located under the houses. Each unit has its wind turbine in order to produce its own energy as well as solar panels placed on the roofs.

3_AXIS

Located in Balloch, Scotland, the residential retreat and performance hall will help children with a difficult family backgrounds reconnect with the nature and their surroundings. Seeking similarities between musical harmony, space and human body it is my intention to create a place of escape and contribute to childrens mental health through the interaction with my building, nature and music practice.

Site Plan 1_200

The site for the project is a cross point of three axis: Axis of journey, axis of escape and public/private axis. Laid out in an east-westerly direction, the building responds to its surroundings in a number of ways. The location of the buildings not only benefits from breathtaking views, but also is a part of environmental strategy. In order to achieve energy self-sufficiency, the project of a residential retreat is based on passive use of solar energy.

Floor plans of the Residential Retreat 1_200

The closer to the river edge the more private is the program of the residential retreat.

Perspective cross section of the residential retreat 1_50

The bridge in-between the two buildings is accessible from the sun space of the residential retreat creating the connection to the performance hall and practice rooms.

The Voids

The voids spread throughout the height and length of the building finished with a south facing roof lights act as light wells. The roof windows allow a flood of an unobstructed light that allow a natural light penetration far into the floor plan. The roof light enclosure, ceiling and some walls of the upper floors are painted white to strengthen the illumination by providing strong first reflections. The light reaches the timber panelling of the first and second floor and cast a warm glow throughout the bridges that lead children to their flats.

Flexible Comfort

The flexible system of the partition walls within the cloisters gives the opportunity for every kid to feel comfortable in the residence. The rooms are also designed in a way to provide enough space for the instrument practice.

The sun room

At the south part of communal areas, there is a large sunspace stretching across the south-west facade. It serves several functions from a pleasant place of botanical discoveries to a dreamlike meeting and circulation space. Moreover, it forms a buffer space able to capture heat during winter. The open floor plan allows flexibility and facilities the distribution of the warm air to the communal areas.

In-between

The performance building is conceived more as a pavilion in the park than a classic urban building, more like a roof protecting a public space. The polycarbonate skin allows the sun to penetrate the building, reaching the exposed rammed earth walls that surround the main event space. During winter the thermal mass walls absorb the passive solar energy and slowly release their heat into the interior of the event space reducing the heat demand. The skin of the building allows continuity between the structure and the park, without giving up a certain privacy for the activities that take place inside. Seen from outside, during the day, the translucent skin of the building appears sculptural and does not make the immediate visual communication between the interior and exterior possible; at night, this situation is reversed and the interior becomes perceptible from the outside.

To perform

The secondary structure of the roof consists of thin and deep LVL beams which bring a diffused sun light within the space the whole year round. The primary structure accommodates the lightening and sound equipment.

Residential Retreat - Model

Proposed Location Plan 1:2500

Situated at the bottom of Balloch Pier, the new retreat offers an inclusive for all type of performance art. Surrounded by nature, this allows privacy, creating a peaceful environment to gain creativity - outdoor activity can occur.

The Brief and Site

Site Introduction

Amphibious

A public performance hall and floating residential retreat for young musicians. Building for transience and commitment to the community through a duet of extreme difference.

Floating Residential Retreat

Public and Private route through the site

Balloch town when residential building has departed into Loch Lommond and Location Plan: Journey from Railway to Loch.

Sited in the centre of Balloch town, the scheme acts as a gateway to Loch Lommond and The Trossachs national park, defining a new town square along the soft boundary of the river.

Visualisations of journey through the site

From train ride to public space, through performance to safety and privacy in nature. Balloch is the remnants of a fractured journey from steam train to steam boat up to the highlands. This project creates a new journey away from the urban.

Floating Residential Docked in Balloch

Retreats being of temporary nature have informed the architecture to be transient. Departing from the performance hall which remains a place making, accessible public asset to the town.

Elevation towards loch

The scheme is a duet of two buildings that require close physical proximity yet an extreme difference in privacy.

Water as a soft boundary for privacy

Residential Plans and Sections

The residential retreat is able to float due to a steel tubular pontoon and uses systems such as: rain water harvesting, passive ventilation and underfloor heating supplied by a closed-loop water source heat pump. Easily deconstructed as a post and beam frame, natural insulation and sheets of zinc to be recycled and reused.

Technical Detail Section

Site axonometric

Perspective section of the retreat

Sections of the performance hall

Perspective of the complex

Perspective of the performance hall

Axonometric structure

Section Through Practice and Performance Spaces

I took the ethos of empathetic design, sustainability, and fun into this featured work. This is a residential retreat for the musical charity Sistema Scotland. I focused on creating an environment that was safe and secure for the children but also allowing for autonomy and play. I explored the integration of playground design with music which resulted in a range of practice and performance spaces that changed in focus and formality.

Perspective View of Performance hall and Residential Retreat

Sketched Section Through Residential Building

This section shows the atrium space that connects all the residential rooms with a dynamic, multipurpose seating area. The section leads from the connection to nature with the park to the intimate relationship to the water.

Sketched Section Through Main Formal Performance Space

This section shows the key relation ships between the two public spaces created by the Performance hall. The walkable grass roof emphasises the existing viewpoint with roof lights scattered on top to entice people to peek down and explore the performance hall. A slightly more private square created by the water with the hall able to open to this square as well.

'Sea Life Through a Lense'

This image represents my fundamental design goal: how to frame the natural beauty of Balloch. I took my inspiration from those unfortunate sea creatures who are imprisoned in restrictive and oppressive fish tanks in a sea life sanctuary on the loch. Whilst they are so close to the outdoors they are actually prevented from thriving outside in their natural habitat. In human terms I wanted to create a more positive relationship between inside and outside where visitors felt safe and warm inside but were drawn to the views of the loch and nature outside.

The Site Found

1:1000 Site Plan exemplifying the linear relationship between the residential and performance hall venues; imitating the pre-existing railway of Balloch which, its final stop was at the tip of the pier. The progression of a boat from jetty to jetty via both buildings and a canopy shaded pathway on land, shows the multipurpose links and modes of transport available as ways to accommodate the users when moving around the site.

'Portamento'

Mammals and nature co-exist between the walls of the residential retreat, through vast glazing, an indoor / outdoor living experience and materiality and design elements. On arrival visitors will observe a hanging façade of carved natural wood. The flowing, rippled appearance of the wood connects to sound waves created by children inside to the lapping waves of the river made by Mother Nature outside.

INGREDIENTS

1:50 principles of building detailing and mirroring front elevation render

Mornings in the Nest

Portal on the Pier

This performance hall concept serves as the threshold between land and water and is celebrated when music is being played by the residents. The choice of a curving form was precisely designed to imitate the mountainous range in the backdrop as well as the formation of waves, which are surrounding the pier that grounds the hall.

a view from the residence

encapsulating the sense of journey from the residential towards the performnace hall, sitting out in the landscape.

the space between

a sense of the enclosed and intimate environment of the residential retreat with its subtle hints of connections to broader landscape.

the site

a representation of the jurney and connection between the residential and performnace.

residential atmosphere

a study of the intimate yet lively atmosphere of the residential portion of the scheme.

residential form

a representation of the costal influence on form, material choice and colour and scale.

a residential detail

an exploration of material and form: a CLT structure.

The scale of the scheme

a more accurate sense of scale of the journey between the residence and performance hall, across the pier and into the water.

modelling the performnace hall

an exploration of the simplicity of structure and transparancy of material- this space is exposed and honest.

a performance detail

an indepth exploration of the layers of structure and material that this building endeavours to make apparent in its design.

Collage

Early concept development

A Walk on Leven

Early documentation of the River Leven

Vale of storage units

Mapping of the industrial estates on the River Leven

Development

sketchbook scans

Development

sketchbook scans

The House That Was Always There

Interiour drawings

Balloch Pier

Axonometric drawing

The House That Was Always There

perspective section

Exterior Context

Perspective Context

Location Diagram and Site Plan

Floor Plans

Cross Section Progression- 1

Exterior and Performance Hall

Cross Section Progression- 2

Adjoining Courtyard and Accommodation

Interior Renders

Development Model

Exploded Structural Isometric

Development Section

Watercolour

Topographical Model

1:1000. Produced in order to gain a deeper understanding of landscape to harmoniously place my project within

Geological Sectional Study

1:10000. Acrylic & Steel

Capture the Landscape

Sketch model exploring how the architecture could frame the landscape.

Final Model

1:250

Final Model

1:250

Structural Response to Geometries of Plan - Journey from Urban, through structure, to Natural Environment

Activities Centre Entrance Perspective

Performance Hall Perspective Section

nestled in context

creativity occupying space

home away from home

1. Intro

2. Site Model

3. Retreat Centre Exterior

4. RC Floor Plans

5. RC Section

6. Presenting the Retreat Centre

7. Concert Hall

8. CH Floor Plans

9. CH Section

10. Presenting the Concert Hall

A Public Pool in London

Studying the Westway

Tracing the changing city below the constant line of the motorway

Collage

Early exploratory studies

Studies

Developing the project

Interacting with the motorway

A new language between motorway and the island beneath

Balloch accomodation for music students

3rd year: Upper floor and site plans

Balloch accomodation for music students

3rd year: Ground floor and Detail

Balloch accomodation for music students

2nd year: Rendered section

Library Lounge

2nd year: Render of Library Lounge

Library design

2nd year: Library ground floor book shelf arangement, as well as section of reading pavili

Bath House isometric

1st year hand drawing: View of the bath house on a slope (hand drawn)

Bath house -1

1st year hand drawing: Bath House plan with first bath

Bath house axonometric

1st year hand drawing: -Axo of bath house main floor with showers, bath, massage room and staircase revolving around sunlit tube

Bath House model pictures

1st year hand drawing: Images taken of 3d model. Two baths and sunlit stairwell

PATH CONCEPTS

The project emphasises a sense of journey. The buildings act both as a destination and as a starting point for adventures beyond. The incorporated walkways connect the different buildings and allow people to explore the boundary where water meets land.

SITE PLAN

This most recent project as part of Stage 3, is a music retreat fro children and community performance hall in Balloch, for the music charity Sistema. The proposal uses active and passive systems that utilise the environmental nature of the site which include the bank of the River Leven just before it joins Loch Lomond, and an island facing the bank. The retreat is on stilts which straddles the boundary between the island and the water. The island provides seclusion whilst still engaging with the town. It takes precedent from ancient Crannogs once found on the loch often built for defensive purposes.

AXONOMETRIC

GROUND + 1ST FLOOR PLANS

An island denotes isolation. The water acts as a defensive barrier and gives the retreat a sense of protection, in a location that is open and public. The client expressed that the trip was equally an opportunity for the children to get out of the city and be in nature as it was about learning music. I wanted to foster this. The island allows for the children to have space to explore freely without any interaction with the public.

DETAILED SECTION

SITING AND FORM CONCEPT

The offsite Brettstaple construction allow for easy and sustainable deconstruction as the panels can be readily reused. All that is left is the recycled aggregate concrete foundation, which creates a platform for new interventions or a simple public space. This was to mimic the man-made islands, which is all that is left behind from the ancient Crannog structures. The temporary nature of the retreat suggests the island is only borrowed and what is left is a space for the community to inhabit.

MUSIC RETREAT + COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE HALL

The community performance hall acts as front door to the music retreat. This is to encourage chance happenings as well as organised engagement between the community, visitors and those on the music retreat.

In the project I have chosen for the Degree Show we were given a brief asking to design a public building, consisting of a performance space of a certain spectators' capacity, accompanied by an additional programme of our choice. The site of this project is located on Candleriggs, within the Merchant City district in Glasgow. My proposal is a cultural centre, which consist of an amateur/experimental theatre, exhibition space, flexible workshop spaces which can be adapted for teaching art and small crafts that do not require heavy equippement, library and a top-floor cafe. The overarching idea that connects all the function is the exchange – of experiences, knowledge, skills, memories – through a variety of storytelling devices – performances, art – or act of “creating” in general – formal and informal conversation. Theatre space does not have traditional rows of seats, which are replaced with wide stair-seats, that can become parts of the stage if necessary; voids, present in the exhibition and library parts of the building, as well as mostly open – and if enclosed, then glazed – spaces, allow the different parts of the building to blend one into another. Wide stair-like structure is also used through the library floors, allowing to subtly differenciate between the space of the borrowing collection and places more private, where one can sit and rest, preferably with a book. Use of light and charred wood as external and internal cladding creates a feeling of depth – on the outside, with charred wood - that draws a passer by into itself, together with a frosted glass screen that allows one to see the sillhouetes of the performers preparing for the play; light wood finish used within the interiors provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere and counteracts the large volumes of the building by its organic qualities; big factory-like windows allow a glimpse into the outside world, and vice versa – users of the building can observe the street while feeling safely enclosed. [a fragment of “There's no sea...” mural by Michal 'Sepe' Wrega has been used in the 1:50 section drawing]

Citadel Communities Block 1 in Proposed District.

The Citadel Community encourages as many domestic, production and commercial tasks to be performed in groups, by providing a variety of large functional spaces that surround a central gathering space - like the layout of Islamic Citadels. The dwellings are organized based on individual and group activities and the many terraces surrounding them provide opportunities to socialize and grow as a community.

Citadel Communities - District in Context.

Glasgow faces the challenge of finding ways to function more sustainably and create less waste whilst housing and providing work for an expanding population. By encouraging communities to live in organized neighborhoods whereby neighbors can support each other with domestic and laborious processes: resources can be shared amongst many citizens and waste can be reduced.

Citadel Communities Block 1 and Residential Cells.

The ‘Acoma Pueblo’ in New Mexico housed a society that lived harmoniously with each other and the natural world. Emphasis is put on spaces where domestic and production activities were performed in groups, these are shared by many multi-level dwellings which are efficiently organized. These layouts have informed the separation of activities in the residential cells of the Citadel Community and allowed more space for public, commercial and production areas throughout all the levels of Block 1.

Citadel Communities - Section through Block 1.

Merchant City - Initial Site Analysis

From the initial site analysis, we identified the lack of social infrastructure in the surrounding area of the site. The project chooses diverse vulnerable groups across society and reforms a part of the city to accommodate their fundamental needs, bringing in the density and services needed to sustain a community and support the surrounding vicinity of our district.

Observing Labour through Play

My project focuses on the needs of workless families, aiming to break the cycle of unemployment by making different models of labour observable to children from workless households and providing parents with the facilities to access support finding a job.

Approach from South-West of Proposal

View of the main public entrance to the proposal looking towards Trongate. The proposal is set back from the street to allow for the creation of a public square in front.

Approach from North-East of Proposal

View of the back of the proposal. All domestic circulation is external and exposed to allow for smaller communities to be formed around the shared front gardens that each serve four flats.

Long Section through Proposal

The long section shows the vertical play area that takes place in the core courtyard of the building. This allows children to observe different modes of labour in the public library on the lower floors and the office spaces within the flats that are placed to face into the play area.

Typical Housing Floor Plan

The flats are split over two levels and interlock to create shared outdoor spaces at the front and back. This front and back garden will be shared between a different set of 4 flats to create smaller communities for shared working and childcare.

Axonometric of Units Stacking

This drawing shows the way the flats interlock to create shared outdoor space on two levels. Each colour represents a different 3 or 4 bedroom family home.

Lower Floor Plan of a Unit

This is a typical lower floor plan of a flat. The design comes from my aim to create housing where domestic labour (primarily childcare) and traditional labour (‘work’) can coexist and complement each other by creating working and childcare communities around shared outdoor space.

Typical Upper Floor Plan of a Unit

This is a typical floor plan of an upper floor plan of a flat.

Working Model Photos

These photos are taken of a model made to work out my initial ideas for a unit that deals with the issues of the relationship between labour and domesticity. I wanted to tackle the question of ‘how can you work from home without feeling like you are working from home?’ My solution was an upper floor that can fold up during the day to create a double height work space on the lower floor. Additionally, the walls between units can slide open to allow for collaboration between neighbours to resemble a more traditional office setting.

Redefining Homeless Housing

Site

Redefining Homeless Housing

Cell Types

Redefining Homeless Housing

Cell Sections

Redefining Homeless Housing

Elevation

Redefining Homeless Housing

Plans

Redefining Homeless Housing

Sections

Redefining Homeless Housing

Interior Visuals

Redefining Homeless Housing

Exterior Visual

Redefining Homeless Housing

Exterior Visual

Labour and Domestic

In this co-housing, people can become each other’s traditional meaning family in an unconventional way and decrease spend. They can work at the co-working area or elsewhere by leaving their children at the nursery with qualified older people.Older people can spend the day with their own age or have fun with children. Labour and family are in their own self, but not isolated anymore.

Domestic in Labour

From ground floor to second floor, these areas work as transition area.It brings labour to the domestic and domestic to labour.

Section AA'(1:200)

Combining the three different unit types together, it can helps to create many sharing/private social areas in between in order to work as social condensers.

Seventh Floor Plan(1:100)

Three unit types have been developed. Unit A is th unit type that designed for single parent with children only. Unit B is the type for elderly people only. Unit C is the only mix living unit type in this building.

Tectonic(Young and Elderly center)

1:50 cross section for Young and elderly center with a classical theatre

project title

cell unit - old + new

masterplan

block deconstructed

site map

sections

axo of joint family level

view of unit terrace

model image

pause or pay

I, as a graduating student at the Glasgow School of Art, would like to state my support for the Pause or Pay Campaign.

VENUE FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Perspective Section

VENUE FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Building Programme Diagram

VENUE FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Ground Floor Plan in Context

S4 Studio. Cell Prototype

Stage 4 Studio (Cell, Block, District): A prototype dwelling (Cell) developed using the modular 3x3x3 structural cube system, with modular components such as walls, Windows, floors etc. The structural system allows for large span cantilevers, allowing courtyards to expose the nature from below and the allow light to penetrate from above. 2019.

S4 Studio

Stage 4 Studio (Cell, Block, District): The centre of the development viewed from street level shows the vertical layering from the public, open gardens on street level to the private developments which have naturally (unplanned) taken shape above to suit individual requirements. 2019.

34 Riverside View, Alloa

Craig's First project completed as a Design & Build Developer, while studying at GSA. He designed, detailed, costed, procured and project-managed the project between 2018 and 2019. The 22sqm domestic extension is a high quality design, utilising the confines of the site and passive design to enhance the spaces within with lots of light, ventilation and views to the garden. It uses High quality, long-lasting materials such as Dutch brick, Western Red Cedar, Zinc and Aluminium, and adopts a unique but simple steel ring beam to create seamless Corner openings. The final cost of £43,000 was under the national per/sqm average. See website. 2019.

Art Gallery, Forth Valley College

The Art Gallery was Craig's final year Graded Unit assignment - a result of 6 months work to fully develop a large-scale commercial building, from design, technical detailing, costing, implementation and final presentation. It itilised a steel space frame and a hyperbolic parabaloid roof to create a range of spaces within. Craig recently revised the project to make small amendments to materials, vegetation and even implemented a new gallery. Craig developed the design alongside his tutor - a graduate of GSA himself, Stuart Taylor. Craig's use of 3d live rendering as a design tool during the project set a standard which the college later adopted and one which Craig has continually adapted over the years. Craig credits the building as preparing him for professional practice and his eventual enrolement on the GSA Architecture course. See Website. 2014, 2019.

Dwelling Experiment A

Dwelling House A: Designed on a real-life plot, the Dwelling design was made by Craig as an experiment and was later used in his dissertation focusing on the viability of the architect to be both designer and developer. Using natural materials, and a unique structural approach, the Dwelling explores the possibility for designers to be more expressive in their designs while remaiming financially feasible. See website. 2019.

Dwelling Experiment B

Dwelling House B: An experimental Dwelling project which explores vertical design on a Urban plot. The design features striking Architecture, designed to allow light and ventilation to reach all parts of the Dwelling providing an attractive and mindful internal environment that allows it's users to reconnect with the city surroundings while maintaining a sense of privacy and security. It utilises a range of materials from recycled brick, corrugated steel and Aluminium to increase building performance while recreating a spiritual connection to the Urban fabric. This project designed by Craig and was later scrutinised and costed as part of Craig's Dissertation. See website. 2019.

Masterplan Floorplan | Pathway | Rooftop

Cross Section

Section Diagramme

3rd Floor Plan

Living space : the cell

Introductory diagrams

This project began by looking at the half stepped floor slab as the main separator of space within a living unit. The proposal is based upon the psychological divide this creates. The apartments provide the user with a high degree of flexibility and adaptability, with the half step as the only pre determined separator.

Location within the city

Like the masterplan developed previously in this project, where an outer edge contains the historic grid, the proposal conceals and hints at a hidden world inside the scheme.

Masterplan

A master plan was developed prior to the design of this scheme. The main ambition was to maintain the historic grid in Glasgows city fabric, utilise the surrounding vistas to create new ones and provide spaces for informal knowledge exchange in key spaces placed in the new vistas designed. We called these spots ”beacons”, to help visitors and passers by navigate through the neighbourhood.

Ground floor plan

Through chamfered corners, new vistas and narrow lanes, the proposal stays true to the outlines decided upon in the masterplan, and opens up at ground floor level into a semi private courtyard through a series of hour-glass shaped openings in the building fabric.

Sections

Section and cross section showing the dialogue between housing and public space, as well as its relationship with existing building heights.

Typical plan

Each flat has a unique layout and consists of several half stepped floors, with the only constant being the stacked load-bearing cores providing plumbing and services for the kitchen and bathrooms.

Axonometric section

The language of the elevation is kept deliberately neutral to refrain from indicating what a certain room designated usage is.

Apartment plan

The inhabitant chooses what spaces to divide, to what degree and with the materials they themselves prefer. It is not up to the architecture to determine what a certain space should be used for. That is for the inhabitant to decide. The line between labour and domesticity is drawn by each user according to their own needs.

Axonometrics in context

The undulating roof scape is a response to exposure, with the tallest parts facing the outside and the lower parts facing either a square or neighbouring buildings in the masterplan.As the proposal sits within the inner part of the masterplan, the decision was made not to design taller than the buildings surrounding the site, to retain a sense of intimacy.

Views within the proposal

Three moments in the scheme showing: 1. Entering the semi private courtyard. 2. Approaching one of the new public squares through the masterplan. 3. A view of the southern elevation approaching from Argyle Street.

Models

Left: a collection of study- and massing models used to progress the design. Right: a presentation model exploring a section through the scheme, showing the relationship between building and courtyard as well as the incorporation of vertical circulation.

The Bourdon at forty

Photo essay for MacMag 45 documenting The Bourdon Building, home of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The Bourdon at forty

Photo essay for MacMag 45 documenting The Bourdon Building, home of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The Bourdon at forty

Photo essay for MacMag 45 documenting The Bourdon Building, home of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The Bourdon at forty

Photo essay for MacMag 45 documenting The Bourdon Building, home of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Scenes of an imaginary past

Personal project investigating how nature slowly engulfs manmade environments, invoking scenes of an imaginary past. The history of the place becomes emphasised and amplified.

Scenes of an imaginary past

Personal project investigating how nature slowly engulfs manmade environments, invoking scenes of an imaginary past. The history of the place becomes emphasised and amplified.

No Ownership Modes: Internal view of the architype R2++.

Four types of housing units were developed. R2++ is a Co-Housing unit on two levels which allows up to 6 double bedrooms.

No Ownership Modes: Layout of Achitypes R2++ and R1.

No Ownership Modes: Long section through Co-Housing and Co-Working components.

Each adult is allotted a Co-Working share. Renting the workspace may allow users to supplement their income during periods of economic difficulty. The proximity of the home to the workplace may improve the way of life of the users, with whole businesses being born through inhabitants working together.

No Ownership Modes: The scheme acts as a gateway to the new public space.

The thesis’ grow from each other and form part of a new social framework in both the private and public realm.

Vessel for Participatory Democracy: Detailed development of the vessel and associated structure.

The ground plane becomes one with the landscape.

Vessel for Participatory Democracy: Ground plan and landscape.

Vessel for Participatory Democracy: First floor plan.

Vessel for Participatory Democracy: Second floor plan.

The administrative offices to support the running of the participatory democracy.

Vessel for Participatory Democracy: Typical upper floor plan.

Vessel for Participatory Democracy: Imagined within the site.

Both schemes are situated in the heart of Glasgow’s oldest district, the Merchant City.

P1_Cell

P1_Cell

P3_Urban Housing

P3_Urban Housing

Typical Flat layout for large scale family. Each family member has a specifically designed space aimed at various levels of social interaction depending on their generation. A void space is created above the stairwell so all members can hear each other throughout the home once leaving their specific private bedroom space.

P4_Urban Building

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Site Information

Thesis Investigation

Spatial Development

Ground Floor Plan

Long Section

Earlier Stage 4 Work

Multigenerational Growth

The Single Demographic City Though the city centre is often rich in cultural diversity, it often lacks such richness in terms of age demographic. The continuous movement of families and the elderly to the suburbs has left a shallow demographic dominated by students and young professionals. In the current Urban planning process, it is clear that there is a major lack of consideration for such groups, forcing them to move out with the centre in order to fulfil their housing needs. Urban Village: A Community Model By applying village typologies to the merchant city, it is hoped that the demographic and richness of village community can be manifested on the site. Through the integration of fundamental community spaces it is hoped that the site will act a whole and inclusive community which scales down the current city into a more tangible environment. People, Experience, Learn, Grow The following project focuses on providing multi-generational homes for vulnerable individuals, pushing for a close knit relationship between families, the elderly and young singles. By redefining the classic model of “your home and your two neighbours” it helps to establish those close knit relationships that would naturally develop over time in a suburban environment, in an urban environment . Not only does the project aim to tackle current financial issue’s faced by individuals when trying to buy property in the city, the Cell model provides a family dynamic which aims to support a shared domestic labour. In the project, daily tasks are deigned to be split amongst inhabitants, forcing strong relationships to be formed. Where the young individual can cook meals for the elderly in return for wisdom, the elderly may babysit while the parents are at work in return for help with daily tasks and parents can provide useful life skills for young individuals, helping them on their way in life. Not only does this alleviate rising loneliness but provides an environment where individuals can live, teach, learn and grow as individuals together.

DOMESTICITY AND LABOUR DWELLING

This proposal is situated in a plot of 51.50 m2. It is designed for a young couple, where one or both can work in the same space. The element that marks the change in the use of space is the difference in floor level and ceiling height. The design separates labour and domesticity, so work and private lives develop in individual spaces. The front elevation has a brick lattice, which permits the entry of light but also creates a sense of privacy.

DOMESTICITY AND LABOUR 3D MODEL INTERIOR VIEW

nterior view of model where the changes of level in both floors and ceilings can be seen to separate activities. The height in the work area gives versatility to the space, to carry out diverse activities in spite of being a reduced space.

LABOUR AREA INTERIOR VIEW

This image shows the perception of space from the point of view of the observer. The wall that divides domesticity and labour does not reach the ceiling so as to generate the sensation of continuity of space.

MERCHANT CITY URBAN HOUSING SECTION

The Merchant City is a centre for trade, (goods, services, culture and experiences). My thesis proposal is to create space for both culture and housing. Houses will be for two demographic groups, ones in need of healing from overworking, and those that are looking healing by working, following on from our first proposal for the district. Taking the cell’s concept as a start point, different levels will still separate uses, but on a larger scale. My thesis is that people from different sociodemographic groups can interreact in the same area over a variety public, private and semi-private spaces allocated across different levels within the same architectural proposal. Living - working dwellings (flats) are allocated on lower floors of the building. Microflats are a response for people who can not afford housing or need short term use. These will be allocated in the upper part of the building. The cultural are will be a multi-purpose space where its main use is a concert hall. It is connected to a plaza which is an open space that can hold different activities during day and night and even seasonal events.

URBAN HOUSING HUTCHENSON ST. SECTION

The section along Hutchenson street allows us to observe the scale of the proposal in relation to the existing architectural context, as well as the proposed change in use of the surrounding streets; In this case it is proposed to pedestrianize Wilson St. Also, in Trongate St. wide pavements are proposed to prioritise pedestrians and leaving a street for the transit of public transport and delivery vehicles for the businesses in the area.

INTERNAL VIEW

View of the internal pedestrian precinct, where diverse activities can happen during different seasons. It shows proposed materials, that contextually match their surroundings, and human scales.

Urban block

We propose to arrange the different departments of a school around an urban block within the Merchant City and for it to be open for public use. The school is open to residents and wider city habitants, offering access to education and providing public amenities while being fully integrated into the city fabric.

Trongate facade

Typology section

The design uses a range of typologies and stacks them on section to create homes for varying types of users while sharing communal spaces in the form of a courtyard and roof terrace.

LLGC Calendar CC AlisonW at English Wikipedia

Thesis: Due to lack of funding across the UK toward the end of the 20th and start of the 21st century, Queer spaces have been disappearing. Fading out due to lack of support to keep them open and running. A good example of this is the ‘Gay and Lesbian Centre’ that was once a thriving hub to community in London. Seen as a milestone in the LGB community at the time due to it being helped by the Greater London Council’s Charter for Lesbian and Gay Rights launched in 1986. This centre was a new start to help support for the community as well as providing them with several utilities such as specialised bookstores, offices for queer organisations and many more social engagement activities. I drew a lot of inspiration from the idea of this space which unfortunately closed pre-maturely in the 90s after just 6 years of running. Partly due to a fault of a new government that stripped LGBT funding and part due to infighting between the different spectrums of ‘Queer’ at the time. While this space was good for the community, it had fundamental flaws socially which I think was partly due to the era it started. However, I believe a space like this would be much more functional in today’s climate due to what some consider a second wave of feminism and queer liberation.

Map of Queer Spaces throughout Glasgow

Upon looking further into this, I realised that there is not only in fact a distinct loss of spaces across the country, but a clear gap in non-profit spaces for Queer people that are solely for the community. A fact that is quite shocking due to how integral the Queer community has been in British history. This becomes even more apparent when you look at Glasgow as a city. A major city in Scotland that has been considered by many to be one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly countries in Europe and the world. The vast majority of the Queer spaces in Glasgow are bars, clubs and spaces that are there to profit off of the community. There is no denying that these are key for the Queer community but shows a concerning trend that the only way to access the community is thought financial means. Further research showed me that since the shutting down of the London Gay and Lesbian centre there has not been a non-profit solely Queer venue open in the UK. Showing that the need for such a space was in demand.

Site within Glasgow City centre

Site Massing

Due to the site's large footprint I decided to split the building up in order to create a typography of different uses throughout the site. Designing spaces for the art to be more of a show case and letting in a more public side of the greater community, while keeping the more central area of the site to the more private areas. Creating a ‘sanctuary’ of some sort. 

Building Typography

Once the massing was decided I had to figure out what characteristics of the building typography were required. I came to the following ideals in terms of design:

Environmental Factors

Certain environmental aspects were also taken into consideration before developing the interior of the building. Criteria I wanted to stick by during the whole design process. 

Schedule of spaces and Circulation 

Defining the areas that were more public and private as well as how they are circulated throughout the building was also key to figuring out the best way to organise each of them. 

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan

Fourth Floor Plan

Stages of Construction 

I was also keen to bear in mind the environmental impact of the building. Looking into using CLT for as much as possible withing the construction. This led me to prefabricated CLT panels that could be brought onto sight and built in stages. Main components being the CLT walls with cladded exteriors, CLT floor providing horizontal rigidity throughout the building allowing for the uninterrupted voids and finally glulam beam within the roof to hold up a green terrain as well as further horizontal loading. The gallery building has been used as an example as each building will follow the same construction techniques.

Various Construction Types

I made the decision to use different forms of CLT throughout the building to give different environments in each area. CLT walls differ from the voided spaces to the rooms that house the activities. The void spaces would be ribbed CLT to emphasize the feeling of a reclaimed space, showing the raw exposed structure with the circulation taking place in these spaces, increasing the feel of the void spaces as an area you can pass through. Then the roomed areas were to be solid CLT, adding a bit of security to them and a feeling of them being built into the current structure. Enclosing them a bit more when leaving the large voided areas. As for the wall build up this again looked at using materials that would be less harmful on the environment in the long run as well as very low maintenance. Brick for the cladding that would be recalled where possible, while providing the benefit of very little maintenance in the future of the building. Cork for the insulation as it is effective at this purpose, natural and comes with various benefits of resilience, making it a grate long term solution.

Gallery Long Section

The building follows the designs aesthetics described above in, playing with voids throughout the space to create a different areas of interest withing the building. Seen in the cross section and various visualisations. The variety giving different environmental feels to each floor having a focus every time you travel up to another level. The open plan design giving the opportunity for the artwork to be seen at almost every view, thus showcasing the Queer artists as much as possible within the building. The simplistic material textures are also used to make the art stand out and The Gallery: pop, while also giving the raw feel of a reclaimed space that comes with many Queer enviroments.

Gallery Cross Section

The Music Lab

Diagrams

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan

Merchant City Perspective

Long Section

Co-living cell archetypal: two cell types

This project focuses on the relationship between domesticity and labour in the contemporary society. Throughout rising of population in cities, sometimes it is hard to feel a sense of belonging and often feel lonely. Urban loneliness is connected to population mobility, declining community participation and a growth in single-occupant households. After a burnout day it is important to separate work from home, or spaces that can evoke that. Feeling of isolation is connected with high rates of people living alone. I will be studying precedents such as wellness centres and healing environments that architecturally promotes mental health and conclude by incorporating it in the co-living housing typology proposal.

Transitioning from work to home: social space

Decreased attention on personal spaces in living typology and lack on social interaction between others in the community, this contemporary ideology of architecture condition can have physical and mental effects on the individual. An unconnected society. Creating generous spaces for social bonding is the attention necessary in co-living typology and improve mental health.

Transitioning from work to home: cleanse

Architecture is used to create a route where step by step the user travels through the building is being cleansed physically and mentally from work and transitioning into domesticity. It is shown in the clear cohesion of spaces that are to function as physical cleanse or evoke the feeling of mental cleanse.

Spacial distinction section

A design that has additional opportunities to encourage users to lower their stress levels, internal and external qualities of a building that could result in having a positive effect on the user’s wellbeing and applying that in a city context. A sanctuary within the chaotic city life. An oasis.

From Urban to Oasis

Decreased attention on personal spaces in living typology and lack on social interaction between others in the community, this contemporary ideology of architecture condition can have physical and mental effects on the individual. An unconnected society. The design reevaluates the sense of community through a public pathway above ground that connects all buildings within the site. It allows for social bonding in the neighbourhood that feels safe. A place that can relieve the feeling of disorientation in the busy city, sense control when you are able to see everything in a new perspective. The contrast between urban and oasis, seeing buildings looking up in the city, but in the design being able to see them looking down.

The physical

The void in between

The digital

Design for Natural Systems

Visualisation. A Housing block in the Merchant City, that incorporates natural and mechanical systems to support nature and sustainable life in the city.

Design for Natural Systems

Plan. Adaptable housing units reduce the distance between work, production and the natural.

Design for Natural Systems

Structural Model. The building framework supports nature in the city, which in turn supports human life.

Collaborative Glasgow

Visualisation. A space for collaborative design, production and performance to enable democratic representation of the diverse context it is in.

Collaborative Glasgow

Section. An open experience is arranged around the cycle of idea to production, to performance.

Collaborative Glasgow

Detail Model. The material, spatial, functional experiences are arrived at from a nature-centred approach, lessening the impact and enabling it in the city.

Axonometric

Axo View of Urban Dwelling

Central Perspective

Perspective view of urban building

External Perspective

Perspective of urban building as seen from common courtyard

2 Alternate perspectives

Perspectives of alternate explored versions of the scheme

Long Section and Elevation

Long Elevation/Section of urban building

Elevation & cross sections

Cross sections / elevation of urban dwelling

Axonometric Studies

Axo Studies of urban dwelling

Unit Floor plans

Examples of adapted unit floor plans to suit a variety of living conditions

Structural Work

Structural details of a separate project

1:50 Study model

A study model completed early on in the project timeline

A change in use

At the smallest scale, everyday objects inherent uses are adapting. A dining table is now not just for formal dining but a surface for a multitude of activities.

1:20 cell model

Flexible space weaves around more ‘concrete’ servant cores.

View into a cell

Social and private space is defined by servant spaces, changes in level and axis. A ‘Duchamp’ door creates an extended space either belonging to the private domain or the more social.

Section through a cell

Space is reordered through activities rather than defined by rooms.

Section through a block

The section tries to explore the relation between a more interwoven relationship between domesticity and labour. Small open courtyards and changes in levels help distinguish changes in use and privacy.

1:500 massing model

Using a 3x3m grid I explored multiple variants of masses siting within the context of the block.

1:100 structural model

The oversized timber truss along the ‘horizontal fly tower’ allows space for environmental systems, and to not hide them away.

1:100 tectonic model

Exploring the relation of a skeletal timber structure against a solid mass.

Bay study

This early facade study makes use of cheap and readable materials. The timber colonnade supports a space for display, storage and performance, allowing the activity within to be expressed externally.

1:50 technical section through the performative space

This section through the building shows the relationship of the timber performative pavilion against the more ‘concrete’ servant spaces.

Site Research

Concept

Diagrams

Orthographic Drawings

Housing Types

Long Section

Interior Spaces

A Collective Library

The library becomes a place for families as well as individual sanctuary.

A Shared Culinary Experience

The communal kitchen provides a social and learning environment for all ages.

The Urban Demographic

What makes people want to stay? Currently, there is a state of impermanence in Merchant City. It is lively in at the weekend and empty during the week. It is seen as a place where time is spent passing through it rather then staying. Offering the amenities to have the choice to stay, whether you are an artist, student or young family is crucial to the design strategies.

Street Conditions; Light and Heavy Labour

Differences in light and heavy labour, changing position depending on light; heavy structures to the north of the site facing Wilson Street, and light structures to the south facing Trongate. The painting studio on the roof is a hybrid of heavy and light structure, allowing green space to envelope the studio in a tranquil setting. It becomes a garden and play space for children.

1:2500 Proposal in Context

The masterplan comprises a school, multi-generational housing units and an artists in residence unit. Colonnades invite you into the space, providing covered walkways and open spaces for markets and exchanges. A monument, not exceeding the heights of the surrounding context, acts as a waymarker in Merchant City.

Ground Floor in Context

The retail and commercial spaces, such as the independent cafes and museum, maintain an activated, lively space throughout the day.

Ground Floor Proposal

First Floor Proposal

Cell Iteration for a Single Occupant

This micro study of the movement within a residential unit shows the private spaces divided by a large, inhabited wall into the semi-public studio and library space. Subtle level changes delineate this hierarchy, with soft buffers such as planters also creating further sub-divisions of space. Integrated furniture allows for transformative open areas, as well as thick floor plates for storage and pop-up furniture.

Labour and Domesticity with the Building

View into courtyard

The proposed project is a multi-generational live-in workers’ cooperative for those who are most at risk in the current capitalist housing model. Residents act as custodians of the building, allowing them to live there in exchange for the labour required to run the cooperative. The flexible scheme emphasises residents’ growth, which is achieved through gaining diverse skills from a variety of responsibilities. The flats are designed for short-term residency - a few months up to a couple of years - with a simple grid design to keep them cost-effective. Shared social spaces and a diverse community foster a friendly, communal atmosphere.

View along deck

View into flat

Flat typologies

The flats are all variants of the base (cell) layout, with adaptations for different types of inhabitants, intended for short-term occupation. The typologies are assorted across the plan to create a diversity of tenants. The simple gridded layout allows for low cost but high-quality dual-aspect flats.

Occupancy relationships

The variety of activities across the site create interdependencies and a very localised community.

Title page

Ground floor plan

Flat type for multigenerational family

Flat type for live/work at home

Flat type for artisans

Section/Elevation 1

Perspective of library

Perspective of courtyard

Urban Nomads

An portable apartment for freelancing labour

Overview

Urban public space

Community

Glasgow Grand Opera House

West facade

Opera Hall

East facade

Perspective

HF-MCG-01

10.00 A.M. 21st June 2023

10.00 P.M. 21st December 2023

12.00 P.M. 30th November 2023

3.00 P.M. 13th February 2023

6.00 P.M. 11th September 2023

Development Model 1:1000

Decentralising the City

Antwerp's Civic Framework

Antwerp City Plan

Study Models

Urban Repair

Approach

Civic Courtyard

Circulation

Elevation, Section AA