Urban Building: Scottish Film Institute
This project seeks to provide the Calton area of Glasgow with a productive and cultural facility. The project is a response to the current economic climate in the area, with deprivation and unemployment levels high. The Scottish government has several tax and funding incentives to promote film production in Scotland. In this way, the building seeks to give back to the community through employment opportunities whilst also boosting the local and national economy. The cinema is a much loved past time that has been lost in recent years due to the rising popularity of online streaming. It’s affordability provided an escape from reality for everyone and an accessible place to come and enjoy a piece of art, or dive into a world of fictional possibilities. The building aims to celebrate the nations love of going to the cinema whilst also promoting the art of film making. The delicate, translucent facade allows a glimpse into the inner workings of film production for passers-by and in this way, showcases the art of film-making with the same importance and pride as the film itself.
Urban Housing: The Work/Life Balance
This thesis seeks to promote new community neighbourhoods, to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation whilst facilitating a healthy work/life balance through clear and defined separation of labour and domestic spaces. Whilst working from home has become the new normal for numerous industries and office workers, I believe the line between labour and domesticity has been blurred beyond distinction. Never being able to switch off from your job can take a huge toll on your productivity and your mental health. This has been amplified by the coronavirus pandemic, not only are we never able to switch off from work, we now live along side it with entire populations being told to stay at home in 2020. My solution to this is a community of workhomes which seek to redefine a separation between labour and domesticity. This aims to combat isolation from home working by creating a lively, diverse neighbourhood that is inhabited 24 hours a day seven days a week.