Katy Hope (she/her)
I believe architecture has a voice for change in society. Within my practice, I aim to immerse myself in this while incorporating social and cultural topics of diversity, equality, and sustainability. I enjoy the ideas of playful architecture that facilitates imagination and encourages exploration, consciously considering the user at the centre of the design process.
moments : perform – stay – play
A series of 35mm film shots of elements and stills which accompanied the research of perform – stay – play, while expanding my knowledge of the environment of Balloch.
perform – stay – play
A scheme of interlocking public, private, and play blocks that alter and facilitate the imagination of the users of Sistema Scotland, a charity organisation that aim to support young people through the means of music, creating spaces that change a person’s perception.
This project is a response to the essence of play within a child’s development in a space and how they may occupy different environments they are in. The spaces try to accommodate perception changes that the users will experience when entering the natural location of the site, Balloch in Scotland.
The performance space acts openly, perched on the River Leven edge, encountering the scenery of the site and creating flexibility with the adaptable spaces within. While the retreat building is nestled within the woodlands, adding a sense of ownership for the clients of Sistema Scotland, allowing them to make the blocks inside what they intend them to be.
Both connected by a playscape that centralises the idea of freedom and ownership of use, challenging and encouraging the imagination of each user.
process : perform – stay – play
A set of GIFs showing the thought process that determined design decisions regarding landscaping, massing and building connections.