Interior Architecture and Design students complete live project with local authority

Interior architecture and design students complete live project that engaged the local authority of St Edmundsbury in Suffolk.

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Winning students with Gary Thorogood-Page, Buildings & Landscape Design Advisor for the National Trust.

Second year interior architecture and design students have recently completed a live project that engaged the local authority of St Edmundsbury in Suffolk. The primary objective of the project was to conserve and preserve a set of derelict agricultural buildings in an acre of land together with briefing sessions from the client: Gary Thorogood-Page, Buildings & Landscape Design Advisor for the National Trust.

Students had to consider the character and identity of the existing buildings and its relationship to a new extension, considering the use of local materials and the relationship between the old and new. Students were also encouraged to avoid a simplistic pastiche of the existing gig house, by exploring the contrasts between the house and its modern extension.

Students then had to select a scenario from which to devise the new live/work spaces. Each scenario had a specific spatial requirement to be integrated into the scheme. These scenarios included an Interior Designer or Landscape Architect, who could use the space as a studio and a meeting venue, as well as an artist or photographer who wants to display and sell artwork while also being able to use the space as a photography studio. Alternatively, students could choose the scenario of a musician who needs a place to practice, write and record music and finally, the option of a craftsperson looking to use the house as a workshop and a sales space for selling small items of furniture and 20th century ceramics.

Students delivered their final designs to the client. Their proposed designs were presented as plans, sections, visualisations, and models. A number of students were awarded Cash Prizes;

Innovative awards to; Lillian Elliott, Regan Brien, Jed Salmon and Eve Trickett.

Captivating presentations, aesthetically pleasing models, design ideas, and visual communications were awarded to Hermione Garnett-Spear, Joshua Berry, Candra Santoso, Erin Hughes, Kitty Berkley, Claire O’Connell and Grainne Stewart.

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Model on display in the Arkwright building

Senior Lecturer Doug Gittens commented: “The students enjoyed the live aspect of the project very much and engaged with the problem solving well. The problems were very challenging, as a few of the buildings had a small footprint and very low ceiling heights in the roof space. It is also partially derelict, which provided a range of contextual design problems to consider; what should be retained and restored and what should be demolished.”

Gary Thorogood-Page, Chartered Landscape Architect, and Buildings & Landscape Advisor for the National Trust said: “I was very impressed with the quality and amount of work that students produced. The project has shown there are some aspiring and talented designers, we could hopefully consider building a closer relationship and using NTU and the students of Interior Architecture for future projects within the National Trust”.

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Interior Architecture and Design students complete live project with local authority

Published on 10 January 2018
  • Subject area: Architecture and civil engineering
  • Category: Culture; School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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