The brief called for a sculptural dome to sit atop Fort Asperen, a defensive fort from the 1800s that forms part of the New Hollandic Waterline. The fort and adjacent armoury shed (recently renovated by Bureau SLA) are an arts centre and historical visitor attraction. The purpose of the dome is to provide a rain-free environment in the internal shaft of the fort for bats - where they hibernate for the winter months when the fort is closed.
As principle designer of the sculptural dome, I collaborated with engineers from the Amsterdam Arup office and was trusted with producing final design packages for the client. The dome grew to become not just a structural and practical addition to the fort but also a culturally significant one. The outer wooden structure provided a frame from which to ‘hang’ a glass tiled inner dome created through community interaction at a nearby glass factory.
Seoul, South Korea
Abstracting the MCM brand to create a facade for one of their latest stores in Seoul, South Korea. The design is part of a pitch, competing for the opportunity to be involved in the store design.
By wrapping the existing building envelope with an interactive facade, the building itself becomes part of the urban fabric and always reflects the brand - with a facade that allows handbags (hung within the facade fabric) to become an ever-changing store front, and the integrated trees become a nod to the street ‘Garogusil’ - translated from Korean to mean: a street lined with trees.
Situated in North London, the brief called for a complete redesign of the partially built canal side flat. Focussing on a simple, Japanese inspired concept, the main features of the flat include the open plan kitchen, dining and living area with a custom made faceted wall and bench.
With direction from Principle Architect Dara Huang, I was responsible for the overall design, product and material selection, liaising with the developer client and completing construction drawing packages.
Final Design Thesis
The vast majority of land on earth has been explored, recorded and experienced. However, in comparison, we have barely scraped the surface of our seas and oceans. Only a tiny fraction of the planet’s oceans have been explored or recorded. The contrast in knowledge or degrees of ignorance is another driving force behind the design thesis. The design thesis should provide an architectural form that straddles the divide, and unites the two. The architecture will be a platform to view and understand both the sea and the city. The architectural form must be explored in order to best represent something as unquantifiable as the North Atlantic Ocean. The building should also highlight our ignorance and promote the importance of learning more about our seas.
The building acts as the tipping point between the two, creating a platform to ‘educate through entertainment.’ The Aquarium will only house species native to Iceland. By concentrating on local species, the user is able to obtain a grasp of the bigger picture. The subterranean building is deliberately dark and cold and is organised around a strict linear descent - allowing the visitor to leave the city behind and eventually become completely surrounded by water. The structural and environmental relationships within the building further reinforce the relationship between people and fish - requiring two very different thermal environments, heavy duty structure for the aquarium tanks and lightweight structure for the areas inhabited by the visitors themselves.
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Set in the historic heart of Stirling, adjacent to Stirling Castle overlooking the city, the brief called for a public building designed to accommodate a practice and performance space for a group activity of our own choosing. I chose tap dancing - a vibrant dance discipline undertaken both solo and in larger choreographed groups. As a dynamic and often improvised dance, it appealed to me as an exciting activity that I would enjoy exploring further.
Having studied footage and observed tap dancing classes, the fluidity of the dance from seemingly jerky and staccato steps struck me as an interesting avenue to pursue. With this in mind, I sought to create a series of planes, slipping past and through one another to expose light and dark.
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Set in the small, ailing seaside town of Stranraer in South-West Scotland, the brief calls for a building that will act as a catalyst for Stranraer’s regenerative reinvention as a ‘music town’, in the mould of the nearby Wigtown ‘Booktown’ and Kirkcudbright ‘Artist Town’. The building must provide a space for music to be rehearsed and performed for the public, with a cafe and dedicated outdoor space. The urban fabric has to be carefully considered and the site itself was chosen by us, the students. Stranraer is predominantly residential with a small traditional town centre and historic core. The harbour is fairly central in the compact town and thus relatively easily accessible from the town centre on foot.
Khao Yai, Thailand
The resort consists of several holiday villas and back of house facilities in a mountainous region in Thailand, close to a National Park. The proposed villas are made up of a honeymoon suite, and two other suite types varying in size. a total of eight buildings are included in the site plans.
1:400 site model and eight 1:100 individual villa models.
The client required more space in their family home in Amsterdam Noord. The addition provided three more bedrooms for the home and had a pearl finish aluminium pipe cladding facade. Openings were provided on the front and back elevations.
The pearlised finish on the facade makes a statement, whilst subtly reflecting the surroundings.
The masterplan for Batavialand in Lelystad, North of Amsterdam, will be home to the Nieuwland Museum, Bataviawharf and the Civil Service of Maritime Heritage and will be a hub for telling the story of the Netherland’s history with water. It incorporates a public park with the museums integrating naturally into the masterplan.
A series of crossing dikes form the basis for the design with the objective of making the park as open and accessible to the public as possible. The dikes - which house the museums - will be positioned in order to provide the entrances to facilities at the most appropriate places, with one dike gently rising to face Antony Gormley’s ‘Sitting Man’ Sculpture.
Following consultations with the client, the project architect and I worked closely together on the renovation of a traditional Dutch townhouse Kitchen/dining and Living area. The design expanded the kitchen into an adjoining room and provided a multifunctional room divider to separate the dining and living area.
The kitchen redesign included an experimental kitchen counter concept constructed from wooden logs stacked to create a wraparound counter top and ceiling-height wine rack. The room divider comprised of a set of 8 doors that could be configured in order to fully divide the room, hide the shelves on either side or completely open the room up with visible shelving.
Diploma in Architecture
This project is concerned with the study and exploration of architecture and the city. This focus is based on the proposition that, throughout history, the city has persistently posed the most significant challenge, as well as the most significant stimulus, to the continuing evolution of architectural theory and practice.
The new Glasgow Literary Institute is dedicated to the advancement of literature and literary activity in the city and its region.
The aim of the institute is to be the face of Glasgow as a place of Literature and to recognise Scotland’s rich literary heritage. Its role is to encourage, engage and develop the public’s interest in literature as well as promoting creative literary talent both within the city and to national and international audiences.
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
The site was set in a secluded valley, and needed to house fifteen musicians for six months in a ‘musical retreat’. The building had to be off grid, self sufficient and in tune with the location. As this was a relatively compact building (in order to make it as energy efficient as possible), it was very important for the plan to be fully developed in order to make the building environmentally efficient and as comfortable for the occupants as possible.
My solution for the retreat saw the brief split over two levels in order to reduce the area of exposed surfaces. A courtyard was introduced as a ‘retreat within a retreat’ to bring a sense of the surrounding site into the building. With the River Luce on the East edge of the site, the building hugs the tree line at the water with a built outdoor ground surface stemming from the entrance to the building. The building has openings created to ensure views across the site to Glenluce Abbey to the North West and the Dairy Farm to the South - both good reminders of self-sufficient buildings.