The design appreciates the past- by valuing the existing tectonic
language of the industrial area, and the lives of the residents. The details,
materials, texture, light, colour, smell... will etch onto the memories of
grandchildren who visit as well as subtly enriching the daily lives of the
elderly. There is no melancholy of the present here. Instead, in the shadows
(which prove the sunshine), there is a nostalgia and warmth which connects the
years and generations.
This building rejects temporality. Wood and brick will mark, wear,
and grow richer over time, and will stand to see generations of grandchildren
drive past and fondly remember their childhood visits. Biodiversity and
responsibility is encouraged through planted terraces, and high-density
building redefines the area and points to sustainable city form. The building
is highly insulated, oriented to catch maximum sun, and heated using a warm
water radiative system.
Characters are from the amazing work of Charles Avery
Below is a sampling of the images produced as a stage three project at Robert Gordon University. This project was awarded with the University Purchase Prize 2011, and was commended in the RIAS Drawing Award 2011.