Unit 7

About the show

The following design projects were undertaken this year:

Translations (from literary to architectural description)

Type and Model (the design of architectural types and models in isolation of context)

A Heterogeneous Edifice (proposals for a building of mixed use occupation in the vicinity of the Canal Saint Martin in north east Paris.

Fiction is able to describe architectural space and detail; actual or invented. Conversely, architecture can be understood as fiction, in that it may hold within its fabric, the histories of many lives. Ten passages from ten books were selected for students to translate in order for them to interrogate the relationship between these two disciplines and to provoke the architectural imagination. The books included works by Paul Auster, Jorge Luis Borges, Umberto Eco, Franz Kafka, Ryzard Kapuschinski, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Haruki Murakami, George Perec and Bernhard Schlink.

Type and Model

Students were asked to produce a taxonomy of forms, having similarities and differences with each other, determined by the interrogation of architectural types. We understood type, in this instance, as the means to define the field in which the design of architectural models could be played out. The types included: facade apertures (in themselves and in relationship to each other in compositions), tectonic systems (where material choice, construction method and geometry would inform the formal outcome of the models) and spatial idioms (derived from function or from pre-determined morphological and geometric characteristics).

A Heterogeneous Edifice

The major project was for the design of a structure that would accommodate three programmes, (whose co-existence might be mutually beneficial or characterised by tension), loosely based on the spatial and functional conditions of the forum, atelier & apartment. The sites for this exploration were located in the north east of Paris in the vicinity of the Canal St Martin. It was intended that the buildings designed would have a singular presence, rising just above the scale of the typical Haussmannian block. Emphasis was placed on precisely defined tectonic strategies, spatial constitutions and material palettes.

Leaving for Paris

Exhibition details

Location Central House 2nd Floor
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Unit Unit 7

Students' work

 James Faulconer - A Man Asleep
Unit 7 James Faulconer A Man Asleep

Translation from Literature, 1:20 model 

 Siobhan O’Keeffe - Plan & section of Aedificium
Siobhan O’Keeffe
The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose 

 Joseph Bodansky - 1:50 model
Joseph Bodansky
A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue Jean Poulmarch, Paris Unit 7 RIBA2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue Jean Poulmarch 

 Jennifer Gutteridge
Jennifer Gutteridge
A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue des Ardennes, Paris Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue des Ardennes, Paris 

 Yoshi Hayashi - 1:10 detailed study
Yoshi Hayashi
A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue Jean Poulmarch, Paris Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue Jean Poulmarch, Paris 

 Sarah Henry
Sarah Henry

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue de Chaumont, Paris 

 Alex Jones
Alex Jones
A Heterogeneous Edifice, Boulevard de la Villette, Paris Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Boulevard de la Villette 

 James Roach - Views of entrance
James Roach Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Boulevard de la Villette 

 Emily Scott - Long section
Emily Scott Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue Jean Poulmarch, Paris 

 Julija Utko
Julija Utko

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Boulevard de la Villette 

 Georgia Battye - Partial view of proposal from canal
Georgia Battye Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Jardin Villemin, Paris 

 Saul Busby-Cozic - plan & view of proposal
Saul Busby-Cozic Upper level plan unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue Louis Blanc 

 Stephane Chadwick - 1:20 study
Stephane Chadwick Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Boulevard de la Villette 

 Dominic Dudley - Layers of construction
Dominic Dudley - Layers of construction Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifoulevard de la Villetteice, B 

 Yann Frampton - Long section
Yann Frampton Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue Jean Poulmarch, Paris 

 Alexandru Florea - View of proposal
Alexandru Florea Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Jardin Villemin, Paris 

 Matt McAleese
Matt McAleese Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Boulevard de la Villette 

 Suzi Pain - 1:100 model, 1:20 mould for casting vaults
Suzi Pain Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue Louis Blanc 

 Sarah Willats - Sectional perspective
Sarah Willats Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Jardin Villemin, Paris 

 Marta Wlordczyk - Upper level plan
Marta Wlordczyk Unit 7 RIBA 2

A Heterogeneous Edifice, Rue des Ardennes, Paris