Monday, 20 October 2014
The last day of the Prince's Foundation Summer School 2014 finished with a long day of presentations, discussions and decision-making. The team of Michael, Oliver and Eliya, joined my Kieran, James and myself won the competition. Although, some of us had some other preferences, the ones who had decided were not the students but the architect Ed Taylor himself together with some of the members from the Foundation like Edith and Simon and some other tutors. Big congratulations to the team. They, we should be very proud.
Saturday, 18 October 2014
Kieran, James and myself joined the team of Eliya, Michael and Oliver. We had to continue, contribute and developed their proposal. We managed to somehow integrate our views into their design and it was a pleasant team work. It was nice to work with them as all three of them were determined and hard-working people really aiming to win. We worked solidly on day 18 which was kind of the only day we could do everything - a site model, 1:50 model of proposal and produce a few drawings. Michael created a story-board of the building and the different functions which was a winner for sure.
Day 17 was the day of election. A committee of architects, builders, members of the Prince's Foundation had to select a few projects which would go further and the rest (losing ones) would be spread along the winning teams. Unfortunately, our team did not get selected so we had to join another team and merge ideas which was still interesting and exciting news. It was a long day of wait and discussions.
Me, Kieran and James produced a few drawings and two models which could communicate our idea which was a round house in cinematic condition with timber panels all around, behind which would be drawn images of life as a farmer. As the children walk around the building, an image would be revealed as the panels would be rotated by 30 degrees in order to create such conditions.
We were dived into a few groups of three. I happened to be in a group with Kieran Batchelor and James Harding. The brief was extremely exciting - we had to design an experience for children to get involved into the life of farming. The location was a recently cleared area which leads towards a Temple of Wood. We had to design a space which would accommodate 30 children at once plus staff. The focal point and main structure had to be the information and orientation buildings at the centre of the site (approx 60sq.m. + storage). The groups of children would be taught about farming and where the animal products such as meat, wool, dairy, eggs etc. come from. They would experience the animals as well by getting closer to them. Any animal type would have its own enclosure with housing where at least two animals would be brought for the time being and occupy the space while the children are around. The type of animals we had to consider are as follow: beef cow, dairy cow, pigs, sheep, chickens and ducks with a pond.
So first we visited the site as well were introduced to the brief. We had two days to come up with a concept before the presentation.