My primer was designed to be biodegradable, it therefore took on a slotted construction using a kit of parts.
Photos of the finished structure.
The ease of assembly / disassembly, as well as the customisation that the primer offers is required within the city office.
The increase in mobility and flexibility of working lives has decreased the usage of offices but they still offer much required interaction and resources.
The area of Stokes Croft is an ideal location for an office that caters to individuals and small creative businesses.
The main materials used to construct the building are located within a 2km radius of the site.
Using several design concepts a preliminary design is created for hand-over.
Using a set of rules and the randomness of dice, an unexpected future form is created.
The kit of parts is designed to reduce costs and environmental impact on the planet. The pieces are locally sourced, recyclable or biodegradable and cheap.
The building is made up of different layers – each with its own lifespan.
The permanent cores are made of individual timber sections stacked and pinned together.
The primary structure is a post and beam construction, with the same timber section being bolted together in groups of 9 for columns and 3s for beams.
The lightweight, most flexible structure is a stud work system, clad in a translucent Polycarbonate skin.
The ground floor is used by the Bristol City College and contains a corner cafe, workshop and retail units. The upper office spaces are located around a central courtyard void.
With this particular development a roof terrace becomes a prime public spot for a business.
The addition of a private office and meeting room changes an open space into a corridor.
During construction the college workshop becomes the assembly line for new additions.
The scale of the building, unlike many office blocks, fits into the surrounding area.
The elevation is designed to fit into the varied context. The OSB cladding is painted to create a vibrant, changing look.
The central courtyard is a place for eating, watching films and a shared circulation route, helping people to meet unexpectedly.
The glow from the polycarbonate cladding allows the users to be seen from the street as well as illuminating the street for safety reasons.
This design thesis is the final project as part of my MArch degree. Following on from my research dissertation, I focused on the area of work and offices. The resulting design is a new take on flexible office space, situated in Stokes Croft, Bristol. It uses a kit of parts to create a structure that can be reassembled, lengthening the overall lifespan of the project.
It is cheap, casual, sustainable and aims to increase human interaction and opportunities for flexible workers, individuals and startup businesses.
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