NTU Architecture Subject Group

A Weaving Continuum

Through the use of the concept of 'Weaving and Movement' and inspired by literature such as 'Existence Space and Architecture' by Norberg Schulz, my factory of lace couples theory with phenomenology, using history and axial movement to define form and in situ reinvigorate lost sense of place conveyed through the reintroduction of craftsmanship to such a pivotal space within Nottingham.

Based adjacent to the River Trent and Canal which served as the vehicle for Nottingham's globally renowned lace trade, my factory of lace re-introduces this lost sense of lace craftsmanship to the city allowing members of the public to move and observe the entire lacemaking process, experiencing a hybridity of old and new methods of craft seamlessly weaved together. Through the use of terracing, tunnelling, and threshold across the form, the design creates phenomenological atmospheres reinforced through extrapolating elements of the lacemaking process into the form such as that of the jacquard card (a punctuated board allowing lace pattern to be 'read' by machine) represented by panelling across the facade.

The construction is weaved with an overarching space frame, shadows cast emulating and paying homage to the elegance of lace; weaving together past and present through the revival of this craft. re-utilising the fabric of the past, creating craft in a consumerist world of the future devoid of such.

Ben Gadd
Student name
Ben Gadd
BArch Architecture

BArch Architecture

The BArch (Hons) in Architecture course is focused on the creative and practical development of architectural design, investigated in a studio environment through a series of carefully considered practical and theoretical projects in a variety of spatial, social, cultural and topographical situations.

The purpose of the course is to align architectural concepts, thinking, techniques and values with current architectural thought and practice. It involves strategic thinking and creative imagination; problem-solving and research tasks; attention to detail and tectonic resolution; traditional and digital forms of representation; and public presentations and reviews. This course addresses the challenges of designing for diverse communities and cultures and develops Part 1 graduates with creative vision, practical skills and an ethical position in respect of the role of the architect in a globalised world.

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