NTU Architecture Subject Group

An ode to memory: The musical village

The musical village which is a synthesis of the memory of its site, recalling the site's history, vernacular and ecology. The village restores historical access, lost to past intervention. It recalls the context of terraced streets & it creates an ode to the vernacular materials of brick & charred timber, all cantered around an inverted monument formed of the derelict existing site warehouse, providing flood relief. These memoirs aim to create a connection with the wider context. The site features a terraced row, housing workshops and apartments for visiting artists, 4 multi-purpose studios to suit any instrument which sit raised on stilts interconnected by decking, so they are resolute from flooding and a 200 capacity theatre for intimate performances. Finally revitalizing the canal prefabricated corten steel pods inserted into existing masonry form amenities for boaters and walkers.

The Musical Village is an embodiment of its site's heritage, encompassing its history, local architecture, and ecological characteristics. The village aims to restore lost historical access points while evoking the ambiance of terraced streets. It pays homage to the traditional materials of brick and charred timber, centering around a repurposed existing warehouse on the site that serves as a flood relief structure, symbolizing an inverted monument. These elements seek to establish a strong connection with the broader context.
The site features a row of terraced buildings housing workshops and apartments for visiting artists. Raised on stilts and interconnected by decking, four multi-purpose studios accommodate various instruments, ensuring resilience against flooding. Additionally, a 200-capacity theater is provided for intimate performances.
Furthermore, the village revitalizes the canal area by integrating prefabricated corten steel pods into the existing masonry. These pods offer amenities for boaters and walkers, enhancing the overall experience along the canal.

Joshua Howard
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Joshua Howard
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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