NTU Architecture Subject Group

Greens Gardens

Greens Garden explores the idea of architecture as a catalyst of growth within cities. Firstly, architecture was a means of shelter and protection from the world outside. As civilisation developed and as populations grew, new spaces and buildings were needed to help these new communities thrive. Bringing people together by one way or another creates connections between the community already there and new people to the area.

The building creates several spaces for the community to eat, talk, create, and come together. It places a covering over the traditional market, with stalls of different cuisines for everyone to enjoy. With these different cuisines it will bring people from different cultures together. The greenhouse which will be growing the majority of the ingredients that will be used within the food stalls. A versatile communal hall connected to the building creates a space where people can do what they want.

Inspired by the site, which is situated in Nottingham, the idea of a hidden garden is also explored in my thesis and design. When we visited Greens Windmill, it seemed that we were walking for ages through houses of brick and streets of tarmac until we reached this open green space, contrasting the surrounding buildings. This space was something that I had not expected to be there and was hidden by the trees bordering the site. Paths from different sides created connections to areas of Nottingham. With connections being a vital aspect of cities, this is an important part of the design. Using the connections of the Windmill and my Pavilion, paths toward the hidden garden within my building were created.

Sophie Christian
Student name
Sophie Christian
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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