NTU Architecture Subject Group

Reclaim Academy

This project is all about creating civic centres, in my case a university of architecture, with a focus on sustainability and wellbeing. Due to this all aspects of its design, course structure, materials and services are made with a focus on sustainable design of the future, not just following current standards and trends but exploring new ones.

The university course has been planned around the idea of teaching future architects to use sustainable materials where possible, as well as, reusing existing structures where possible in their design. As such, the building has to stand as a testament to these ideas in practice. The main core of both studio spaces is the existing sustainable research laboratories that were already present on the site, they provide the framework which the new cladding is placed on and their brickwork acts as an internal finish for the project. On top of this any newly created spaces have been made using only sustainable materials promoted through the courses; most of the superstructure is made from glulam beams and columns, the library and workshops are made using timber panels, the front façade uses a mixture of mycelium, cork, cross laminated timber and green walls, and the perimeter wall is made using reclaimed bricks from the other demolished projects.

In total, this university should act as an example of how we can do better in the future with our architectural ideals, teaching the next generation of better ways of working.

Jacob Cartwright
Student name
Jacob Cartwright
BArch Architecture

Design Thesis

The 5 Key Ideas of the Project: - An architecture course that prioritises learning about sustainable solutions and materials, incorporating them into the workshops and using them in the students schemes. - An enclosed curtain wall area creating the central circulation space within the project. - Reusing some of the existing structures on the site, incorporating them into my scheme whilst keeping the design my own. - The need for an open layout around the university, encouraging students to drop in and out of lectures as they move through the building. - Incorporating different styles of learning into the buildings design and spaces, allowing students to find out what form of learning works best for them

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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