NTU Architecture Subject Group

The Nottingham Jazz Centre

A facility for higher educational Jazz teaching, practicing and performing.

The higher educational facility for jazz education and performance explores multiple genres of Jazz with opposed atmospheres and settings. The genres and spaces reflect my conceptual ideas of stationary and moving, that being, slower classical Jazz compared with orchestral Jazz, a larger scale performance that is much faster, more focused and directed than that of the slower genres.

I have designed a facility that accommodates for practicing and professional jazz musicians, focusing on acoustics and sound isolation needed for the type of musical performance and teaching, as well as light, aiming for a combination of atmospheric, classical Jazz character and soft materiality similarly to Nordic architecture. It will incorporate a variety of different spaces for learning, practice, and performance, including practice rooms, classrooms, studios, and performance venues. The idea is to split the building into two blocks, educational and performance. The performance building will have contrasting themes and moods that promote different feelings and emotions, related to the mixed genres that will occupy the spaces. The design will allow for free movement and collaboration as well as space to pause and reflect or learn alone. My facilities aim to bring people to the area in the hopes of better economic sustainability.

Ethan Fotheringhame
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Ethan Fotheringhame
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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