NTU Architecture Subject Group

The Stage of Visibility

This performing arts school project is a modern and visually stunning building situated by the canal. It is designed to promote wellbeing by utilizing performing arts to foster creativity, inspiration, and personal growth.

The school's architecture is carefully crafted to complement its environment and features spacious, light-filled classrooms that provide ample space for students to practice their art forms.

Moreover, the school aims to use visibility to comfort those in the community struggling with fluctuating wellbeing. It is visible from the canal and surrounding areas, as a beacon of hope and inspiration.

In summary, this performing arts school is a unique and valuable addition to the community, offering an innovative approach to education and wellbeing through performing arts.

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BArch Architecture

The Stage of Visibility

This Performing arts school located alongside Nottingham Canal uses the power of visibility to connect performance and community, promoting wellbeing and creating a space for transparency and inspiration, hoping to bring stability within a world of fluctuation. The Canal’s water serves as a metaphor for fluctuation in our wellbeing, mental health and the ever-changing and fluid nature of the arts. This school is a hub for creativity, expression and vulnerability, creating a stable environment; It is a glowing emblem for the performing arts community in Nottingham, as other performing arts schools and theatres surround it. Just as the Canal was used to connect Trent Bridge and Langley Mill, this school will connect those within the community. The school becomes a widely visible stage, with the studios giving a glimpse of the activity within; light diffuses out at night, and light diffuses in during the day, creating a unique relationship between inside and outside. The double-height foyer is the heart of the school, accessible by both students and the public; it is the initial introduction to the journey through the school, housing impromptu performances visible from almost every point within the foyer, teasing the idea of the power of visibility. Finally, the pavilion is a colourful structure that is the focal point of the public square, encouraging people to perform under dispersed colours in a safe and welcoming environment.

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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