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The adaptive reuse of existing buildings is a topic which is becoming far more prominent as it relates to sustainable development and the conservation of our architectural history and heritage. This project seeks to take a declining typology – the public house – and adapt it to keep it alive. The pub I have chosen to adapt is the Tap and Tumbler, an alternative and rock pub in central Nottingham. My project questions “what is a temporary structure” and attempts to take advantage of the relaxed planning rules surrounding temporary structures. It also seeks to leave the existing pub intact due to its importance to the identity of those that frequent it. The use I have chosen is one which already is utilised by the pub – music. The pub holds gigs in a small section on the ground floor for small local bands – my goal is to create a larger space to host these events and gain more traction.

Zara Gravett
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Zara Gravett
MArch Architecture

MArch Architecture

The Master of Architecture (MArch) embraces the challenge of 21st Century architectural practice and focuses on educating architects with a global outlook through projects set in local, national, and international contexts.

Through “vertical studios” in each year of study, steered by leading practitioners and academics, we put current architectural thinking at the heart of the course. We locate architectural design centrally as an academic discipline through rigorous cross-disciplinary design research and complex methodological application. The course recognises the essential cross-cutting and cross-disciplinary nature of architecture, bringing together diverse disciplines aiming to create collaborative/group work as a means of developing design creativity within the realistic teamwork environment of practice. All projects will be developed considering sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and cultural aspects, rather than being studied and applied as discrete areas of teaching and learning.

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