Wednesday, 26 May 2010


Entrances orientate towards public flow around site, with three sets of steps to sub level users have access from one side of the site to another through moving through the basement, which also includes two lifts to the interior of the building. Additional entrances to the interior can be reached from the railway bridge and from steps that meet at the roof that start on ground level. Part of the adjacent park/ green space can be turned into a seating space through the use of a plug -in grid that speaks to a screen on building face, the car-park can also become a drive in cinema that similarly speaks to screen on building faƧade, furthermore the building connects itself to the railway bridge with concrete steps that face a screen on exterior wall. (See smaller axo in top right corner for exterior walls).


The Deptford Projection House utilizes three outdoor screens, one with a fixed seating space, one which exploit’s a plug in seating arrangement and one which becomes a drive in cinema space, two more smaller screens are located on the roof. Three more screens located sub level, smaller/ personal cinematic spaces with plug in seats. The largest screen is enclosed in the centre of the building (pictured above) sticks to standard theatre convention, retains a sense familiarity to regular cinema goers.


Tuesday, 25 May 2010



Living room in the city





Active@DEPTFORD: Overview

The building consists of several layers with connecting ramps that surround the building. There are two routes to every space giving the user choice, as well as making sure they don't have to take the same route twice.


Active@DEPTFORD: Interaction

The lowered Futsal pitch allows for passers by, school children, office workers etc. to either book a session with Active@DEPTFORD, or just to join in and have fun.

Active@DEPTFORD: Material

The materiality of the building relies on a layered cladding system, with a perforated steel outer shell. This allows air to flow through the building creating a naturally cool environment for exercise.


The textile workshop will run on three concepts- education, appreciation and communication. Socially, this development will encourage interaction, creating a hub for the Deptford community. The building will stand as a permeable embodiment of the community, welcoming the local residents. It is here that local people will be able to receive an education in various crafts, with intention to then enter into skilled employment.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Waste Exchange

The concept of the Waste Exchange is based on the consumer/waste cycle, bio-digestion, and distribution networks. The factory itself produces fuel by re-processing organic waste sourced locally. For the building to function properly the various collection and delivery/distribution networks need to be thought out alongside the physical entity of the building. Waste is collected from homes and businesses by conventional refuse vehicles, either from centralised or household bins. In the factory natural gas is produced and fed back into the national network whilst the digestate can be used as a fertiliser in gardens or allotments in the city or in farms and greenhouses for larger scale food production. Pollution released through conventional disposal techniques and the overall human environmental impact is reduced by closely looking at where waste occurs and finding alternative uses.


The central hall of the building, used for housing the tanks that contain the fermentation process is large and adaptable to suit the dynamic nature of industry, however in its current configuration contains no machinery. Part of the brief is to open up the building to the public- to communicate the function of industry within the city and the building itself, the large open spaces of the main hall can be utilised for functions, rented, or be used in conjunction with the other community centres close by.
Image: view of entrance into the main hall.


The fabric of the building is made up of two parts, a strong industrial concrete and steel skeleton supports the loading of the machinery on the inside- clinical and precise, whilst the skin is clad entirely in brick on the outside, where the decay from weather and the air become part of the buildings face to the city, drawing influence from the old industrial buildings of a past London.
Image: view of the main hall from model.

Saturday, 22 May 2010


Deptford Public Forum is an organization that intends to be the voice of the inhabitants of Deptford. It will rely on staff that actively ensures that public opinion is not ignored by the government. The proposed architecture is to provide an infrastructure that generates income for the maintenance of the Deptford Public Forum and its staff. This will rely on the proximity to the existing market. Being financially self-sustainable will allow the Deptford Public Forum to reduce dependency on government funding. To be an independent body is important for DPF to reduce the risk of undermining its social contribution due to external factors.


Deptford Public Forum's Exhibition Space. This enclosed space serves as an exhibition space where the proposals can be made to the community and the community can express their opinion on the matter. The exhibition space also presents the achievements of DPF and result of latest outcomes of the outdoor forum. It is located next to the DPF public square with the intention of attracting the public to this interior space.


Rammed Earth is a very sustainable material. It is available in the Deptford area as a building material. If it is sourced on site its material transportation mileage is of 0 miles. Using Rammed Earth as building material can involve the participation of the local community. Involving the community can increase the sense of place and ownership, important for a Pro-Local Infrastructure. Rammed Earth Walls can be used as noise barriers in order to reduce the noise sources from the forum for the residential surroundings. Passive Thermal Control: Rammed Earth Walls can provide a substantial amount of thermal mass which can help regulate the temperature passively.