Conversational Drawings

Often in masterplanning projects conversations are driven by a central drawing, curiously these sketches are key to projects development yet have little weighting outside of the moment they were created in. This sketch is from one of our ongoing projects:

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Ouseburn Bandstand

It is superb to see a vision come together, the Ouseburn Bandstand is the result of a student live build design competition ran by Northumbria University and Newcastle University. In 2018 we produced a series of renders to both promote the project and support of the planning application. This scheme is an example of the positive change that occurs when companies, universities and students work together. To find out more about the project follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/constructNE/

Ouseburn Bandstand - Opening Event

Ouseburn Bandstand - Opening Event

Ouseburn Bandstand - About Design ©

Ouseburn Bandstand - About Design ©

Detail - University of Cambridge

We were inspired by the attention to detail by Sir Colin St John Wilson on his lecture theatre design at the School of Architecture. Known as the Architect for the British Library, Sir Colin St John Wilson also designed this extension to the Cambridge Architecture School. The influence from the late Le Corbusier can be seen throughout the building and reminded us of the work by B. V. Doshi.

Lecture Theatre by Sir Colin St John Wilson

Lecture Theatre by Sir Colin St John Wilson

Lecture Theatre by Sir Colin St John Wilson

Lecture Theatre by Sir Colin St John Wilson

Lecture Theatre by Sir Colin St John Wilson

Lecture Theatre by Sir Colin St John Wilson

Small Moments in a Big Development - Skip Garden

Amongst the £3bn Kings Cross development lies the community skip garden, constructed from recycled construction material. A great meanwhile re-use of waste from the immediate site, it would be great to see more community interventions given the scale the development and to see this attitude spread North of London.

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Virtual Reality - Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

Chris is experiencing the Brazilian rainforest through Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s virtual reality exhibition. VR and augmented reality are becoming more commonplace within the arts and architecture, changing how we connect with our perception of place and space.

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The Wood Yard - Co-Working Space

We’re visiting one of our past designs, the product of an ongoing collaboration with the Newcastle Wood Recycling. The space provides: workspace, classes and event space at the heart of the Wood Yard in Walker. Its great to see the local Spoon Making club using the space today!

For more information about using the space contact our long term collaborators: https://www.welovewood.org

The Wood Yard, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne - Co-working Space

The Wood Yard, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne - Co-working Space

Star and Shadow Charrette

This concept perspective for the Star and Shadow box office is the outcome of a design charrette ran as part of PRAXIS - our student engagement group. PRAXIS looks to engage students with outward looking live build projects, applying academic skills to community projects to enable real change.

Concept Perspective - Star and Shadow Box Office - PRAXIS

Concept Perspective - Star and Shadow Box Office - PRAXIS

Star and Shadow - Box Office

As part of our ongoing student engagement group PRAXIS, we are looking forward to collaborating with the Star and Shadow Cinema. Their entirely volunteer ran community cinema in Sandyford is an inspiring collective which supports grass roots cinema, music and events.

We are working with their construction team and students from Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape to design and construct a new Box Office space as part of their ongoing improvements. Beginning the first stage today with some surveying during their recent refurbishments.

Star and Shadow Cinema - Site Visit

Star and Shadow Cinema - Site Visit