Course Description The course presents a new-build in a western neighborhood of London currently undergoing extensive regeneration. Attention is given to the way the architects take context into account and so contribute to creating a quality public area. Course material includes an explanatory text that investigates the reasons behind the architectural design, and a detailed account of the glazed envelope. This is accompanied by photographs, technical and construction-detail drawings illustrating the materials and technologies employed.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Analyze the architectural design and how it dialogues with context, with particular focus on the decision to create separate volumes consistent with public circulation routes.
Explain the stylistic and esthetic reasons underpinning the choice of color palette, glass and volume composition.
Describe how the complex blends with its environment and the reasons behind the different envelope façades and finishes as a function of orientation.
Analyze the way the architecture contributes to the creation of publicly accessible areas.