This project looks at the bedroom, the space for the individual, A room with everything you need. A space for people with little, to start over.
At the heart of this is a stair to a bedroom, a space providing all necessary amenities to someone with just a suitcase to their name. This modular aluminium monocoque structure explores a three dimensional living arrangement that maximises efficiency, yet when ascending to the upper storey one feels secure, secluded, and a large window following the path of the sun through the trees, allows one to contemplate and heal amongst only life’s necessities.
This 900sqm industrial building in East London, was constructed in 1915 by Frederick Rixon. Built for the purpose of industrial manufacture, this low brick workshop sits behind a protected Georgian residential frontage. In 2017 Studio RHE were appointed to extensively renovate to facilitate a photography studio.
Under the supervision of my director, I both designed and managed the restoration of this victorian building. This involved replacing all the roofing and glazing, installing M&E, and refinishing throughout. This is the largest project I have individually managed, and I found the process hugely rewarding.
2017 - images owned by Studio RHE
This illustration shows a housing concept that places a series of individual rooms around one communal space, the nucleus. Additional bedrooms and facilities, spaces for the individual, branch off from the shared room through additional doors. I consider this an extra veil of privacy to communal living, yet a sense of family that apartment buildings often overlook.
Drawn during my time at the Welsh School of Architecture, this illustration was featured by both The Archiologist and Arch_Grap (Architecture Graphics)
During my Masters Thesis in 2016 at the Welsh School of Architecture. My tutor, Professor Peter Salter, focused our attention on the then pressing issues of the war in Syria, and the immigration system in the UK.
London is one of the largest, richest and most diverse cities in the world, 40% of its population were born outside the UK, over 300 languages are spoken and there are 50 large non-indigenous communities scattered within it. London should be shaping the future of humanity, developing an architecture that unites us all.
The 2016 Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, which aimed to house 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK. involved a complex relationship between many different large organisations, resulting in a number of damaging inefficiencies. For my Masters Thesis, I therefore proposed the amalgamation of operations through high density, low impact, diverse community housing, connecting undeveloped green space in London, forming a new borough under the authority of the National Parkland, and therefore an Orbital Trail 10km from London’s centre.
This trail will house refugees, present more social housing for UK residents and provide a series of both large and small retail units which support the housing both physically and financially, forming relationships for both residents and non residents, new and old.
The nHouse is a prefabricated, CLT, modular home, fitted with the latest environmental technologies . Using innovative off-site construction techniques, it is designed to be delivered and installed in just a day.
Working at nHouse I helped deliver the first prototype, and design and detail prototype two, along with other nHouse models, ranging from one to five bedrooms.
Having the opportunity to design and detail with such forensic analysis, on a project so technically demanding, was hugely rewarding. I set up a detailed BIM model to coordinate all suppliers and consultants, as well as 150 A1 details to meet the demands of the factory, where the modules were being fabricated.
2018 - images owned by nHouse
Swawou School for girls
Volunteering with Orkidstudio, I helped build a new school for girls’ in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Orkidstudio began work in the eastern region of the country, in 2014, employing as many as seventy men and women from the local community each day. The Swawou Foundation sought to provide extensive new learning facilities for up to 120 young girls from the local area.
During my time there, we went from firing bricks from the local clay, to welding the space frame roof structure. Being part of such a close, resilient and optimistic community, that had suffered such devastation in the past few decades, was unforgettable. The building was voted the ‘best school in Sierra Leone’ on a national radio station before it even had a roof on.
Yet, just four weeks from completion, and with the final roof sheets still uninstalled, progress was brought to a halt and site closed as the first confirmed cases of the Ebola virus hit the region. With this news, we had to leave, and the opening was delayed.
However, following many new challenges and difficulties, a building has since been completed.
2015 - images owned by Orkidstudio
Republic Show Suite
During the initial design stages of the Republic development, Studio RHE were asked to convert the top floor of the Anchorage House building into a showsuite/coworking space. This 600sqm open plan space had panoramic views across East London and the Thames.
This was the first project I was given to manage, and required replacing all 120m of glazing, along with a complete terrace redesign, a bar, cafe, meeting room, lecture space, and bold branded entrance lobby.
2015 - images owned by Studio RHE
My bachelor's degree project had a self motivated objective of creating an off-grid, zero carbon, zero waste, and zero emissions community for 150 people (Dunbar’s number).
Investigating the relationship between land and energy, as the role of photovoltaics increases, this project looks to balance a fully sustainable, high density community, within a wild woodland landscape.
Opposing the urban sprawl, this design touched the land as lightly as possible, allowing the earth beneath to breath. Walkways and services are suspended between apartment buildings around the canopy of the woodlands.
This private commission involved a feasibility study and planning application to design and moor a houseboat on an historic, listed stretch of the River Thames.
I felt it necessary for the design to fit the surrounding Georgian architecture, and no vessel fits that era better than the Thames Sailing Barge. During this period, the barge evolved in design and ornamentation to compete in the second oldest yacht race in history, after the Americas Cup.
These 120 ton vessels would carry their cargo at over 12 knots, with a crew of only 2, and perhaps a dog. They are a vital part of the Thames history, and falling in numbers every year, yet their elegant, cavernous, flat bottomed hulls make for an ideal houseboat.
I am passionate about printmaking, etching in particular. I love the tactile processes, oily inky hands, heavy victorian machinery, yet the print is so light and delicate.
Most of my works are etchings (using copper and acid), with drypoint and monoprint additions. They range from abstract experiments in tone and form, inspired by Chillida, to illustrative scenes that mark significant moments in my life.
My experimental series titled ‘Burnt Sugerlift’, as shown here, is currently being published in ‘The Printing Ideas Book’, by Frances Stanfield and Lucy McGeown.
Grangetown Community Centre
This project aims to unite the many cultural and ethnic groups of Cardiff’s most diverse and segregated area, adopting Grange Gardens as its heart.
This proposal explores colour and nature as a means to bring people together, aiming to avoid an institutional aesthetic. The centre instead will appear as nothing but a product of Grangetown’s people.
This is not just a metaphor, the development will be community built, bringing together an array of enthusiastic individuals from the outset, developing skills and relationships, injecting the project's relevance into Grangetown. This will be made possible by its simple elemental design with a rustic aesthetic, steering away from a more conventional perception of a health/community centre.
2015, first year of Masters Degree
As a Part 1, working for Studio RHE, I was mostly involved in the Republic development near the East India Dock basin. Originally built in 1990, the redevelopment of The Import Building has seen this office building revived with the insertion of a nine storey timber structure to add commercial floorspace and create new spatial connections between floors. Constructed from engineered timber in combination with modular timber framed glazed facades, the new natural material palette contrasts with the rawness of the exposed existing concrete structure. Timber was selected for its high sustainability credentials but also for its malleable qualities.
2016 - images owned by Studio RHE
During my Batchelors I was fascinated by humanity’s demands for food, energy, material and space. Through researching modern methods of farming, construction, and generating power, I was able write a simple algorithm for a proposed parametric city.
The city was modeled as mirrored buildings inhabiting a forest wilderness, with a raised grid of circulation above. It explored the possibility to match London’s population density, with minimal visual impact on the natural world.
The Gramophone Works
This 7 storey development, is situated on the Paddington branch of the Grand Union Canal, sitting on top of the existing Notting Hill Vinyl pressing plant in West London. Utilising the hugely over engineered existing concrete structure, Studio RHE designed a lightweight four storey timber extension, providing 8,500sqm of commercial office space.
With a raw pallet of exposed concrete, and a huge amount of timber, this development is one of the largest timber structures in the UK.
As a part 2 Architectural Assistant, I worked on the project from stage 2 - 5, playing a key role in a small team of three that successfully designed and delivered the proposal.
2018 - images owned by Studio RHE
Whilst at Studio RHE, working with Thidaa Roberts, I assisted in design of the Palatino Restaurant and bar at Fora Clerkenwell, Central London.