LEARNING AS A FORM OF LIVING spatial relations defined by social rituals; imagining academy living with a London academy as case study and site

In institutions dedicated to digital forms of labour, the domestic is being subsumed as transitory element, promoting ‘socially productive’ spaces and exerting a recursive effect on institutions of learning. With a London Academy as critical context, an integration of the home with the institution of working and learning is explored typologically.

DateJune 2016

 

Sample Boards. In the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Koolhaas called for the education of architecture to focus on the constituent components of a building through the analysis of the repertoire of contextual detailing. The Breadboard, still today intrinsic to the German dining ritual of the 'Abendbrot', is reimagined as a sample board of the projects' programmatic elements.
Sample Boards. In the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Koolhaas called for the education of architecture to focus on the constituent components of a building through the analysis of the repertoire of contextual detailing. The Breadboard, still today intrinsic to the German dining ritual of the ‘Abendbrot’, is reimagined as a sample board of the projects’ programmatic elements.
A central London Academy under construction as of 2016 chosen as case study and site
A central London Academy under construction as of 2016 chosen as case study and site.
With the ramp as continuum of a sloped street level experience, the spatial requirements of the academy and housing are arranged in 3 possible ways as a methodology to imagine how this could impact on spatial and social relations.
With the ramp as continuum of a sloped street level experience, the spatial requirements of the academy and housing are arranged in 3 possible ways as a methodology to imagine how this could impact on spatial and social relations.
Ramp defined by Program
Configuring the spatial requirements in a hierarchy of learning and living defined by scales of social ritual

A central learning support and lecture space on Academy levels varies in opacity by sliding timber and plastic skins, enabling flexibility in teaching scale
A central learning support and lecture space on Academy levels varies in opacity by sliding timber and plastic skins, enabling flexibility in teaching scale
On the Transport Engineering faculty level, digital urban model tables and cluster study tables encourage communal study and a rail network data table within the facade overlooks the Victoria rail tracks
On the Transport Engineering faculty level, digital urban model tables and cluster study tables encourage communal study and a rail network data table within the facade overlooks the Victoria rail tracks
Entrance via library study steps into living, learning and working communal space
Entrance via library study steps into living, learning and working communal space
Communal learning & dining space as central axis connecting housing levels
Communal learning & dining space as central axis connecting housing levels
Balcony tutorial space adjoining offices, midway between housing levels
Balcony tutorial space adjoining offices, midway between housing levels
Two maisonettes share a private kitchen that opens up with bi-folding doors to the communal space
Two maisonettes share a private kitchen that opens up with bi-folding doors to the communal space
Tutor maisonettes share second floor offices that open up with bi-folding doors to the communal space
Tutor maisonettes share second floor offices that open up with bi-folding doors to the communal space

Learning spaces structurally suspended from housing levels; Partially obscuring waved panels invoke proportions of Pimlico's Georgian windows

Learning spaces structurally suspended from housing levels; Partially obscuring waved panels invoke proportions of Pimlico's Georgian windows.
Learning spaces structurally suspended from housing levels; Partially obscuring waved panels invoke proportions of Pimlico’s Georgian windows.

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