Project description

The project examines the incorporation of circular economy frameworks within design development and construction processes to explore potential sustainable practices within Architecture's profession. This is explored through the visualization, catalouging and experimentation of alternative material and design decisions centered around the pressures of reducing, reusing and recycling construction waste. These factors are respectively explored by preserving the existing infrastructure, reactivating; using 'waste' products to develop additional spaces; and developing a modular architectural design which promotes circular economy and reuse through its use of robust and flexible units when producing spaces.

The design explored withdraws upon ideas of de-growth and effective material use researched in a prior dissertation centered around minimalism to realize the relationships established between the building and its social, and economic, as well as its environmental contexts. Adopted methods of valuation and ideas of de-growth uncovered wasteful processes occurring throughout the established circular framework and holds potential in informing a more efficient/ sustainable practice.

The design research was guided and advised by Studio Tutors Moa Carlsson and Simone Ferracina. Furthermore, exploration of the site raised by brief was carried out in a collaboration with Anna Cameron, Georgia Tucker, Minyong Choi, and Yana Markos.

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Preserved and Added Materiality
Axonometric of New Site Proposal
Building Materiality/ Atmosphere
Existing Material System Build-Up
Materiality within Building Strips
Existing Building Strips

The design concept considers the building skin's material system as a series of layers expressive of its history and richness. Therefore, to add a new experience the circular economy of building is maintained by the adding of new layers thus expanding it to a system which caters to the contemporary demands.

Building Elevation Strips
Deconstruction and Construction

The construction process of the existing building is analyzed to study how deconstruction will commence, and how the new proposal will be developed. Therefore, the new spaces are developed to mirror its history using current means/ material systems. This influenced a conceptual design process which promotes building circular economy, as the building is seen as a temporal item which can be broken down and reconfigured numerous times.

Deconstruction and Construction
Site Build-up
Building Build-up
Atmosphere and Elevations

Clashes between the bright blue building facade and its quiet, green context is addressed with a cladding system which references it while preserving the underlying structure, revealing its history and surface at certain moments throughout the building. The design aimed to incorporate circular economy in a way which increases the building's atmospheric complexity while decreasing its environmental impact.

External Materiality/ Atmosphere
Existing and New Facades
Existing Boundary and Facade Wall
Skills & Experience
  • Cad/ Modelling: AutoCAD - ArchiCAD - Revit - Rhino 3D
  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop - Illustrator - InDesign - After Effects
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