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basil spence

Location: Bristol

Type:  Academic Group Project - 2019

Basil Spence is a group project; this year’s brief focusing on innovation of the technology world, and merging it with the newest residential complex being built next to the Concorde’s old airport grounds. The typology is a learning / community centre for innovation in new technologies.

All renders / visuals were made by me, as well as most of the 3D modelling.

Shared Workshop facilities -

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Section Cut of Rendered Maquette -

Structural Truss Kit -

Our approach was to redefine innovation, and step away from “Big” by encouraging a slower pace of living. Less consumption and more care. Humans are creative by nature, so it was not about refraining from design and innovation, but rather harnessing our creative spirits to harmonise with our environment mainly through smart material design choices and a larger emphasize on place-making for the community. The design respects the vernacular  of the area whilst still allowing for inspiring  spaces and an ingenious use of new materials.

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Summer & Winter Entrance Views -

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Structural model

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Physical Context Model w/ Design -

The scheme integrates sustainable organic materials as the basis of its construction process and life, to show that it is possible to innovate and respect nature simultaneously. One example is the mycelium blocks (lowest left image) grown and used as a key component of the design: both as an insulation layer, and as a internal finish. 


The workshop spaces host mycelium block production community events, where locals can build / grow the materials used themselves. This material therefore helps to promote local and circular economy, as well as community participation.

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Detail Shots w/ Technical Detailing -

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