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GRAPHIC DESIGN OFFICE

Location: Chiswick, London, UK
Client: Westgreen Construction Ltd
Consultants: John Lovell

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This Grade-II listed station office was disused and in poor repair. A dynamic design utilised an existing sub-floor void and added a mezzanine and glazed entrance to reorder circulation and open up the buildings spaces. A blend of sympathetic restoration and exciting contemporary architectural detail transformed the building into a modern desirable office space.

 
 

BAR + RESTAURANT

Location: Epsom, Surrey, UK
Client: CSJ Partnership
Contractor: Fileturn
Construction Cost: £350K

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High specification bar and restaurant in central Epsom, incorporating custom designed furniture and lighting throughout.

 
 

HEAD QUARTERS

Location: Reigate, London, UK
Client: Fileturn Holdings Ltd
Consultants: Elliot Wood
Contract Sum: £2M

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Extension of Reigate’s former registry building to form new office headquarters for a private company. 

The new work takes the form of a three storey free-standing extension building, set off from the existing Victorian building. A large wing-like element entirely wraps one long elevation and the roof, shielding the interior from the southern sun and unifying a striking three storey high circulation zone within.


   

 

 

HOTEL

Location: Karbala, Iraq
Client: Sunshine Construction
Consultants: Al Khan Engineering Consultations

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The hotel is conceived as an articulated wall building which protects a hidden landscape courtyard in the enfolded arm of it's "L" plan. Large lower level storeys house a mixed use of retail, leisure, restaurants, and hotel facilities. Common spaces and circulation is focused at the 'hinge' at upper levels, and individual room entrances are stepped for privacy. Elevations are populated with large-scale lined window frames expressing the individual rooms within; multi-level shaded glazing forms plinth edges below.


HOTEL

Location: Karrada, Iraq
Client: Sunshine Construction
Consultants: Al Khan Engineering Consultations

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The hotel is conceived as an articulated wall building which protects a hidden landscape courtyard in the enfolded arm of it's "L" plan. Large lower level storeys house a mixed use of retail, leisure, restaurants, and hotel facilities. Common spaces and circulation is focused at the 'hinge' at upper levels, and individual room entrances are stepped for privacy. Elevations are populated with large-scale lined window frames expressing the individual rooms within; multi-level shaded glazing forms plinth edges below.


The Konstfackskolan (College Of Arts, Crafts And Design), Stockholm by Gösta Åbergh, 1959. Image Source: http://midcenturymoddesign.tumblr.com/

The Konstfackskolan (College Of Arts, Crafts And Design), Stockholm by Gösta Åbergh, 1959.

Image Source: http://midcenturymoddesign.tumblr.com/

MARKET

Location: Dhi Qar, Iraq
Clients: Ministry of Housing and Construction, Iraq

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research . COMMERCIA

'Platform 1'  Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 1'  Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

Image source: Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

Image source: Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

Image source: Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

ECONOMIC PLATFORMS

Location: Tangier, Morocco
Research Students: UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14        
Loukia Iliopoulou, Christopher Haines, Chrysanthi Tsiasioti

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A series of employment-led interventions with varied programmes are strategically inserted to strong catalytic effect.

The interventions focus around the Tanger Morora station and the adjacent industrial zone in the east of Tangier which sits between several non-regulated settlements. The area centres around a flood-afflicted valley with steep surrounding topography. The proposed platforms address the need to create occupiable flat terrain to support new programmes at scales larger than the domestic.

With improved road and rail connections within Morocco and to Europe the station will become of increasing logistical importance for the transfer of goods. The area is also set to undergo considerable growth of the existing industrial activity as a result of its connection to the new Free Zones and Tanger Med port. The non-regulated settlements provide much of the work force for the industrial area and continue to undergo explosive growth.

The interventions are at a variety of scales and double as new infrastructure, movement and community nodes providing a phased programme of radiating services to the surrounding neighbourhoods. The proposed superstructures are robust enough to allow significant future adaptation, change, and mutation by occupants.

'Platform 1'  Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 1'  Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 1'  Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 1'  Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

PLATFORM 1

The intervention focuses around the Tanger Morora station and the adjacent industrial zone in the east of Tangier which sits between several Non-Regulated Housing (NRH) settlements. The area centres around a flood-afflicted valley with steep surrounding topography. Proposed large scale ‘platforms’ address the need to create occupiable flat terrain to support new programmes at scales larger than the domestic.

Parallel platforms that respond to the variant hillsides pivot around a large new proposed general market vertically connected to the rail tracks and floodplain below. The edges of each platform create a framework for progressive inhabitation. A capillary system of trading places stretches out from the primary market linking both sides of the valley to this major new ‘terrestrial port’.

'Platform 1' Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 1' Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 1'  Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 1'  Loukia Iliopoulou, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 2'  Christopher Haines, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 2'  Christopher Haines, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 2' 
Christopher Haines, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

PLATFORM 2

The Non-Regulated Housing (NRH) settlements provide much of the workforce for Tangier’s industrial area and continues to undergo explosive growth. This project’s intervention focuses around the eastern region of Tangier where the existing industrial zone sits between several rapidly expanding NRH settlements. The site contains steep topography and a flood afflicted valley.  

The proposed platforms address the need to create occupiable flat terrain to support new programmes at a large scale. Spatially the platforms exploit the characteristically vigorous Tangier topography: floor and roof plates collide with hillsides, directly engaging the topography, and provide critical public space, landscape, and civic uses. Provided with a robust superstructure, the platforms are designed to accommodate extensive change and variability in their user occupation over time.  

'Platform 3'  Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 3'  Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 3' Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 3' Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

'Platform 3'  
Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, UCL BPro MArch UD RC12 2013/14

PLATFORM 3

Historically the growth of the NRH settlements has been rapid and without the integration of landscape or urban elements beyond the base housing unit, including utilities or movement infrastructure.  

The proposal looks to rethink the framework in which these self-build settlements occupy the elevated terrains within Tangier. Inserted high streets circle existing hilltops like urban balconies, differentiating the summit from the inclined terrain and injecting services, employment and multi-residential units into the existing homogeneity of single houses. Steep new pedestrian spines link the new high streets with the valley-based transport infrastructure below. Located in the voids between settlements, these spines occupy different faces of the vigorous slopes. As well as seeding new housing platforms they knit together adjacent communities and connect services up to the proposed ‘ring streets’ which serve as utilities mains. On the pinnacle of each hill, landscape corridors that thread through the region become ecological parkland for residents farming pigeons and migratory birds crossing from Europe to Africa.


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