Poplar Baths: Thermal Strategy

The pages below illustrate my thermal strategy…

Poplar Baths: Lighting Strategy

The pages below are from my exploration study and explain the lighting strategy for my proposal…    

Poplar Baths: Sustainability Strategy

My sustainability strategy for this project has three aims… 1. Use local recycled material to build with wherever possible I have chosen paper as my main building material and will be sourcing this locally wherever possible. While the structural elements will need paper tubes that have been specially designed, other areas of the re-build could be … Continue reading

Poplar Baths and the Local Area: Responding to the Local Environment

As well as responding to the local community, the building needs to respond to its local environment. This is a lot harder to do when there is an existing building – the form is already specified and in some areas it is a case of making do with what I have. However, there are three … Continue reading

Poplar Baths and the Local Area: Responding to the Local Community

Part of the sustainability strategy for my office project is that it is sustainable in the long term; not just in terms of energy efficiency and the building but the concept behind it. I want the design of the office to be sustainable in the way in interacts with and reacts to the local community. … Continue reading

Construction Exploration 3: How do I implement my research? (Part 2)

Reducing Sound Transfer Having reduced the reverberation in the pool to take the noise levels down slightly I now need to look at soundproofing the pool room so that the loudness of the workshop doesn’t pervade the rest of the building. A little sound transfer is acceptable, and would be good for visitors to hear … Continue reading

Construction Exploration 3: How do I implement my research? (Part 1)

As mentioned in the previous post, lining the pool walls with paper bricks will reduce the reverberation time from 7 seconds down to 1, which is much more normal. The images on this post illustrate how this will be done. The space will still reverberate as it is so large and still has a tiled … Continue reading

Construction Exploration 3: Reducing the Noise Levels and Testing the Bricks…

In the next few blog posts I’m going to look at the potential noise output from the workshop and some basic ways in which I could soundproof the space to stop too much noise travelling through the rest of the building. I’ll be looking at lining the walls of the pool to reduce reverberation, and … Continue reading

Construction Exploration 2: Designing the Bridge – Finishes

1. Concrete Support Montpelier Library, Zaha Hadid Architects This concrete is cast in-site and yet has a very smooth finish, which is what I would like for the concrete supports at the ends of the bridge. The concrete should be a light shade, with smooth rounded vertical edges but crisp sharp horizontal edges.   2. … Continue reading

Construction Exploration 2: Designing the Bridge – Beautiful vs Practical

Up until now in my connections design I have mostly been copying ideas and technologies from Shigeru Ban’s work, and relating this back to my project. On this page and the next I would like to have a bit of a think outside the box, and look at different materials and different technologies, even if … Continue reading