Week 1

posted 20 May 2013, 03:03 by Group Design Projects Imperial
The site: Just over 8000m² of land in Primrose Hill, donated by good ol’ Lord Mennybuxe.
The brief: To design a new general hospital in London.
The catch: A wide set of existing railway tracks cut through the site, splitting it into two.

Artemis Developments have got off to a flying start this week. Our first group meeting saw the unanimous election of Woody Malouf as The Big Boss. We began with a fun, lateral thinking word association game which motivated the team to think out-of-the-box and sketch some ambitious preliminary concepts. 

    

At our client briefing, we met Chris and Amir from WSP Group and both former graduates of Imperial Civ Eng! They gave us an insightful presentation and we were particularly surprised to learn that even at the final design stages of a project in industry, hand drawings hold significant value, not just CAD and technical drawings. Alison Ahearn, our academic supervisor, also gave us much support and offered to help us organise a hospital visit.

For the rest of the week, the team divided into two subgroups. Each worked on a separate design concept, one with a greater focus on the medical facilities and one with more emphasis on educational and research facilities. This allowed us to gauge the client’s preferences, by asking them to highlight aspects of each concept they liked. They were particularly intrigued by ‘The Highline’ inspired bridge design and the proposed façade options.

    

    

After a well-earned weekend break, bring on Week 2!

Fun fact: Artemis is the Greek Goddess of health and birth, as well as of wild animals and hunting… 

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