After the design phase that took place in Week 1, we had come up with four designs that we proposed to the client. We had started our research and case studies concerning a building technique pioneered by Laing O’Rourke, “Design for Manufacture and Assembly” (DfMA) that would allow us to reduce the time of construction and the amount of onsite construction. These were both main objectives of our project. On Monday of week 2, the focus was to get the Pecha Kucha presentation and the first critical assessment presentation ready for Tuesday morning.
The rest of the week was focused on taking final decisions concerning the selected design. We had chosen to have one central core but after consulting Professor Gardner and Dr Vollum, we decided that “The Twister” would have two cores because it offered more benefits in terms of space and stability.
In his feedback, the client mentioned that we hadn’t considered lighting and overheating so we thought about how to modify the architecture to maximise natural light in the building. We also thought about light wells that would bring extra natural light to the lower floors.
We researched how to create a flexible and modern auditorium. We also found aesthetic solutions for drainage and ventilation. In addition, we started designing the foundations with rough loading estimations and the basement. Towards the end of the week, the team was split up in three with a group working on DfMA, a group working on structural elements and stability, and finally a group working on services in the building.