Student Shows 2014: Nottingham Trent University
Stavros Pouricas reviews Nottingham Trent’s end-of-year-show
The exhibition is part of the wider art and design degree show, giving the university a chance to showcase its reasonably young architecture course amid its other more established ones. The architecture end of year show does not disappoint, with this year’s student work displaying a selection of realistic as well as site sensitive projects.
The exhibition is based on the six third year tutor-led units. It’s encouraging to see all units exploring and addressing cultural, social and historical factors in their designs while identifying opportunities raised by the primarily Nottinghamshire-based sites. Students are prompted to explore a variety of presentation techniques, from pencil sketches to computer-generated visuals and physical models.
Miles Kelsey’s ‘The Cycle Centre’ won the Nottingham and Derby Society of Architects award for ‘Best Overall Design’. His proposals (a new cycle centre along a narrow strip of land which protrudes out into the river itself) took advantage of the site’s unique characteristics while producing a modest in scale but perfectly presented and justified scheme. The physical design took inspiration from willow trees and the ways in which vegetation blurs the boundary between water and land. Connor Page (The Reverie Theatre) displayed great skills in his work, winning the ‘Best Visualisation/ Overall Presentation’ prize. His hand drawn sketches are quite unique and made his work a standout to anyone viewing the exhibition.
- Stavros Pouricas, architect, Allan Joyce Architects