Unfortunately, the phrase "seek to maximise the opportunities available within the client brief" leaves plenty of wriggle room. How tight is the brief?
It reminds of my university hall of residence from the early 1980s but at last there were also communal showers and toilets down the corridor.
Also, how well sound-proof will each unit be? Jeffrey - an Engineer
Jeffrey again. There is a CIRIA document C653 about the reuse of foundations. I recall Arup visiting our old offices in Lewes to view microfiche records of the existing piles of a building so that they could come up with a way of adapting their new design to suit the existing piles. While this was not saving the old building, it still took time to assess. It was fortunate that the records still existed in this case. Too often they have been discarded after 40+ years.
At the risk of stating the obvious, all such engineering work needs to be done early on in the life of a project and with the Architect so that a reasonable compromise can be found for all before a design is too far advanced. Jeffrey (Engineer)
Comment on: Massivhaus: Harris Academy Sutton by Architype
It is good to know that such buildings are developing and getting more ambitious. A decade ago I was involved with the structural aspects of a scheme design for a library in Herefordshire that never went forward: an existing building was restored and converted instead. It was even going to have insulated foundations. Jeffrey (Engineer)
Architecture is always going to split opinions.
However, to my eye, the designs do not look too bad to me. The Solihull Interchange seems quite neat and reserved on the inside.
I would argue that while St Pancras and, to a lesser extent, the new London Bridge are striking and full of retail facilities, they are, in my humble opinion, less successful at fulfilling their primary function of getting people to and from trains quickly. Jeffrey (Engineer)
RIBA Competitions seems to be consistently letting clients and designers down. There needs to be a serious review of how competitions are run and what baseline standards must be achieved for the RIBA to associate its name with a competition. Transparency, fairness and feasibility are of paramount importance.