4.08 In Conclusion, what have you learnt by following the site diary project on site?
4.09 What do you think about the Design of the building? Would you make any changes?
4.10 What materials, building processes and /or technologies have you observed that you may wish to incorporate in your own projects in the future?
4.11 How has the Site Diary experience informed your possible career direction in architecture?
Having experienced the majority of the site diary from the perspective of the contractor we’ve gained an invaluable insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes of a project. The in-depth processes and procedures that occur throughout the construction phases has opened our eyes to the intricate complexities of creating a building at a range of scales, whether its the arrangement of the concrete elevator shaft through to the detailing of a window. The meetings with the contractor, as well as sitting in on a design meeting, has provided us with an understanding of the way in which the client, contractor, architect and sub-contractor interacts with one another and facilitates progression throughout the project.
As for Walsingham House itself, we’ve found the building and its associated proposal particularly intriguing and exciting. By essentially hollowing out the existing building, and rearranging the internal layout, this has allowed for the designers to effectively use the space available within a fairly restrictive footprint and create efficient open-plan floors. Retaining and repairing the existing façade is a particularly appealing aspect of the proposal, as the building maintains its character and nicely contrasts some of the overtly modern developments happening in the surrounding area. The only possible change to the building we feel would be to make the exterior of the new 8th and 9th floors more in keeping with the existing exterior- as there seems to be a juxtaposition between the two styles (although this is only a matter of taste).
Remigijus: “Personally I’m looking to include certain CAD programmes that I observed whilst at John Robertson Architects into my future projects. Software such as ArchiCAD and Atlantis make technical drawings and designs a lot more efficient to use, whilst still providing plenty of detail.”
Robert: “I would really like to include a lot more stonework into my future projects. It’s a material that doesn’t get discussed enough in studio projects, yet it has been incorporated into a range of buildings and provides a different aesthetic and texture to the typical modern ‘glass and chrome’ developments.
Remigijus: “Having seen first hand what its like to work on larger scale project, I’m keen to become involved in projects with a larger scope than simple residential builds- I would prefer to be involved in commercial or industrial builds.
Robert: “Seeing the sheer level of complexity that comes with a project the size of Walsingham House can be quite daunting, and so I feel more inclined to work towards projects that are a little bit smaller in scale- but without compromising on detail and intricacy.