Studio 2.5: Frances Christie and Lorna Davies
“Working in the Surrey Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, our site at Box Hill is sited on a chalk down landscape characterised by wildflower meadows on its gentle sloping spur, and the ancient box woodland on its steeper facing chalk scarp, overlooking the flood prone River Mole.
HÅKON FÅNES: PLATTS EYOT MONASTERY SOUTH ELEVATION
This poetic setting also required engagement with some necessary design constraints such as designated planning requirements, a site of scientific interest with a reading of the landscape context informed by an understanding of its ecological and seasonal processes. Positively framed to propose a building brief of modest intent; either a bat hibernaculum (vital inhabitants of the site) or a shelter for the Belted Galloway cattle (who by grazing make an essential contribution to the dynamic system of sustaining the existing landscape) combined with human recreational or scientific monitoring requirements to
define the proposal.
OLAV ANDERSEN: PLATTS EYOT FURNITURE MAKING WORKSHOP SOUTH WEST SECTION
Down stream the river Mole converges on the Thames at Hampton Court, where the second semester took us to Platts Eyot to consider questions of ruins, historic fabric and the significance and relevance of a monastery in the 21st century. The exploration of this, as a model for change, led to a diversity of contextually relevant proposals resulting in the site as a place for a playful, cultural, horticultural, therapeutic or artistic retreats and workshops or purely as a monastic setting.
Field trips to Venezia, Verona, Vicenza, London and Glasgow where students and staff attended the Scottish Year of Architcture’s launch event at St Peters Seminary, Kilmahew. This was followed by practice visits to ERZ Studio, Glasgow for conversations with Rolf Roscher and John Allan at Avanti Architects, London who have both worked on the site masterplan and regeneration development plans for St Peters Seminary, Kilmahew.”