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|Title:||DESA1002 'Continuous City' <Amy Tahere>|
Architecture & Allied Arts
|Abstract:||‘The curve’ is a space designed for relaxation, leisure, social gatherings, recreation and reconnection. It consists of a series of curved pathways, water gardens, a café, restaurant, bar, exhibition studio, a quiet hub, a gym and a heated pool. I have given my design the title ‘The curve’ not only for the visual form we can see, but also to represent my design intention. A ‘curve’ is defined as a line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion. It is part of a circle… Just as the term is described, my design is a space for people to deviate from routine life and confinement, and venture into a space where they feel comfortable and content; doing things they want to do. ‘The Curve’ provides a space where the citizens of Stockholm can find a healthy balance between work, family, friends and even reconnection with themselves. It helps complete the circle. ‘The Curve’ comes in contact with the main land in four places, leaving the existing building untouched. The curvaceous structure is influenced by the organic nature of Stockholm, a city that is renowned for its clean water and being one of the most green cities in Europe. ‘The curves’ varying heights reflect the topography of Stockholm’s Architecture, however on my site it contrasts with the parliament house which is very bold and solid. This is to represent the more relaxed and informal setting of the space. In Stockholm, for parts of the year they have less daylight, and to make my project appropriate for this, all areas are provided with solar lighting. Solar energy is stored from the summer months and is used over winter. Circulation paths will be highly illuminated. The main materials used are, double glazed glass cladding, galvanised steel and very fine grain timber piles for in the water, timber decking and grass cover. Where the paths connect with the main land there is a graduation of cobble stone which then transforms into a panel pathway that has round/ stone shaped illuminators beneath it. This pathways links Gamla Stan (The old City-Cobble stones) with the new (technology and illuminated panels).The choice of glass is to take full advantage of the water front location, the galvanised steel is for strength, long span and to be able to create the desired shape. Timber sliding panels have been implemented for the occupants to shade/shield certain areas to suit there needs. ‘The Curve’ has been an exciting and challenging project to focus on a single architectural built form within the restraints and opportunities of a complex urban setting.|
|Department/Unit/Centre:||Architecture & Allied Arts|
|Rights and Permissions:||The author retains copyright of this work.|
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|Appears in Collections:||DESA1002 – 2009|
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