REFRACTION PERGOLA'S, THE EXTINCTION HOUSE & MARYLEBONE HALL
by Nikola Wasilewska
The Refractive Pergola's designed in module 1 set a foundation for the climate responsive architecture explored in the rest year 2. A study of the relationships between living organisms, humans, and their physical environment helped to produce an urban proposal that takes advantage of the suns behaviour in the built environment whilst elevating the experience of a resting under a tree in the park. The leaf-like form of the pergola's imitate the organic shape of a tree and uses it as a medium to refract the sunlight into kaleidoscopic dapples of light.
The Extinction House (module 2) is a project that further explores the manipulation of sunlight in architecture. The interest in biomimicry flourishes and as a result a pavilion is designed to educate children about the risk of another mass extinction. A great deal of awareness was dedicated to the use of cork and plants for the fabric of the building as this would communicate, as well as enhance, the experience and connection between the user and the idea of the risk of the sixth mass extinction.
The existing Marylebone Hall (module 3 & 4) entails a student accommodation that fails to provide comfort and respond to the future and current climatic scenarios of London. In response to the overheating and uninspiring building fabric, the building is redesigned to dedicate a green sanctuary space for different types of students. Spaces range from a loud and sociable jungle rooftop garden and a quiet Zen-garden designed for meditation. The environmental strategies involve biophilic air purification and solar controlling perforations.