It has been a while since I last posted…to which I can only apologise for. However I lay the blame at the doorstep of my Part 2 course, which I have just finished at the University of Liverpool. It has been a fantastic two years and I certainly will miss everyone from the experience.
As I now move on to new pastures, where I start a new job soon - I thought it best to start thinking architecturally, so to get into the mind frame of starting to work. And so I came across this fantastic scheme by Alison Brooks Architects, called Be Housing in Essex, which you can see a video here.
Be Housing, Alison Brooks Architects
It was a project that came to my attention many months ago, where I simply remembered the project for it’s ‘funky’ roof line but as I recently came across this video, I have come to appreciate why it has been nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Accordia, Fielden Clegg Bradley (Main Architects)
It reminds me very much of Accordia in Cambridge, where it shares a similar trait. But it may be of no real surprise that one of the architects of that project was indeed Alison Brooks. Be Housing, seems to build on what was achieved at Accordia and I feel has created a more playful scheme with a sense of maturity, which I feel Accordia is a bit too mature, and dare I say - boring in some cases. It is clear to see however from the interviews with the residents, that it has been very successful.
I would like to end on a small statement which Keith Bradley points out in a video about Accordia, where he says, we as architects, should be paying more attention to the ‘ordinary things’ rather than just the ‘one offs’ that some architects crave for, to get the attention they seek.
It is a valid point and as such, Accordia being awarded the Stirling Prize back in 2008 and now with Alison Brooks’ Be Housing being nominated in 2013, shows I think, new thinking and appreciation for the more ‘ordinary’ projects. Perhaps it is time that people realise what a sense of subtlety and a careful eye for detail, can do wonders for a community.
(Please note, I do not hold the copyright of any of the images to this article)