Aaron Underhill

The Leicester Transition Centre

Concept and development

Plan and section with technical detail

Interior views

Exterior material views

The Leicester Transition Centre

Concept and development

Plan and section with technical detail

Interior views

Exterior material views

The Leicester Transition Centre

BIO

About me:

 

I see myself as a dedicated student who enjoys exploring how we can use architecture to transform our lives for the better. In my 3 years of studying architecture, I have acquired a number of new skills, as well as developing upon the ones which I already have. All of which I intend to utilise in my future endeavours.

 

The project:

 

The aim was to create a cultural landscape/landmark in the city of Leicester. Analysis of both good and bad aspects of the city led me to look at the negative side. With homelessness increasing in Britain, it is especially evident in Leicester, with many taking shelter in shop doorways. Some selling Big Issue magazines, others sitting near restaurants in the hope of receiving food or spare change from passers-by. I believed a proposal which helps these people would be a way in which to alleviate the social problem of homelessness. My initial approach was to think about and act on what these people may need: medical rehabilitation, a Job, food, warmth, safety, a home. The concept of the design was initially influenced by the site and surroundings, looking at where the design could be accessed and the impact it would have on the wider environment. But one interesting aspect, the stepped roof, was intended to signify steps taken by an individual to recovery. By looking at particular social issues in our society, I attempted to utilise architecture to combat them. This resulted in a design which accommodates and rehabilitates those who need it, providing shelter and providing skills needed for them to re-join society.

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