A Fresh Start
Here is the approach to the site of our next project - a welcoming police station. At the top of this hill is the Metropolitan Cathedral, and at the bottom is the beginning of the shopping centre. All around are Georgian buildings, light industrial works, monstorous 60s car parks and various bits of 'new build'.Design a neighbourhood police station on the site on Mount Pleasant which includes the accommodation below.
You should bring to the project an opinion of the role of police in society and how your architectural solution can address some of the problems that they are now encountering.
Reception with counter
Public meeting room for 20-30 people
Private meeting room for 2-4 people
Duty officers room
Locker room incl. showers and toilets
Offices for 5 staff
Individual offices for 2 staff
Seperate staff entrance
Secure parking for 2 cars + 1 standard Transit size van
You should look at a wide range of similar building types, both in this country and abroad to see how others have tackled the problems. As a starting point look at the Koban police stations in Japan.
The site is approximately rectangular, with sides of 25 and 20 metres, and is situated on a corner at the end of a terrace.
I'm looking forward to this project. Not because of any particular interest in the police, which I'll have to read up on, but because it's a structured brief and a fresh start. My last design for a project was unfeasible - floating on the surface of a river, without much of an idea about what materials to use - so my goal with this one is to create something practical and buildable.
For Thursday we need to present a site analysis. Its physical characteristics and our emotional response. I'm unsure of how to present as much information as I'd like to in a condensed way. Perhaps it would take the form of a model.
Hopefully over the weekend I'll be able to show the brief to some police officers, to see what they'd recommend, and visit a few police stations.
Oh, and another thing which needs sorting... After a traumatic holiday of portfolio compilation, I've decided on two constraints which will make things easier next time. Firstly, everything will be done in black and white so that I can focus on the important things, and print everything cheaply. Secondly, I'll try to stick to a layout grid which I'll establish at the beginning of the year, so that everything looks visually coherrent by the end.
Unrelated link:Urban Art Official
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