Samia Esa

Stage 3, BA (Hons) Architecture

This building was designed for the Thanet Community Development Trust, a group which helps disadvantaged people gain experience in order to enter the job market. I wanted to focus on highlighting the existing structural grid of the carpark, elevating it rather than demolishing it. To design around the grid, I created modules, which could slot into the existing grid, in a way which would allow the building to be assembled and disassembled easily, promoting a cradle-to-cradle design approach. In developing this design, I studied the historical plans of Ramsgate high street and created photo-montages which helped me understand the push-and-pull rhythm of Ramsgate.