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Tectonic Case Study - The Observatory by FCB Studios

 

For this tectonics project I was tasked with creating a model at 1:20 to look closely at how the material finishes are handled and assess the tectonic characteristics of the building. The main focus of this study was to accurately recreate the building using any media we preferred, so I opted for a digital method to further enhance my skills in Revit.  An interesting characteristic of this building is that it can rotate 360 degrees to see any view and has no permanent foundations, to allow for easy transportation nationwide. 

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Building Service Design - EON House

 

The aim of this project was to design all the building services onto an existing house on the university campus. This included: the heating system, water supply, and the drainage system as well as a control system all modelled in Revit. The results were documented in a very thorough report, showing how the design evolved and what calculations were made at each stage, all whilst keeping to the building regulations which were reqularly quoted in the report.

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Simulation and Design

 

Throughout this project, I have learned how to simulate building conditions in the software IES VE and have learned how to extrapolate data in order to improve the design of the building and achieve better building performance, saving on annual heating and cooling costs as well as cutting down the carbon emissions in a bid to design more sustainably in future. The aim was to model a generic office building and improve the design significantly, reporting all findings and recommendations in a thorough report at the end of the project.

Other projects

 

During my studies at the University of Nottingham, I have undertaken many engineering projects alongside the design studio to provide me with a more rounded understanding of building design. However, some of these projects are not visually representable and only consist of pages of reports and calculations. Some projects as such include designing the air conditioning system in an office building and evaluating annual costs of running, understanding fluid mechanics in the built environment, or a series of pure engineering mathematics calculations. 

In addition, I have completed an advanced dissertation study focusing on the psychological impact of various indoor luminous conditions created by patterned chromatic windows widely used in smart window technology to reduce internal heat gains and building cooling loads. A scientific journal outlining my findings will be published shortly, in a joint effort involving my tutor and two PhD students at the University of Nottingham.

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