ArD5 – 2 Final Sheet

The site is situated in the Gun Quarter area of Birmingham. This area has lost many of its gun manufacturers and has since fallen into disrepair. The site is regularily used by youths to drink and has a high crime rate.

The John Madin Collection archive therefore is at a prominent point in the area and drive on the further redevelopment of the area whilst maintaining the legacy of the area.

The context of the area is largely brick constructed industrial buildings with a variety of roof styles and sizes coming together to effectively appear as one mass. There are a number of white rendered 70’s modern buildings that appear in a state of disrepair. A modern building is located adjacent to the site.

The Birmingham to Fazeley Canal was an important link to the West Midlands feeding the factories of Birmingham, this is now being used mostly for tourism and has been replaced with a road links. The contrasts of scale between the two could be utlised in the building.

The archive was designed using the design concept (see site analysis sheet.) The building has a central atrium that separates the public galleries and private spaces into two unique identities.

The ceilings in the public spaces are large and open, whereas in the private spaces the ceiling drops down to 3m. This makes these spaces more intimate.

The mass of the building stays low to match the adjoining buildings.

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On the Road to Architecture Part 3

On Tuesday I went to Birmingham City University for an interview and the open day, I was a tad worried as everyone else arrived with massive A1 folders probably brimming with art work and I had an A3 folder full of product design; oh and my lamp.

I love Birmingham it is a cosy little campus, with creative students at every turn. The kind of place where having designers block is probably not possible. When I went for my actual interview (with the course director) I found the whole experience amazing we talked about all kinds of random issues and it was great.

Today I have been notified that I have a conditional offer for BCU and I am chuffed.

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Mark Speight is ‘Found Dead’

Well this is a sad way to start the 250th post at ‘’ – but the much loved presenter appeared to have died. Whether this is suicide has not be disclosed at current times – but even so, it is a sad event from children’s TV and the art world.

Update: Mark Speight was found hanging from the roof of a building adjacent to Paddington railway station (

Extract from BBC News (

The body of a man, believed to be missing TV presenter Mark Speight, has been found in a remote area of London’s Paddington station, police have said.

Officers are treating the death as “unexplained” but have confirmed that the man had not been hit by a train.

Mr Speight, 42, disappeared last Monday, three months after the death of his fiancee, Natasha Collins, in the bath of the flat they shared in London.

Miss Collins’ mother was devastated at the latest news, her spokeswoman said.

She asked for Carmen Collins to be given time to grieve in peace.

The BBC released a statement saying: “This is very sad news and our thoughts and sympathies are with Mark’s family and friends.

“Mark was a hugely talented and very popular presenter for many years.”

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