Christopher Hartshorne

Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College : BA (Hons) Interior Design

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Artists Statement

I completed my degree course in BA (Hons) Interior Design in 2003 achieving a 2:1.
The computer packages I use are, VectorWorks, AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, QuarkXPress and I also have knowledge of Rhinoceros.

Project Statement

The Project above is my final project which was set in Lisbon, Portugal after a five day study trip there. We first had a group project analysing the city, (Picture 10 Glass Model) which was then used to inform our final personal projects. The site was a set of three terraces looking out over Alfama, one of the oldest parts of Lisbon, full of narrow streets, which is set on the side of a hill and falls away down to the river below. My brief was to take the current site and improve it for the tourists who come to see the view and use the café/restaurant and also the locals who live there and would benefit from an improved environment and could also make use of the open spaces.

1. Plan
This plan shows my proposed design. The site is split into three terraces as there is a steep slope from the bottom of the plan to the top. There is also a steep drop of to the right of the site as the hill falls away to the river below.

2. Lower Terrace
Each terrace has been designed with its own individual use. The lower terrace is a shaded gathering place to sit and relax. This terrace faces back towards the street and has no view out across Alfama. It has seats down both sides of the area with one side made up of grass seating. There is a waterfall down the side which rises up to the next terrace above, which is used to break up the height and bring a human scale to it. The area is shaded by three large Stone Pines.

3. Cafe Terrace
The café terrace has been extended to make use of the entire side which looks out across Alfama. This has been done to make better use of this space, and give all customers a view out. Before the café was squashed in to a small space and did not take full advantage of the view. There is also informal seating down the opposite side next to a pool of water which sweeps around this side of the terrace. The café seating is shaded with a canopy above.

4. Church Terrace
The church terrace is the main tourist viewpoint out. But this area is also a quite area to sit and relax if you move down away from the entrance to the terrace. There is seating and planting in this area and grass to sit on which is shaded by two Jacaranda trees. A tranquil stream runs down the centre of the terrace and is crossed by stepping stones. There are also seating booths with views out running down part of the views side of the terrace.

5. Cross Section
This section cuts through the lower terrace and café terrace and illustrates the height differences between the three terraces. It also shows the copper clad wall between the café terrace and church terrace and the waterfall which falls down it, flowing between a number of pools before landing in a shallow channel at the base of the wall which reflects the copper.

6. Church Terrace Visual
Visual of the Church terrace showing the seating booths and view beyond.

7. Church Terrace Visual
Visual of the Church terrace showing the stepping stones across the river, with a concrete structure which frames views in the foreground (there are a number of these on the church terrace). Beyond is the shaded grass area and seating booths which look over Alfama down to the river.

8. Lower Terrace Visual
Visual of the lower terrace showing the waterfall which flows from the café level down to the lower level. In front is a grass bank with cantilevered concrete seats which allow people to recline back into the grass bank behind.

9. Cafe Terrace Visual
Visual of the café terrace showing cantilevered concrete tables and benches on the right, with views out across Alfama while you eat and drink. There is a canopy above to shade the tables. On the left is informal seating with a pool behind which sweeps around the edge of the terrace before flowing over the edge to form the waterfall below on the lower terrace.

10. Glass Model
This glass model is the final result from the group project to analyse Lisbon. It is made from 15, 1 metre length pieces of glass, 2mm thick, which have been individually sandblasted. Each one represents a separate contour level and shows the streets, buildings and open space depending on the depth of the sandblast. Put together they give a 3d depth and the buildings rise up towards you. When lit the side view also gives you the profile of the terrain with the hills rising and falling.



Christopher Hartshorne

Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College : BA (Hons) Interior Design

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