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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Church Terrace Visual
Visual of the Church terrace showing the seating booths and view beyond.
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.
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.
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
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.
Chilterns University College : BA (Hons) Interior Design
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