This year studio 3 will continue their exploration into how the conception and experience of architecture is formed by the the materials of which it is made and the diverse environments it can create. The provision of shelter has been central to the task of architecture for most of history. Architecture that is grounded in an understanding of ambient climate and human comfort both roots buildings in their locality and reduces the need for mechanical systems.
To this end we will explore two connected projects that need to create varying and distinct environmental conditions:
Part 1. The first project will be based at the Hamilton Kerr Institute - a world renowned centre for fine art painting restoration based south of Cambridge - where studio 3 will be designing a new small-scale studio and archive building to support their fine art painting conservation. You will be questioning how architecture can primarily be a vehicle for manipulating, controlling and modelling light and how this can be measured and experienced.
Part 2. Following the mid-year submission the second project will ask you to bring the Hamilton Kerr institute into the centre of Cambridge and propose a Conservation and Interpretation Centre in the middle of the dense New Museum Site. The exodus of the science faculties from the centre of Cambridge has left a complex set of physical and institutional voids and we will be asking you to explore the implications of bringing manual arts back into the centre of the