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Group 11 Gothic Revival

The Gothic Revival Workshop team will be working with the Manchester Town Hall regeneration team, to study the precedents that Alfred Waterhouse used when designing the Town Hall. The aim of this project is to gain an understanding of the principles that would have influenced Waterhouse during this period of time. In sub-groups, students will research an element of the Neo-Gothic style after a visit to the town hall. This is a research based project, where we will encourage students to develop their skills by practical research methods, through a range of possible techniques to represent the information learned. The work that is produced will be displayed within Manchester City Councilís premises in an exhibition at the end of the project. // Download Poster

Meera L // Ivana K // Liam B // Dylan T // Zhenyu H

Exhibition in action! The final five elements that were chosen and investigated were the Neo-gothic fireplaces, decorative stonework, pointed arches, windows and tracery and the hammer-beam roof.

Well done to the Gothic Revival Workshop Team!
Posted 2 May 2018 01:00
Well done to everyone who collaborated and helped curate this exhibition. It was very interesting to see people engaging in the work. Members of Purcell were fascinated with the selection of precedents presented that may have influenced Alfred Waterhouse in the design of the Town Hall. The timelines, maps and models was a creative way of expressing this information.

Posted 2 May 2018 00:18
A big thank you to Purcell and Manchester City Council for allowing us to exhibit our work within Manchester Town Hall today. We set up the exhibition alongside two other event groups to display the work produced over the course of the two weeks. We have developed an understanding of an architectural style that many of us have not studied before.
Posted 1 May 2018 23:25
Today our group held an exhibition at the Town Hall where students presented their work.Short presentations of drawings and models were part of the exhibition.
Posted 1 May 2018 22:35
As we are almost coming to the end of the events programme, some group members visited the photography studio to capture some wonderful shots of their models. This is one of the final pieces that will be exhibited at the Town Hall tomorrow. We are excited and proud to present the work of Group 11!
Posted 30 Apr 2018 21:53
Day Nine: Seeing the final product of Events 2018, we are excited for the exhibition tomorrow. The students have worked extremely well together and produced an impressive range of outputs.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 19:17
Day Nine: Printing and mounting in preparation for tomorrows exhibition at the Town Hall.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 15:58
Day Eight: The finishing touches were added to the window detail last week. These models were cast in three different mixes of plaster to represent the process of weathering of stone over the years.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 15:19
Day 7 // Students presenting their work in preparation for exhibition at the town hall. Working together to give feedback on the work over the week and their proposed layouts
Posted 27 Apr 2018 12:06
Day Seven: Great meeting today! All groups presented their progress so far this week. We were extremely impressed with the outcomes! Next, all groups will be working on the final layouts for the exhibition next week.
Posted 27 Apr 2018 00:00
Finished model of Town Hall's main hall ceiling.
Posted 26 Apr 2018 00:41
On Wednesday we finished with undergraduate students model of a Town Hall's main hall and took photos of it.
Posted 26 Apr 2018 00:40
Reminder: Tomorrow at 2pm we will have a full team meeting to discuss and present the outcomes of each Gothic Revival group so far. As groups have been working in both workshop and studio, this will be a great opportunity to look at all work produced collectively, and share ideas for the next stage. See you all tomorrow.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 20:24
Day Six: Excellent group work today in the B15 Workshop. A lot of process consideration and testing to get to the final outcome. This particular model required a number of stages to produced a positive cast window detail. Finishing touches tomorrow and planning for the exhibition.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 19:26
Detail of a model finished on Tuesday - rib vault.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 00:49
Tuesday was spent on finishing model and further research of Town Hall's neo-gothic details.
Process of staining wood is showen on the photos.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 00:40
Day Five: To progress with the next stage of development, we purchased some materials from Fred Aldous today. We are coming to the end of the workshop sessions, we are excited to see the final outcomes durning the show and tell group meeting scheduled later this week.
Posted 24 Apr 2018 17:23
Day Five: An impressive render of Neo-Gothic style pointed arches produced by Callum Richardson (Yr 2)
Posted 24 Apr 2018 16:23
Day Five // One of the key precedents, a shot from the interior courtyard of the Manchester Town Hall. These details provide important reference for the work currently underway. The research and studies by the students are really beginning to take shape
Posted 24 Apr 2018 11:05
Day Four // Model design preparations for laser cutting. The negative model will provide a base for casting in silicon as well as being a exploration in itself
Posted 24 Apr 2018 10:53
Day Four // Detailed window study, paying careful attention to the scales and levels of the three dimensional forms
Posted 24 Apr 2018 10:52
Day Four // Scaled laser cut studies of window details to understand the architectural language used within the Gothic Revival movement and the Manchester Town Hall
Posted 24 Apr 2018 10:45
During last Friday and this Monday students had a chance to transform their AutoCad drawings into a model and develope it further in wood workshop.
Model is still to be finished, painted and photographed.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 23:17
Day Four: Planning and development. All 5 groups are developing their ideas through concept models, drawings and casting. These methods have been fundamental in understanding architecture of the Gothic Revival Period. This along with research has helped the students understand the principles Waterhouse used in designing the Town Hall.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 23:14
Day Three: After discussion, the group 1 finally came up with a plan to implement their fireplace model. Cutting the battens by hand and sticking them together to get what they want.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 11:37
Day Three: Today our Yr 1 and Yr 2 students have completed the final stages of research and have started to create sketches and technical drawings for our final output.
(Sketches by, Sofia Pamilo, BA Yr 1)
Posted 20 Apr 2018 15:42
Day Three: After research and planning students begin to test model their final outputs. Exploring the Neo-Gothic style window detail, they are making a laser cut mould before adding filler to bring out all the details. There are many important meanings that lay within the detail of these windows.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 12:53
On Wednesday students were busy with research which was followed by AutoCAD drawing preparation for todays laser-cutting of the model's elements. We also introduced students to AutoCAD who never had a chance to work in it.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 00:39
Day Two: Group 1 is collecting elements of fireplaces and got an initial idea about the layout.
Posted 19 Apr 2018 15:38
Day Two: Yesterday we visited the town hall to understand its history and each group found the part what they liked. This morning meeting, each group briefly introduced the parts they were preparing to start and then began collecting relevant information.
Posted 19 Apr 2018 14:43
Day Two: A trip to the library.
Group 5 are researching window details prior to heading down to the B15 Workshop tomorrow. There is no better place than the library to extract this information and prepare some drawings.

Posted 19 Apr 2018 13:39
Recap - Yesterday we were lucky enough to receive a tour of Manchester Town Hall. The team were then split into sub-groups and selected an element they found most interesting. We have a total of 5 sub-groups, all researching precedents of their chosen element.
Posted 19 Apr 2018 13:10
Day Two: The students have been analysing their chosen elements and are now producing sketches to explore and understand the principles of Gothic architecture.
(Sketches by, Callum Richardson, BA Yr 2)
Posted 19 Apr 2018 13:05
Day Two of the Gothic Revival studies

Students hard at work researching their chosen elements through literature, diagrams and theories
Posted 19 Apr 2018 12:29
The wealth of knowledge within the books the students have gathered from the All Saints Library will provide essential insight into the theories and methods within Neo-Gothic Architecture
Posted 19 Apr 2018 12:26
Manchester Town Hall - Some beautiful Neo-Gothic detailing around the halls, inspiration for the students studies into the style
Posted 19 Apr 2018 12:03
Today group 11 was introduced to health and safety regulations which were followed by the tour around Towan Hall. Students had an opportunity to analyse and study architecture and neo-gothic elements for their further research.
Posted 18 Apr 2018 23:40
Great first day with the students learning about the Town Hall and the Neo-Gothic style Alfred Waterhouse utilised throughout the building. The details are fascinating and will provide the 1st and 2nd years with a base to research from, with them focusing on their favourite elements!
Posted 18 Apr 2018 16:45
We'll be happy to see you on tomorrow's visit to Town Hall. Your goal will be to find elements that are most appealing to you in this extraordinary structure and to discover the structural flexibility of ghothici architecture.
Posted 18 Apr 2018 05:47
Looking forward to our brief meeting. However, in the meantime don't forget to join our Facebook group! (Eventsgroup112018).

See link below!

Posted 18 Apr 2018 02:22
Evidence of Neo-Gothic elements will be apparent both internally and externally. Remember to consider some of the more obvious features of the building, as well as the discrete details.
Posted 17 Apr 2018 19:01
Gothic Revival was a conscious movement that began in England to revive Gothic forms, during most of the late 18th to early 19th century. Gothic is the architecture of the pointed arch, the rib vault, the flying buttress, window tracery, pinnacles and spires, rich colours and decoration, vertical emphasis and a variety of materials. Look out for these elements during your Town Hall visit TOMORROW!
Posted 17 Apr 2018 16:57
Today we're in the studio to discuss the schedule and make confidentiality agreement.
Posted 13 Mar 2018 12:17
Welcome students of Architecture. My name is Dylan Thompson and I am also a member of the CPU Atelier. I will be around to assist you during the events week with your final outputs and for anyone who is interested in developing their skills on a new software.
Posted 12 Mar 2018 08:32
Hi there! My name is Meera. I am currently part of the MSAp atelier. I am interested in community-led design and enjoy sketching, technical drawing, physical and digital modelling. I welcome you all to the Gothic Revival Workshop Team and I am looking forward to working with you to create exciting, innovative outputs.
Posted 8 Mar 2018 23:59
Hi, My name is Zhenyu and I am in CPU. I'm interested in Architectural Visualisation. I'm excited to work with you all on this events project and make building components through 3D modelling software and animate them.
Posted 7 Mar 2018 22:27
Hello everyone! My name is Ivana. I am part of CPU atelier, which is focusing on studying adaprive and interactive architecture through digital desiign. I am interested in learning new softwares, and good at those I already know. I am glad you are part of our team and will do my best to help you with using digital skills through out this project.
Posted 7 Mar 2018 22:25
Hi! My name is Liam and I'm currently in CPU, studying adaptive and reactive systems. I'm interested in modelling details from digital to physical, and am excited to work with you all in and out of the workshops during events to create some amazing work!
Posted 7 Mar 2018 15:15
Gothic Revival is an architectural movement that began in the late 1740s in England. Its popularity grew rapidly in the early 19th century, when increasingly serious and learned admirers of neo-Gothic styles sought to revive medieval Gothic architecture, in contrast to the neoclassical styles prevalent at the time.
Gothic Revival draws features from the original Gothic style, including decorative patterns, finials, scalloping, lancet windows, hood mouldings, and label stops.
Posted 27 Feb 2018 15:27
Group 11ís first collaborator meeting in preparation for the exciting project to come. We will continue to post our progress on the blog so you can get to know the team and what we are working on over the coming weeks.
Posted 27 Feb 2018 09:52
Manchester Town Hall was opened in 1877, and since then it serves as ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council but also as a civic and administrative centre of the city.

To celebrate Town Hall's 140th anniversary, it was decided on it's renovation. This means that the Town Hall will be closed for visitors for the next 7 years.

If you never seen this exceptional work of architecture and craftsmanship from the inside, we are glad to welcome you to be part of our team and bring your own contribution to the city.
Posted 27 Feb 2018 00:01