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Group R Transformation of Our Town Hall

MArch students will be given majority of information before attending the first day activity in Town Hall, and split the large group into few smaller group for better communication and risk control. All students will be informed that Manchester Town Hall is a live construction site and a restricted access large building, should be under supervision from a Town Hall or Purcell individual during all the time of site visit. All of group members are reminded during two weeks of event, that should respect the nature of the project being a currently ongoing project, and any project sensitive material/information shared with them are to be kept confidential. All students will have already been inducted at both B.15 and MMU workshop, in addition to help from workshop stuffs, MArch students will be oversee all work and give guidance where necessary. Students have been requested to respect all public spaces, building and the users of any buildings that they visit, including the group members and all staffs. // Download Poster

Yuanmei L // Quan W // Jinhao Z // Wei L // Jingyu L // Jiacheng Y


Final complete model.
Posted 6 Apr 2019 17:34

The model with shadow.
Posted 6 Apr 2019 17:30

To make the model detailed, each part of the model has more than three layers.
Posted 6 Apr 2019 17:24

The structural beam of the proposed design.
Posted 6 Apr 2019 17:03

Structure of the model that would be removable from the base of the model. Removing the proposal design part we can look at the existing historical building.
Posted 6 Apr 2019 16:44

The model making process separates into 3 parts.
1:50 Physical model
Part 1. The original historic fabric (base of the model)
Part 2. The existing modern (1970s) structural beams (‘secondary’ structure of the model that ideally would be removable from the base of the model)
Part 3. The massing of the proposal (insertable part of the model, separate from the base model)

This is a picture of the whole model.
Posted 6 Apr 2019 16:24
Group 3_Decorative Design Development
Group 3 proposed the design that the Kitchen Link would be made in to gender neutral toilets. Each toilet cubical will have a different motif that relates back to the country, presented in the plaques on the ceilings in the Great Hall. Whilst the walls differ from each other, the floor will maintain the same. The floors for each toilet would have either bees, or cotton flower patterns which relates back to Manchester.

Posted 6 Apr 2019 13:56
Group 2_Colour and Pattern Analysis
Patterns inspired by the original patterns in Town Hall, largely taken from nature. The original lino & stained glass windows provided the most interesting patterns, which were then developed and different iterations then tested on SketchUp model.

Posted 6 Apr 2019 13:52
Group 1_ Gender Neutral Toilet
Focusing on the interior spaces of Kitchen Link Bridge of the Manchester's Town Hall. The sketches on this sheet shows the development of our ideas that has brought us to a proposed design of a mixed gender bathroom. We read the Building Regulations Part M document to understand the minimum dimensions required for a cubicle/ doorways/ corridors. As we want each cubicle to have its own toilet, sink, and hand dryer, we decided to expand the dimensions of a normal cubicle so that people can use them comfortably. Thus, due to its big volume of space in every one of them, they are all suitable to be considered as disabled toilets.

Posted 6 Apr 2019 13:32
Day 9_ Final Exhibition Day
The final day of the event week, Friday 5th April, it is the day to celebrate our work. The exhibition has been held in the Manchester Central Library Performance Space 2, where the space has been set up to accommodate all the groups whom worked with Our Town Hall Project. The day has been scheduled as:
Arrive and set up: 11am-12pm
Exhibition - 12pm-2pm
Close and clear up: 2pm-3pm

Our project is presented with the main model, along with the A1 presentation board and a brief photo documentation booklet. The model shows views from different perspective, where brings questions/ suggestions/ solutions to the project. It received compliment as a great tool not only to architects, but also for client and general public to understand more about the spatial arrangement, façade/ materiality and architectural elements to the project. It was great to meet with collaborator, MCC, client team and invited guests, we have had some really interesting discussions.

Thank you to whom came to the exhibition, hopefully you all enjoyed it.
Thank you to our collaborator Purcell, in particular to Emilia, Nick, Thomas and Peter.
Thank you for everyone who participated in Transformation of Town Hall project, and hopefully all had fun for the last two weeks. Well done, Group R!
Posted 5 Apr 2019 23:34
Day 9_Assembling Model
Finally, all laser cut piece have been processed and ready to be putted together. The model was taken to studio, all students are engaged within the process. Layers of main surface are glued together, making sure it matches. The acrylic (window) have been carefully glued to the right places and making sure it is neat and clean. Then small detailing has been added to the elevation, such as plinth and edges, which requires measurement and then sanding of the correct pieces tailored to each individual part. These have been worked simultaneously, either worked on separate elevations or groups members are dedicated to a particular job.
As tested initially, the three main elevations of historical fabric have then been putted together with matching model base. The model continued with the Kitchen Link Bridge part that connected to the two façades. The existing modern (1970s) structural beams have been designed to be removable from the base of the model, which will support the massing of the proposal. The proposal part is designed to be insertable pieces of wall, floor and roof. In this way, any further development/ change can be adaptable to the model.

Posted 5 Apr 2019 23:04
Day 7 + 8_ Modelling
Two more days onto model making week. The B.15 model making team continued with additional laser cutting, along with production more pillars for elevations using band saw and sanding. Small details are also added to the elevation, such as plinth details etc. On the other hand, the remaining team in studio experimented the proposal design with a variety of materials, testing out the elevation and massing.

Posted 4 Apr 2019 14:29
Day 6_ B15 Workshop
Today is the first day commercing model making as scheduled. After the first week’s preparation and a range of test, the drawing package is ready to go through laser cut machine. Some small modification may need during the process. The majority of elevation is produced by laser cut, but the outstanding pillar is a extra element need to experimented. We have tried form a pillar by using layers from laser cut to give a precised gesture, however the disavantage is that it will have a dark face, therefore colouring is also experienmented. On ther other hand, pillar is also tested on band saw machine, forming a more unified block shape with surface and edge sanded. We will use the best method and output that fits the overal model and suitable for the time frame we have.
Posted 2 Apr 2019 15:51
Day 5_Design Proposal

All students continued working within their own group design proposal. As the proposed use for the Kitchen Link Bridge area is very functional - public visitors’ WC and accessible WC. Students have been asked to work on an aspect of the space, such as appearance, pattern study and the idea of introducing a mixed gender toilet. With such variety approaches, each group will have their own initiative and method to responding to the research question.

Lastly, each group have presented the idea of the approach, showing the design development, key concept. By 5 pm Friday, each group have a clear idea of what will be happening for the next coming up session, a draft A1 presentation sheet is showed with everyone to assigned to a certain job task.
Posted 1 Apr 2019 10:26
Day 4_Site Visit
It is a beautiful sunny day, perfect for site visit! Following is the overview of key activities during the site visit.
1. Introduction presentation given by our collaborator, Emilia from Purcell. Overview of the project and Kitchen Link Bridge.
2. Abdul from Manchester City Council introduced town hall, along with a video.
3. Amanda who is the Project Manager from Land Lease, talked through the social value aspect of the town hall.
4. General tour within town hall, recognising the overall context that we are working on and exploring interesting architectural details and story behind the tangible objects.
5. All students visited Kitchen Link Bridge in accompany with Thomas from Purcell, who also explained the latest proposal design, and answered the questions from students that were prepared on Wednesday.

All students enjoyed site visit, founding it really useful by see the actual site and surrounding, along with collaborator’s explanation and description to understand Kitchen Link Bridge in depth. It became a great contribution in the afternoon session. We spent a little time in the beginning of the afternoon session to summarised the site visit, talked about the findings and questions that have been resolved and where to take it further.

Posted 29 Mar 2019 15:21
Day 3_Initial Proposal Ideas

A reading discussion is introduced as the first thing in the morning. From the reading list given on Monday, every group had two or three key article or chapter, alongside with extra readings if students wish to read further. Each group have summarised and shared their reading, such as the interesting points that they found, relationship to the Town Hall/ Kitchen Link Bridge, what they have learnt etc. In this way, that the whole group gained a good overall understanding in a short period of time provided.

A small presentation is followed by the reading discussion, that the final output, 1:50 model requirement is reminded and explained clearly along with more assisting information. The information package is upload on Google Drive that is accessible for Group R members only, which including the original drawings by Waterhouse, current drawings after kitchen extension, massing model of site, images of Kitchen Link Bridge and finally Purcell’s current proposed 1:50 floor plan. All of student have been asked to be aware of confidentiality of given information, in particularly not to use or show anywhere else apart from this event project. All students have then been asked to think and design the Kitchen Link Bridge. The aim of this task is to brain storm with ideas, then experimented with sketches, drawing. Also due to the reschedule site visit, students may have questions and uncertainty about the area, therefore questions or suggestions need to note and would be then asked tomorrow morning, where the site visit may straight forward resolve the confusion/ question, otherwise they may have chance to speak to the collaborator to clarify.

Overall, the group are at the stage of understanding the brief over view of the project, along with good knowledge background of conservation architecture and what can be done by us as architects.
Posted 28 Mar 2019 19:28
DAY 2 “Intangible Heritage - Architecture - Us as Architects” Workshop

It is our pleasure to have Jonathan Djabarouti for such interesting workshop. Presentation was given first to introduce the aim of the workshop and gave us a good overview of the interrelationship between conservation architecture and intangible heritage. Towards the end, the interactive activity really make us as architects to think about the what to do with architecture and the intangible value behind all those tangible objects. The presentation is summarised with following key aspects.
1. Listed Buildings
2. Building Conservation
3. Heritage ‘Significance’ and ‘Value’
4. Intangible Heritage
5. Intangible Heritage Activity (Research Focus Group)
All students have enjoyed the thought-provoking session, which will definitely help with analysing the site and helps with designing in further stage. The feedback is so positive from both students and Johnathan. “Thank you for your invitation to speak, it was an enjoyable session and I was very impressed with how engaged your group was - I am sure you will all produce some great work for the kitchen link project.” - Johnathan

Posted 28 Mar 2019 16:48
Day 2_Workshops
Today has been a busy and productive day fulfilled with workshops.

Firstly, the overall process and model making method, laser cut is introduced. Workshop sessions is given on SketchUp, in order to prepare the 3D model that illustrate the layers of outputs, understand and test the spatial relationship between the layers and final output. Once the layers have been created, it is exported into AutoCAD, where the drawing needed to be tidy up, along with lines to be colour coded and adjusted line weight. MA1 have been assisting with students during the process. The drawings will be put into a final package for laser cut next Monday.

Secondly, ‘Intangible Heritage - Architecture - Us as Architects’ workshop given by Johnathan Djabarouti is really interesting and successful. The information is useful in relation or as background knowledge to Manchester Town Hall and Kitchen Link Bridge. The interactive activity in the end gave all students a chance to think about the relationship between architecture and intangible value, in consideration of our project. Everyone was engaged, which we have brain stormed of the key actors of intangible value to architecture, and we have produced an interesting ranking.

Lastly, all students have continued to work on the laser cut drawing package preparation. Almost everyone had managed to produce drawings of a typical part of the model, and some worked together as a group. Every group have had at least one or two that is successfully completed and check drawing package, which will be ready to go on Monday.

Well done guys! Hope you have enjoyed all the workshops.
Posted 27 Mar 2019 11:28
Day 1_Introduction

Due to the cancellation of the site visit today, we have rescheduled our session today and successfully introduced our project ‘Transformation of Town Hall’ with BA students.

Firstly, registration is taken along with ice-breaking activities. WhatsApp group is created due to some group members don’t use Facebook, we wanted to make sure everyone gets the right message on time. MA1 have introduced the Kitchen Link Bridge as the project and the outputs we will be producing for the next 2 weeks. Followed by an overview of session plan of the upcoming two weeks, including the key activities. Students have been organised into three groups, with two of BA1, one or two BA2 and two of MA1. We believe by working in a smaller team, it is for better communication and higher efficiency. Lastly, we have given out the reading list, which each two group will at least have two key readings (appointed by Johnathan). A small workshop will happen on Wednesday morning to discuss the reading from each group, we will exchange ideas and knowledge.

In addition, we have rescheduled the site visit to Manchester Town Hall on Thursday morning, along with Abdul from Manchester City Council and our collaborator Purcell.

There is always some unforeseen circumstance, but we have managed to confront with optimism and solution. All in all, it is a good start of Event.
Posted 26 Mar 2019 23:19
Model Making Test

We have chosen a part from a historical building as a sample to test the model making process in B15 workshop. The process is showing the typical preparation and finalising steps for such model making method, from making a digital 3D model to test the layers, preparing CAD drawings, to laser cut and finalising the representation of the model.
Posted 25 Mar 2019 16:02
Kitchen Link Bridge
The original photograph shows the Princess Street courtyard Link Bridge, which has been extended in three phases in the 1960­1970s and now poses a unique design challenge. We have been advised by collaborator to take on modelling of the Link Bridge extension along with one of the previously discussed options (Perimeter Boxing In or the Security Screens). Further discussion will be needed regarding the project.
Design for the Link Bridge area is currently being developed, which means it is a great opportunity for us as students to get involved and
produce a model that will help decision making during the next stage of work (RIBA Stage 4). The intervention’s technical drawings will be available to use that is provided by collaborator, and the project area will be accessible during our planned building visit on the first day of events for sketching and taking photographs.
Posted 20 Mar 2019 00:00
Prototype Model Making Test

We have spoken to Jim and Scott from B.15 workshop about the appropriate model making method for our Kitchen Link Bridge Project. In order to achieve a high quality 3D model in the next two weeks, we have chosen to use laser cut as the main method.

To test the method, we have chosen a small part from a historical building as a sample to test the model making process and result. By stating the appropriate materials and separate the details in layers, which will be part of the preparation for laser cut.

The prepared CAD drawings are in layers and will be used for further discussion with Jim and Scott for a 1:50 sample test
Posted 19 Mar 2019 22:51
Week 2 Session Plan
This week will be model making dominated. The modelling teams will be taking in turns to go in B15 Workshop due to the limited amount of people are allowed in workshop. The remaining team in studio will be preparing the drawings/ model needed for proposal design, such as handcraft modelling, laser cut and 3D printing. The existing and proposed model will be assembled together. All models to be photographed and a photo documentation of process need to be prepared and printed. The project will end by putting an exhibition by all students, and one representative from each group will present the model. Students will write a reflection and feedback. MA1 students will be giving a thank you speech. Celebrate our great work!
Posted 19 Mar 2019 17:52
Week 1 Session Plan
Here is the plan for the first week of our Transformation of Town Hall Project. The week will first start with a valuable site visit to Manchester Town Hall and meeting with our collaborators, the Kitchen Link Bridge will be accessible for taking photos and sketches. Followed by an exciting informal workshop with Johnathan Djabarouti based on interrelationship between "Intangible Heritage - Conservation Architecture - Us as Architects”. Students will be able to gain a good insight of the background knowledge of this project, along with a short interesting reading list.

Students will be given workshop on how to prepare CAD drawings for laser cut modelling, and MA1 will be consistently demonstrate and lead the teams. Students will be exploring the different model making methods and materials for the proposed design. We will provide some experimental materials while students will be asked to bring any materials as they wish to.

At the end of the first week, the students will come to a presentation to conclude the model making experiment, including a brief photo documentation father process. Collaborators are invited to the presentation, otherwise will be updated through emails, and we will take any given feedback on board.
Posted 19 Mar 2019 17:22
Johnathan Djabarouti Workshop Session
It is our pleasure to invited Johnathan Djabarouti to give an informal lecture/ workshop, which will be beneficial to understand the Kitchen Link Bridge project that we will be working on for 2 weeksJohnathan is an AHRC NWCDTP funded PhD candidate and Associate lecturer at MSA.
“I am an AHRC NWCDTP funded PhD candidate, studying Architectural Heritage at the Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University. My current research focuses on intangible heritage. More specifically, it explores how the process of building adaptation could impact the safeguarding of 'intangible building values'. My broader research interests are driven by themes of architectural heritage, building conservation and traditional building craft; with my MSc in Building Conservation exploring the impact of traditional building craft on architectural pedagogy.” – Johnathan’s Self Introduction from ResearchGate

. A key summary/ introduction of the workshop session:
• A reading list, with key reference and supported reading.
• Overview of conservation approaches in architecture.
• What intangible heritage is?
• Methods and approaches as to how we as architects can.
• The interactive activity where we can explore as a group: a method for identifying intangible values of a building (optional activity).
potentially extract/understand intangible values of buildings.
We are really excited about the workshop and looking forward to meeting Johnathan Djabarouti next week!
Posted 19 Mar 2019 16:30
Our Town Hall Project Open Day 16.03.2019
Today, we went to Our Town Hall Project Open day that is hosted by Manchester City Council and opened to public. The event were held on the first floor in Central library, St Peter’s Square. Our aim is to understand more about the renovation of Manchester Town Hall, and valued the chance to speak to members of the Project Team. In addition, displays, slideshows and information board are used in the event to show how the Project Team are getting on with the project. The VR experience showed a realistic view of Manchester Town Hall, which was explained and found useful to us and public, as the hall will be closed for 5 years due to development work. We really enjoyed the conversation with each individual profession, whom helped us to understand the project and the building.
Posted 16 Mar 2019 21:38
Professional Conversation about Our Town Hall Project
We have met members of the Project Teams, such as Architect, Landscape Architect and Heritage Consultant from Purcell, and Communications Officer from Manchester City Council. The members of project team were kind and devoted to talk through what’s been happening since the Town Hall closed last January, and very kindly answered our questions. In particular, it was our pleasure to talk to Christina, who is the Heritage Consultant worked on the project. We had a great conversation about the project overall, and also a brief introduction on the Kitchen Link bridge from her professional aspect, which is a very exciting and challengeable project to work on!
Posted 16 Mar 2019 21:14
Meeting 28.01.2019
We are meeting for project preparation before presenting to BA students. We discussed the methods of model making,and time management for the project. We will divide the BA students into 4 main groups and each lead by 1 or 2 MA1 coordinators. We hope we have created a good schedule and interesting project for everyone, please looking forward to this exciting project with us!
Posted 25 Feb 2019 13:55
Key Process

MSA BA students will be taught by a variety of modelling methods, including 3D digital modeling, physical models, drawings and preparation of using laser cutter. By being involved in our events group, participants will have a good opportunity to learn or brush up their different modeling and drawing skills, as well as developing their communication skills through discussions with our collaborator. On the other hand, BA students will have a chance to practice their cooperation skills. This is a golden opportunity so do not to miss it !

1. Site visit: Town Hall, students are able to access the site, Kitchen Link Bridge for sketching and taking photographs.
2. Through the process of the project we will teach BA stundets different kind of skills for modelling, such as software (PS/Sketch Up/ Rhino/ Revit/ AutoCAD) as needed.
3. Before making physical model, drawing package is an important part of the preparation, we will help BA to draw correctly.
4. Making model is an important stage for the whole project, so MA will supervise and make sure every part of the model assembled accurately.
5.We will present our physical model and photo documentation of process in final exhibition.

Posted 25 Feb 2019 13:55
Site Visit to Manchester Town Hall, we met the collaborators Purcell. We are existing about this project! Purcell would like a new group of students to build on the amazing model making work done during Events19 and help to further develop physical models of some key proposals for Manchester Town Hall. Collaborators are looking forward to producing a small model scale of 1:20, even 1:10 to help us in our delivery of (RIBA) Stage 4 Design.
Posted 25 Feb 2019 13:55
Purcell started life in the 1940s as an architectural practice founded by conservation expert Donovan Purcell. Our collaborator Purcell, will provide drawings reference for Our entire model making, and provide valuable suggestions for our solutions as the process progresses. We will focus on modeling of the Link Bridge extension along with one of the options previously discussed with our collaborator, and we will make the model meet the requirement.

1. The model output is relevant for use by the OTH project team, the model will be of beneficial use for the OTH team.

2. The model of existing fabric is separate from the proposed fabric to allow different insertable proposal options to be developed and tested. This will help satisfy the item above.

3. The model is of appropriate durability and materials to allow reuse and testing the proposal options. It will need to be high quality in appearance so it can be presented within a professional context to the MCC client team and other stakeholders.

4.Brief photo-documentation of the process.

Posted 21 Feb 2019 21:35
Location of site
We will be visiting Manchester Town Hall to do site research including measuring and photography for model making on 25th March. The new proposal will be designed in Kitchen Link Bridge by Purcell. Our responsibility is making the model of the proposal. We will measure some important dimensions and take some photos in order to record the details like decorations.
Posted 21 Feb 2019 19:35
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Experience: East China Architectural Design Institute
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Undergrad: Ningbo University
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Undergrad: Shandong Agricultural University
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Undergrad: Hunan University
Posted 21 Feb 2019 19:22
Our Town Hall is a live remodeling project led by Manchester City Council to retain and enhance the cultural heritage of the city’s most iconic venue. Our collaborators - Manchester City Council, Purcell Architects and B15 Workshop have tasked us with producing interactive installations at the external and internal parts of the Town Hall, we will provide a graphic proposal which help young people raise the interests to the Town Hall. We will be working and studying closely with undergraduate students to improve our remodeling elements to achieve a goal which make space more lively and attractive in the City Town Hall.
Posted 20 Feb 2019 19:13