Group 37

We’ll be working with Grizedale Arts, an arts organisation based in the Lake District who believe in using art as a catalyst for social change. Their latest venture is the purchase of an empty 16th century inn: The Farmer’s Arms. Their aim is to reinstate the building as a working inn, as well as integrating a community arts programme that will bridge the gap between the local community and tourism industry. After researching the architectural heritage and local context, the final output will be a design proposal to regenerate the car park and entrances into the Farmer’s Arm’s. The regenerated outdoor space will be the entry point to the ‘living museum’ which, whilst serving outdoor events and functions, will also work to celebrate the existing history.

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Andrew Cameron K / Alice Mana W / Lucy W / Jake Edward Jack T / Philippa S / Cameron H

Grizedale Arts are an arts organisation based in the Lake District who believe in using art as a catalyst for social change. They work with artists from many different backgrounds, and host artist residents from all over the world, as well as connecting with the villages on their doorstep.

They plan to return the historic Farmer’s Arms on the edge of the Lake District National Park to its place at the heart of the community. They have previously restored Lawson Park, Low Parkamoor, and the Coniston Institute, so they have successfully completed community focussed building projects before.

In response to local concern and in collaboration with them, Grizedale Arts is leading the initiative to transform the inn to a hybrid community hub. Offering open access to the arts and new routes to collaborative thinking and exchange, an inclusive offer will reinvigorate its heritage as a gateway between the local communities and the wider world. With creative thinking and opportunities for learning/participation underpinning how the experience is delivered, it will be a place to learn from each other, to develop solutions to shared concerns and to grow and fulfil new ambitions.

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Posted 1 Mar 2021 17:28
The integration of a loyal, local clientelle with a diverse range of tourists and visitors aims to bridge the barriers between these two different groups, their needs and their desires. As the ‘bread and butter’ of the scheme - the pubs economic and social success is the facilitative backbone of the Farmer’s Arms.

Hosting events that serve the social and economic interests of the wider Crake Valley includes volunteer programmes, job creation and and engagement with local trades hopes to engender positive trophic socio-economic impacts for the region.

Connecting to local entrepenuers and providing spaces and resources for them and their businesses to grow is a key part of facilitating the community hub aspect of the Farmer’s Arms. Partnering with local schools and educational facilities hopes to provide a space for learning and growth at the FA.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 17:30
In this project we will look to teach new and improve on both analog and digital skills that will hopefully be applicable throughout your university career. We will rely on sketching, physical model making and digital design to aid us throughout the design process. We will also look to improve skills in analytical research, presentation, use of the Adobe package (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), and 3D Software (Sketchup, Revit, Rhino).
Posted 1 Mar 2021 17:38
Name: Lucy Wellman
Atelier: Infra.Space
Undergrad location: University of Westminster
Reasons for choosing Grizedale project: Community engagement and creative arts approach of organisation
Architectural interests: Incorporating social history into contemporary project narratives
Interests outside architecture: Long walks, music events, cooking and red wine
Posted 1 Mar 2021 17:39
Name: Andrew King
Atelier: Infra.Space
Undergrad Location: University of Nottingham
Reasons for choosing Grizedale project: Social Impacts of a Diverse Rural Programme
Architectural interests: The Intersections of Politics & Urbanism
Interests outside of Architecture: Politics, Art, Demography & Geography
Posted 1 Mar 2021 17:39
Name: Philippa Smith
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture
Undergrad: University of Liverpool
Reasons for choosing Grizedale project: An interesting refurbishment of a rural Grade II Listed building
Architectural interests: Historic buildings and conservation
Interests outside of architecture: baking, photography
Posted 1 Mar 2021 17:40
Name: Alice Wilson
Atelier: &rchitecture
Undergrad: Queen's University Belfast
Reasons for choosing Grizedale project: Social impact of providing open access into the Arts, through a Grade II listed project in the Lake District
Architectural interests: Adaptive Re-use in the historic built environment.
Interests outside of architecture: lifedrawing and suminagashi marbling
Posted 1 Mar 2021 17:41
Name: Cameron Hawkins
Atelier: Infra.Space
Undergrad Location: University of Liverpool
Reasons for choosing Grizedale Project: The opportunity to engage with a historic building in the rural context of the Lake District National Park, and work with a socially-driven group of people.
Architectural interests: Experimentation in materiality, craft and community engagement.
Interests outside of Architecture: Ceramics and all things handmade.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 17:42
Name: Jake Tamminen
Atelier: USE
Undergrad: Northumbria University
Reasons for Choosing Grizedale Project: The project has the potential to have a big impact on a small area and the opportunity to collaborate with an interesting project partner
Architectural Interests: Architectural construction and the collaboration between art and architecture
Interests outside of architecture: Photography, Live Music, Art and Football
Posted 1 Mar 2021 18:13
Pay Inn Display is up and running! After brief good mornings and introductions we started the day off with some ice breaker activities to get to know each other better. In line with the focus of our project, we began with an architecture based pub quiz.

MArch students then took BA and MLA students through the week’s programme and gave background information on our collaborator Grizedale Arts and the focus of the project; the Farmer’s Arms.

Once this was complete we introduced various research methods and split into groups to begin the basis of our research. After combing through online resources we met and discussed key topics, themes and information we had found, and planned how to take these forwards in line with our planned outcomes for the end of the week. We are focussing on the themes of; The Valley; The People, The Building and the Context.
Posted 10 May 2021 18:48
On the second day of the Pay Inn Display project, our team continued building on the research of day 1 and consolidating the information required to carry out the graphic outputs for the end of week one and the cohesive and comprehensive design charrette we are to undertake next week.

The 4 sub teams - culture, people, the valley & the building - continued to research their respective disciplines and began the production of graphic information ahead of tomorrow's internal Pay Inn Display presentation review which hopes to mirror a real-life design meeting for the undergraduate students.

The image above, created by Zoe for the 'People' team, were created to explore the three types of people that we believe the Farmer's Arms are trying to connect with. They are the established local community, who are aware of the programme and it's history and actively engaged, the middle-aged and middle-class holidaymakers who are likely to pass through the area and the younger more diverse 'arts' crowd who Grizedale are hoping to attract to the programme.

These profiles were created to explore the desires of, impacts to and barriers for the various demographic groups when visiting (or planning to visit) the Farmer's Arms in order to aid a strategy to best ameliorate these issues for the disparate groups and maximise the outreach and positive impact of the Farmer's Arms programme.

Posted 11 May 2021 20:01
Today the groups presented the work that they have been doing so far. We were really impressed with their outputs!

The groups are people, culture, the valley, and the building, which can be summarised as focussing on the social and the physical aspects of the project. They really investigated the local area through the architecture and the community, and in the discussion after the presentation brought their ideas together to be able to take them forward.

This image, created by Sam explores the materiality of the building and brings to life the physical aspects of vernacular building in the Lake District.

Some base images used in this design were provided by Grizedale Arts.
Posted 12 May 2021 13:49
Today the team started off by researching, finding examples of and then discussing our projected outputs; a Zine; a string of informative Instagram posts and an exploded axonometric diagram of The Farmer’s Arms.

We had a guest talk from a visual designer, Joshua Corden of Philip Colbert Studio. The talk and Q&A gave a great insight into different styles of graphic presentation and final outputs that can be achieved, some which the team had not considered for the future outputs.
Posted 13 May 2021 17:34
The first week of the PayInnDisplay project is in the books. It has been fantastic to get to know everyone better and some brilliant work has been produced in the process.

Today has primarily been about building upon the work that was started yesterday, articulating and finalizing the weeks outputs: an exploded axonometric, a zine, and a series of informative Instagram posts. Each of these three outputs have sought to illustrate the notion of The Farmers’ Arms acting as a ‘living museum’ and orchestrate a journey around the building whereby the visitor is exposed to many of the key artefacts that bare historical importance in the C17th inn (both in terms of the objects and the architecture). Working in small teams divided by output, there have been regular cross-overs and check-ins between groups to ensure all three outputs are working together in a seamless and conjunctive manner, and can be easily utilized as tool when visiting the inn.

The day culminated in a collective virtual round-table presentation and discussion of the three key outputs, as well as a reflection on the whole experience of the first week as the PayInnDisplay project moves into the next phase.
Posted 14 May 2021 17:42

Welcome to Week 2! This week is all about utilising all the research materials from week 1 to propose an external programmatic extension to the Farmer’s Arms and all the activities it aims to facilitate. The week will start with site analysis and exploration of the existing building, before moving into smaller design teams to create proposals during the second half of the week.

Today, we started with a short presentation from our two wonderful MLA students who gave us an idea of what landscapers will consider in a design proposal. Our site is located in the countryside, so considering the landscape is so important, so this presentation was so informative.

We then moved into 4 study groups to carry out site analysis. These were sun-shadow analysis, accessibility, site lines path-view analysis, and adjacency diagrams. All teams worked really hard and the BA students came up with innovative ideas to present their findings. Tomorrow, we’ll be using this analysis to begin some exciting concept proposals!
Posted 17 May 2021 17:14
We started Day 7 by presenting the work from yesterday’s 4 site analysis groups. It was great to see a contrast between clean CAD lines (such as showing transport routes) and delicate sketches (that portrayed some key views of the site). Next, we all jumped into fleshing out our initial ideas for the concept proposals. We broke off into two groups to start mind-mapping key themes and furthering the site analysis from yesterday, in order to understand what the needs of the site are, and how our proposals might add value to the Farmers Arms. After discussing some ideas and seeing lots of fantastic sketches, we’ll now reign these in to fit into the local context and area. Tomorrow, all our students will be bringing all sorts of materials that can be found to start creating some maquettes and models to bring these ideas to life!
Posted 18 May 2021 17:26
We kicked off today with a talk from our external guest speaker, Evelyna Hadass. Evelyna studied an Architecture BA but has worked in both architecture and graphic design. The talk and Q&A gave great examples of how work can be presented, in preparation for our presentations to Grizedale Arts on Friday.

After the presentation, our two groups continued working on their proposals. Both of our teams have started to collate ideas and design through sketching and model making, whilst taking into consideration the local area and the needs of the Farmer’s Arms.
Posted 19 May 2021 15:04
Focusing on the design, Day 9 was all about fully developing and refining our concept proposals in our two groups. Using zoom whiteboards, we were able to combine our ideas and ensure that our proposals were considered, relevant, and site-specific. Lots of small changes were made to ensure that there was a relationship between the Farmer’s Arms and the orientation, height, and location of the proposal.

A really clear way to develop our ideas was through small models. Not only do these help us to understand the volume, but they also give us a 3D understanding of scale and space in relation to the people who might use it. The prototype for Group 2 can be seen in the image above.

The afternoon was spent on each student working on the four outputs. These are: site plan, market stall design, circulation diagram, and threshold strategy. At the very end of the day, we practiced a mock-presentation, in preparation for the real thing with Grizedale Arts tomorrow!
Posted 20 May 2021 17:20
On our final day we tidied up the presentation that we gave to our project partner, Grizedale Arts.

After finalising all the designs we welcomed Emma, the project manager of the Farmers Arms, to see the work that had been produced over the fortnight.

She thought that the students had done a really great job, and would take the proposals back to the team meetings at Grizedale Arts.
Posted 21 May 2021 17:16