Group 03

A degrowth project that makes real change to a real community! Boiler House is a centre for making and mending for local people, businesses and creatives, organising activities to promote mental health and wellbeing, sustainability, environmental care, and encouraging skills-building. The main task for this project is to develop a patchwork windows proposal for the entrance to the building, which is currently electric roller shutters. Heating (winter) and ventilation (summer) issues should be considered in our work. The focus is to make the unheated hangar space usable in the winter months and benefit from solar gain so that all community members can continue to use the building in the colder months. In summer, ventilation can prevent the workshop from becoming too warm resulting from direct sunlight. The client commented on the natural light which floods into the hangar space and creates a fantastic working environment. Our project aims to make the building look more approachable from the street to encourage others to engage. We also want to activate these outdoor surrounding green spaces with some form of landscape design. These green spaces can serve community activities in the future. Over a two week period you can partake in a real project which will get built, covering the whole RIBA Plan of Work.

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Jingyi Z / Xinyu S / Wenyu H / Mirza R

Degrowth is a social and economic movement critiquing the paradigm of economic growth. We can’t continue building how we always did, the time is now to make a statement. The only sustainable growth is degrowth. Our main purpose here at the boiler house is to provide positive social impact through improving mental health and wellbeing through creating and making. We bring members of the community together regardless of gender, age, or race. We aim to combat social isolation, improve confidence, and learn new transferable skills in a safe, welcoming environment.
Posted 13 Mar 2022 20:59
Re-purposed as a centre for making and mending, The Boiler House used to be a district power station just a mile from the middle of Manchester. Social enterprise Sow the City signed a 12-year lease on the building and made it the site of a new social community. The Boiler House aims to provide free and low-cost use of tools, equipment and workshop space, to act as a catalyst for people to reach their potential. They also run a variety of skill workshops for the community, including a repair café, held on the last Saturday each month, where people can bring damaged or broken items and have experts help to fix them for free. It’s not just about fixing things, but also about reducing waste and building a community. Such activities could help to provide skills for employment, improve health and wellbeing, develop a circular economy, and promote gender and race equality.
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:17
You will communicate directly with the live client and pitch your ideas. You will also take part in measured surveys where you will learn techniques such as triangulation and running dimensions. We will also teach you tips and tricks on CAD and 3D software. This project is a fantastic opportunity to expose yourself to a real life architectural problem, key experience for your CV.
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:18
Wenyu Hou
Atelier // FLUX
Qualification // BA (Hons) from Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University
Skills // Adobes, Rhino, AutoCAD, Sketching
Interests // Watching movies
Fun Fact// I can breathe under water :-)
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:19
Mirza Isaam Rahman
Atelier // CPU Ai
Qualification // BA (Hons) from Liverpool School of Architecture
Skills // Detailing, Presentation, communication
Interests // Cycling, Food
Fun Fact // I can fly a Boeing 737
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:20
Xinyu Shen
Atelier // Praxxis
Qualification // BA (Hons) from University of Liverpool
Skills // Designing, Sketching, Adobes, Rhino & Lumion
Interests // Psychology, Drawing, Travelling
Fun Fact // Never went sleeping before 0 am.
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:21
Jingyi Zhou
Atelier // FLUX
Qualification // BA (Hons) from Newcastle University
Skills // Model Making, Adobes/CAD/SU/RHINO/Render, Sketching
Interests // Cooking, History, Sleeping
Fun Fact // I can sleep with my eyes open. o_o
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:21
Day 1 to go!

A fantastic first day as the team got to know each other and introduced the project brief. The undergraduates started by brainstorming with defining strategies and concepts.
After lunch, we worked in groups to enhance the ideas and illustrate them, which will be brought to the clients for tomorrow’s site visit and meeting.
Posted 16 May 2022 21:28
Day 1 to go!

Here are some initial ideas from the day one conversation, which were made for day-2 site visit and client meeting. Each group developed and pictured one preliminary strategy, as well as discussed it with the others. Three options were made by the end of the day. The sketchings will be taken to the site the next day to confirm with the clients.
Posted 16 May 2022 21:28
Day 2 to go!

The team met the clients in the morning. The clients gave a short introduced on the site and their wish to the new members, and we explained three schemes from yesterday. Clients gave the evaluation and gave some feedbacks for future development.
Posted 17 May 2022 21:44
Day 2 to go!

Let's visit the site!
After the meeting with clients, the team selected three main directions and started to do the measuring survey after lunch. The dimension details have been recorded for day 3 to work together.
Posted 17 May 2022 21:44
Day 3 to go!

The team gathered in the morning as usual. According to the communication with the clients yesterday, there were three plans , but now we advanced into two. We splitted into two groups to refine the two proposals.
Posted 19 May 2022 23:10
Day 3 to go!

We had developed three schemes, and respectively analyzed the pros and cons in the conference with the clients and considered the feasibility on site. Finally, two were selected as promising, on which the team has been working in preparation for further communication with engineers and customers the next Monday.
Posted 19 May 2022 23:10
Day 4 to go!

This was a teaching day!
As both schemes had been well developed in the past few days, this was the day for postgraduate members to teach undergraduate members digital skills, which included sketching and modelling.

We divided into two groups and taught separately. Undergraduate students have learned lots of new digital skills tricks on this day. The purpose was to present architectural ideas more efficiently -- which is very important in communicating the project to clients.
Posted 19 May 2022 23:16
Day 5 to go!

This is the day to practice out!
On this day, the team members were divided into three groups to materialize the three proposals. Through modeling and technical detail drawing, the undergraduate members consolidated the digital skills they learned yesterday.
Models and drawings were made into presentation slides to prepare for the conference with clients and engineers next Monday.
Posted 22 May 2022 00:03
Day 5 to go!

Time to practice!
Models and drawings of three schemes were made to concrete the concepts and ideas. The new undergraduate members have learned more about digital design and collaboration through this process. Slides were also made for the presentation to clients and engineers the next Monday.
Posted 23 May 2022 01:38
Week 1 to Week 2!

This slide shows the connection from week 1 and week 2, and summarizes the activities of the first week and the plan schedule of the second week.
Posted 23 May 2022 22:55
Day 6 to go!

The second week launches!
Let's meet with the clients and engineer today!

This morning, a part of the team members came to the site to meet with customers and engineers to evaluate the feasibility and cost of the three schemes. We did the presentation to explain each option and their cons and pros. The clients are evaluated and considered based on that.
Posted 23 May 2022 22:57
Day 6 to go!

Afternoon the engineer joined us. We introduced three options and consulted about some technical issues. After value estimation, plan 2 won with the highest score and was picked by the clients as the main direction to work on this week.
Posted 23 May 2022 23:11
Week 1 Nice Sketches!

These drawings were the second scheme discussed during the first week. As previously shown, the glass was installed outside the rolling shutters, and the middle shutter was kept. This scheme focuses on shading through the greenery, regulating heat gain and daylight in summer and winter.

This scheme was finally picked by the clients, and would be mainly focused on the following week!
Posted 23 May 2022 23:24
Week 1 Nice Sketches!

These drawings were some idea draft skecthes during the first week. The three openings were for a fixed full-face plant frame, the original roller shutter and a large sliding door. These sketches mainly tested different pattern and materiality of the plant frames and finally developed into scheme 1 and scheme 3.
Posted 23 May 2022 23:24
Day 7 to go!

Today the team spent their time finishing the Sketchup 3d models, and making detailed drawings of the doors for the boiler house.
Posted 24 May 2022 15:39
Day 7 to go!

Today is about efficient teams work!
We split into 3 groups in order to productively spend the day. After yesterday’s meetings, the team had a lot of details to figure out and to fix with the second design.
Posted 24 May 2022 15:40
Day 8 to go!

In the morning we spent an hour and a half brainstorming ideas for the landscape proposal. We worked as a team before coming up with the perfect solution and developing it further.
Posted 25 May 2022 17:04
Day 8 to go!

Working hard on the final proposal!
Today some of the team finalised the updated cost evaluation of our project, while others were working on brainstorming and drawing the landscape strategy and the proposal for the project.
Posted 26 May 2022 01:30
Day 8 to go!

History Diagram

we learned about the history of boiler house, from the very beginning, to the industrial period, to the violence around the neighbourhood in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s the building was used for heating the homes in the area, but now it is the amazing workshop that we are working on!
Posted 26 May 2022 01:32
Day 8 to go!

3D Model

The 3D detailed model of the doors was made in order to properly visualise it and put into a rendering program.
Posted 26 May 2022 01:33
Day 8 to go!

Diagram of Community Effects

The team made various diagrams including a flow chart showing how this project would benefit the community around boiler house!

Posted 26 May 2022 01:33
Day 8 to Go !!! —— De-Growth

We re-considered our agenda and the concept of “de-growth” to clearly express our methodology in terms of reducing carbon costs and improving the local area.
Posted 26 May 2022 18:15
Day 9 to Go !!!

Technology & Cost

The team produced a cost evaluation based on the detailed drawings to fit the clients budget. We ensured that the estimated cost remains below the budget of £10,000.
Posted 26 May 2022 18:21
Day 9 to Go !!!


The end is approaching! The team made progress towards the final outputs for the publication and client outputs in order to submit them tomorrow. We did renderings for our 3D models and figured out the layout of our final document.
Posted 26 May 2022 18:23
Day 9 to Go !!!

Diagram & Research

With the presentation being almost done, the team produced diagrams to easily portray the design intentions and wider impact. Sketching and making collages was also a big part of the day.
Posted 26 May 2022 18:24
Day 10 to Go!

The team worked towards finalising outputs, both in terms of the publication and for the client. The team used InDesign to compile their work.
Posted 27 May 2022 16:51
Day 10 to Go!

The final day! The fortnight has passed by so fast, we have learnt conceptual skills, technical skills and presentation skills. This has accumulated to a clear understanding of the design intent from all members of the design team. This translates to the final outputs we are all proud of.
Posted 27 May 2022 16:52
Two Fantastic Weeks Complete!

The team have collaborated to produced some fantastic work, satisfying the initail brief and going beyond expectations. Both undergraduate and post-graduate team members have learnt from each other and developed communication skills which will prove invaluable in practice.
Posted 27 May 2022 16:52