Group 27
WOODLAND THEATRE PRESENTS

The aim of this project is to create a multi-functional outdoor space that can accommodate a wide array of activities, including dance, theater, and other artistic practices. The structure has to be semi-open, allowing for unimpeded views of the surrounding natural landscape while simultaneously offering shelter to the audience. The proposed space, situated within a tranquil woodland environment, will cater to individuals of all ages and abilities, ensuring universal accessibility. Central to the design will be a canopy and amphitheater that offer unobstructed views of the breathtaking scenery of Harwes Farm. The use of natural materials, particularly timber, is paramount to ensure that the project remains true to its ethos of keeping nature at the forefront of the design. It is worth noting that this project will be established under the auspices of a Community Interest Company (CIC) which works and acts like a company but is a charity. Gill Taylor is a Farmer and Youth Worker using her farm for wide-array of activities such as night-walks through the woodland, camping, pop up cinema, allotment space and Forest School. With a concept built around everyone’s wellbeing and confidence, Gill's ambition is to connect people back to nature across her 57 acres, 36 of which are woodland. She is missing an outdoor theatre space for performances overlooking the scenery.

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Zichen Y / Yu X / Hanis Nabihah Binti R / Alkim U / Dominic S / Chi Z

Information about the project so far!
Posted 11 Mar 2023 16:17
Name: Dominic Stewart
Atelier: Some Kind Of Nature
Undergraduate: Leeds Beckett
Skills: Photoshop, Indesign, Model Making
Hobbies/Interests: Swimming Running Cycling, Photography and Cinematography
Favourite Animal: Dog
Posted 11 Mar 2023 16:23
Name: Hanis Nabihah Binti Ridzuan
​March Atelier: Continuity in Architecture
Undergrad: University of Manchester
​Skills: Revit, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, Indesign, Lumion, Enscape
​Favourite animal: Cat
​Hobbies: Reading, Drawing, Performing arts, Making candles
Posted 11 Mar 2023 16:23
| Site visit to Harwes Farm |

Harwes Farm is a 57-acre farm established under Community Interest Company (CIC) located in Colne. It houses animals like chickens, sheep, and rams, and offers various projects and activities that are open to everyone. The farm is run by Gill Taylor, who is a Farmer and Youth Worker. She organizes different activities, such as night-walks, camping, allotment space, pop-up cinema, and Forest School, to promote well-being and confidence among people. Gill's aim is to reconnect people with nature through her initiatives.
Posted 11 Mar 2023 17:04
| Site visit to Harwes Farm |

The site is a sloping woodland in need of a multi-functional outdoor space that can host a variety of activities, including dance, theater, and other forms of art. The proposed space will cater to individuals of all ages and abilities, ensuring that it is accessible to everyone.

Don't forget to bring your wellies !
Posted 11 Mar 2023 17:05
Name: Alkım Uzunonat
March atelier: Some Kind Of Nature
Undergrad: Yeditepe University, Turkey
Skills: autocad, sketchup, revit, photoshop, lumion
Hobbies: Cycling, playing chess, playing tennis, swimming, sightseeing,
Favourite animal: Dolphins
Posted 12 Mar 2023 13:31
Name: Yu Xiao
March Atelier: Praxxis
Undergrad: China, Wuhan University of Technology
Skills: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Rhino, Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, Indesign, Lumion
Favourite animal: Cat
Hobbies: Painting, Swimming, Freediving
Posted 12 Mar 2023 13:34
Community Interest Company 2014 - Works and acts like a company but is a charity. Gill Taylor is a Farmer and Youth Worker using her farm for activities such as night-walks through the woodland, camping, pop up cinema, allotment space and Forest School. With a concept built around everyone’s well-being and confidence, Gill aims to connect people back to nature across her 57 acres, 36 of which are woodland. She is missing an outdoor theatre space for performances overlooking the scenery.
Posted 12 Mar 2023 20:50
The skills that students who will join us will gain.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 17:22
Name: Zichen Yang
March Atelier:&rchitecture
Undergrad: China, Kunming University of science and technology
Skills: AutoCAD,Sketchup,Rhino,Photoshop,Adobe illustrator,Indesign,Enscape,Vary
Favourite animal: Syrian Hamster
Hobbies/Interests: Travelling,Listening Concert,Photography
Posted 13 Mar 2023 17:38
Name: Chi Zhang
Atelier: Praxxis
Undergraduate: China, Zhengzhou University
​Skills: Rhino, Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, Indesign
​Favourite animal: rabbit
​Hobbies: Manga, genshin, cooking, Cycling
Posted 13 Mar 2023 17:45
| DAY 01 |
Let the action begin! We kicked off our action week with a bang by introducing the project goals and plans for the upcoming weeks. It was the perfect time to welcome our new members and get everyone up to speed on what we needed to achieve. We started things off with a fun and engaging ice-breaking session that helped us get to know each other better and build a strong sense of teamwork.
The action week plans were laid out, and we were excited to dive into the tasks and milestones that would get us closer to our project goals.

It was an exciting start to our action week, and we couldn't wait to see what we could accomplish together as one big team!
Posted 10 May 2023 00:52
| DAY 01 |
We ventured out to two outdoor spaces in Castlefield to seek inspiration and precedents for our project; Castlefield Bowl and Castlefield Viaduct
It was a refreshing change of pace, and it gave us the opportunity to see firsthand how different outdoor spaces are designed, utilized and repurposed.
And with that, we wrapped up an exciting and productive Day 1!
Posted 10 May 2023 01:08
Posted 10 May 2023 11:02
| MIRO BOARD |
We also set up a Miro board for everyone to collate ideas and outputs for each day.
Posted 10 May 2023 11:25
| DAY 02 |
As we prepare for an upcoming site visit, our team has diligently conducted a preliminary site analysis and research. Our objective was to gain a thorough understanding of the site's condition and any challenges that may arise when dealing with its structures.
Leveraging the diverse skillsets within our team, the MArch and MLA students collaborated to create a topography model of the site. Simultaneously, the BAs worked on a desktop analysis of the site, ensuring that we have a comprehensive view of its unique characteristics. Through our collaborative efforts, we were able to obtain a holistic perspective of the site, allowing us to make informed decisions and take calculated next steps.
We're excited to bring this level of detail to our site visit and to witness firsthand how our analysis will translate on-site!
Posted 10 May 2023 20:49
Day 3. Farm and Site Research
Posted 12 May 2023 14:55
Day 3. Farm and Site Research
Posted 12 May 2023 14:57
Day 3. Farm and Site Research
Posted 12 May 2023 15:00
Day 4
After yesterday's site visit we started working on the stage concept. This design will take into account the client's requirements and the specificities of the venue
Posted 13 May 2023 00:08
Day 4
We divided the members into four groups to work on the detailed design of the theatre. This grouping was done according to the interests of the members. We exchanged ideas and presented our ideas in the form of sketches.
Posted 13 May 2023 00:11
Day 2: initial sketches and ideas
Posted 15 May 2023 11:09
Day 2: initial sketches and ideas
Posted 15 May 2023 11:13
Day 5
Today we start discussing the scale of the stage, the choice of materials and the foundations
Posted 16 May 2023 13:09
Day 6: Designing the Open Amphitheatre
Posted 16 May 2023 15:07
Day7. Today we are working on the project's output, including the plans, elevations, sections, and some beautiful and detailed drawings to show the views.
Posted 17 May 2023 15:42
Image of sketch 1. In this image, we show our site research, initial concept, and different parts of the project, like how the stage, seating, and canopy look like. We also consider solving the accessibility for the wheelchair by the track and park platform.
Posted 18 May 2023 12:17
Image of sketch 2. We chose some sketches of our final output —the visual from the main road to the stage and some graphics to show the technical design.
Posted 18 May 2023 12:22
Day 8: We are working on the final booklet
Posted 18 May 2023 13:14
Day 8: We are working on the final booklet
Posted 18 May 2023 13:17
Day 9
Today is the final day of MSA LIVE so we make a present to Gill to show our output.
Posted 19 May 2023 10:18
Day 9
And also we improve our visual.
Posted 19 May 2023 10:22
Posted 19 May 2023 10:23
image of research for the group discussion and case study
Posted 19 May 2023 10:25
Posted 19 May 2023 10:25