Faculty: Errol Reubens | Ratna Shah

TA: Shailja Patel


Cities change constantly in the open-ended spectacle of daily life, with new buildings being constructed and the repair or demolition of old and redundant structures. However, within this urban flux, some elements endure; from the major urban spaces, the exemplary architectural works, the memorials to major historic events. Over centuries, these urban-artefacts become symbols of civic identity, embedded in the memory of citizens. Also, there are structures that endure through adaptation, embracing change by suitable new uses to old spaces.

This studio explores the “creative” potential of building adaptation. It will focus on suitable “retired” buildings in a city, blurring conventional boundaries between architecture and interiors. We will research every aspect of the existing architectural space, including its history and setting, the essence of its emotional power, and its place in the collective urban memory. We will then design inspiring interior-architectural transformations that will generate new spatial purposes, experiences, expressions, meaning, emotions and memories.

Students will discover the potential of interior design to transform entire buildings. Working from the inside out, we will create interior architecture that stimulates new civic memories.

Studio Unit

Studio Premise | Exercise Components | Design Programme

1. Readings_Subjective: Impressions | 2. Reflections_Subjective: Montage | 3. Reductions_Objective: Site Analysis

Choose case studies with a variety of strategies such as : Box-in a-Box/ weave/parasite/wrap/scoop/ scavenge/juxtaposition etc. Analyse junctions where old meet the new(gap/skew/dent/layering/setback etc. Details of elements and joinery and Material Palette.

Transforming the Transformers: 1. Approach: Threshold + Connector element | 2. Inhabiting: Apertures + Planes | 3. Addition: Expansion + Alteration

Final outcomes as rendered 2D drawings and 3D views as well as isometric views.