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function and context

Part 1 Project 2005
Oliver Jones
Northumbria University, UK
The first part of the project was to design a hostel/visitor centre in Craster, a small picturesque fishing village off the Northumberland coast.

The building is designed to be flexible, accommodating events from school outings to sports meetings. It’s organised by a service wall housing all necessary plant and equipment, allowing the space to be constantly changed for use by individuals, local groups, to large gatherings.

The second part of the project is a gallery for product design on the Forth Bank in Newcastle. Two industrial monuments covered with devices and services regulate a pure interior for exhibits.

Oliver Jones


Over the course of his third year, Oliver has investigated the relationship between function and context. His two schemes, within one overall project, are both programmatically intelligent, and sensitive responses to two contrasting sites.

His first scheme manages to overcome the challenges of creating a highly adaptive, lightweight building in an area that is of special scientific interest.

His second is a far more outwardly hostile response to its site, with the building standing defiant in the face of the area’s latest phase of decay and pending gentrification.

We particularly applaud the conviction with which his architecture is communicated.

2005
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