The Brief for this project was to design a mixed use development, there was free reign on what would be on the site and how we could treat it.
I wanted to provide a design that would help benefit the area, and provide a point of interest, as well as providing a versatile housing typology. My initial response was to find a constant that would link the many cultures that live in Ladywood. Tea provided my starting point, as it is a drink that many cultures drink. But I quickly started to look at the utensils used to consume tea and the interaction around the kitchen table.
The British ceramics industry used the canals of Birmingham to transport materials and products around the country, and the metal plant previously on the site produced the necessary chemicals to create the cobalt blue of Spode pottery. For many of the British ceramic collections inspiration came from around the world, to produce prints such as the Willow Print.
The Willow Print became the main inspiration behind my project, by analysing the Willow Print into plan and perspective I was able to see how it consists of a series of buildings. My housing typology stemmed from this and the idea of having a room away from the house to escape to. The housing type that I created was designed to interlock and produce a pattern that would create different forms of spaces; public, semi-public and private. The project houses a ceramic warehouse that houses collections of British ceramics, especially those from abandoned ceramic factories. A ceramic factory is also proposed to be on the site to provide jobs and and income for the area, the factory would produce the Ladywood pattern that could be exported via canal.