Seb Coupe

The Stone Organ | Isle of Portland, UK | Unit 21 | 2022 The environmentally positive ‘stone renaissance’ many hope is beginning within the construction industry runs contrary to an island that has suffered and continues to suffer environmental degradation of its natural landscape at the hands of the quarrying industry. Many within Portland see the preservation of its natural beauty as a crucial element in generating future tourism

Ayisha Belgore

Boundaries | Isle of Portland, UK | Unit 21 | 2022 ‘Boundaries’ addresses the definition of architecture across administrative boundaries – how does this impact the building’s form and development ? With two sites spanning across the Isle of Portland and Weymouth, this project focuses on the dichotomic relationship of the edge – allowing the boundary to become a defining element in the building design and construction. Materiality is

Ajay Mohan

Between the Line and the Land | Isle of Portland, UK | Unit 21 | 2022 Within the fault lines of subjective perceptions, small probabilities are overlooked and rare occurrences overestimated. Psychological biases and intuitive sensibilities are the hidden noise in distorting seemingly objective entities and resolute cultural artefacts; our collective institutions become vulnerable to these speculative series of meditations, allowing entry to a series of consequential cartographic incursions

Oscar Maguire

Transposing the Courtyard | Isle of Portland, UK | Unit 21 | 2022 Since the 1850s The Courtyard Societies have been accommodated rent free in Burlington House, a grand neo-classical edifice built from Portland Stone, in the heart of London. Recently however the landlord, the UK Government, decided to start charging rent. The rent increases year on year at an unsustainable rate, setting the clock ticking to stay in

Joseph Tang

Coastline Infinity | Isle of Portland, UK | Unit 21 | 2022 The thousand-million-year geology formation’s collision with human interventions holds exciting tensions for the ever-changing coastline of Portland, which contributes to the island’s unique identity. Algorithms are developed with the notion of erosions and the carving processes of the landscape that formulates a set of design methodologies. The project dedicates to reconstructing and translating the coastline of Southern

Kiran Basi

A ‘Non-Extractivist’ University | Isle of Portland, UK | Unit 21 | 2022 For thousands of years, Portland stone has been extracted for the construction of notable buildings around the world. Whilst these buildings represent the wealth and power of their respective institutions, the Isle of Portland has been left with voids cut into its landscape and high levels of social deprivation. This project investigates how adopting a non-extractivist

Ina Ioan

Resting in Myths | Isle of Portland, UK | Unit 21 | 2022 The project aims to bring together mythology and leisure in a storytelling environment buried deep into a hill whilst also being lightly cantilevered off the ground, overlooking the pristine natural surroundings. Its ambition is to create a dialogue on both sides of an existing hikers’ path that leads to the ruins of the Rufus Castle and

Nan-hao Chen

Time/Erosion | Isle of Portland, UK | Unit 21 | 2022 Awarded the Year 2 Portfolio Prize The programme would be a series of leisure facilities along the coastal path in Portland for hikers and tourists. Each building occupies a great spot for observing various geological features, leading and attracting people to walk through the path to the lighthouse to enjoy the beautiful views of Portland. Doing so boosts

Archie Koe

Skate on Kintsugi | Isle of Portland, UK | Unit 21 | 2022 A multi-storey skatepark in a quarry on the Isle of Portland. Providing the younger generation of Portland with a skatepark community to support troubled youths by giving them a place to belong, mitigating potential mental health problems. Kintsugi (the art of repair) informed materiality and skate-path informed pseudo-parametric design language. Kensington’s Displaced Portland Stone WW2 Bomb