Nana Ama Astra - Undergraduate Portfolio 2015
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Nana Ama Astra - Undergraduate Portfolio 2015
N A N A A M A A S T R A
PA R T 1 P O R T F O L I O 2 0 1 5
LEICESTER SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE 2011 – 2014
The aim of this project was to design a religious library in
the heart of medieval Orvieto. Orvieto sits on the flat top
of a volcanic tuff rock. It is home to many narrow streets
that lead to large open piazzas. The two contrasting
spaces became the driving force for the concept of the
design of this project.
The site is surrounded by tall medieval residential
buildings and it boasts scenic views of the mountainous
countryside. Taking heed of Orvieto’s towers, the library
was designed to house a study tower that would take full
advantage of the surrounding views.
Sketch: Orvieto Cathedral Site Plan 1:2500
ORV IETO LIB R ARY
F I N A L R E N D E R S
O RVIET O LI BR A RY
O RVIET O LI BR A RY
L O N G S E C T I O N
O RVIET O LI BR ARY
S T R U C T U R E & B U I L D I N G E N V E L O P E
Precast Concrete Element
Thermal Insulation, 40mm
Masonary Clad Block
Drainage Mat, 35mm
Calandered Polyremic Roofing, 2 Layers
Thermal Insulation, 2410mm
Precast Concrete Slab, 150mm
Linoleum Floor Cover, 15mm
Screed with Underfloor heating, 80mm
Precast Concrete Slab, 50mm
Precast Concrete Frame
The description for this project called for a place of work
to be designed. It was to house a dynamic business
focussed upon making ‘something’. What the building
‘made’ was to be chosen after visiting Amsterdam.
Upon visiting Amsterdam, it was discovered that many
public buildings, both new and old, contained rather
unsual and artististic light fittings. It was therefore
decided to have the building make light fittings.
The site of the building is located on a canal waterfront
on Prince Island. The island was developed in the
seventeeth century and at the time was used to store
timber. For this reason, I chose the light fittings to also be
made of wood.
When desigining this building, it was in mind to ‘tread
lightly’ on site. As well as this there happened to be a
tree. The building was designed around the tree.
Amsterdam’s Morphology (1400 - Present Day)
Site Back Elevation Site
Illustration of Timber Processing
AM S T ERD AM
C O N C E P T & V O L U M E M O D E L S
AM S T ERD AM
F I N A L R E N D E R S & F L O O R P L A N S
Ground Mezzanine First Second
The brief of this project required two buildings to be
designed in Leicester’s Bradgate Park - a public park in
The first building is a study centre specialising in
geological studies. The second is a residential building
for those studying to stay.
The site of the residential building sat on a very steep
hill. The solution for this was to design into the hill which
allowed the building’s shape to following the natural
contour lines of the hill.
The study building was also designed to reflect the
natural contour of its surroundings allowing both
buildings to nestle neatly in the park without looking
Study Building Plan
Study Building Section
BRA D GAT E PA R K
R E S I D E N T I A L B U I L D I N G
Ground First Second Third
This project required an understanding of Leicester
Outdoor Market. Measured plans, sections and
elevation drawings were to be taken of Leicester Market.
The drawings were required to be produced by hand.
The brief then called for an ‘Intervention’ – a new
addition to the market. The nature of the addition was
to be based upon an evaluation of what the markets
‘needs’. The addition should be small.
Sketch of nearby building Roof Plan of Addition Section of Addition Elevation of Addition
Section through Leicester Market
The brief required the design of a house for clients Murdo
and Alessandra. Murdo is a lecturer of archeology who
also plays in a jazz trio and requires a space to practise.
Alessandra is a private yoga instructor who works from
home. She is also an art photographer with a large
collection of art prints. She will require a dark room and
studio space to fulfil her hobby. The clients are a couple
in their late thirties who have a daughter, aged 3. They
require good spaces for entertaining and cooking and
also want a guest bedroom and bathroom. An outdoor
space is vital for them.
The site is quite narrow and sits on Leicester’s London
Road between both commercial and residential
Axonometric of Site Perspective Drawing of Site
LO N D O N ROAD
L O N G S E C T I O N A N D F L O O R P L A N S