Created: Monday, 24th February, 2014 - 20:43

Staff and students from UCA Canterbury School of Architecture have been recognised by the Architects Journal in the 2014 AJ Small Projects Awards Nominations. Rope House, designed by Graticule Architecture and constructed with the help of students from the second year of the BA (Hons) Architecture course at Canterbury also featured on the cover of this weeks edition of the magazine.

Spun from a single 5km length of rope the structure begins as a fraying cord which leads visitors to its site, a small hillock overlooking a lake at the southern end of the Secret Garden Party site. The rope creeps up the hill, meeting the building and spiralling to clad a tower-like structure. The rope acts as the building's skin and is tensioned to form walls and held taught by a weighted spool hanging from the tip of the roof.


The project was designed and built by Graticule Architecture who have been teaching on the BA (Hons) Architecture course for several years.  With help from their second year students at Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA. For the students the projected acted as a live experimentation between digital design processes and traditional craft techniques.

Local rope manufacturre The Chatham Rope Company guided the students through traditional splicing and weaving techniques while the frame was digitally modeled and fabricated off site. Over the course of the festival this pristine structure was partially unraveled as part of the performance and natural inhabitation of the audience. Festival goers were encouraged to move in and tailor the rope surface to meet their needs - seats, handles, climbing frame, shelter.

The product of this amplified weathering and use was recorded by scanning the structure to produce a millimeter perfect 3D snapshot.


The Floating Cinema by Duggan Morris Architects has also been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 AJ Small Projects Award. The project was lead within the office by UCA alumnus Adam Hiles.

The Floating Cinema occupies the inland canals, rivers and waterways of London, which offer a unique means of accessing the capital’s extensive parks and lesser-known public spaces. The design facilitates an exciting programme of on-board screenings, explorative tours and larger public external events alongside the water. The project advocates film as a ‘precious cargo’ that might connect communities and utilise the waterways to encourage discourse between people and places along the waterways. The dynamic and flexible means of projecting from the boat means that a multitude of locations and settings can be utilised to screen films. The project involved responding to the ever-changing conditions of the capital’s landscape as well as the practical requirements of a life on the waterways.

The design won an open international competition organised by the Architecture Foundation and Olympic Legacy List, for which it was commended for being highly inventive. It was awarded a Special Judges Mention at the 2013 AR Future Projects Awards and was also one of a conglomerate of projects that won the Public Building Architect of the Year at the 2013 Architect of the Year Awards.

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