A Student’s Sitopia
|Located in the heart of the University of Liverpool’s campus, replacing the Alsop Building, my scheme proposes a sustainable supermarket and student hub. The supermarket sells crops that are harvested from on-site hydroponic growing facilities and is run as a student cooperative group. The supermarket is linked to a mobile app that allows users to scan the food they buy and learn about its impact, encouraging a more environmentally conscious shopping experience. The app will tell users where the food has come from, the cost of production and also offers tabs for organising shopping lists and recipes. The supermarket space boasts a new glulam and glass structure while the university areas make use of the existing structure. The two spaces have different distinct forms to separate functions but share an architectural language through the use of materials, ensuring a continuity across the scheme.|
The university space is over-clad in larch and has a zinc roof, the zinc material is also used for finishes on the new structure. The university spaces offer a number of different study environments and seminar rooms, along with an exhibition space and a café that spills out on to the university square, one of the most populated areas on campus. The pitched glass roof was inspired by tessellation origami but also makes reference to the nearby Victoria Building, ensuring the proposal is in keeping with it’s context. To extend the origami influence into the internal spaces, hanging folded forms in the supermarket act as smart environmental panels that record the internal temperatures and offer acoustic insulation. These temperature recordings influence automatic blinds to offer shading or operable louvers to offer ventilation.