Andre Deen-Swaray

Liberating Revelations

Seaweed is a natural product with incredible properties that is starting to be utilised increasingly in today’s climate; with local offshore farms beginning to sprout up in Cornwall, the Par Horticultural Seaweed Centre is both a processing plant for horticultural seaweed products and a community space for locals and tourists alike. While distributing these amazing products across the country it was also important to ensure that the project also gave back to the community, with spaces for events, a beautiful garden to enjoy and tourist attractions to experience; bringing people together in Cornwall and providing a new route for income in one of the most impoverished counties in England. Each “wing” of the dock represents the two areas of both ‘production’ and ‘community,’ combining in their use and processing of seaweed.  

This project aims to bring the local community, biophilia (one’s connection personal connection to nature), and the metamorphosised attributes of seaweed into one. The result sees the building allowing individuals to explore their own journey and experiences with the local natural environment  to appreciate moments and develop interpersonal connections. Alongside the provision of community spaces, the chosen product within this seaweed processing building are health products to further emulate the caring and giving qualities which seaweed possess for our ecosystem and humans. The building overall has a concave shape to present the idea of balance and wholeness which seaweed can provide, with the aim of hoping a person’s journey within this building, including the health services, can also bring them some form of wholeness.  

Key words: Health, humility, deity, nature, innovation 




Hopeful Transcendence

Introduced in the heart of Reading Town, Hogmanay, the Scottish celebration of New Years, brings a large infusion of culture and festivity to the local area. Cock-a-Leekie soup, being an integral cuisine of the Scottish, accompanies the festivities. The influx of Hogmanay culture, introduced by the arrival of the Soup Facility, will indulge Reading in a host of traditions that seek to bring people together to celebrate the New Year and the fresh start that follows midnight. On New Year’s Eve in Readingthe public are invited to join in the activitiesincluding; farming the ingredients for the soup, trying the soup, setting Juniper branches alight at midnight, Ceilidh dancing, drinking homemade Gin, and the chance to watch as the chefs produce the soup from raw ingredients on site.  

Cock a Leekie , Scotland, Timber, Homemade, Feathers, New years  

With both phases within DS5, my structures intended to be a beacon of hope, optimism and gratitude for others. With its sustainable agenda, I wanted to incorporate the passion behind the idea of sustainability and why it is important for humans. The ideas of contentment for life inspired ‘ribbed’ structures as though they were lungs. Both phases also incorporate a gradual ascension in height to aid the idea of the future possibilities by being the quintessence of what humans can achieve in a sustainable manner. 

Key words: Unity, growth, strength, optimism, hope