Olivia Hughes

Greenhorns

Greenham Commons naturally occurring heathland inadvertently provides a perfect environment for goats to graze, while the varied soil types support the smallholdings which provide for the self-sustaining community.  

Greenhorns not only provides accommodation for ten families but integrates herds of goats, community spaces, a micro-factory and a farm into the very core of the design, from basement to rooftop level. Unique aspects of the design such as a goat gully and goat ramps offer a playful ambiance to the residents and visitors alike to enjoy, as well as setting Greenhorns apart from an archetypal farm. 

Overall, the project aims to both embrace the site natural resources and well as be mindful of the legacy it may leave, allowing for both growth and natural deterioration, hoping the landscape will absorb the design. 

Goats, Arable, Straw, Incorporation, Play 

Greenham Commons naturally occurring heathland inadvertently provides a perfect environment for goats to graze, while the varied soil types support the smallholdings which provide for the self-sustaining community.  

Greenhorns not only provides accommodation for ten families but integrates herds of goats, community spaces, a micro-factory and a farm into the very core of the design, from basement to rooftop level. Unique aspects of the design such as a goat gully and goat ramps offer a playful ambiance to the residents and visitors alike to enjoy, as well as setting Greenhorns apart from an archetypal farm. 

Overall, the project aims to both embrace the site natural resources and well as be mindful of the legacy it may leave, allowing for both growth and natural deterioration, hoping the landscape will absorb the design. 

Goats, Arable, Straw, Incorporation, Play 

Thai-Tom-Yum

The soup dispensing facility (MSDF) begins its journey in Thailand, travelling through East-Asia by road before boarding both a train and a ferry to travel through countries such as China, Germany and France, finally arriving at Reading Abbey. The soup itself, although a national dish of Thailand, still has a loose definition, with customisable ingredients, methods of cooking, and finally serving and consuming. For this reason, I have tried to bring many aspects of Thai-Culture back to the UK by creating an enriching and exciting experience for customers and passers-by. I have used multiple methods to engage the audience such as using unique and vernacular building materials and methods on the exterior, as well as engaging experiences within the MSDF. The soup is to be eaten at the bar overlooking the kitchen facilities, where dinners can ‘hand fish the prawns out of the river-tank below them before cooking them themselves to accompany the pre-prepared soup. I hope this will encourage customers to be more hands on and in-touch with where their food comes from, not just because they are aware the vehicle has travelled thousands of miles but because they have witnessed the lifecycle and cooking process of the prawns themselves. 

Thai, Buoys, Tactile, Prawn, Bamboo 

The soup dispensing facility (MSDF) begins its journey in Thailand, travelling through East-Asia by road before boarding both a train and a ferry to travel through countries such as China, Germany and France, finally arriving at Reading Abbey. The soup itself, although a national dish of Thailand, still has a loose definition, with customisable ingredients, methods of cooking, and finally serving and consuming. For this reason, I have tried to bring many aspects of Thai-Culture back to the UK by creating an enriching and exciting experience for customers and passers-by. I have used multiple methods to engage the audience such as using unique and vernacular building materials and methods on the exterior, as well as engaging experiences within the MSDF. The soup is to be eaten at the bar overlooking the kitchen facilities, where dinners can ‘hand fish the prawns out of the river-tank below them before cooking them themselves to accompany the pre-prepared soup. I hope this will encourage customers to be more hands on and in-touch with where their food comes from, not just because they are aware the vehicle has travelled thousands of miles but because they have witnessed the lifecycle and cooking process of the prawns themselves. 

Thai, Buoys, Tactile, Prawn, Bamboo