St Francis Assisi
Students from the Academy of St Francis Assisi in Liverpool are working with L7 Architects to develop design led proposals for the former Blind School, which later became the Trade Union Building, on Hardman Street / Hardman Street, Liverpool. The building has been empty for a number of years. Bought by Dave Brewitt, who owns the Hope Street Hotel, in 2012 it is now part of a live development project to bring it back into use. Students therefore have an exciting opportunity to come up with their own ideas and compare them to what will actually be developed!
Following area, historical and precedent analyis they are developing schemes to make use of and enhance the underused site in one of Liverpools most important streets.
Working in small teams they have gathered and shared their work before separating to investigate architectural interventions on a variety of scales and work to date has been inspiring and inovative as well as firmly thought out.
L7 Architects Practice Profile
L7 are a Creative design and Architecture practice offering tailormade solutions. Using the professional practice experience they’ve developed over the last 10 years working in large companies, they combine ‘big business’ quality with the flexibility of a creative studio.
Their areas of particular expertise are designing great places to work and live. The core studio team work using a mixture of traditional 3D models, sketching, CAD software and computer modelling to design and explore a building proposal.
Friday, 21 February 2014 10:56
posted by St Francis Assisi
This group have their mind set on a creative office and display space in The Old Blind School / Trade Union Building. The building is so large that group plan to address the ground floor themselves, then lease out the top floor.
They want to make a central roofed square out to the side in order to allow people easy access to each section of the building. This central area would be where LEAF is located, allowing a mix of indoor and outdoor dining in the central hub. They plan on putting a stage here too. Given the focus on arts and performance that LEAF has it would complement their arts corner idea. Coming off this, like spokes on a wheel, will be a gallery to display and sell local art work, encouraging people to get involved in art and generating an arts market.
Off to the other side of the building they expect to have a residential area and office space, allowing them to generate revenue to keep their arts centre open.
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