Final Proposal

Conquest House Society Animation

As it is an online submission, I have created an animated short film to bring my drawings to life. This animation helps show what the society is about and what it does with close ups of the milling flour in action. The animation has been produced using Photoshop and Premiere Pro.

After I graduate, I am keen to develop my 3D and animation skills and build a strong digital portfolio. Animation is something I have enjoyed doing for this project and my previous year 2 project and is a skill I would like to develop and learn further.

Final Proposed Side Sectional Drawing with zoomed in Detail
Final Proposed Side Sectional Drawing with zoomed in Detail

My side sections capture my programs and intended design for my proposal of Conquest House. From the milling flour and baking bread to selling it at the fresh food market and eating at the banquet feast, these side sections bring the design proposal to life.

I am pleased with my overall final proposed design. From starting my degree and having no design skills at all it is amazing to see how far my skills have come! I have enjoyed my time at university immensely and will continue to learn and develop new skills even after I graduate. I am planning to do a masters in a related field within the next five years but for now am looking for experience within the industry. To see my plan for the next five years check out my five year plan:

Animation Inspiration

To make my project and design proposal come to life I am working on producing a short animation to accompany my final portfolio and project work. As my proposal is a conquest society that mills its own flour, bakes its own bread and sells it at the in house market as well as the society’s banquet feast, there is a lot of actions and programs happening within the space. By producing a short animation, it will be able to make clearer what is happening in the space as well as give an additional quality to my portfolio.

I have been inspired by this animation and animating technique in the video above. The artist takes traditional, historical 2D painting an turns them into animations using Adobe After Effects.

This is another video example or what I will attempt to achieve in my own animation to animate my final design proposals.

By animating in this art style, I will be able to take my 2D drawings and sections as background settings and animate the characters and the actions within my design proposal.

Material Development in Design

To develop my design further I have gone back to my material palette and developed it to adapt to my developing design. I have tried to introduce new and more contemporary materials to update conquest house and to show a more contemporary spin on the designs.

Revised Material Collage

This developed material palette shows a range of new materials as well as the traditional original material palette. I have developed the existing timbers and included more contemporary terrazzo materials which will contrast effectively, marrying the old and the new architectures. To save the design from becoming too bland or minimalistic, I am working on developing the exterior extension design with a metal weathering steel which should give the proposal a contemporary and modern edge.

Weathering Steel metal cladding on Elevan Campus
Design Development on exterior using weathered steel
Neuse Museum Precedent marrying the new and existing contrast of materials

What is Terrazzo?

 If to sum up the building material in one sentence, terrazzo is described as a composite material, poured in place or prefabricated for precast terrazzo which is used for flooring, base, walls, stair treads, countertops, and other custom products. Terrazzo consists of chips of marble, granite, quartz, glass, shell or other suitable materials. It uses either a cement or epoxy matrix as the binder. (

Terrazzo Material Sample
Terrazzo Material sample

As my design develops I can in the process of developing the material and am currently proposing terrazzo for the stairs and table top material as well as possibly a built in bench.

Work in Progress design Section showing materiality and textures of proposal

Process of a flour mill: From Grain to Flour

Process of Flour Mill Bubble Diagram

The bubble diagram above is to assist with my design developments as the design begins to progress. Instead of just having the making bread process I am including the grain, with the society buying grains in bulk from a local farmer and milling their own flour. By buying the grain there are multiple benefits such as it is often cheaper, yet also more nutritious and tastier. There is not enough space for the society to grow their own wheat, but by buying wheat berries allows a connection and to support local farmers and their livelihoods, yet also allows the personal making process to still be very involved going from grain to bread. Buying wheat berries also allows the bakers to have more variety of berries and grains meaning they can produce a vast variety of different breads and fresh goods to sell.

To understand the flour milling process, I have been researching the going from wheat berry to flour. I am looking at designing a more hands on and old fashioned approach, which should be cheaper for the society to maintain, allows the members to fully understand and learn the process, but will also have more appeal for the local members or tourists who would want to come and support the local society. The clip below shows the simplicity of producing flour from the wheat berry.

Wheat Berries to be brought in bulk from local farmers

Grinding Wheat Berries

Old fashioned hands on grinder to grind the berries. This would need to be done multiple times for the desire final flour.

Sifting Flour for Impurities

Large Old fashioned industrious sift

After the process of grinding and sifting multiple times it will produce the making the freshly made flour which will be collected and directly used in the same space to produce the freshly baked bread which will be sold upstairs to the local public, in the fresh in-house food market. To develop this I will design a bespoke furniture process machine which will be able to produce the flour.

Design Development Kitchen Furniture

Making Bread Table

This is the start of my making bread furniture and will be the table for measuring and mixing the ingredients as well as kneading the dough. The design has transformed from my original spatial verb, photographed in the top left. From this photo and model, I has started to work into it creating different layers which act as shelves and containers containing the ingredients to make the bread. After this I have gone back to 3D modelling, a hands on approach and and have created a design which contains the different layers and included curves within the model to eliminate the need for using bowls and containers, taking away any unnecessary equipment. The idea would be that some layers of the table would rotate, passing the dough on to the kneading process, creating a quicker and more efficient sequence of the bread making process.

Punching Dough Table

Developed from my spatial model, on the top left, this furniture is designed with the purpose of punching the air out of the dough, after it has been left to rise for 1 hour. I have created a design which has natural rises and falls within in table making it easier to release any assess air from the dough, meaning that the table has been designed with the technical aspects of the baking bread process in mind.

Oven Peel

This shows the development of my design from the spatial verb starting at the top left to the more finalised oven peel design to the bottom right. The top left shows the original photograph of the spatial verb which has then been edited in photoshop and transformed into the beginnings of the oven peel which will be used to safety and efficiently get the dough in the oven and cooked to transform into bread. This then reminded me of dough, being the shape and texture and I have taken this back into development through 3D modelling which, using clay feels somewhat like the process of kneading dough. I have indented finger marks representing holes for the dough to sit in and keep shape of the bread as seen in the next image. The final image shows the dough has risen and baked to form bread in the shape of the holes meaning no extra tins or equipment is necessary, keeping mess and equipment minimal.

Sequence of Furniture

This diagram shows how the sequences of furniture would work within the kitchen space, designed with the quickest and most efficient way of making bread. 1) Measuring and mixing ingredients to make dough (1 person). 2) Kneading the dough, 10 minutes (multiple people). 3) Rising dough which is left for 1 hour. 4) Punching dough table 5 minutes (multiple people). 5) Oven Peel which the dough sits in, is placed in the oven and the bread comes out baked in the shape of the peel. Baking time 25 minutes.

Basement Floor Plan Development with Kitchen Furniture
Basement Floor Plan Development with Kitchen Furniture and baked bread storage area

Design Precedents

McCullough Mulvin Architects, Medieval Mile Museum restoration

I particularly like the marrying of the old and new within this project and is something that I would like to capture within my own design proposal- bringing conquest house into the 21st century whilst maintaining the old aesthetic of the property.

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Elmgreen & Dragset’s Berlin Workspace

What I particularly like about this project is the mezzanine floor, which is arguably the main feature within my design proposal. Additionally, I enjoy the contemporary feel of the space and the bursts of natural light flowing through the entirety of the design, creating a soft and organic atmosphere.

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Neues Museum, Berlin

I particularly enjoy the marrying of the old and new in this design and is something that I need to do successfully in my project, as to not blend my design with the original and existing. The juxtaposition between the white and he brick works successfully in creating a contemporary and sophisticated, minimalistic approach to the museum.

Photo Credits David Chipperfield Architects (

Narrative Perspectives

To get a better understanding of what I will be designing, I have produced quick perspectives to start to understand what I will be designing and what the space will feel and look like. Producing perspectives during the design development phase has enabled me to put myself in the narrative, making the project more personal and real. It also enabled me to understand the specific programs that will be happening within the space.

Bakery Perspective

This perspective shows a close up action of what could be happening within the space. This digital collage shows members of the society pulling ropes to hoist the bread up to the higher floors, saving time and making a more direct connection between the server ad eh quest. A device to hoist food from the basement kitchen to the higher floors for the banquet feasts will have to be designed and developed in more depth.

Cooking Classes

This quick perspective shows members of the society coming together to learn how to bake and produce bread. The specific action is them kneading the bread as they are being taught by a teacher of the society.

Fresh Food market

This perspective shows how the society will raise funds by selling their freshly baked goods and creating a very holistic approach to how the society functions efficiently. This specific scene shows the interaction and importance of public support as they will buy goods from the in house market.

Public Engagement

In this perspective you can see the public engagement and curiosity of the society as they come and show the support, learning what the society does and buying goods from the fresh food market. The juxtaposition between the members of the society is quite obvious and so I may have to design robes that the public would wear as they come to show support for the society.

Banquet Feast

This perspective brings back the simplicity of the society, of which the society aims to bring together people experiencing food poverty, poverty or the effects of poverty such as loneliness and emotional alienation. Here you can see members in their uniform eating healthy and nutritious freshly made food and enjoying conversation and company.

Perspective Collage

I have created a collage from my perspectives showing where they would be happening within the space and what I would be basing my designs around.

Spatial Verb Model Making

The images above are photographs of my spatial verb models. I have used clay which I feel is a very simple and hands on way of making quick conceptual models and an organically, fluid way of modelling. The spatial verbs consisted of a variety of words including: expand, extrude, offset, intersect, carve, curve, bend, lift, compress, inflate, fracture, extract, merge, twist, rotate, next, interlock, shift and puncture. These were response to using single or a combination of spatial verbs. The time of the models also varied from 2 minute, 5 minutes and 10 minutes. Changing the time effected the outcome of the models, with the quicker models being more conceptual and often the more interesting.

I will start to bring in these shapes to fit organically into a new design for my Conquest Society. Below show the models I felt were the most successful and will be the ones I start to bring forward into my design development.

Programming Diagrams

This blog shows a series of diagrams to help me refine and understand my design phase of the project. The hybrid diagrams shows zoomed in actions on the existing floor plan which allows me to design for the appropriate programs. Hybrid I shows the basement plan and programs happening within the space. Hybrid II shows my ground floor plan with the main entrance as well as interaction with the public. Hybrid III shows the banquet floor plan for the society members only. My diagrams have been inspired by my precedents, Sarah Wiggles worth and Jeremy Till showing the Human experience and interaction with the existing, and the floor plan inspired by Benjamin Fern.

Hybrid Diagram I
Hybrid Diagram II
Hybrid Diagram III

Site Surveying Conquest House

Due to Covid-19 and being in a lockdown for the majority of the year, I was unable to get access into my chosen building. We got to choose any building that was vacant and used to be a commercial property. With a lot of students living in different countries it has been interesting to see the array of sites from all around the world. As I am based in Canterbury my building lies in the heart of the city centre and deeply rooted in the history of Canterbury.

I was unable to get access to the property and was unable to find any existing architectural drawings. Luckily, the property was up for sale and there was a virtual tour so my drawings have been created using the video – which has been a challenge. I have attempted to make my drawings as accurate to the existing property as possible. The rich history of the building along with the look and style of the property is what has attracted me to the property.

Conquest House on the map in Canterbury City Centre

The building I have chosen is Conquest House in Canterbury, 17 Palace Street. Built in 1107, this grade ll listed building offers great opportunities both commercially and as a residential property. Conquest House, located on Palace Street is located in the heart of Canterbury’s vibrant city centre and is situated just 0.1 miles to both the Cathedral and Marlowe Theatre. The city of Canterbury dates back to Roman times, remnants of which still remain today along with Medieval and Victorian architecture. Ideally located for commuters, with Canterbury West train station just 0.4 miles walk away, running the high speed service which takes you to London St Pancras in under an hour. Canterbury city centre has wealth of independent shops as well as major brands you would expect to see on the high street. The cosmopolitan nature of Canterbury’s residents has led to an array of restaurants and cafes serving dishes from across the globe.

On 29 December 1170, four Knights met at a house near Canterbury Cathedral to lay the final preparations for their plan. The next day, Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered. This is a deed which changed the course of history and certainly changed the fortunes of Canterbury itself. The place where the Knights met is reputed to be Conquest House on Palace Street. Looking at Conquest house today, you see a building steeped in history. The front that greets your eye as you pass down Palace Street is an enormously attractive half-timbered facade in late Tudor or Jacobean style. As attractive as the house exterior looks – and it certainly is attractive – it hides a much older interior, for behind the timber-framing lies a Norman undercroft. By comparison, the 14th-century galleried hall is relatively modern to say nothing of a highly decorative 17th-century fireplace! There are several interesting carvings, including an ornate coat of arms over the fireplace, created to celebrate the marriage of Charles I to Henrietta Maria, which took place at Canterbury Cathedral in 1625. The exterior of Conquest House is beautifully embellished with carvings, including a decorative frieze along the eaves, and fanciful brackets supporting the projecting jetties that thrust out over Palace Street.
The property offers flexible accommodation arranged over 4 floors of over 2200 square feet. The ground floor and Undercroft have been used as a shop and the upper two floors as accommodation. The property has A1 property usage. There is a courtyard garden at the rear. (

Conquest House Timeline