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Group 20 { Love Withington Baths }

Uncovering green solutions to save a historic swimming pool

Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

Nurfatinah MR // Monty D // Oliver T // Paschalia P // Yoon N // Irsa I // Vicente F // Mashael A // Laura H // Diana C // Jack W // Zana S // Fazal A // Jawaher AA // Dylan L

Save Withington Baths; Presentation day
Thank you to all the BA students for their great ideas and the effort they put into their proposals!
Posted 18 May 2014 15:01
Save Withington Baths Proposal 4: Withington Baths Cafe
Work by Oliver an Vicente
Posted 18 May 2014 14:38
Save Withington Baths Proposal 3: Withington Biospheric Baths
Work by Dylan, Yoon and Zana
Posted 18 May 2014 14:35
Save Withington Baths Proposal 2: Make the Baths Last
Work by Jack, Irsa and Fazal
Posted 18 May 2014 14:33
Save Withington Baths Proposal 1: Withington Treatment Centre
Work by Mashael, Diana and Monty
Posted 18 May 2014 14:30

Posted 17 May 2014 19:28

The students worked in groups of 2 and 3 to produce output of each concept/ideas
Posted 17 May 2014 19:26

The group brainstorm idea of possible future development of the bath. we all agreed on 4 ideas :

1. Cafe ( proposed by the community save Withington Bath )
2. Biosperic project
3. Therapeutic spa
4. Multi-function rooms for the community.
Posted 17 May 2014 19:07

Posted 17 May 2014 18:57
MUSHROOM - in the biospheric project, the grow mushroom using recycled substrates including wood chip, sawdust, coffee grounds and chaff. They get paid by collecting coffee waste and the mushroom are sold to restaurants.

CHICKEN AND BEES - their product like eggs and honey are collected.
Posted 17 May 2014 18:54
AQUAPONICS - aquaponic is a combination of hydroponic and aquaculture. Vincent showed us his fish tank where the fish waste ( ammonia ) will be pumped through a series of filtration containing 2 types of filtration containing two types of bacteria that convert the ammonia into nitrite, then into nitrate. The plants then absorb the nitrate and use it as a nutrient. after the plants have remove the nitrate, the clean water re-circulate into the tank. The fish and the crops will be sell to the market.
Posted 17 May 2014 18:54
FOREST GARDEN - vincent showed us around his forest garden where the soil have sterile and safe to grow his own crops
Posted 17 May 2014 18:53

Vermiculture - Vincent showed us around the vermiculture pod. This is where worms breaks down organic waste from the Biospheric Project which came from their organic shop. Worms improve the quality of the soil and crops, support waste reduction and recycling, water pollution and greenhouse emissions and even serve as a food source for their fish.

Posted 17 May 2014 18:51

BIOSPHERIC FOUNDATION VISIT - Vincent, the founder gave us a 1 hour tour around the refurbish mill where the biospheric project took place.
Posted 17 May 2014 18:48

Ice breaking and a short introduction to who and role of CIA atelier. We ran through the brief of what we will be looking forward for the next 2 weeks of event. We also talked on the background and history of Biospheric Foundation& Withington Bath.
Posted 17 May 2014 17:51
Final A1 sheet
Posted 17 May 2014 13:04
Photo collaged section of our proposal
Posted 17 May 2014 12:55
Empty space at the side of Withington baths. Overgrown and graffitied.
Posted 17 May 2014 12:51
Stained glass window in Victoria Baths
Posted 17 May 2014 12:45
Victoria Baths photograph. Local building from similar time as Withington Baths.
Posted 17 May 2014 12:45
Aquaponics system at Salford Biospheric Foundation
Posted 17 May 2014 12:39
Review of A1 presentation boards showing final ideas and designs for the baths.
Posted 17 May 2014 01:25
First floor plan
Posted 17 May 2014 01:19
Withington Treatment Centre, final proposal
Posted 16 May 2014 18:26
12 May (Day 6) Presenting our vision for Withington Baths
Posted 16 May 2014 05:10
8th May (Day 5) draft of our proposal
Posted 16 May 2014 05:07
7th May (Day 4) incorporating our vision onto the plan
Posted 16 May 2014 05:06
final pics
Posted 16 May 2014 01:06
final model
Posted 16 May 2014 01:05
final model
Posted 16 May 2014 01:04
final 3D model
Posted 16 May 2014 01:03
Mon 12th May: presentation of our ideas for Withington baths
Posted 15 May 2014 20:53
Last Session/ one group is presenting sustainable ideas inspired from the Biospheric Foundation visit for the renovation of Withington Baths
Posted 15 May 2014 18:35
Withington Baths visit/ Discussing the plan and the flexible spaces before going around the building
Posted 15 May 2014 18:30
Biospheric Foundation Visit/ Food Shop
Posted 15 May 2014 18:23
Biospheric Foundation Visit/ The Founder, Vincent Walsh, explaining the reed beds process
Posted 15 May 2014 18:16
Biospheric Foundation visit/ Sustainable Facade Strategy Analysis
Posted 15 May 2014 18:02
First Session/ introduction/ CIA approach/ About Whithington Baths (with Dominic Sagar)
Posted 15 May 2014 17:58
Visit to the Withington Leisure Centre, a vibrate and dynamic communal attraction
Posted 15 May 2014 11:59
Presentation Board of our first idea for Withington Bath. Café
Posted 15 May 2014 11:50
Session 4.- Development
Proposed area for café, located on the first floor, a level above the pool.
Posted 15 May 2014 11:46
A visual proposed by our group to help save Withington Baths. A core theme of our design is to soften the transition from the main road to the entrance of the centre
Posted 15 May 2014 03:26
Presentation of the proposals. In other words, the moment when we were told exactly how much was wrong :)
Posted 14 May 2014 15:04
Visit at Withington Baths for site analysis. Unfortunately, the baths are in bad condition: oily water, rusted support bars, green algae on the tiles, unidentifiable objects floating about and on the bottom of the pool, inadequate insulation, old, fragile-looking infrastructure... all in all, in terrible need of being renovated.
Posted 14 May 2014 14:57
Thurs 8th May: developing further with drawings and diagrams
Posted 14 May 2014 14:55
Wed 7th May: developing drawings and diagrams for A1 presentation boards
Posted 14 May 2014 14:54
Tue 6th May: deciding on ideas for Withington baths
Posted 14 May 2014 14:53
Fri 2nd May: visited Withington baths for research
Posted 14 May 2014 14:53
Wed 30th April: visited the Biospheric foundation in Salford to understand and explore ecological solutions
Posted 14 May 2014 14:52
Presenting the Possible Multiple Uses for Saving Withington Baths!
Posted 14 May 2014 14:51
Presenting the Spa scheme for Saving Withington Baths
Posted 14 May 2014 14:50
Presenting the Biospheric Scheme for Withington Baths
Posted 14 May 2014 14:49
trip to salford (forgot to upload them after visit )
Posted 14 May 2014 12:08
trip to salford
Posted 14 May 2014 12:03
from a different angle
Posted 14 May 2014 11:57
started the 3d model
Posted 14 May 2014 11:50
Observing and exploring the context around the Withington Baths for site analysis.
Posted 13 May 2014 16:59
Session 5. Development of our idea. Proposed program for café, located on the first floor where the concierge house used to be.
Posted 13 May 2014 16:44
Presented our final ideas in the class, and then discussed how we can improve them before handing in.
Posted 13 May 2014 16:12
The founder of Biospheric Foundation, Vincent Walsh explaining how the forest garden works by natural woodland ecosystem.
Posted 13 May 2014 15:44
We presented our final idea for the Café, situated a level above the pool with large glass windows, where parents will have a bird’s eye view of the whole swimming pool.
Posted 12 May 2014 13:26
Our plan is to keep the main functions of the existing baths (swimming pool, gym, weights room) and add biospheric elements (vermiculture and mushroom growing in the tunnels, aquaponics in the defunct pool, cafe/shop and forest garden).
Posted 12 May 2014 13:04
The swimming pool of the Withington Leisure Centre. Getting a feel of the place, we started to form ideas on how to reinvigorate the baths and engage the local community.
Posted 12 May 2014 12:59
Visit to the Withington Leisure Centre. An ageing Victorian building, it is under threat of closure.
Posted 12 May 2014 12:57
Learning about Aquaponics. Nutrients from the fish can help plants grow, enhancing food production.
Posted 12 May 2014 12:51
Presentation/discussion of the four ideas: Withington Biospheric Baths, Withington Treatment Centre, Whithington Baths Cafe and Multiple Rooms Networking/ICT.
Posted 12 May 2014 12:33
Trip to the Biospheric Foundation in Salford. Looking at Vermiculture, Aquaponics, Mushroom Growing, Forest Gardening and Bio-Facades.
Posted 12 May 2014 12:33
Day 6 - 12/05/14
Presentation day - We presented our final ideas to the group. Slight changes have to be made to the alignment and layout of the page before final hand in.
Posted 12 May 2014 12:31
Day 5 - 08/05/14
I started creating visuals for the landscape plans and spaces i was working on. This visual depicts a proposed outdoor play area just outside the creche space.
Posted 12 May 2014 12:14
Presentation day of our concepts for Withington Baths, our idea; Multiple Rooms
Posted 12 May 2014 11:57
The visit to Withington Baths (WB), listening to a talk about the history of WB and how we can find a solution to restore and develop the building for the community.
Posted 11 May 2014 14:06
After our visit to the Biospheric Foundation in Salford, we saw some interesting things of the creation of nature. It was useful and gave some good ideas for our project. Here are some diagrams and sketches of the concept of Biospheric Foundation for the project.
Posted 10 May 2014 21:10
My first task was to analyse the site of Withington Baths. I started with some diagrams and sketches of the location, orientation, circulation and the sun path direction of the site.
Posted 10 May 2014 20:13
Day 4 - 07/05/14
I worked more closely on the landscape aspect of the design. I looked at what was existing, and what spaces I could occupy to create a more interesting space. I came up with a plan incorporating a children's outdoor play area, sided next to a network of ramped paths leading to the various front entrances.
Posted 10 May 2014 00:05
Day 3 - 06/05/14
We split up into groups of 3 to work in detail each on different proposals for the space. my group looked at creating an educational space and a creche using the frontal part of the baths. We worked on our initial ideas and layout plans.
Posted 10 May 2014 00:01
Photo collage Proposal
Outdoor pool garden with Cafe in unused yard space.
Posted 8 May 2014 23:26
Possible re-use. Mushroom farm as seen at the Biospheric Foundation, Salford.
Posted 8 May 2014 20:37
SketchUp model of the proposal for the new pools, dimensions slightly modified because of slight inadequacies in size. The trench on the side will contain exotic trees and fish, as well as herbs that can be user in the medicinal baths.
Posted 8 May 2014 17:20
Section and diagram for the new pool proposal
Posted 8 May 2014 16:56
Exploring Withington Leisyre Centre, home of Withington Baths
Posted 8 May 2014 11:14