Our design proposals for new student accommodation for Trinity College, an Anglican theological college in Bristol, have been shortlisted for development to the next stage of the competition.
The concept is to provide flexible, adaptable accommodation at a human scale by means of a sequence of small timber structures nestled into the woodland setting. The complex of buildings will be subservient to the main building and the woodland itself, appearing as a complex of small buildings of varying height, width, form and texture; finished in natural materials that will compliment the setting and over time, merge with the woodland.
The curved site layout, which responds to existing topography and tree lines, has been translated into a series of rectilinear forms that facilitate modular, flexible and adaptable accommodation. The orthagonal arrangement and repeated forms also promote a cost-effective construction that allows opportunity for off-site fabrication of some building elements.