Architecture 2011 at Oxford Brookes University

Constructing Celebratory Spaces

Kenny Kinugasa- Tsui and  Justin C K Lau



Joseph Chilvers , Juliet Elizabeth Burch , Matthew Joseph Gibbs , Qendrim Gjata , Helena Esther Howard , Huda Jaber , Chiok-Junn Li , Stiliyana Ilieva Minkosk, Konstantinos Papaoikonomou , Matthew Sawyer , Daniel Sweeting , Jonathan Michael Wilson , Amy Shun Ting Wong, Sarish Younis , Rodriguez Rodolfo , Oliver Beros, Eugenie Bliah , Paul Boldeanu , Elliott Cohen , Joess Avelino Gourgel Dos Santos , U Ieong To, Stephanie Forbes , Lauren Fresle , Harry John Grocott , Elizabeth Mary, Johnson , Christos Markides , David Monk Chipman Stephen , Hannah Kate Pells 



The digital experimentation of unit E focuses on a digital design methodology that is driven by the spatial, poetic and scientific investigations of botany; an ‘organic’ computational design process that is constantly fluctuating to engage with human input of personalities and designer’s emotions. The desire to flourish, manifest, festive, tribute, honour, and celebrate; creates a fertile condition for lifting spirits and constructing optimism in architecture.

‘Constructing Celebratory Spaces’ investigates the extent human beings could go to celebrate an event, and the subsequent architectural creation that facilitates such powerful forces that can ephemerally transform the city on an urban scale.


The brief aimed to define and construct spaces that reflect the incidents relating to a celebration, encouraging designed spaces for optimism, humour, colours and opulence. From these qualities emerge a fertile condition to celebrate and assemble developmental directions for human environments.

Unit E made a study trip to Venice to experience the celebratory event of the Architecture Biennale. Students were asked to analyze the way the exhibition spaces were accommodated in Giardini, Arsenale, Arsenale Corderie, and the Pavilions. Students also drew personal interpretations and stories in the city, and defined their individual sites in Venice for the main design project.


Enriched by the historical and cultural context of Venice, the main project is to design a building that would accommodate long-term spaces to house permanent inhabitation of exhibits, as well as flexible spaces to house temporary exhibitions. A primary technological concept would explore relationships formed by the cultural activities in flux, with the historical references to trading, production and scientific development to include bio-sciences, greeneries, food production, climatic ecologies, and bio-diversity, as a hybridized cross programming element to the Great Celebratory Building.