Panel Discussion: Sustainable Design

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Part of: Storyhouse Climate

Interior Design students and alumni from the University of Chester present their work:  

Ailwylltio by Sophie Downes 

Dorothea Quarry, an abandoned slate quarry on the Snowdonia Slate Trail, has been reimagined as a cultural hub, called Ailwylltio (Rewilding). The proposal seeks to explore the narrative of natural rewilding and highlight the evolution of a landscape scarred by slate mining.  

Sophie Downes, is a graduate Interior Design student from the University of Chester and currently working as a Learning Facilitator in Interior Design, in 2020 Sophie has also been recognised nationally by winning the Interior Educators Progressing Student Award. 


The People Place by Ffion Jones

This project provided the opportunity to define a new use for an empty retail unit in Chester. 4 Foregate Street has been reimagined as a homeless centre, providing a dignified and private space designed to be functional and fulfil the needs of the users. 

Ffion Jones is an Interior Design student at the University of Chester, her project has been shortlisted in both the social justice and interior futures categories and was part of the Interior Educators summer exhibition at the OXO tower.  


The Coleg Harlech building by Alexandra Costache

The Coleg Harlech building was originally a residential adult education college for mature students from 1927 until 2017.   

The proposition will repurpose the existing to create a sustainable community environment where residents have both private individual living accommodation and a vibrant communal space. Considering the history of the site, the new concept aims to preserve elements of the original architecture and materials whilst creating a new atrium allowing natural light to come through the building to house a range of communal spaces in a unique atmosphere.  

The atrium serves as a shared space where residents can grow plants, fruit and vegetables supported by an integrated aquaponic system.  

For the individual living accommodation, expandable spaces can be used as terraces or room extensions. This proposal aspires to create a sustainable community, an environment that brings people together and creates a strong connection with nature. 

Alexandra Costache, is a graduate Interior Design student from the University of Chester and currently working as a Learning Facilitator in Interior Design, in 2020 Alexandra has also been shortlisted for the Arts Thread Global Design Graduate Show 2021 






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