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BA (Hons) Architecture

Charlotte Robinson

The Ancoats Agora aims to create a centralised community hub, encouraging social cohesion and supporting local business enterprises. A market strategy formed of a series of 'Satellite' markets located around the site boundaries intend to break urban barriers, drawing in visitors from across Manchester, culminating in the Agora at the heart of Ancoats.

The Agora is contained within a brick wall, a heavy mass form defining the Agora’s boundaries. Lightweight built forms appear to float above the wall, separated by a slit of glazing. The use of light is an essential design feature for both environmental and atmospheric benefit.

The Church and Chaplaincy of St. Michaels (detailed in this design project) are central to the Agora, providing hybrid community spaces, the Chapel converting into a community theatre, such spaces accommodating a range of community facilities.

Charlotte Robinson - The Ancoats Agora

The Ancoats Agora

Charlotte Robinson - Massing concept model showing contrast of heavy and light weight mass

Massing concept model showing contrast of heavy and light weight mass

Charlotte Robinson - The Chapel of St. Michael

The Chapel of St. Michael

Charlotte Robinson - The Ancoats Agora

The Ancoats Agora

Charlotte Robinson - The Chapel of St. Michael illuminated at night

The Chapel of St. Michael illuminated at night

Charlotte Robinson - Site section showing the Chapel, private prayer room and market pavilions

Site section showing the Chapel, private prayer room and market pavilions

Tags: Agora, Ancoats, Architectural Models, Chaplaincy, Church, Markets, Public Space

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