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Master of Architecture

Rob Chilton

My research proves that participation in the arts has a positive impact on community life, encouraging people to interact with each other and develop a sense of identity and belonging.

Hulme Hippodrome has fallen into a state of disrepair.  My project proposes the restoration and revitalisation of its beautiful auditorium, while redefining the surrounding spaces so that they truly benefit the people of Hulme. I have taken the notion of ‘community theatre’ quite literally – a new architectural addition at roof level incorporates a residential street. Here, local people and touring actors can live alongside one another, interacting constantly with the range of activities and events happening in the building below.

Engaging with local organisations and residents, I have discovered what kind of community space is needed in Hulme. This is a place where people can define their own agenda and take part in a celebration of the arts.

Rob Chilton

Rob Chilton

Rob Chilton

Rob Chilton

Rob Chilton

Rob Chilton

Rob Chilton
Rob Chilton
Rob Chilton
Rob Chilton
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