Small to medium residential developments.
Planning / Layout / Sketches
As part of the residential team at F+M i have been involved in residential developments that range from one-off houses to large scale developments.
Working through the RIBA work stages each project has different characteristics; one-off houses involve a more design led approach where as large developments involve more planning and feasibility studies.
I have been preparing all the drawings necessary to achieve planning permission. Generating the main design concepts to take to public consultation and then creating more detailed plans.
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Transforming a countryside dwelling.
Landscape / One-off House / Modern / Traditional
This project consists of the replacement of a dwelling in the country side. After carrying out a historic assessment of the main house it was agreed to propose another house with similar size and character to enhance the surroundings. Therefore the proposed houses coordinates connect a wild garden to the north with a southern structured garden. The centre of the house will be the kitchen where wide doors will run across the facade, to encourage the relationship between outside and in. This project is being build at the moment and my role is to assists in preparing the documents necessary to get pre-application advice and to achieve full planning permission and building regulations.
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Final Thesis Project: BioFolk, ‘a temple of interaction’
Designed to be a meeting point between
nature and tradition
Landscape / Strategy / Detailing / Visual
The birth of a city is a complex phenomenon due to a number of circumstances very different in nature. Shelter from the weather, the junction of routes or proximity to freshwater rivers are some of the factors that have traditionally conditioned the appearance of the first human settlements. Subsequently, irrigation systems, development of cultivation techniques made it possible to settle. When these basic needs are covered, the cities become a melting pot of cultural events, which allowed the birth and encouragement of more complex disciplines, from sociology, politics or religion, to engineering, architecture and art. The city is understood, therefore, as a “temple of interaction” where we see the relationship between cause and effect.
The project is located at the mouth of the Guadiana River in the Atlantic Ocean. This is an area of marsh lands, very rich in resources and a hub for the fishing industry and salt-works. This dependence means that the inhabitants maintain a close relationship of love and respect for the land and the sea. Like the ancient Egyptians worshipped the Nile River, the people of Huelva’s traditions and festivities revolve around the coast. The most important of these festivals is the Virgen del Carmen, held on 16 July. This is an explosion of folk-culture values. Sailors and fishermen from the surrounding area come together for a ritual that goes beyond religious.
This project proposes a space that marries nature and tradition, to promote the birth of a ‘temple of interaction’. On the one hand we have the sea, and the flora and fauna on which the project is built upon. On the other hand we have trade routes and festivities.
In short, this is a public and open piece of architecture that can satisfy various environmental and social needs.
The main frame is formed by free-standing, lightweight modules that work together for stability. These modules are on stilts, which sit deep in the water.
The ground floor allows the water to run underneath, integrating the structure and the land.
Areas of the facade are designed like sails, these sails help ventilate the structure as well as resonate with tradition.
This project was developed in June, 2013 under the tutelage of AMID cero9 Studio, consisting of fifteen A1’s from sketches to final construction. Evaluated by a jury which then qualified me as an Architect.
The project had an honourable mention from the urban research team of the European University of Madrid.
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Extension of a large public building.
User Experience / Perspective / Landscape
Weston Park is a golf club looking to expand, this project is an extension of the existing building. The existing building is the remains of a large building which burnt down in the sixteenth century.
The new extension seeks enhance user experience and also open the building to its surroundings. The connection between he new and the old is made by a central glass atrium which allows a lot of light to flow into the space.
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“The Onion”: A Glass Pavilion
Exploring innovative design solutions, inspired by nature.
Exhibited in the Material Galleria of Madrid.
Structure / Construction / Detailing
To develop this project it was necessary understand how an onion grows. It is a fact that innovative design solutions have to analyse and mimic behaviours in nature. The fluid and semi-open form is made with layers of glass, a rib system suspended by cables. When designing the pavilion one of the conditions was to be located between the two towers of the Caja Madrid building. This small structure is designed to have a sense of openness which facilitates movement through the pavilion and encourages chance encounters.
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an integrated social space for creativity and play
Designing for the people, inspired by the people.
Concept / Master Planning / Play
This project explores how people move in the centre of Chamartin, Madrid. I have created this project based on the theories of Cedric Price and Archigram in which they pursue architecture that is flexible and interactive with the urban environment.
Centred around pedestrian movement; coming out from the underground, waiting at the bus stop, arriving in parking areas and moving around their surroundings. This creates a place in dynamic flux which i have represented by a spiral shape.
The ground floor of this building is completely integrated with this movement and its surroundings. It is a connected open space made up of plazas and shelter, the rest of the floors consist of a mix of uses that investigate new ways of community living throughout spaces dedicated to art, entertainment, shops, and workplaces.
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Estrella Ramirez Ledesma studied Architecture at the European University of Madrid and is recognised by the ARB in United Kingdom as an Architect. She has a Bachelor´s degree in Fine Art from the same university. She has gained experience at Feilden and Mawson Architects on the residential and comercial team specialising in urban strategies, concept / detailed design and planning applications.
She can offer experience based on the rigorous and technical training from the sketch to construction development. She has advanced level skills in architectural drawing (CAD) and 3D creation software (Revit and SketchUp) as well as photographic design and editing software (Adobe Creative Suite). Through having a multifaceted education, she is also very interested in the sculptural and pictorial aspects related to architecture, as well as illustrations, drawings, prints, models, or public realm.
She has always been complementing her academic studies with professional activities; doing an internship at the planning company Diaplan S.A, being selected for Banesto Bank for an entrepreneurs programme focusing on innovative ideas and participating in artistic workshops. The final project that qualified her as Architect had an honourable mention from the urban research team of the European University of Madrid.
Her interests are focused on applying the technical rigour of architecture with creativity and sensitivity acquired by the artistic training.
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Exploring my surroundings and explaining them through a playful visual medium.
Mapping / Play / Norwich
As an architect I have the role of creating an interface between spaces and people. From houses to cities we work with a raw material that is dynamic and alive. How do we deal with this? What things are important during the process of designing the places that we live in? How many parameters affect the designing process? Which documents are helpful to express these ideas?
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Old Sarum Airfield
Large residencial encompassing a listed monument.
Strategies / Assessments / Master planning
The project consists of the regeneration of an urban area surrounding the Old Sarum Ancient monument and the Old Sarum Airfield. Both of them are listed statutory bodies and the airfield specifically needs to be regenerated. Feilden and Mawson have been working on this project for fifteen years. I took the project in the process of taking it to public consultation and my main task was to develop the landscape strategy to set up the principle ideas for the residential layout. We had to make special consideration for the views over the monument and also consider noise pollution from the airfield as well as the topography of the area. There are two low density areas proposed where the urban grid sits on the lowest topographical level, so as to hide the houses from view when looking from the monument.
This is a controversial project, with many consultants involved. We are preparing the outline planning and the project has been submitted for outline planning permission. The project is currently being validated.
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An extension of an extraordinary house.
Exploring the parameters that affect the design process.
Materials / Environment / One-off House
As a student project I went to visit this extraordinary house in the north of the busy city of Madrid. Fernando Higueras is a Spanish architect that understands all the parameters that influence the design process, for example; orientation, light, temperature and sustainable principles.
The project was to draw up and analyse the existing house and create an small extension.
This was an interesting exercise where I learnt how to deal with perspective, light, partition walls, insulation and many other factors that affect the design process.
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Artwork & Experiments
While understanding the rules and constraints within my professional practice i like to be more playful with my personal work. Working from sculpture and installation to drawings and paint.
I like to look for new ways to explore mediums to achieve new results. I am interested in how we represent ideas through images, sculptures, videos and how we use different techniques and materials to help us express those ideas. My work is usually driven by a main concept that grows and develop along the process. My work always talks about time, movement, change and environment.
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© Estrella Ramírez Ledesma 2016