I have recently completed my honours degree in
Interior Architecture at Cork Institute of Technology. During my time studying
in this industry, I have learned how to design liberal, smart and efficient spaces.
From a young age I have loved expressing my creative side
through my art and design while also having a keen eye for detail.
My goal in life is to always love what i'm doing.
This includes my work and past-times.
Please explore my work and of course
Click here for my CV to find out more information about me.
My final year project consists of the redesigning of an old building in Cork City with the theme of 'Community' determining the function of the building. I chose the Hewitt's Distillery in Blackpool, Cork. This building operated as a whiskey distillery for over 100 years but has remained derelict in recent years.
The aspiration for this building is to bring a new life into the building and reconnect the community to the remote building. It's location on the Watercourse Road plants it in a prime location and destination point for local community, business and artists.
Functions in the building include a public space for community events, performances and pop-up displays. A co-working space has been incorporated for local business looking for a collaborative space or outside companies needing a space to rent for a short period of time. A noticeable growth has occurred in the creative community around the city which gives this building the opportunity to be a collaborative space for artists. With this came the decision to have an exhibition display on the pathways through the building to showcase work. A cafe has also been given an area in this building as a form of public gathering space.
Approaching the Hewitt's Distillery
View over cafe space
Co-working office space
Co-working - Breakout
Mapping & Conceptualisation
From the mapping process came an observation that people commuting to Cork City from the suburbs or via the N20 must pass by this building on a daily basis. This gives the building the opportunity to be stopping point.
From this came the idea of transience which is attempted in this design. The key themes overall being transience and connection.
These themes are a main factor in this design. Connections have been made across each floor in a vertical direction. Entering the building involves crossing over bridges to arrive on the first and second floor levels which assisted the design to evolve through connection, bridges and pathways.
From the theme of transience came the forms and shapes within the building. Transience lead me to design the building in a series of slices which in turn made 3 definite forms with pathways connection these forms together. These forms resonate the shape of the building itself with a pitched roof being one of these factors.
Design Team Studio - A
Design Team Studio - B
Reception Desk Design
Section Through Building
Ground Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Art and design have always been Sarah's passion, regularly using them as a creative outlet. She enjoys hand drawing with pen, pencil and markers as well as lino printing and making batiks.
Sarah also assisted in the making of a modelling portfolio. She completed a series of head shots on various occasions. She orchestrated the majority of the shoot down to location, time of day and composition of the shots. Working as a team with the model enabled them to finalise what theme and shots were essential.