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Reflective Room is now featured on PolyArk.

Polyark is where architecture students share and discuss work, ideas and events.


The Reflective Room Team meets on-site for the first time! The 22 students are standing in formation to test the load strength of the site as required by the engineer. For more photos see the album on Flickr.

Entire Reflective Room Group Meeting with the 30 participating students and 4 design tutors . Issues discussed included fire regulations, security and surveillance, building control and the planning application.

Stay tuned for more 1:1 Prototype model photos!

The courtyard in front of the Museums main entrance is empty and unanimated for the majority of the year, and given that it is a large and prime space in front of a Museum which has nearly 300,000 visitors a year, represents an unexploited opportunity to engage the public and to signal the presence of the Museum. This brief sets out the parameters for the development of a temporary structure in the Museums courtyard for the summer of 2010.


To develop a temporary structure which will:

– Engage people with the Museums theme of Working Towards a Sustainable World and/or with the themes of the Darwin Festival (evolution, science, etc)

– Generate national and international interest through its innovative approach

– Allow the Museum to undertake some outdoor programming over the summer

30 students from the Manchester School of Architecture submitted their proposals to be shortlisted by the Museum staff. This blog will document the 30 proposals along with the 5 shortlisted.

Let us welcome you to the site.

Located at the entrance to Manchester Museum. The Manchester Museum is one of the UK’s great regional museums and its largest university museum. It occupies a linked series of historically listed buildings on the main university campus. The museum combines natural sciences and humanities collections, collected over a period of three centuries. The collection includes over four million objects, only a tiny percentage of which are on display. All of the collections have been formally designated by the government as being of national and international importance. The museum attracts around 270,000 visitors each year from a socially diverse background.

‘The Courtyard Project’ Exhibition is up at The Manchester Museum, the exhibition is up until 30th May.

In February 2010 Manchester Museum and Manchester School of Architecture collaborated for a design studio live project, titled ‘The Courtyard Project’. The Manchester Museum Courtyard Project is a temporary architectural intervention, to be realised between 28.06.10 – 04.10.10. Forming a focal point to the Manchester Museum’s entrance, the competition invited the students to design an environment within the Courtyard space to align with the Museum’s summer programme and exhibitions.

From 30 submissions these where shortlisted to a list of 5 students/projects:

Matthew Mills

Edward Martin

Megan Crouse

Joe Haire

Edward Acres

From individual submission they then formed in groups of 5/6 students. The projects were then developed and presented in front of Manchester Museum Staff, Manchester School of Architecture tutors and Neil Thomas of AtelierOne.

The winning project selected was Reflective Room.

This blog has been set-up to document the process of taking the winning scheme and making it real and built on site. The blog will also document all the individual submissions and the group submissions.