Tuesday22 August 2017

Graeme Winestone - Liverpool John Moores

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Graeme’s project proposes a Cidery which explores the significance of the apple in human culture which arose from a brief for a master plan centered on a park with orchards planted on site. The project symbolizes the desire to address and rectify the falling fortunes of ‘real cider’.

Student Statement


Adams Cidery

The Cidery explores the significance of the apple in human culture. The brief arises from the master plan which is centered on a park and orchards are planted on site.

The biblical tale of Adam and Eve symbolises the tree of temptation and knowledge but it is also the story of creation. The etymology of the word Adam derives from the Hebrew Adamah, meaning from the earth, blood and red. The building is a metaphor for this act of creation, the intimacy with the earth, the tree of knowledge and Adam’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

            The skin of the building is analogous to bark, a metaphor for the tree of knowledge.

The bookshops in the tower allow the visitor to glimpse the process as they explore the building. The tower then becomes a microcosm of the universe, the books are arranged from A – Z, symbolising the encapsulation of mans knowledge.

The tour of the Cidery begins with the large cider trees growing at the top allowing the visitor to reach up and take a bite of the apple. The tour then descends through the building via ramps, down past a plateau of water where the apples are dropped as they bob and are washed before falling to the level below. The façade moves, regulating the amount of light and heat. The walls in section appear to drip downward as if being juiced.

Light enters through the perforated façade, and the translucent steel floors, giving the visitor the impression of being under a canopy of trees. The final space contains the giant oak maturation vessels, where the cider is tasted and the tour ends.

Edge Hill Masterplan

This new “mini-city” started by analyzing precedents such as the Vatican, Acropolis, Kremlin, Ile de la Cite to spaces such as Campo in Sienna and the Rockefeller in New York. This Zero Carbon Masterplan started on the strategic level, with the transport infrastructure determining the key moves. A park spanned over the railway tracks, a boulevard acting as a spine connecting the scheme together and a cluster of towers casting a shadow over the railway tracks.

Darwin Gallery

Situated in Liverpool, on a street between two cathedrals, the representation of this design is based on Stephen Jay Gould’s work the Rock of Ages. Religion is concerned with the rock of ages and science is interested in the ages of rocks. The building is analogous to a fossil excavated from the ground, made entirely of rock with a steel and glass interior. The building mingles science labs and gallery spaces, as the visitor moves seamlessly over slanting floor plates, the different functions creating a varying strata in section. The science building pierces and analyses the main gallery with bridges, and cranes take large samples around for carbon dating and exhibition. The different eras of plant life exist in the garden spaces outside, with a debating chamber and debating chamber at the top. The building over-sails the street to call attention to itself, but rakes back to reveal the view of the cathedrals on the visual axis, and appears as another “crown” in the Liverpool skyline.

Primitive Clock Tower

This project furthered the only tower in the masterplan, in which I proposed a clock tower, and the possibility of an inhabited one. The design development led me down a primitive method of telling the time, through the sun, moon, stars and tide. Situated in Liverpool, “villages” in the sky based on the African circular village typology, creating separate towers each with their own individual program, with other events appearing through the different levels of the tower:  An observatory and astrolabe at the top, to a public baths and market place at the bottom spilling onto the square, denoting the transition between “village” and “town”.


The following competitions which allowed me to pursue my architectural ideas outside the structure of university and work, here are a few examples, two out of six, greatly improving my design ability and architectural understanding:

  • Infobox

This short project allowed me to explore the architectural concept of objects within a box. Since this was close to the Anglican cathedral in Liverpool by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, also the designer of the K2 telephone box, I thought it would be an interesting exploration in the representation of information exchange. Although I did not win, the striking image did appear on posters advertising the exhibition.

  • Green House

In this project for the eco-house competition run by the concrete centre the aim was to create a terrace house that would allow the family to grow their own produce, inside and outside the house, as well as principles of sustainability being explored, whilst maintaining an urban street. I spent three weeks on this short project which was commended and narrowly missed out on a prize.

Tutor Statement

Every project can tell a story.

Following open and incisive leadership of a student Masterplan team, Graeme has produced a project, notable for the sheer brilliance of the design.

Apples have been associated with love, beauty, luck, health, comfort, pleasure, wisdom, temptation, sensuality, sexuality, virility and fertility since at least Neolithic times. Stories and traditions about man’s origins connect us to a paradise garden filled with fruit trees, including the apple. The stories are essentially the same, whether relating to the Semitic Adam, the Teutonic Iduna, the Greek Hesperides, or the Celtic Avalon.

This building symbolizes the desire to address and rectify the falling fortunes of ‘real cider’. With its proposals to transform the anodyne landscape of Wavertree Park into an apple orchard, the processes of scratting and pressing, fermentation, blending, and bottling are organized vertically, while the building’s permeability proposes an overlay between machine and pleasure, public and private.

The zero carbon sustainability challenges of the building emanate from the 100% renewable energy ‘district network’ of the Masterplan for the new Edge Hill district in Liverpool. This is followed through into the building in terms of its thermal / energy performance and its structure and construction technologies.

In so doing, the project’s contemporary story links it directly into the deep history of the apple and its significance to our cultural health.

Graeme has proven to be an exceptionally talented student.

Professor Doug Clelland



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