Christopher Christophi’s highly commended Venice laboratory project
This atmospheric montage is the work of Christopher Christophi, a graduate from De Montfort University School of Architecture and winner of the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Drawing at this year’s RIBA President’s Medals. Three laboratory towers converge with existing lecture halls, connecting to historic nodes by public walkways creating a macro algae monitoring facility and ecological research centre symbiotically existing with Venice’s fragile lagoons.
The complex programme was exhaustively researched under tutors, Ben Cowd and Sara Shafiei. Christopher conceived his own strategy of defensive design that seeks to protect Venice and its lagoons from a creeping onslaught of microscopic invaders.The project, which was also commended in the Silver Medal category for Part 2 students, combines romanticised murky drawings with a pragmatic manifesto. Elsewhere in this websitec currently, there is much discussion of awards for architecture and the education system. This project provides a soothing coda to the debate.