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ADS9: Sun in my Mouth and Leap into the Ripe Air

Henna Patel

Henna is an architectural researcher and designer who is currently based in London. Her primary interests lie in sustainable design, particularly design interventions that work alongside and support the growth of local ecologies and communities.

She graduated in 2018 with a First-Class Honours degree in Architecture from The University of Brighton, where her final thesis project was shortlisted for the SoAD Award for Sustainability and the BBM Award for Circular Design. Henna has since acquired two years of experience as an architectural assistant, working predominantly on large scale public sector projects for NHS England.

During her first year at the RCA, with ADS3, her project titled A Downstream Effect looked into the consequences of penicillin pollution in Norfolk. Her research proposal was supported by her written thesis, a study of architectural methodology in spaces designed to support ones health, wellbeing and recovery.

This year, her work is focused on the remote crofting communities on the Hebridean island of Colonsay.

Show Location: Kensington campus: Darwin Building, Upper ground floor

The project exists as an assemblage of life in the landscape. In design of both landscape and enclosure, with the natural degradation and evolution of the entire field house, the landscape supports the lives of inhabitants and vice versa. A model that allows for living to extend beyond that what is typical. 

Work, leisure and play are not defined solely by structure and enclosure but instead on various time and weather related influences. 

In a setting where the collective have freedom and control over their lives and their landscape, the croft becomes a space for cumulative agency, community and collaboration. 

The material investigation in this project looks into how fibre and pulp can be used to create a range of materials with different visual, structural and acoustic properties, in particular looking into the transitional moments.

With oats as a fibre and paper as pulp, the material tests look into creating a material that is noticeably organic, unlike the highly processed and refined materials that are often created from pulp and vegetable fibres.

Different coatings have been applied to improve longevity, and reduce decay.

Landscape & Condition
Croft & Territory
Internal & External
Building & Landscape