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This weeks celebration of students work is honouring Eman, a female architecture student who received her Part I degree at Oxford Brookes University and is currently in her final year at London South Bank University. Prior to her architectural journey, Eman completed a diploma in structural engineering and worked on a number of projects in Kuwait, in the commercial sector. During her time in practice, Eman was employed as a Part I Architectural Assistant and Façade Designer at Fluid Structures, a design-based engineering consultancy. Most recently Eman was nominated for the RIBA Wren Scholarship and RIBA Student Awards.

Architecturally Eman has a passion for psychology and has always taken a keen interest in understanding how spaces, structures and buildings affect human behaviour and mental well-being, which is inherently important to her passion for design. Being Sudanese, Eman says she has always had a passion for Nubian History and the discussions around current social affairs and the preservation cultural heritage.

Please enjoy Eman's work below and a few of her own words in relation to her most recent student project.

| Project Overview

The Grooming Sanctuary, situated in West Sussex, integrates with a rewilding scheme providing opportunity for better relationships and merging between nature and architecture. My research directed toward the positive impact of equine-assisted therapies, creating a space that stimulates human interaction with horses to rehabilitate the human emotions of anxiety, loneliness and depression. The program focuses on emotional growth and development, psychological exploration and mindfulness.

The project consists of patient accommodation, sitting delicately above the undulating marshland with integrated horse stable to establish a strong relationship between human and horse through tending for the animal. The dwelling spaces lead towards a human only zen zone, that encourages meditation, providing views into the grazing conservation areas. The arena, where most of the equine therapy activities take place, is carved into site. It is retained by rammed earth walls consisting of excavated local material. On the more secluded side of the site a veterinary area, is situated for the general maintenance of horses used in therapy as well as the wild horses that pass through the area. The marshland extends vertically to create a dragonfly sanctuary that assists in the prevention of common horse diseases by consuming infection transferring insects.

Simultaneously the program assists in rehabilitating the U.K.s environment by, enhancing its natural marshland network, using conservation grazing to create ecological carbon sinks whilst encouraging biodiversity and formation of natural ecosystems.

| Project Aim

The aim is to create architecture that both heals and is inclusive of the living environment - allowing people and nature to thrive and exist harmoniously – uninhibited by the anxiety and discomfort our urban centres can create.

The scheme is very sensitive to the surrounding landscape of the estate, integrating aspects of water collection, light storage and passive ventilation through a circuitous circulation system as well as incorporating a biomass system that makes use of horse waste. The project is responsive to the current climate crisis and an advocate for the overall improvement of society’s mental well-being.

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