His design for a mixed-use building, comprising office space, restaurant and leisure units, was focused on maximising wellbeing and the availability of green space in Derby city centre.
Not only did it incorporate cutting-edge technical features to achieve that, but the competition judges agreed that Karaan’s use of fractal geometry and contemporary materials still successfully complemented the distinctive Victorian architectural heritage of the site in the Sadler Square redevelopment area.
Karaan’s design brief explained: “The journey through the building’s green spaces rewards the occupant by increasing in appeal as they progress to the terminus, a rooftop biophilic space (using natural features, such as plants) with views over the civic space below.
“The civic space itself is designed in accordance with biophilic design principles to create a mentally and physically restorative environment that is a safe and inclusive space for people to connect with each other and nature.”
Underlining that point was the commendation in the same category of the awards for Reece Scattergood, who, like Karaan, graduated from Derby in the summer, having completed his Architectural Technology and Practice BSc.
Using simple construction methods integrated with modern technology, he designed a fully sustainable development, with a large bio-diverse area where nature and wildlife can develop within the Cathedral Quarter.
Reece, 22, who now works for another Derbyshire practice, Grey Richards Trowell (GRT) Architecture in Wirksworth, said: “It has been a great achievement to be commended in the AT Student Awards and have my work recognised by chartered professionals. I feel this is a great opportunity to continue pursuing my career within architectural technology, and with continued development to become chartered in the future.”