Melissa Royle – RIBA South Student Prize (Part 2), Portsmouth School of Architecture
Melissa’s project which attracted the judges’ attention was the design of an academy in Morocco. With fellow student Simon Bachelder she designed a communal dwelling for 20 people to live in, to dream and to tell stories. The dwelling is half dug into a mountain, half sitting on a plateau and has terraces below on which to grow crops and develop a sustainable community based on principles of living simply without technology. Melissa and Simon also designed smaller buildings to be sited nearby as retreats from communal living.