Anna Reeves

Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)


Whilst the military shrinks, empty land grows and remains uninhabited and unprotected. Whilst capitalism rages on, the importance of redefining the phrase ‘living within our means’ grows exponentially. The Barnham Community is a trailblazing example of a mutually beneficial agreement between one of England’s oldest institutions and guardians of the future. The land is taken out of the hands of a collapsing establishment and given not to giants of the developed world, but to an organisation of free spirits, anarchists and justice seekers who seek to prove the environmental and economic benefits of intentional communities.

As the world progresses, we must adapt. A new collective, self-sufficient way to live is not that new at all, but a blast from the past from a feudal world. This offers a simpler way of life, still maintaining ties to the world outside of RAF Barnham. A thriving community, bringing togetherness and independence to the small parish of Brandon. Each member is a guardian of protected land, working as merchants of the council, with an intrinsic relationship with the natural world at the very core of their lives at RAF Barnham. The protection of the Nightjar, the Curlew and the Woodlark is central, their history and continued existence immortalised in the conservation efforts made by the community. For years we have known that brownfield land is the answer to the housing crisis, but designating space for people not only to live, but to work and further the possibilities of empty land, whilst honouring its history is the commons exchange that upholds this new family.

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Anna Reeves | Architecture 6
Collective Intent
Anna Reeves | Architecture 3View pdf
A quiet morning in the civic court, members relax on the heathland sitting on benches made from rammed earth of the aggregate leftover from the co-existence living quarters. The market is being set up ready for a day of trading goods grown and made on-site, donated military vehicles assist in moving goods across the site. Remnants from the sites past still stand, all furthering the communities incentives to redesign a space designed for conflict and destruction into a place which creates new life, prosperity and harmony.
Anna Reeves | Architecture 5
The arch is a form replicated across RAF Barnham, simple and primitive. Arches are structures with deep resonance. They embody and symbolize many things: strength and support, lightness and openness within density, thresholds into liminal space. The co-living at RAF Barnham seeks to represent all of these things; with lightweight structural frames juxtaposed with dense and comforting rammed earth walls which replicate cave-like feelings of comfort.
Anna Reeves | Architecture 4
Making use of existing, hodge podge collections of buildings on this location of the site, a series of pitched pavilions provides marvellous open space for residents to enjoy the fruits of the labour. Quiet mornings drinking coffee in-between working hours are juxtaposed with bustling evenings of communal eating and drinking; a celebration of all the community has achieved.
Anna Reeves | Architecture 2
“Archways encourage forward motion. Move forward and your world will not crumble – only expand. Protection is here.”
Anna Reeves | Architecture 1
Co-Existence is designed to be split level, encouraging communal activities to be open and experienced on the lower levels in conjunction with the outdoor space. Rammed earth, lime render (cooked on-site) and a vaulted ceiling provide a cave-like cosiness reminding residents that they owe their comfort to the natural world around them; and that materials like earth and timber are as significant a common resource as food and knowledge.
Anna Reeves | Architecture
The growhouses are designed around the existing pathways on Gorse Industrial Estate which previously led to the fissile stores; small cube shaped buildings one person tall, dotted across the site in a regimented fashion. The maintenance of these pathways signifies the rich history of the site and the development of its new core function; providing the community with all they need to survive.