Alinas’ project endeavors to infuse elements of her Romanian culture into the Sellers Wheel building. The focal point of her proposal revolves around the establishment of a workshop. The idea for this workshop stems from the historical context of Sellers Wheel, previously occupied by John Sellers and Sons, a renowned manufacturer of pen and pocket knives, razors, table cutlery, and electro-plated goods, until 1960.
Her vision for the building entails an adaptive reuse of Sellers Wheel in Sheffield City Center, transforming it into a Cultural Exchange Community building.
Central to the design composition is the incorporation of Romanian wood sculpturing and traditional design patterns, which effectively reshape the spatial experience within the building.
The ground floor layout features a spacious reception area, complemented by a lift and staircase. Additionally, there is a tea room and a new courtyard adorned with decorative panels showcasing Romanian patterns. On the first floor, designated spaces are dedicated to workshop classes encompassing painting, baking, and a creche. The second floor is allocated as an office space for intergenerational Interior Architecture and Design, while the top floor boasts a closed terrace area inspired by the interior aesthetics of the Icon Relish Sauce.
Overall, Alinas’ proposal strives to create a dynamic cultural exchange hub that pays homage to her Romanian heritage and invites visitors to explore and appreciate the rich artistic traditions and design influences of Romania.