JOSHUA TOH 2013-14 YEAR 3 The Venice Cathedral of Craft Click on the image to see more The Venice Cathedral of Craft was a proposal for a dramatic building by the Rialto Bridge in Venice housing an atelier for the Italian fashion house of Valentino. […]
2013-14: DETAILS & MISBEHAVIOURS
We are drawn to this work because it seeks a challenge. It begins from a curiosity and chases it. The work demands precision yet finds a devious beauty in the almost correct. A sort of misbehaviour exists within the process of making that allows a character to emerge, somehow even richer.
Architecture, and the development of any idea, frequently reveals these glitches or gremlins. If nurtured, these moments can give lead to a degree of character or personality, anthropomorphism even. The very fabric of a building can come alive and it can begin to exert an unexpected influence upon those that occupy and interact with it. We will consider architecture with character – we will propose that our architectures are players within a wider landscape and that ‘contextuality’ is the term for the interplay and conversation between them.
The last few years have seen a proliferation of computer generated imagery and usage of digital techniques within student work. We seek to re-invigorate the use of hand-crafted fabrication in parallel to this and better understand the application and transition to digital techniques within the design and production process. Physical models and objects have for centuries, represented one of the most engaging means to describe and declare architectural intention. The ‘new dawn’ of 3d rapid prototyping is broadening with each day but we must not forget to draw from the wealth of existing materials and techniques within our built, manufactured world.
The scale of the architectural detail is very important in the greater resonance of how place is experienced. Our intention is to consider a more tactile scale as the starting point of our year and cultivate work from here to the macro. We anticipate a continuation of the unit’s preoccupations with technologically sophisticated, innovative and ambitious buildings. From this interest, we take great pride in producing comprehensive building projects with an extremely high level of detail, spatial invention, and character.
Our field trip will enable us to pay homage to Carlo Scarpa, a 20th century connoisseur of architectural detail. We will retread the footsteps of other architectural pioneers such as Inigo Jones and take our own Grand Tour of northern Italy. On the trip we will visit Museo di Castelvecchio and Brion Cemetery by Scarpa, as well as Giovanni Michelucci’s Church of the Autostrada. The field trip will provide a rich set of architectural lessons directly relating to the studio interest in spatial richness, exquisite fabrication, and detail.
TOM BUDD 2013-14 YEAR 3 An Unexpected Night in the Hotel Coletti Click on the image to see more A series of unique and peculiar interactions between the various hotel guests and staff are accentuated by an architecture inter-connected by the various mechanical; electrical and operational services […]
IAN NG 2013-14 YEAR 3 Slit-scan test rigs Click on the image to see more A series of bespoke ‘slit-scan’ cameras were fabricated and arranged accordingly to capture a variety time-based decays and interactions. The resulting imagery thus embodied an additional time-scale, depicted within the horizontal […]
ELEANOR DAISY URSELL 2014-15 YEAR 3 The Venetian Film Studio Click on the image to see more The Venetian Film Studio is a speculative comment on the reality of Venice behind it’s tired and infamous façade. The play between fact and fiction within the […]
EMMA COLTHURST 2013-14 YEAR 3 The Gimbal Click on the image to see more This reconnects the landscape of Royal Victoria Docklands, taking each piece of industrial renascence as players within the rings. Each piece sits in its own coordinate and relationship to its fellow […]
PRISCILLA WONG 2013-14 YEAR 2 Nursery and Urban Park Click on the image to see more The relationship with the canal; water and shifting tidal conditions is further exploited within the new addition to the Venetian urban landscape. Tutors: Rhys Cannon, Colin Herperger
RIKARD KHAN 2013-14 YEAR 2 Fitness Rowing Club Click on the image to see more Linear drawing describing the route taken by a member of the rowing club – the building responds to studies of navigating the city of Venice with the experiences of expanding and […]
CHARLOTTE ARCHER 2013-14 YEAR 3 Sound Park and Touring Musicians Residence Click on the image to see more The Venetian tide changes four times a day shifting the horizon and altering the way you experience the city from the water and the flooding ground, Il Parco del Suono seeks to heighten […]
AQSA IFTIKHAR 2013-14 YEAR 2 Landscape of Smell Click on the image to see more Exploring the depiction of smell as a colour. In fishing islands such as Burano traditional methods of fishing are employed such as cast net fishing. This drawing illustrates how a […]
JOSHUA STEVENSON-BROWN 2013-14 YEAR 3 Venetian Construction School Click on the image to see more A site of unused buildings become occupied in phases by the school. Temporary school facilities are set up on site, while the existing buildings are dissected by the students to […]
ZION CHAN 2013-14 YEAR 3 Urban Wetland Park, East London Click on the image to see more Adjacent to the busiest spaghetti junction in London, the scheme aims to regenerate the natural landscape of Roding Valley, and create a mini urban oasis within the gap of […]