PATCH DOBSON-PEREZ 2014-15 YEAR 3 Launch Complex 34 Click on the image to see more Located in the middle of a stretch of abandoned NASA launch sites from the glorious age of space travel. The building memorialises the Apollo I disaster in which three […]
2014-15: SHIFTING SCALES
The principal of scale and the units that define it are critical within the world we live and the one we explore. Composition; proportion and scale – ever-present companions to the practicing architect. They should be respected and understood in equal measure; the scale rule never more than an arm’s reach from the drawing board.
‘Scale’ and the celebration of scale; its representation and manipulation, permeate our comprehension of the world at many levels.
This year within UG8, we are interested in works of architecture that have the ability to engage, bewilder and amuse in equal measure – enduring, immediate, empathetic, emotional responses, but always creating the possibility for a reality shift and a sense of sitting on the edge of fantasy. It is this fantastical element we sought to encourage and nurture through the architecture developed during the year. UG8 visited the ‘Space Coast’, Cape Canaveral, USA, in order to appreciate a sense of scale first-hand:
NASA’s vast space launch campus can be difficult to express in numbers – it encompasses the World’s tallest single storey building, the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The building’s internal volume is so large that it is reputedly able to generate its own internal weather system with observations of rain clouds forming on humid days. Although opposite extremes exist too – NASA’s behemoth Crawler-Transporter may have a load capacity of 8,200 tonnes but shuffles along at a sedentary 1mph.
In an environment where ‘the sky’ is actually no longer ‘the limit’ it can be difficult to attribute limitations and parameters to our thinking of inhabiting volume and making spatial constructs – all of which we need, as designers, to work within and against. The site of Cape Canaveral has become host to the emergence of a new architecture. It is one that holds many examples on developing ideas and technology.
The unit’s building projects are distributed along the coast; utilising long-since abandoned launch pads; the port of Cape Canaveral; fishing piers for watching rocket launches and further outposts dotted along the Keys at the very southern tip of Florida.
Within UG8, there is high level of attention focused upon creative exploration through architectural invention. This is developed and nurtured by means of a range of making, thinking, and drawing. We considers architecture too complicated to be resolved simply through logic or good idea alone, therefore the studio values work that is intuitive, inventive, and takes risks.
BOON YIK CHUNG 2014-15 YEAR 3 Space as the Third Teacher Click on the image to see more The project takes a philosophical and theoretical path in searching for an alternative classroom typology. Inspired by Alain de Botton’s writing on how architecture has the capabilities […]
SAMUEL DAVIES 2014-15 YEAR 2 Multi-generational house Click on the image to see more The project considers the NASA rocket launches as a propagation point for memory, and explores how architecture of the home acts as a parallel generator of shared stories and domestic nostalgia. […]
SONIA MAGDZIARZ 2014-15 YEAR 3 Bahia Honda Summer Camp Click on the image to see more The main challenge posed by the site is the constantly shifting weather conditions. The project investigates ways of creating an architecture that contradicts the tradition of designing a hurricane proof […]
ERNEST WANG 2014-15 YEAR 3 Port Canaveral Drive-in Click on the image to see more Port Canaveral Drive-In is a proposal for a complex which embodies the hallmarks of American car culture. The programme incorporates various elements, such as the drive-in cinema, the American diner […]
CONOR JOSEPH CLARKE 2014-15 YEAR 2 Bath House for Cape Canaveral Click on the image to see more The natural swamp landscape of the florida keys is constantly fought with drainage changing soft topography into hard industrial plains. The building exploits this duality by implanting […]
KEVIN ZI MENG 2014-15 YEAR 3 Cocoa Beach Event Center Click on the image to see more This project envisions a new suburban civic centre typology with a core of a library that is highly responsive to the ever-changing seasonal cyclical fluctuation of population in […]
ZHENG YEHAN 2014-15 YEAR 2 Port Canaveral Wreck Diving Training Resort Click on the image to see more The building attempts to translate the senses of the varying elements of scuba diving into spatial experience. Being situated near wrecks scattered around the region, the facility acts […]
NIKOLAS KOURTIS 2014-15 YEAR 3 CCAFFS Camping Hostel Click on the image to see more Through the incorporation of lightweight, tensile and inflatable structures, along with further investigation of climbing equipment, and techniques the hostel not only provides a unique experience where the inhabitants are immersed […]
AFRODITE MOUSTROUFIS 2014-15 YEAR 2 The Camera School Click on the image to see more The Camera School is exploring the possibility of a building to become a machine for looking. Located in the centre of various subjects likely to trigger the photographic interest of […]
EMILIO SULLIVAN 2014-15 YEAR 3 The Shrimp Road Fish Emporium Click on the image to see more The Florida Keys have been infamous for their laissez-faire attitude,the lesser known fact is that The Keys have long been seen as the Mecca of sport fishing. Yet with […]
JOANNA ASIA RZEWUSKA 2014-15 YEAR 2 A Church of Casts Click on the image to see more The project stems from rigorous material testing and exploration of sand casting. These investigations lead to a small scale architectural intervention on the beach in Florida in the […]