Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fluid Thoughts to Action - construction of the folder

Above: A watercolour painting of a building in Kensington.
Above: A charcoal drawing of the monumental stairs at the Museum of Sydney
Above: Watercolour painting of the Museum of Sydney. I chose to depict the height of the office building amongst other features such as; the sandstone layering, the glass cube and the level changes.
The interior of the electrical engineering building looking onto the outside.
Above: Different views of a watercolour painting of a chair with a hoodie slumped on its back support. This was superimposed with a depiction of an hourglass.
Above: A watercolour and ink painting of entangled strips of water stuck tape.
Above: Homework from the first week of the workshop. The drawing depicts a wine glass with a candle in it and a semi-broken glass behind it being balanced on a plastic plate on top of a bed.
Above: Outside the Civil Engineering building looking over the library.

Above: Drawing exercises from our first class.
Above: The "layers" of my folder. The sheet of grey card in between the black and white sheets of card, acts as a barrier to seperate the charcoal drawings from the watercolour drawings. It is grey in colour because it is the tone between black and white (the "colours" used in this workshop).
Above: The backside of my folder. Charcoal on white card.
Above: The front side of my folder. When I think of movement I immediately think of human form. I thought the above image to be representational of my understanding of movement. White chalk pastel on black card.
Above: The template of my tunnel.

Above: The title page of part II of my atlas, which covers the process of constructing my tunnel.

Above: The colours and proportions exercise. The featured text is on colour in nature and nature's role in architecture.
Above: My face map that consists of an abstraction of Jean Nouvel's face into a landmass. The subject is on human sensory responses to buildings. From this I obtained the concept of my atlas in which each class exercise could then be bound.
Above: The collage exercises that feature a statement on our role in architecture.
Above: The receding colours exercise which features text about how we as human beings perceive colour.
Above: The Fundamental colour exercises. The accompanied text is about colour's role in architecture.
Above: My atlas is sub-divided into two parts. Part one covers all the exercises in a narrative sort of style about the relationship between People and Architecture. Part two on the other hand, covers the construction and concept of my tunnel.
Above: Title page
Above is a scanned image of one of the double page spreads from my precedent, "The Elements of Architecture" by Jean Nouvel. This is how I have arranged my Atlas.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ARCH1142 - Atlas of Colour process work

Above: Template for the tunnel.

Once I had arrived at the theme of my atlas through my face map (people and how they perceive architecture), I felt that in order for my entire atlas to be in unison its tunnel needed to correspond to this theme. I decided to superimpose an image of a human posture that highlighted mankind's importance with the interior (a Chinese restaurant that consisted of the same colour scheme I had chosen for my atlas) that we were supposed to use as a blueprint for the tunnel's construction.

Above is the application of colours from the exercise below to an interior from my precedent book.
Above is a loose abstraction of the two subjects of nature I chose, the Banana slug and the Poppy plant. I examined the textures, the colour scheme and the forms. I then used this to combine the two harmonically. This image would eventually make onto the title page of my atlas, as I found it to be representative of the colour of my atlas as well as having some symbolic value (spiral as a metaphor for the unfolding of the atlas).

Above are the images of my collage of a plan and section from my precedent book. The media used include; cut-up images from magazines, a photoshop sample of a cloud and a leaf.

Above are the perspective and elevation out of my precedent book that we were to re-represent in gouache using our ideas of receding colours from the previous exercise (below).

My concept evolved from the concept I had for my face map. Before then I had done our class tasks and homework with the idea that perhaps in doing these I'd be forming a guide or criteria for me to find a concept that would tie all our class tasks together, rather than the other way round.

I chose to use a range of colours rather than one colour (yellows to oranges to reds) and I used Jean Nouvel's "The Elements of Architecture" as a precedent book for my Atlas.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Filefront maintenance problems

I had been experiencing submission problems with Filefront. I kept recieving a message saying that Filefront was experiencing maintenance problems. I have therefore attached all the requirements in an email to my tutor, Julian Cromarty.


Five Final Real Time Images

Above: Seminar room.
Above: Courtyard area of Obama's office space.
Madonna's space is a three storey office space, an allusion to the three generations she has dominated the charts. She has often had to re-invent herself in order to maintain her interest and popularity and so each space offers something different. The bottom floor is maze-like, giving a small feeling of disorientation, a metaphor for her early start in which she had many decisions to make, the second and third floor represent her later dominance in the 90's and new millenium and the number of rooms increase and become more linear, implying the multiplication of her businesses and experimentation with other fields within her line of work. The overall facade is derived from a female shape representational of her sexual provocativity and also the twists and turns that her career has taken, perhaps a necessity for longevity.

The meeting space consists of a simple geometry compared to the clients' respective offices. Resting in between the bridge, it offers the clients an opportunity to compromise and sways their very different paths into equilibrium. The exterior and the overall shape is derived from the concept of coming from different paths, as one rectilinear shape is perpendicular to the other. The clients arrive from opposite ends and meet at the table awaiting their process work.
Obama's space is a hovering phenomenon. It has a brooding feel of omnipotence for those who rise and take Obama's path, a straightforward one comprising of many opportunities yet not any obstacles, a metaphor for his quick rise to the top. The function of his office space is the campaign he is about to run and therefore his space consists of two identical seminar rooms for meetings and his consultants, as well as a large outdoor assembly hall.