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TS 01 PERSONAL PROJECT
-STUDLEY PARK BOATHOUSE
02 STATE Of THE ART PROJECTS-JEWISH MUSEUM-THE YAS HOTEL
04 INNOvATIvE dIgITAL PRECEdENTS-LINCOLN PARK NATURE BOARDWALK-THE AQUA TOWER
06 SCRIPTINg PRECEdENTS-PROJECT X-NEW HARMONY GROTTO-GANTENBEIN WINERY
09 RESPONSE TO THE LECTURE-WEEK O4 LECTURE THOUGHTS
10 CUT PROJECT-MATRIX OF TRIALS
The development of this project was conceived with reference to the architects Alvar Aalto and Daniel Libeskind. These two very different architects inspired my creation of a building that could integrate well with its surrounding natural identity and enhance the clienteles experience of the surrounding environment. I learnt that there can be many alternative ways in which to fulfil this aim and it depended most ardently on all manner of aspects associated with the site in which the building would eventually reside.
My understanding of the brief for this project highlighted the requirement for the Gateway to connect with its natural surroundings, social surroundings and the built elements in the Wyndham municipality but with a inspiring thread
involved as well. The Gateway structure I dont want to meld into the surroundings, it will need to grab attention and spark an interest in the viewer, a curiosity that will encourage a visit.
With the Boathouse project I was primarily concerned with the connection to the natural surrounds and drew inference on how to deal with that from Aalto. To deal with the social connection and also inspiration on aesthetics I looked at the work of Daniel Libeskind.
PERSONAL PROJECTSTUdLEY PARK BOATHOUSE
Libeskinds Jewish Museum in Berlin is an interesting example of a strong social construction that drives the design and has contributed to the architectural discourse by inspiring other architects to design and build with strong emotional input.
The museum is able to imbue the stark facts of the past, and also convey emotional and physical cues to enhance the experience for the visitor. Although not a Gateway or public artwork this building holds some interesting possibilities for me to learn from. I went to the building in the holidays and found for myself that the built form was sincere and not overtly literal or didactic, as was cited for the Gateway not to be. It juxtaposes yet integrates with the existing building the Baroque Kollegienhaus next door (top image on the right). The museum exemplified to me how architecture can be used to create and icon for a social occurrence, a historical past through new innovative design techniques.
This talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/daniel_libeskind_s_17_words_of_architectural_inspiration.html) given by Daniel Libeskind, corny as it may seem, has reiterated some of the ingredients I feel I should employ. His talk is focussed on 17 words that he designs by and I have found this talk helpful because I know that I have been quite easily bogged down in words that flap about but fail to really reach the crux of what I am trying to say.There were quite a few concepts that he covered that I found quite applicable;
Firstly my apprehension within this course lies squarely with the computer. It is a useful tool, but a tool that I know am not entirely in control of yet. Libeskind broaches this topic in his talk, how can we make the computer respond to the hand rather than the hand responding to the computer? He reiterates the strength and inherent invention that the hand possesses and unlike some practitioners believes in the importance of understanding from hand drawings on paper not just ones made on the
screen. It is definitely for me a must, to draw to understand and then translate and hopefully enhance via computational means. It was somewhat a warning to make sure that in order to reduce the whole bumbling around until a happy accident comes my way, I must draw, draw and draw some more on paper before just trying to come up with something on screen.
Secondly Libeskind brought up the concept of wonder. This element of wonder is an interesting idea that is after a little consideration something that I feel is needed in the development of a really effective proposal for this Gateway project. In his Museum the visitor is encapsulated in/on an emotional journey within the depths of a historical occurrence. It is highly important that the Gateway design somehow invokes an emotional response. It is this emotional reception that gives architecture a whole new richness. It needs to draw the people zooming past in their cars away from their direct route into the city and get them to wonder about what actually is in the Wyndham shire? Encourage them to explore. It has to really act as a billboard an advertisement that grabs the viewer and ENGAGES them (while of course being safe drivers).
It ties in quite strongly with this weeks reading particularly the exploration of architecture as sign. The article by Richard Williams, Architecture and Visual Culture explores how architecture in some instances acts as sign, embodying a message about the cultural context it is associated with. He talks of how the Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris it has marked the engineering and science of the nineteenth century, not to forget the aesthetic as well, it now acts as an immediate icon one recognisable to all. I feel as though the brief is asking for a work that will somehow be able to grab the drivers attention, emotionally excite them while expressing enough to coerce their conception of Wyndham into that of a place they must visit and spend some time in.
STATE Of THE ART PROJECTdANIEL LIBESKINd - JEWISH MUSEUM
STATE Of THE ART PROJECTASYMPTOTE ARCHITECTS - THE YAS HOTEL
The YAS Hotel by Asymptote Architects diverges from the work I previously completed and the work of the Architect Daniel Libeskind. Asymptotes method of designing is rooted in experimentation with advanced and innovative approaches (computational and otherwise) to solve their architectural quandaries.
The hotel was conceived as a architectural landmark that would embody various key influences and inspirations ranging from the aesthetics and forms associated with speed, movement and spectacle to the artistry and geometries forming the basis of ancient Islamic art and craft traditions. It is an interesting precedent because it deals both with clients that will experience the building as hotel guests but works also as a iconic landmark that is experienced in a vehicle. These two links are similar in essence to the themes we must address in this proposal; high speed viewing and a design that is influenced by the culture that it resides within.
This very different designing method I find very interesting their design I feel can be seen parallel to the requirements we are required to fulfil in our own designs for the Gateway. It is also extremely interesting to see how they are using new computational technologies to develop their designs, blurring the lines between the virtual and the real world.
The images I have chosen are examples of the interesting skin that envelopes the structure and is both arresting at night with the installation of coloured lights that change and by day shadows are thrown by the triangular members you can see in the picture above. This duality of being both an interesting design by day and night, is another aspect that I must consider when designing the for the Wyndham Gateway.
Studio Gang Architects are a stimulating architectural group that are based in America, with work all over the world. Mark Burry explains in Scripting Cultures the importance of scripting in present day architectural endeavours -
Scripting liberates designing by automating many routine aspects and repetitive activities of the design process.
Studio Gang employ computational techniques for the liberation from said routine aspects and repetitive activities and have found that it has become a tool vital in their designing practice. Their use of the computer has developed from its use as merely a drafting tool to a utensil that can develop and drive designs what with their utilisation of scripting techniques to create innovative works.
Computers can allow for repetition, consistency and precision, they can speed up processes and extend others. SGs projects showed that they had capitalised on these
criteria and utilised computation to push these mechanisms further to develop interesting designs.
The Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk project in Chicago, 2010 included this pavilion that provided shelter and a sculptural addition to the park, it struck me because I was immediately wondering could this be a gateway? on a larger scale?
The pavilion was designed on the computer with carefully scripted inputs and then fabricated with bent plywood and fiberglass resin to build the dome inserts that adorn the top of the arch way.
I like how the pavilion has framed little views through each segment, is dynamic by day with the interesting and ever altering shadows thrown and by night lit up again transforming as a result of where the light hits the surfaces.
I N N O v A T I v E d I g I T A L P R E C E d E N T SSTUdIO gANg ARCHITECTS - LINCOLN PARK NATURE BOARdWALK
I N N O vAT I v E d I g I TA L P R E C E d E N T S STUdIO gANg ARCHITECTS - THE AQUA TOWER
Another project by the Studio Gang group that I found interesting was their Aqua Tower, again in Chicago. Here they have used a natural phenomenon very pertinent to the site. This struck a chord for me because it reminded me how important place