Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Felice Varini- projects

Some projects from Felice Varini- which deal with the changing perception of a surface pattern depending on the angle of view. Of particular interest maybe to Samo, Zamri, Jinuk...
Think about simple strategic viewpoints, transitions, alignments, pattern applied vs.topology of incidental surfaces etc.


... Perceived

Collaboration with Glowacka Rennie Architects

Friday, 26 March 2010

TS brick studies

Here are some of the pages I have been working on so far for the TS tutorial yesterday.

Now I am working on creating an instruction manual of how I created my foil models and their various effects. (I will post this later when I finish it) By drawing the effects of the models, I hope it will help me to start tackling my ground floor intervention over the weekend.

Leopard Camouflage Principle

Hi, below is the page to describe the leopard camouflage technique (foreground and Background).

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Interior Organisation & Effect Analysis

Hi Dago, Attached are drawings showing the interior organisation and effect analysis of the model.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

100316 End of Term Crit

Chen formulates strategies for the (car) park

Antoine speculates between existing urban volumes

Manijeh fabricates new relations between Saatchi and the outside world

Royce inhabits the space between conflicting grains

Brett & Nuria offer some advice in the afternoon session

Jinuk discusses facets and our perception of them

Ruo establishes overlapping strategic routes within her block

Kit develops skin and figure-in-figure models

Bricks! (from http://www.marckoehler.nl/officeInfo/news/News.html)

- July 2009

Marc Koehler Architects has been nominated for the "Fourth Wienerberger Architecture Award - Brick Award 2010". Out of 250 entries, 45 projects have been nominated.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Tutorials 120310

Technical tutorials with Scobie Alvis, Director of Structures, Hyder Consulting

Manijeh explains perforate wall studies- 3d prints of iterations

Detail of corner pattern

Jinuk sketch model- developing distorted perspective strategies

Chen defines extent of site prior to first iterations of proposal

Thursday, 11 March 2010

FOA project in Turkey for Manijeh

Hey Manijeh,

Thanks for the Lavete post. Remember the FOA project I mentioned earlier? It's called Meydan – Umraniye Retail Complex & Multiplex . It reminds me of our trip to Yokohama where landscape merges with architecture anf infrasture. From a distance, the place looks like a dessert or a flood of red brick but it is actually earth-coloured tiles!It is also a nice public square too! At another level, your shibuya scramble and erosion of public and commercial space comes to mind!


Amanda Levete article for Zamri

Zamri, this is the article I mentioned earlier about your TS case study:

It talks a bit about how it was manufactured and how the architect created these nurbs surfaces digitally.

I think this quote from the article is pretty relevant to the discussion today about what is solid and what is void:
"The project embodies opposites; simple yet complex, solid yet apparently kinetic, sculptural though not monolithic. The voids between the surfaces become as essential as the form and structure itself. Revealing the physical presence of the void creates maximum visual input with minimum means."

If you do decide to use this material, I read somewhere that there is a publication coming out called 'Corian: Super Surfaces' which talks about the potential of the material.

hope that helps...

larger images


< The entrance works differently depending on the direction of pedestrian movement. When going towards Soho, the strip club is in view. While walking towards Oxford street the view through entrance is of a large space.

< The diagram shows how the space within the building is divided.

< One way of joining programs together is by making them share a facility. In this case its the bathroom.
< Here two programs are linked by a space which could be public and for smoking.

Sweaty Betty and The Beauty Lounge

Sweaty Betty and the Beauty Lounge are the 2 programs that I will be refurbishing for my final Project. Sweaty Betty is a boutique store in which health and beauty products are sold, whereas the beauty lounge is an area for relaxation treatment . Therefore I would like to create a passageway in which I will connect the two programs together through the passageway of Kingly Court whilst maintaining public access.

My focus will be:
A hidden entry of the passageway viewing from Upper John's Street which will be visible along Beak Street.
Hidden spaces create connections between the two programs and also creating interior layout of the two stores.
Create a continuity between the interior and exterior of the two stores and part of the passageway towards kingly court.
To show visibility of existing facade from the view point of Upper John's Street and Beak Street.

Study of existing exterior and interior circulation of the two programs. The only way to access 1st, 2nd and 2nd floor of Sweaty Betty Building is by the entrance inside the passageway. This will be useful in order to create a controlled passageway using my foil model techniques.


Work in progress...i still need to do more line weights and colour coding for the material exterior vs interior

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Model and diagramming techniques- maybe for Samo?

Here are a selection of different approaches that you may find useful and inspiring.

Uib Library- Cero9 (AA Diploma 5 Tutors)

Show connections- Make clear diagrams that show the abstract and real relations between programmes, solid, voids, layers, levels, time relations, tectonic elements, overlaps........ note 1 colour only!

Diagrams for Civic centre- Mansilla & Tunon

Show voids- show the absence of something so that you can reveal the space in between and its relation to other elements/ volumes.4 colours but working together to create a series of interrelated studies.

Multipurpose Sports complex- no.mad (Eduardo Arroyo)

Develop models that demonstrate abstract relations between your pattern, surfaces and the spaces created in between. Make the project do more than simply reiterate earlier dazzle ideas- speculate more about what it does in your own project, transforming spaces and our perception of them. Black and white surfaces/ patterns- the world of dazzle....

Let's see a series of these for Friday!


^ The diagram above shows the way the programs link together through the block. Yellow boxes indicate entrances on the ground floor.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

a rough proposal

distinction between the origin of the street surfaces and the program
exposed or hidden back of it.

my ambition is to active the dull condition of Archer street and and
make transition of the closure block sitting between active theatre
street(shaftsbury ave) and popular adult street (brewer). ) But by
this opening up, the existing program of the block will be broken.
I am using the real and illusion of depth i achieved in the pattern/foil
studies to arrange them back to order.

The drawings of existing solid/ void space with new cut
through the block. And existing programs i am going to
link up.how the transition from the adult xxx shop-
surface of the block(brewer street) to the hidden internal
residents and then to the 'arty' side of designer studios
which facing the back stage of theatre(Archer street) and
have a chance to be introduced to main street full of ppl
and big theatres?

it is far to finished so this is just a example to draw things
clearly after several failed trails.

for sure, the exactly program of each pot and how they
adapt under the surface need to be carefully designed.

welcome for any discussions.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Brick Options for 3d Printing

option1: brick size the same as Tate Modern extension, converging on either side, projecting and receding illusions
option 2: brick size the same as Tate Modern extension, converging on either side, projecting and receding illusions, multiple layers
option 3: standard brick size, varying angles of brick to create texture
option 4: standard brick, notched intersection of facets to avoid making 'special' bricks

option 5: standard brick, notched intersection of facets, varying bond spacing to create illusions of depth and counterdepth

please give feedback on which models should be printed on Monday and how they should be modified (if necessary). So far I think models 1, 3 and 5 should be printed although 3 seems too haphazard and too small a fragment as it currently exists.

please also advise on scale. I thought of printing at 1:50 but in the case of option 5, this scale may be too small to be legible so it might have to be 1:20.

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