Exhibition: 25.06.2013 – 05.07.2013

Studio 2 - Matrix

Gubbio city model 1:2500

Studio led by Freddie Phillipson & Lucy Pritchard

About the show

Between the abstract town-scape of London’s Southbank and the walled cities of central Italy, Studio 2 has continued to explore the idea of topography.

Studio 2 explores the relationship between city and landscape; we are interested in topographic order. We believe it is part of the architect’s role to integrate landscape, open space and buildings within a meaningful whole.

This year we have developed this skill by examining two walled cities in central Italy: Urbino and Gubbio. In both the wall clearly differentiates an urban terrain from its hinterland, yet from within each we still feel close to the landscape. In places this adjacency becomes very powerful.

The symbiosis of walled city and landscape shown in Italian medieval city paintings, where both are active and full of life, became a powerful precedent for drawing a topography as a series of places for human events. We have endeavored to explore this idea at the scale of both building and landscape, between modernity and tradition.

We started by looking at the Southbank Centre and trying to find an echo of 'townscape': how the complex might be interpreted as a hill town. Students imagined small permanent additions to the found topography of the site. In parallel we made research studies of open spaces in both Venice and Urbino. Intensive sketching during the study trip allowed us to examine the work of the 'city architect' through the projects of Giancarlo de Carlo in Urbino. These illuminated the potential for studio proposals to move between landscape, urban and building scales.

The site for the principal design project in Gubbio was a swathe of enclosed gardens which form a threshold between the core of the medieval city and the forested slope of Mount Ingino. Students questioned the nature of this site as a threshold between city and landscape, investigating ideas of public space which might characterise this liminal condition.

Exhibition details

P.V. Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30pm-10pm
Opening Wed 26 June - Fri 5 July 2013
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Venue Spring House (1st Floor)
Studio Architecture Studio 2
Course Architecture BA (Hons) RIBA Part 1

Students' work

Gubbio city model 1:2500

Group work

Comparative models of the Southbank Centre and the Palazzo Ducale of Urbino, 1:250

Group work

Southbank collage

by George Tigkas

Southbank Centre topographic drawing

by Pierre Blanc

Southbank experimental music space

by Alexandra Arad

Gubbio ‘city picture’

by James Ragonesi

Quartiere di Sant’Andrea: site plan

by Pierre Blanc

Piazza Grande

by Sarah Richards

Gubbio Lido: section north-south

by Pierre Blanc

The pathways of Gubbio

by George Tigkas

Gubbio Lido: undercroft

by Pierre Blanc

Olive press and agriturismo model

by Paride Sarace

Collage study of spa in the Quartiere di Sant’ Andrea

by Ania Folejewska

Gubbio Lido: pool

by Pierre Blanc

Pottery workshop

by Ignacio Azpiazu

Gubbio Horticultural College: interior

by James Ragonesi

Gubbio Horticultural College: gardens

James Ragonesi

Gubbio Culinary School

by Kartikai Majithia

Gubbio Horticultural College

by James Ragonesi

Gubbio Lido: city montage

by Pierre Blanc


Level 5:

Azza Al Hinai
Alexandra Arad
Sidney Carvalho
Michael Cielewicz
Ania Folejewska
Tamara Hernandez Escobar
Omar Kaliyaev
Kartikai Majithia
Sarah Richards
Paride Saraceni
Paulina Szturc

Level 6:

Ignacio Azpiazu
Pierre Blanc
Scott Currie
Thomas Davies
Linda Daukste
Nick Hemingway
Gabriela Landazuri
James Ragonesi
Paolo Rota
Rudi Santos Perestrelo
George Tigkas


Alex Arestis
Iris Argyropoulou
Peter Carl
Pierre d'Avoine
Alessandra Greggio
Rod Heyes
Stefan Hurrell
William Mann
Jane Mcallister
Johnny Poland
Daniel Serafimovski
Peter St.John
Gareth Stokes
Felix Xylander-Swannell

With thanks to

Archivio di Stato di Gubbio
Comune di Gubbio - Settore urbanistica
Jonathan Cook
David Derby, Price & Myers
Elain Harwood
David Kohn Architects
Dr. Fabrizio Maci, Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo"
James Rene, Max Fordham