Studio 2 - Matrix

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.

Gubbio city model 1:2500

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
Gubbio city model 1:2500 Studio 2

Group work 

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

Group work 

 Southbank collage
Southbank collage George Tigkas Studio 2

by George Tigkas 

 Southbank Centre topographic drawing
Southbank Centre topographic drawing Pierre Blanc Studio 2

by Pierre Blanc 

 Southbank experimental music space
Southbank experimental music space Alexandra Arad Studio 2

by Alexandra Arad 

 Gubbio ‘city picture’
Gubbio city picture James Ragonesi Studio 2

by James Ragonesi 

 Quartiere di Sant’Andrea: site plan
Quartiere di Sant’Andrea site plan Pierre Blanc Studio 2

by Pierre Blanc 

 Piazza Grande
Piazza Grande Sarah Richards Studio 2

by Sarah Richards 

 Gubbio Lido: section north-south
Gubbio Lido section north-south Pierre Blanc Studio 2

by Pierre Blanc 

 The pathways of Gubbio
The pathways of Gubbio George Tigkas Studio 2

by George Tigkas 

 Gubbio Lido: undercroft
Gubbio Lido undercroft Pierre Blanc Studio 2

by Pierre Blanc 

 Olive press and agriturismo model
Olive press and agriturismo model Paride Saraceni Studio 2

by Paride Sarace 

 Collage study of spa in the Quartiere di Sant’ Andrea
Collage study of spa in the Quartiere di Sant’ Andrea Ania Folejewska Studio 2

by Ania Folejewska 

 Gubbio Lido: pool
Gubbio Lido pool Pierre Blanc Studio 2

by Pierre Blanc 

 Pottery workshop
Pottery workshop Ignacio Azpiazu Studio 2

by Ignacio Azpiazu 

 Gubbio Horticultural College: interior
Gubbio Horticultural College interior James Ragonesi Studio 2

by James Ragonesi 

 Gubbio Horticultural College: gardens
Gubbio Horticultural College gardens James Ragonesi Studio 2

James Ragonesi 

 Gubbio Culinary School
Gubbio Culinary School Kartikai Majithia Studio 2

by Kartikai Majithia 

 Gubbio Horticultural College
Gubbio Horticultural College James Ragonesi Studio 2

by James Ragonesi 

 Gubbio Lido: city montage
Gubbio Lido City Montage Pierre Blanc Studio 2

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

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