About the show
The following design projects were undertaken this year:
Translations (from literary to architectural description)
Type and Model (the design of architectural types and models in isolation of context)
A Heterogeneous Edifice (proposals for a building of mixed use occupation in the vicinity of the Canal Saint Martin in north east Paris.
Fiction is able to describe architectural space and detail; actual or invented. Conversely, architecture can be understood as fiction, in that it may hold within its fabric, the histories of many lives. Ten passages from ten books were selected for students to translate in order for them to interrogate the relationship between these two disciplines and to provoke the architectural imagination. The books included works by Paul Auster, Jorge Luis Borges, Umberto Eco, Franz Kafka, Ryzard Kapuschinski, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Haruki Murakami, George Perec and Bernhard Schlink.
Type and Model
Students were asked to produce a taxonomy of forms, having similarities and differences with each other, determined by the interrogation of architectural types. We understood type, in this instance, as the means to define the field in which the design of architectural models could be played out. The types included: facade apertures (in themselves and in relationship to each other in compositions), tectonic systems (where material choice, construction method and geometry would inform the formal outcome of the models) and spatial idioms (derived from function or from pre-determined morphological and geometric characteristics).
A Heterogeneous Edifice
The major project was for the design of a structure that would accommodate three programmes, (whose co-existence might be mutually beneficial or characterised by tension), loosely based on the spatial and functional conditions of the forum, atelier & apartment. The sites for this exploration were located in the north east of Paris in the vicinity of the Canal St Martin. It was intended that the buildings designed would have a singular presence, rising just above the scale of the typical Haussmannian block. Emphasis was placed on precisely defined tectonic strategies, spatial constitutions and material palettes.
|Location||Central House 2nd Floor|
|Course||Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2|