Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Architectural and Design Inspirators

* Research two significant pieces of Architecture that you are interested in. Find drawings, sketches posters, models etc. relating to you chosen buildings and post all information to your blog.

* Write 100 words on each building commenting on the visual styles used to represent the architecture.


Whale Beach House - Alex Popov

Australian architect Alex Popov takes on a traditional approach to representing his ideas about his designs and architecture. In my opinion the drawings give a more personal and expressive approach to his explanations of how his buildings work. With the arrows pointing demonstrating the circulation of air, light and living etc Alex translates to his clients what it feel like in that space as opposed to what it would look like. The rough sketching alludes to the idea that the design was about feeling and experiencing. And the fact that the house lies beside the beach helps to form a person’s imagination. He also creatively demonstrates how the building works without actually showing how it works.

Source: Alex Popov


Longlands Mill - Space Craft Architects

In 2007-2008 Space Craft Architects developed Longlands Mill in Cheshire, England to house apartments, offices, studios and shops. And whilst comparatively to Alex Popov’s style, this architectural team presented a more visually appealing display of visualisations. It is evident that they were very skilled in computer design and thus provided computer simulated environments to express their design. These images help the architects explain the relationship of the building to people and how they interact to it. In doing so, they virtually build the design to give a near to real expectation of the design. In this sense, I find this technique very effective especially in attracting prospective buyers and investors for the project, but feel that the concept of hand drawn sketches adds style and character – hence should never be erased.


From studying these two architects, I have learnt that there is no one way of expressing an idea or design. In most cases there will be a better way compared to another, in others multiple avenues to representation must be explored. I hope that this course can guide me through making the correct decisions for interpreting various ideas in a range of situations.

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