Over the break so far I have been focussing on the design of the actual landscape itself, because I found I needed to tackle this to be able to move forward with my taxonomy and layered magazine edition.
I have modelled the majority of my site:
Vanderbilt Hall is still in progress, but almost done for now (although taken longer than I’d hoped).
I looked at alternate viewpoints that people will view the project from within the station itself:
(A3 draft layout – title to be on the left page)
(A3 draft layout – captions to be underneath)
Then I had a look at some diagramatic information within my drawing to try and inform the design of the scheme; the viewpoints on each section of the project (Vanderbilt Hall; bridge; main concourse), concentration of viewpoints, boundaries of viewpoints, development.
For the last few days I have been stumbling over the actual design of my scheme. Going back and forth between my structure and form has just made matters worse – but I turned a corner this evening (I hope!) as I have devised how to move forwards. Firstly; finish my site model so that I can define the actual view points I want people inside the cloud to see – for example being inline with the walk-way windows at either end and seeing through some of the semi-circular windows at the top of the concourse. Secondly to model these like a mixture of train line and constellation in 3D (similar to the diagrams above) to inform where the journey within the landscape will take you. Then I will physically model what I’ve found/decided on. Having been stuck for what feels like forever on this I feel quite positive about moving forward this way – although if there are any glaring suggestions please can I have those!
Structurally I still want to incorporate pistons and movement amongst the mesh, but the rigidity of the truss beams is not helping with being stuck at the moment. Some of my more legible ideas are
I have been looking at structures like the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, which manages to remain completely light and visibly permeable which is important to incorporate. Another element I am looking at was modular components to construct the landscape of.