The Decoded Easter Journey

Over Easter so far, I have been working on portfolio pages and design.


With reagrds to the Portfolio, I have created 1 document which I am going to go back through and edit semester 1 work in order to back up and define by proposal- taking the most relevant strands of the work to make more noticable. It is still a work in progress and I am not happy with all work/layout included but will work on this over the coming weeks, including editing titles etc.

New pages I have worked on more specifically include the handdrawn eroding piers (which I am considering changing the layout slightly, but not sure- would appreciate some comments) and the analysis of the existing NYSE facade.

Portfolio 160404 2.


I have also started working further on developing my idea. I’m not sure whether the design is still a bit ‘blocky’ and I’m hoping to be able to develop this over the coming weeks. I though overhanging the roofs would divide up the building in height, but still make it seem quite imposing and give it the scale that the NYSE has already. I have started by linking some of the top floors of the design to create better public spaces, with them thinking how this relates to the facade and the relationship between the facade, visitors, servers and public spaces. I want more of the stock exchange to be discovered as people walk through the site so am deciding how this will work and how people will see in. I have designated areas to become speculative public spaces and parts of the museum, which tell the story of the stock exchange. I am not sure about these areas at the moment, just part of the design process. The pool and public park spaces are designed for views, and the greenhouse for its southern sunlight position. I was thinking between the buildings would be ways into them and also views into the servers, but where the pool crosses from one building to another, the bottom of the pool could be glass, so people walking underneath can see how the SE is heating water for the pool.

Another idea I was playing with is creating a gap so the end of the pier can be seen from the entrance to the site, and people have just walked down by the existing columns.

Sketch drawings are below to show my thoughts, which colours used for zoning purposes.

Sketch Ideas photos.


Here’s the missing columns drawing;

Pillars of Time


4 thoughts on “The Decoded Easter Journey

  1. Overall, the portfolio is structured too chronologically and has far too much text on the individual pages – this needs to be reduced to work more as captions, or perhaps you could just pull out sentences in big chunks of text and make them bold (sort of like pull quotes in a magazine) so that the reader can understand the drawing by just reading the title of the page and that caption/ pull quote. As we discussed before the Easter break, you need to start with your project i.e. the NYSE – I recall a different order on your storyboard to the one presented here so will assume that you’ve just not reordered it yet?
    I really like your analysis of the existing stock exchange facade – especially how its architectural elements of the portico, temple front, and the use of symmetry etc. all contribute to what the NYSE represents to the city – what’s your contemporary version of each of these using the tools and precedents you already have? You should make a companion set of analysis drawings for your proposal.
    As for the design, I think the overhanging roofs are a step in the right direction since it breaks up the blocki-ness of the architecture but still needs more refinement. I think you need some sort of animated aspect to show us how the facade performs to bring the project to life. Also the facade and the experience of walking down the pier IS YOUR MUSEUM, you don’t need a separate museum of the stock exchange – your museum IS THE STOCK EXCHANGE and how you are making that theatre more accessible to the average person. (I just want to clarify this in case there was any confusion but I’m pretty sure that you already knew that the stock exchange is your museum). Don’t get distracted by designing a museum to tell the story of the stock exchange, instead design the experience of walking through this stock exchange and the theatre it entails – Im intrigued by the idea of being able to see the servers at some points of the journey – would be great to see a view of that. And it would be great if you could develop the sketches you’ve made into views since it would be good to know how much of the different programmes that coexist/ are symbiotic with the servers are visible from the main pathway, and what the experience is like as we walk through the dynamic animated facades of trade.
    A shadow plan or perspective could be a nice drawing to work on to see the shadows cast by the blocks, the facade projections and the piers all together – I couldn’t find the hand drawn piers in the portfolio but I think the piers themselves should play more of a role in the design of the project – their aging or their ability to record time could bring all the different strands of the project together with the piers telling us how trade has changed over the course of history while the facades tell us how trade is changing over the course of the day. Two scales of time – another good drawing to work on.
    Keep going and push the design even further using your analysis of the old NYSE as inspiration. This project made me think of yours because of its ability to see the city as a manifestation of algorithms – doing at the city scale what you are doing on your facades: I think working on a few views to capture the experience you are constructing will help you design the architecture, rather than trying to design it all at once. You could have a really beautiful series of conceptual images similar to these of the new NYSE: – capturing intangible data pathways and trades in your blocky vitrines atop the piers. Good luck! Looking forward to seeing where it goes.

  2. Also for the design of your server rooms and their exterior envelope, perhaps you could look at erasure for inspiration? This series of drawings by Sol Lewitt: made me think of how you are transferring the stock exchange spatially from one part of the city to another, and it has a relationship to its server room in New Jersey and the other global stock exchanges – so perhaps this could be a way into determining the shapes, size and arrangement of your cluster of buildings?

  3. Thanks for this, sorry about the missing drawing- I have added it to the bottom of the page. I decided to hand-draw the columns, even though hand drawing isnt a particular stength of mine, but I thought it would be a nice change from all the digital line drawings, and feel more real/rustic.

  4. I really like the hand drawing of the piers and how that becomes a timeline for stock exchange and trade related events – I think the timeline could be more closely tied to the form of the pier – maybe appropriating the time-wheel format of your other drawings but showing a single pier that is whole in one section and then starts to decay/ crumble/ disintegrate over time according to specific events. This drawing does work but using the circular format might create some consistency throughout the portfolio in terms of how you draw and understand time and its impact on the built environment/ materials. The hand drawing is a nice contrast to the digital work in the portfolio and it works because it has the same degree of precision but brings a softness to the drawing – maybe think about how you add a tactile dimension to your proposal which at the moment is all hard lines and blocks – very digital – perhaps it comes through the rooftop programmes that harness the power of the servers to create a more natural experience – you could play on this in how you image the project – combining the digital with the hand-drawn?

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