So far, over the Easter, I’ve been fairly busy trying to both get work together, whilst reading and making a chaotic journey to Berlin via home, which was great fun. I spent some time dragging a friend around various sites of historical importance like the topography of terror, Chipperfield’s Neues Museum, East Side Gallery, the Reichstag, and the more poetic forms of conservation, such as the Memorial to Murdered Jews, which plays on emotion and sensory elements. I found myself critiquing the rationale behind restoration and conservation throughout. The Neues Museum itself has many moments across time frozen and made obvious Its also a great city for use and reuse, as many buildings are generic, and very little is often given away by facade or form (except in few cases such as a bar built into an old swimming pool, with the lighting recessed into water inlets, drinks counters sat within spa pools. Cermaic tiles lined the walls so it was pretty interesting to see an establishment wear its history so proudly on its sleeve. Bars also paid homage to their former uses such as the farbfernseher, which merely named itself after the old tv store it appropriated, no reference was to be found architecturally which was disappointing.
Anyway, I worked on a few more drawings and read through both Fred Scotts’ on altering architecture, and Eric Gill’s an essay on typography, which could be useful in talking about changing conditions surrounding work. The first drawing is about current typologies, how form and technology have changed across the sites existence.
Using the example that Manijeh posted on the blog about the drawing that won the AA prize, I merged the different time periods as below. The black part on the right represents when time breaks and form across all secotrs, resi, commercial and industrial collapse. I think the grid will really affect the different elements and then just juxtapose with the collapse/ rupture on the right. I want to bring the overlay back in though through trace, so using different inks to overlay simple line drawings of the different axos in a book to contrast different uses and time periods. Different uses will be shown through people interacting with the architecture through their routines, again simple line drawings.
I also provided the residential element a bit stronger, actually modelling it as below. I feel that I I can now use this to create the overlay between all time periods, but I dont think that now the axo is the best way to do it. I will complete it, but I’ve been trying to learn revit so I can provide construction sections while showing the space inside, and I think this would work great in an overlay format with different colored inks.
The Atelier Bow Wow section below shows exactly how I would want to achieve the new overlay.
This is the second detail, the rack that moves up and down the building as discussed.
And also a drawing of the bare structure, the only bit that will remain unchanged in its entirety.