Been spending my time since Tuesday going back over my portfolio to address the changes we spoke about in the review. Looking at the proposed chapter titles they’re not meshing perfectly with the material I have and so I might change them slightly – ‘Cuisine’, ‘Threshold’ and ‘The View’ definitely stay, but ‘Mass’ and ‘Void’ aren’t working, and in any case haven’t been at the forefront of my mind when I’ve been approaching the project – I’m thinking ‘Tallness’ might work a lot better and better allow me to blend in the tech output. I’ll leave this for a moment, I think when I have the drawings out they will naturally establish their own symmetries and help pin these chapters down.
I’ve drawn up above a few more pages which I hope will conclude the precedent studies and give context to the 432 drawing. When I was drawing up the Eisenman project I noticed the way that the bathroom is bisected by the rift of glazing cut into the building and made me think about ways of compromising my proposal. Looking at the plan, I’m thinking the sleeping accommodation might need to be raised to a mezzanine floor to free up living space and this might create an opportunity to elevate the plan of Taft to the same level so that, lying in bed, you would look directly towards the bathroom facilities which would be fragmented according to the plan of Taft and isolated in glazed units similar to the way I drew up the elevator, compromising the privacy of the room. I appreciate this needs drawing up, not sure I’ve made much sense there.
Charles forwarded me an email from Colin last night with some interesting links to some tall building information:
It’s interesting that the limiting factor on the height of tall buildings is a financial, rather than technical, consideration and maybe this becomes the ‘scale’ of the finished drawings, similar to the drawing of the Cardiff walk in terms of time way back at the start of the year. I want to express the incredible height of these buildings and so the elevation drawing might pierce through the clouds, with human activity at street level emphasising the scale of the tower.
I’ve been thinking some more about the potential environmental treatment of the building I discussed with Charles last time we met and a few ideas have begun to percolate. I noticed when I visited Taft Houses just how minimal the sound insulation in those buildings was. Standing in the corridor you could hear doors slamming and people shouting inside the apartments, quite unnerving… Perhaps the atrium in the proposed building might incorporate acoustic structures, suspended above, that would cut through the floor plates of the building to funnel sound and contaminate the apartments with the ambience of the street.