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drawing machines to parasitic structures

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anthony gill architects

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The final All Program Lecture was conducted by Anthony Gill Architects (AGA). Ultimately, I’ve got to say that I did not attend the final lecture series, but I looked through the designs that were showcased on AGA’s website, and they were amazing. The structures that are created by these designers simply fit into the natural surroundings, whilst creating somewhat groundbreaking ideas and architecture. The following image showcases a Surry Hills House. When I first looked at the webpage, I was trying to find the design that was created on the street. I then saw this amazing terrace, which is hosued between two traditional structures, that you would normally see in Surry Hills. I think the main reason I did not initially realise the difference and variation which is seen in the image below between the structures is because of the materiality of the build. The colour palette and also the structural nature of the building are much the same of the ones that it is housed next to. The tonal and almost greyscale colour palette allows this revolutionary and very modern build to seamlessly fit into the street-scape. Ultimately there is a strong juxtaposition that lies within the structures. Your comparing a completely new build to a federation stylised terrace, but they have built this cleverly enough for a seamless and almost un-noticable transition to be made when looking at the varying facades.


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May 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

paul rudolph

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Paul Rudolph- an amazing architect who mastered visualisations and architectural drawing.

In a lecture series on architectural drawing and presentation, an example of Paul Rudolph’s visualisations were shown. This architect communicated the structure and the formal nature of his buildings through simple yet intricate hand drawings, which detailed both the interior and exterior spatiality and materiality of the potential structure.

The following exert was taken from the UMASSD website, the quote has been taken from Rudolph when he received the Landmark Awkward for the residency of Beekham Place in New York. “The juxtaposition of modern and traditional forms creates a dialogue between the old and the new, and makes this building one of the most provocative landmarks in New York City.” Ultimately, the main reason of selecting and integrating this quote into this blog post, was not because it was just a Paul Rudolph exert, but it was because there was something about the nature in what he stating, and how it relates to the intervention in Kensington Street. Ultimately, I am embedding a new structure into a building, but the new structure isn’t really hiding any of the old building, it is enhancing and maintaining the structural quality of the rundown facade. This intervention thus allows a dialogue to be created between the old and the new, as the new is basically reiterating and re-representing what was already there.

Conversely, I’m not going to go as far as Rudolph and say that this design will be one of the most provocative landmarks in Sydney.

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May 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

drawing machines to parasitic structures

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The above slideshow showcases some images from my intrim modular representation. By creating an actual model helped me understand the structural and spatial qualities of the building and the site intervention.


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May 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm


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The following video showcases the impacts of light and water on my intervention in Kensington Street. The documentation tries to project the concept of the actual structure in the street, and the impacts on the ground below, the impacts of the structures to the materiality of the building and the impact that the natural phenomena will have on these intervened structures.

The nature of the triangular structures act as a mediator between above and below. The structures link the water that lands on the roof, and seemlessly drips it onto the pavement below. The structures basically reiterate the run down nature of the building, by not hiding the fact that it is a desolute building, but enhancing and exposing its decaying nature, by enhancing and focusing on the notion of the drip. Ultimately, the triangles allow the drip off the roof to be more controlled and systematic, but still, the environment and the natural element of rain completely impacts and ultimately yields this structure. The drops created from these intervened structures link to the prior concept of the drawing machine through the mark in which they create.

This intrim model addresses aspects of spatiality. The final model that will be created will basically look the same as this, with some iterations done to the triangular structures in order to make each structure vital in the concept of moving water off the roof structure.

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May 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

the project: in full

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My final site intervention and somewhat parasitic structure is based off the conceptual nature of the previous interventional drawing machine. The roof on 26 Kensington Street, like the drawing machines that were situated around the Kensington Site both act as mediators within the natural environment. The drawing machines allowed the wind to draw and map its general nature, as a basic reading into its direction and intensity was made. The drawing machine highlighted how this natural element impacts the overall materiality of this urban street environment. The roof on 26 Kensington Street has one main purpose- to be a shelter and a structural element for the rest of the building. It solely prevents elements such as sunlight, wind and water from coming directly into the building. Instead of once again studying the impacts of the wind, I have chosen to study the natural impact of water and rain on this building. Rain falls onto the roof, and moves down the slopped structure into the gutter, and then eventually into a drain. Ultimately, the functionality of the building does not work as well as initially intended due to the run-down nature of the build. Instead of trying to prevent a natural pattern of decay into leaking drainpipes and gutters the structure that I am planning to embed onto the building will accentuate and draw on these impacts. Through implementing triangular structures onto the roofline and embedding them into the front façade of the building will help enforce drips and water to flow down these metal triangular structures, thus emphasising the process that normally happens on this roof in heavy rain. The marks that are created by the drips from the existing roof and the conceptual intervention structure will have a direct link to the results seen and mapped in the drawing machine intervention. Furthermore, the new roof and façade structure that will be situated on 26 Kensington Street will serve as a protective structure to the front face of the building.

The intervention will link the both the interior and exterior through the embedded nature of the structures on the front façade. This will thus emphasise the slopped roof that is ultimately one wall of the top story. Along with linking the interior and exterior, the site intervention will create a medication with above and below by reinforcing the flow and movement of water down the building. This will thus, eliminate the awkward limbo that exists within the building.

Ultimately the triangular form was not embedded in my initial drawing machine, but aspects and results from this parasitic intervention links to the readings seen from both the initial drawing machine and the existing building itself.

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May 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

sketch model: site intervention

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This video highlights the concepts that will be showcased in the final intervention structure on 26 Kensington Street, Chippendale. The triangular structures will be embedded into the front facade of the building, providing a shelter for the front of the building, but more importantly, the triangular forms will emphasise the natural movement and patterns of water and rain- a natural atmospheric quality and substance that is embedded into the urban streetscape. Instead of ignoring elements of decay, and trying to hide leaking drainpipes and structures, this intervention will draw on these aspects, thus reiterating the structural nature of the building. This short video is footage of one of my first models. The video was taken as I was spraying water onto the model- focusing on the drips that came from each structural triangular element.

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May 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm