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Architectural Design_James H. Walker


C O N T E N T S [OBJECT

revolt of the object part 1

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pecha kucha

[CAPTURE [ D R AW [SITE

perception

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revolt of the object part 2

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revolt of the object part 3

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | r e v o l t o f t h e o b j e c t p a r t 1

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A process has begun...surrealism...sculpture. To c r e a t e a f u s e d e n t i t y, a c o l l a b o r a t i o n , a juxtaposition...materials

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c o n t r a s t w i t h o n e a n o t h e r.

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conform and join creating new surfaces and i n t e r a c t i o n s. . . Fl u i d i t y, l i g h t , c o l o u r. . . t h e object brings together qualities and showcases them to the world - expression and process ready for abstraction.

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component for textures, aromas... stimulating the “s e n s e s . � Reflec tivity, contrast, brightness... components produced through manipulation.

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | r e v o l t o f t h e o b j e c t p a r t 1

“ The boundary line between ourselves and the world is identified by our senses” [Pallasma, 2006]

“ The hands want to see, the eyes want to caress” [Goethe, 1998]

“A s w e l o o k t h e e y e t o u c h e s ” [ P a l l a s m a , 2 0 0 6 ]

REVEALING

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | p e c h a k u c h a

LIGHT A REVEALING AMBIGUITY manufacturing

manipulation

comparison

essence

atmosphere

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The pecha kucha process enables a lot of information to be delivered succinc tly and precisely. 20 images in 20 seconds means only the key points can be presented in the short time available. As a group of 3 this meant a total of 60 images could be presented, contrasted, and compared. 6

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | p e c h a k u c h a

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P R O C E S S . . . O B J E C T C D p r o d u c t i o n . . . C D ’s a r e copies extracted from an original glass master disc. The glass master is first cleaned and polished, ensuring no impurifications are transferred to the next stage. Then the disc is analysed for any possible impurities before being coated with a primer and a photoresistant coating. Deionised water and a datadeveloping solution are then applied before the data is etched onto the disc, creating pitts and falls.

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polycarbonate is then injected into a mould c o n t a i n g t h e m a s t e r, producing thousands of clear plastic discs that then become coated with a thin l a y e r o f a l u m i n i u m . T h e C D ’s are then varnished, silkscreened, packaged, and sold.

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | p e c h a k u c h a

Metal was a common material running through all of our objects...structural, aesthetic, mechanical... functioning in contrasting ways, yet portraying similar material qualities.

Light [a revealing ambiguity]...giving a sense of atmosphere in our projects. Interacting with the materials in different ways to reveal the objects’ qualities.

Revealing... from melting plastics to the translucency of glass, our objects reveal different interactions depending on variable factors...light [direction], angle, setting.

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[ L i g h t i n t e r a c t i n g w i t h t h e C D ’s f r o m b e hind can provoke sinister conotations, a c o n t r a s t t o t h e v i b r a n c e y o f t h e C D ’s w h e n lit from in front]

[ C D ’s c o n f o r m i n g t o t h e u n d e r l y i n g contours and adopting new shapes and textures extracted from the manipulation process, forming a new fluid-like state]

[Peeling back the layers to reveal an alien landscape, a tactile textural environment becoming earier the further you delve inside]

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[Juxtapositions create contrast that heightens some material qualities...rough dark; compared with reflection and brightness]

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | p e c h a k u c h a

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Persistence of Memor y... inspiration was literally d e r i v e d f r o m D a l i ’s s u r r e alist painting in order to derive a form and a level of fluidity for my object

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Object...obvious literal connotations o f G e h r y ’s w o r k , t h e l i t e r a l f l u i d i t y of shapes; also the perception of the building in relation to light. L i b e s k i n d ’s J e w i s h M u s e u m . . . e c h o s t h e atmosphere created by the interaction of light and the CD, with strong shards of light penatrating through these blisters slashed across the facade.


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[Libeskind_Jewish Museum]

“It is an architecture perfectly suited to mental anguish, torture - a shard of light (hope?), some external rumblings (a sign you’re not alone or abandoned, or the sound of impending death?) cutting you off, plunging you into darkness, u n c e r t a i n t y a n d d o u b t .” [ Woz, 2007]

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | r e v o l t o f t h e o b j e c t p a r t 2

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Abstraction...take our objects and photograph them in a way that reveals particular qualities, and portrays a sense of uncertainty towards the objects.

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | r e v o l t o f t h e o b j e c t p a r t 2

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FUSING WITH THE LANDSCAPE

The fluidity of the object lends itself to the c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s o f w a t e r, c re ating this seamless tension between the two.

J U X TA P O S E

The contrast of material qualities helps to exagerate parts of the object.

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With the exploration of scale the interpretation of the object became more interesting...The way in which scale can alter our perception as to what we feel normal, and transforms our rational thoughts into surreal ones.

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | r e v o l t o f t h e o b j e c t p a r t 2

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. . . t r a n s l a t i o n o f L i b e s k i n d ’s J e w i s h M u s e u m

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | r e v o l t o f t h e o b j e c t p a r t 2

After producing these 10 photographs 3 were chosen to be take forward for the next task [perception]

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | p e r c e p t i o n

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a landcape derived from the photo below...a stepped parkland where paths lead across the [indicated by materiality], and recessions create seating areas

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again using the same photograph in order to derive a d i f f e r e n t s e t t i n g , f u n c t i o n , a n d f o r m . a ‘c l i f f - f a c e r e s i d e n c e ’. . . s e p a r a t e b l o c k s c a s c a d e d o w n a c l i f f - f a c e creating contained pods for residents

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | p e r c e p t i o n

auditorium

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city block

concealed city

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | p e r c e p t i o n

v i l l a stepped pods now find themselves projecting into a surreal water-scape on the shore

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | r e v o l t o f t h e o b j e c t p a r t 3

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To d e s i g n a n e w l u x u r y n i g h t c l u b i n t h e h e a r t o f E d i n b u r g h , i n c o r p o r a t i n g a n i n d o o r dance arena, private VIP area, and a performance stage for live bands. The venue must b e v i b r a n t a n d c o n t e m p o r a r y, s e t t i n g i t s e l f a p a r t f r o m t h e t r a d i t i o n a l “c o n v e r t e d f a c t o r y � nightclubs that currently swamp Edinburgh. Light should be used as a recurring theme and methadology for the design project as it has previously been the strong link between all previous work. Materiality must also be a considereation as the facades must stand out in order to grab attention (at night), yet not too ambitious so as to disturb the qualities of the site_Princess Street Gardens. The route ( journey) to the site must incorporate a degree of landscaping, allowing the venue to blend in sensuously with its surroundings. The landscaping should be something that adds to the project, perhaps giving it a sense of interaction with the public during the day, as well as at night. The current existing stage, is an interesting, challenging prospect to deal with, with many possible outcomes for its future, such as renovation, demolition, incorporation, or rebuilding. A survey must therefore take place in order to discover the best possible outcome for its future. The overall project must therefore be an exciting, advanced, and modern development that helps push Edinburgh into the 21st Centur y.

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site model 1:200

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | r e v o l t o f t h e o b j e c t p a r t 3

site 1:1000 The Ross Theatre Bandstand will play hoast to my intervention. The band stand gives oppurtunity for regeneration, as it is run-down, undersized, and underused. Also the darkness of the site gives potential for light to be used to illuminate the project giving a significance to area at night that it currently lacks. The surrounding landmarks - Princess Street, Edinburgh Castle, St. J o h n ’s C h u r c h , a n d the High court also currently play hoast to diverse lighting features that I feel should be adopted by the project in order for it to become a strong successs, and create a link with the surrounding context.

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | r e v o l t o f t h e o b j e c t p a r t 3

main dance floor; dj box vip dance floor; dj box live performance area toilets seating area bar cloakroom office pay desk smoking area first-aid room staff room performance facilities

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | n i g h t c l u b

-2 floor plan 1:500

-1 floor plan 1:500

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Fluidity...having a design that fuses with the landscape, immerced. The roof level with the existing context, creating a seamless transition between site and intervention. Subtlety...from Princess Street the project would seam minimul, with only light [brightness] creating a scene for interest.

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s t r i p s , c r a c k s , s h a r d s . . . i n s p i r e d b y L i b e s k i n d ’s J e w i s h M u s e u m a n d t h e w a y l i g h t i n t e r a c t s w i t h m y o b j e c t , m y b u i l d i n g ’s facades will illuminate the site using the internal lighting to radiate through these slashes across the facades and roof.

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | n i g h t c l u b

concept model 1:500

layered roof structure

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | n i g h t c l u b

location plan [edinburgh] 1:1000

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Ice-rink...the fluidity and reflective qualities of ice relates to my object. Light enhances these qualities as lights from the club penatrate through the roof/facades and plays with the ice ; the movement and shadows cast by skaters above would also translate and echo through the club below. other uses: markets, carnivals, the fringe, marquees etc.

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1 - pay desk; 2 - cloakroom; 3 - staff room; 4 - general office; 5 - first-aid room; 6 - staff toilet; 7 - vip lounge; 8 - bar; 9 - dance floor; 10 - male toilets; 11 - female toilets; 12 - smoking area 42

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P R O V O C AT I O N O F T H E S E N S E S | n i g h t c l u b

fluidity...cur ved fluid gestures are applyed to the p r o j e c t ’s f a c a d e s i n o r d e r to announce openings and sections of the programme CEILING...fluidity, bub bles, cracks, light...these key qualities have echoed through the project thus f a r, t h e c e i l i n g t h e re fo re takes these qualities and enhances them so they are projected throughout the nightclub

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fluid facades

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN James H. Walker 0945813 Junior Honours University of Edinburgh ESAL A

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W o z . ( 2 0 0 7 ) . H o l o c a u s t To w e r, J e w i s h M u s e u m , K r e u z b e r g , B e r l i n . [ I n t e r n e t ] , A v a i l a b l e from: w w w.woz writes.blogspot.com > [Accessed 12/06 2011] Pa l l a s m a a , J. ( 2 0 0 6 ) . Th e Eye s o f t h e S k i n . C h i c h e s t e r, J o h n Wi l e y & S o n s L t d. G o e t h e, J. W. ( 1 9 9 8 ) . N o t A r c h i t e c t u r e b u t Ev i d e n c e t h a t i t E x i s t s . H a r v a r d U n i v e r s i t y Graduate School of Design.


Architectural Design_Third Year Portfolio_University of Edinburgh_James Walker  

This is my architectural design portfolio produced after my third year of studying at Edinburgh University. It tracks my progress and develo...

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