COMPLEXITY C OMPLEEXTROVERSION XITY + CONTRADICTORY ??? CONTRADICTORY + ? ??
2. POLITICAL ARCHITECTURE 3. DEVELOP LIBRARY BRIEF 4. EXTROVERSION
THE PM’S READING ROOM_RMIT STUDIO_SEMESTER 1 2013_EMMA WILSON_LEVEL 9_S3051432
1. REVIEW OF SAB VS. DESIGN HUB
WEEK 7 TASK 1: AR. REVIEW
1. Design Hub Facade to Swanston Street 2. Divisive corridor punctuating the spaces of the Design Hub 3. A bite out of Lyon’s SAB Facade, with balconies looking out to the city. 4. Fragmented, colourful interiors of SAB
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has recently gained two architectural additions to their catalogue of star-architecture. Firstly Swanston Academic Building (SAB) by Lyons and also the Design Hub (DH) by Sean Godsell Architects.
Both buildings have begun with similar positions and motives to a new type of learning, but arrived at different outcomes. Both aimed to provide collaborative, highly adaptive, social spaces in order to allow “cross pollination”, or collaboration. The output, or method, though, severely differs in the finished products. The opposing materials and colour palette designed throughout exterior and interior spaces of each building give an insight to how each architect treated the brief. The DH uses a cold, grey, very raw palette throughout- appearing sterile, heartless, sombre, unfriendly from first views. This cold palette of materials provides a perfect backdrop for magazine photographs- where no people are seen to inhabit- but it does not provide a backdrop for collaborative design spaces. Perhaps this aesthetic is a critique on the design community and their goals? Or perhaps more a reflection on the own architects passions and interests? The Lyon’s building on the other hand, provides spatial and visual stimulation through it’s use of colour and fractal intersecting elements throughout facade and interior. Whilst this is a messy aesthetic, and few would describe the building as beautiful, the building invites and inspires student collaboration- being messy, incidental, colourful, social, fun and informal. The floor plan of each building alters greatly. The huge footprint of SAB sees that fragmented pattern, not restricted in any way by rectangles and 90 degrees corners. The plan is free to zig zag in and out, the students are free to collaborate freely and in an informal space where no meaning has been decided. The Design hub plan on the other hand is controlled and ordered- a Modernist plan- adhering to the rectangular limits of the site. Controlled and limiting, the plan’s long and narrow staircase slices through and divides the spaces (and people). The Design Hub presents itself as a sustainable, green building using new technologies- which, interestingly are so futuristic that they have not yet been invented or incorporated into the reality of the building. Again, this current fashion of marketable sustainability, but really without depth or a follow through of intent.
Both facades use a collective of small repetitive elements- perhaps representing collective mass of students, and the university as a whole, not as individuals. One uses triangular colours, whereas the other uses opaque glass disks. One is perfect in it’s repetition and purity, one appears messy and allows chunks to be bitten out. Whilst one facade takes it’s cues from the surroundings (albeit abstractedly), one hums to it’s own tune.
The balcony negatives, or bites, punctuating the SAB building facade, provide outdoor space to meet, study, collaborate- an extension from Corrigan’s building 8 street interaction. These street chunks also allow and encourage an interaction with the street below in a way which the Design Hub does not. The chunks aim their views at other university buildings and the street below, showing a collaboration with Corrigans’ building 8, ARM’s story hall and the street, and also give a send of depth to the facade.
Godesell’s Design Hub, reverts back to the days where university grounds were closed to the general public.- a condition to which RMIT has moved away from in recent years The building’s facade doesn’t offer any insight to what is inside, it does not invite, it reflects. You may look out from within the building, (from the most interesting space in the project- the rooftop) but you can never see in if you are on outside. This presents design to be an exclusive industry, accessible to only those in the know. Both buildings offer an example of an architecture of today. One showing a formal, cold and very fashionable approach, one showing an informal, warm, and very human approach. Which do you choose?
POLITI CAL A R CH T IT ECT U R E -AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDIES (AIATSIS), ARM -THE MELBOURNE SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE, ARM -UREMBURG RALLY, ALBERT SPEER -2011 ARIRANG MASS GAMES (MASS CHOREOGRAPHY, NORTH KOREA) -THE REICHSTAG, NORMAN FOSTER -THE VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL (WASHINGTON, DC), MAYA LIN
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDIES (AIATSIS), ARM
COLOURS USED FOR POLITICAL MESSAGE.
REPETITION/COPYING OF EXISTING ICONIC BUILDINGS WITH SLIGHT ALTERATIONS (COLOUR) TO MAKE POLITICAL STATEMENT. WHITE ARCHITECTURE TURNED BLACK CROSS/ SIGNATURE OF ILLITERATES PARLIAMENT FOR ABORIGINALS- FACING TO PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA BUILDING RED AND BLACK PARLIAMENT, NOT WHITE
NUREMBURG RALLY, ALBERT SPEER
authoritative superpower invincible, destructible the collective monumental a new germany, control “cathedrals of light”
Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer (pronounced [ĐĐpeĐĐĐ] ( listen); March 19, 1905 – September 1, 1981) was a German architect who was, for a part of World War II, Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich. They were large Nazi propaganda events, especially after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. These events were held at the Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg from 1933 to 1938 and are usually referred to in English as the Nuremberg Rallies The primary aspect of the Nuremberg Rallies was to strengthen the personality cult of Adolf Hitler, portraying him as Germany’s saviour, chosen by providence. The gathered masses listened to the Führer’s speeches, swore loyalty and marched before him. Representing the Volksgemeinschaft as a whole, the rallies served to demonstrate the might of the German people. The visitors of the rallies by their own free will were subordinate to the discipline and order in which they should be reborn as a new people
-2011 ARIRANG MASS GAMES (MASS CHOREOGRAPHY, NORTH KOREA)
the collective, no individuals superpower, big invincible, destructible control, fear
transparent government a new era- different to the past reflective (on past) dome -political process in design
-THE REICHSTAG, NORMAN FOSTER
The current Reichstag dome is a glass dome constructed on top of the rebuilt Reichstag building in Berlin. It was designed by architect Norman Foster and built to symbolize the reunification of Germany. The distinctive appearance of the dome has made it a prominent landmark in Berlin. The Reichstag dome is a large glass dome with a 360 degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape. The debating chamber of the Bundestag, the German parliament, can be seen down below. A mirrored cone in the center of the dome directs sunlight into the building, and so that visitors can see the working of the chamber.  The dome is open to the public and can be reached by climbing two steel, spiraling ramps that are reminiscent of a double-helix. The Dome symbolizes that the people are above the government, as was not the case during National Socialism. The glass dome was also designed by Foster to be environmentally friendly. Energy efficient features involving the use of the daylight shining through the mirrored cone were applied, effectively decreasing the carbon emissions of the building. The futuristic and transparent design of the Reichstag dome makes it a unique landmark, and symbolizes Berlinâ€™s attempt to move away from a past of Nazism and instead towards a future with a heavier emphasis on a united, democratic Germany
-THE VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL (WASHINGTON, DC), MAYA LIN
The black cut-stone masonry wall, with the names of 58,272 fallen soldiers carved into its face, was completed in late October 1982 and dedicated on November 13, 1982.  The wall is granite and V-shaped, with one side pointing to the Lincoln Memorial and the other to the Washington Monument Linâ€™s conception was to create an opening or a wound in the earth to symbolize the gravity
sunken womb asian vs. western art a different kind of monunment
3 X MASSING OPTIONS
MASSI N G DI A GR AM 1
POLITIC OF THE TIME???
“HOWARDS’S BATTLERS” BLUE COLLAR WORKERS, (TRADITIONAL LABOUR VOTERS) SWITCHING TO HOWARD FOR 2 TERMS -LABOUR NOT RESPONDING TO NEEDS (89 INTEREST RATES) -PROSPEROUS TIMES -CONSERVATIVE ATTITUDES TO IMMIGRATION
“I NEED MORE” (THE AUSSIE BATTLER)
MONEY = STATUS = POWER
BIG G ER IS BET T ER f acad e/ s tat us / s ho w o f we al th
HOUSES GETTING BIGGER
“GATED ISLAND” FEAR OF HAVING TO SHARE NEW WEALTH
“I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Between 1984 and 1995, 40% of all migrants coming into this country were of Asian origin. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate.”
EXTROVERSIONPROCESS THE FORTRESS WALL
GROUND FLOOR PLAN 800M2
FIRST GROUND FLOOR PLAN 270M2