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Bach Project 2012 An Organic Project By Sebastian Siggaard


Presentation Research


Presentation Methods Architectural model An architectural model is a tangible representation of structure to show design ideas and features to a client. The benefits of an architectural model are that it allows for the visualization of design features, shown how different areas flow into each other, allow for the client to visual the final product with the use of rendering. The downsides to an architectural model as a presentation method is that it is limited in the ideas that it can convey and the design process that was gone through in order to create the final product. It is best used to complement another presentation method.

Virtual Model Like an architectural model a virtual model is also a 3 dimensional representation of a structure. It is created on a computer using software such as AutoCAD or ArchiCAD. The benefits of a virtual model are that it can show the model in number of different situations both social and environmentally, it can show a number of different aesthetic options, such as colour, quickly and easily. The downside is that it doesn't provide a tangible model that the client can interact which often can be a great benefit.

Booklet The benefits of using a booklet as the presentation method is that since it comprises of pages it can show the design process step by step and gives the client a good idea of the different design ideas and how the final product was created.

Display Board A display board is A3 or larger board that allows for information to be displayed in a large and uniform matter. The benefits of using a display board are that it can show a large and varied amount of information, ranging from graphics to data to text. It easily and clearly communicates text and can drawn focus to certain key areas with the use of colour and size. The downsides to the display board are that it can easily become dull and uninspiring to look at, it also does not show the step by step design process as effectively as a booklet. ii


The Godin method focuses mostly on the element of presentation slide design – particularly, how to select accompanying visuals to enhance messages appropriately.  Godin promotes the use of bold fonts, contrasting colors, striking images, and other clear, compelling visuals to better convey thoughts and ideas.

Chosen Methods The methods that I chose to use for my presentation are an architectural model and a booklet. The reason that I chose these methods is because I felt that they complement each other. The architectural model provides a tangible and 3 dimensional method to convey the design ideas and features of the design while the booklet allows for a way to show the design process to show how the final design was created.

Presentation Inspiration 


Presentation Techniques There are several famous techniques that most presentations are based upon. These are the Takahashi method, Lessig method and the Godin method. The Takahashi method calls for the use of very, very large text.  The goal is to use a minimal amount of easy to understand words, around 3, or a single image on each slide which helps to deliver a very clear and very high-impact message. The Lessig method incorporates only a brief quote, a short sentence, or a photo with a caption onto each slide and spend only a few seconds on each slide. Lessig presentations are often quite long and the idea behind this is that the rapid-fire pace of delivery prevents the audience from growing bored or getting distracted. iii


The Model Architectural models are made out of a number of different materials, the most common being wood, paperboard, foam and acrylic.

Paperboard Paperboard is a thick paper based material. The advantages of paperboard are that it is easily cut and formed, lightweight and strong, has a consistent colour throughout so the edges are the same colours as the walls. All these factors make it prefect for modeling.

Wood Wood specifically balsa wood is used for modeling because it is extremely soft and shapeable will stilling maintaining a high degree of strength. Another wood commonly used for modeling is Bass wood, it retains most of the qualities of balsa but has a nicer texture. This means that it is easier to cut and retain a clean finish and it also accepts paint more readily.

cuts needs to be at exactly 90 degrees and very accurate otherwise the final finished look is terrible.

Acrylic Acrylic is the most professional material. It creates the best looking models but requires specialist equipment to use, such as a laser machine.

Chosen Material The material that I chose to create my architectural model out of is not one of materials featured but rather I chose to use LEGO as my material. The reason that I chose to use LEGO as my material is because all of the other materials have a significant learning curve that you need to undergo in order to create professional and good looking models. Using LEGO as my material negates this as it is extremely easy to use and create good looking models. Along with this I already have a large supply of lego so I have all of the necessary materials needed to create a good looking and realistic model.

Foam Foams such as foamboard are used for modeling because it adds volume to a model. Foam is extremely light and soft and easy to cut but is extremely hard to work with because every v


Organic Architecture

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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.� - Winston Churchill


“So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no ‘traditions’ essential to the great tradition. Nor not cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past or present or future, but instead exalting the simple laws of common sense”

-Frank Lloyd Wright


Organic architecture is a philosophy of architecture that creates harmony between Man and Nature. It promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world


through sympathetic and poetic design. It integrates the design with its site, furnishings, and surroundings to become part of a unified space.

It is neither rigidly geometric or linear. There are no solid truths about organic architecture, the sole purpose is function.


“Less is more only when more is too much.” - Frank Lloyd Wright


The Site As a apart of organic architecture the design had to integrate itself into its environment. The design of the Bach house had to reflect the different elements and features of the site and create a harmony between the outdoor and indoor areas. The features that I needed to integrate is the vertical difference, the stream that into the ocean and the surrounding forest and the different fauna that’s in there. To integrate the surrounding features into the house I made use of glass cubicles that help blur the border between the indoor and outdoor. I also situated the house so it is floating above the stream which mirrors the vertical aspects in the site and creates a connection between the stream and the house.


The Design I wanted to use the exterior of the house in order to create not only indoor outdoor flow but also create interaction between the environment of the site and the house its self. The glass cut outs help create this interaction and allow for the environment and house to blend together in a cohesive manner. Although the exterior is simple it creates harmony with the use of natural materials such as a grass roof, cedar weatherboards, large windows which allow for it to fit into the environment will still being an independent and separate entity. The design features strong lines which are offset by the use of sympathetic materials and colours to create a peaceful building that sits calmly into the environment while still remaining the feel that it is separate.


“Whenever I draw a circle, I immediately want to step out of it.� - Buckminster Fuller


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