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Design brief

The definition of a science laboratory is a special facility where experiments are done and typically contains equipment, beakers, burners and other tools necessary to complete experiments. The title of laboratory is also used for certain other facilities where the processes or equipment used are similar to those in scientific laboratories. These notably include: Computer lab. Crime lab used to process crime scene evidence. The building will be a museum where people will learn about science as it will have a gallery and rooms were people will be able to take on the challenge and physically do the experiments. The building will also have social spaces where people will be able to interact and mingle with each other to discuss ideas and thought. More over as well as having social spaces in the internal of the building it will also have places such as mini parks and other external social spaces where the audience could feel more comfortable and also have their quite study.

Location I want my building to be in a place where it would be easy access for people. A place surrounded by a peaceful environment where my building could be a great attraction to the people. I want it to have a good distance from all the other buildings so that it will be noticeable from a distance. So many great London attractions to tick off. The range of tourist attractions in London is endless. such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London and London Bridge.

I also wanted my building to be in a place where it is also surrounded by other attractions which makes it more of a competition however it can also be an advantage because people might decided to come to London to do see a specific attractions such as the London eye. This give them the opportunity to also pass by and have a chance to visit this museum. Moreover my building is in such place because it is also has many ways in which tourist can come to the museum such train. As you can see there are a lot of train stations in London which will make to easier for tourist to find their way to visit the museum.

I decided to get a map of the streets of London and use it as a development by around the roads with different materials to discover different forms and shapes and creating structures which I could use for my project and help me have an idea of how my building could look like. Using the metal strings it has created spaces and intersections which could turn into existing spaces.

Using the structures I created I decided to use them to create an actual building by putting the together to see the outcomes and if I could use it for my project. I added people to understand what type of space it could be and also added pillars to help sustain the building as it doesn't’t look like a firm structure which made it look more solid.

I decided to combine different sculptures to create new forms. These drawings are a result of the following experiments. Combining contrasting forms I ended up with interesting structures which can be used for the main structure of the building. It was useful and interesting how it is so easy to reform or adjust existing spaces to something you prefer.

Inspiration from Porsche Museum. Interior and exterior drawings of buildings.

This is a little plan of what my museum could look like or be part of the building. I also created a model of the ground floor which in the middle it has the a reception where customers will be welcomed. It will also have seats for other clients around the building. More over it will have a coffee station and stairs on the side of the building leading to first floor. I decided to go and visit one of the Mercedes companies in London and got an idea of how a reception can look like or could look like in my project.

Floor views

This is my first floor plan where the offices will be and also a simple model of the top floor. As you can see in the middle of the of the floor there is single room which will be the private meeting room for the workers

These are sketches of a main receptions to get an idea of how the environment could look like.

To help me decide how my building is going to look like which also gave me more ideas I chose to use a different material such as clay which I then poured into a plastic cover. As a result it gave me an unfamiliar and unusual shape which I find very interesting and I could use it for my final model.

I decided to go with the two floors because I could associate each floors with different areas. I wanted the exterior to b glass as I want the inferior to be seen from the outside. The glass that absorb, refracts or transmits light. It can be made transparent or translucent so it adds extraordinary beauty to the building. Glass does not rust so it does not degrade gradually by chemical and surrounding environment effects. The glass that absorb, refracts or transmits light. It can be made transparent or translucent so it adds extraordinary beauty to the building.



There will be a separation between the two buildings which will be a path leading to the other side of the buildings . Connecting the two buildings will be a solid bridge made of of steel. I created wo buildings because it didn't’t have enough space for all facilities. In building A is where there will be the offices and also is where the main entrance will be. In building B is where the classes will be. And museum attractions. The bridge will also be part of the museum show which will have paintings, structures and physical science experiments.

First floor plan

1&2 floor

Second floor

Plan views These are further interior sketches ,plans and elevation drawings of the interior of building B which consist of classes and seating rooms.

Second floor

I decided to look at the Stuttgart museum building in Germany and broke it down with sketches which could help me with my project designs. I added people to understand the functions of the space.

This a design of the museum which I had created by using the forms and lines from the leafs and flower. The scale of this building is quite large as it consist of a lot of materials and show rooms for the cars. It should be about 2 to 3 floors. The building will also have glass entrance and certain parts of the building too which will allow day light inside.

Secondary images

I decided to look out one of the most famous buildings in London which is the Gherkin. The building was constructed by Skanska, completed in December 2003 and opened on 28 April 2004. The Gherkin has only one piece of carved glass in the whole building - the lens right at the top. There are 33 floors of offices. It has such a unique structure. It is sustained by curved steel. The building is visible over long distances As it is not surrounded by other sky scrapers.

I took the some details and outlines of the buildings and screen printed it in different colors which gave me different abstract outlines.

These are elevation drawings of of the Gherkin. The stairs lead you to the roof top. In-between the Stairs there is a lift which also allow access to the roof top. This could benefit tourist especially wheelchair users.

These are drawing of different floor plans of the “GHERKIN�. I will be looking at other plan drawings and developing my ideas by combining other plans, adding and taking always sections.

This is a painting I did using watercolours as an experiment.

Interior sketches

By observing how the triangle shapes are used in the ‘Gherkin’ I decided to take the shapes and use it in my experiment. I also took out other shapes such as the darkened leading lines and multiplied then into larger and smaller shapes as you van see above. Finally, I added them together to create a diverse stricture. In addition I also added bigger shapes which made the structure more robust

Card Model

The images from the Gherkin inspired me to curve cut out curved cards into these forms in my model. In order to observe I detail from different direction creating intersections in between. Due to the way how strips are overlapped in layers, Shadows are created around the building. To develop this model I will be looking at different objects to adapt my design.

I designed this building by looking at the lines and forms from the OMA’s CCTV building. I believe the use of shard angles really works and are very useful to create a structure from. This building will be quite big and I will be showing that in my developments as it looks quite small which will be suitable to the audience as I have to make sure the vehicles inside the building don’t take too much space as I don’t want it to be crowded but for the audience to feel free and comfortable.

After designing my ideas from my 2d sketches I decided to create a model that consists sharp angles and shapes which gave me a variety of ideas in other views. To create my model I decided to use black cards which made the structure look huge and heavy. This model follows my ideas from my previous drawings which also includes the use of sharp ad acute angles. This including is about 3/4 levels including the restaurant or seating area. I might consider enlarging the building to create more interior space to give the audience feel comfortable and not suffocated by the limited space.

These are sketches I drew using marker pen. The use of different colours separates the different sections of the buildings. I was very interested in the sharp angles in this structure. I have noticed it doesn’t just use it in the inside but also on the outside.

Plan views

I was intrigued by how the sharp steel shapes were used and how they perfectly connect to each other. I decided to record the different parts using different colour lines and combining each section with another and in the end combined all 4 together. By doing so it gave me different shapes and angles which could then turn into buildings structures by making it solid.

Seeing the different types of layering, I decided to bend straws made out of solid paper. Looking at the gaps and analysing it I realised that space had been created between the bending of the straws. The bending of the straws has turned into a complex continuous zig zag structure which I could use for the exterior of my museum.

By looking at the sharp changes of lines and gaps in between it I think that the entrance would be suitable to apply it to as I am looking to create something unique. In order to protect the building from bad weather the gaps could be filled in with glass which will also allow daylight inside the structure.

By observing the structure which I had made, I decided to create some sketches about the structure of the zig zags. As my brief says, the audience will need large spaces which will allow people to have some free space between each other. By using bending structure to cover the building , the roof will most likely to be vulnerable and unbalanced so I decided that the roof will also be covered by glass which will also allow natural light inside the building . I also realised that in certain events, the museum might be very busy and crowded so I decided that there will also be lifts which will be mainly built for disabled people, however will also be available for others too.

I decided to make the zig zag the main structure of the building as the spikes make it look more interact which will attract he audience. I then decided to create a simple entrance by using a waved piece of paper which created a tube as I tried to avoid making the building too complex by using ziz zag again.

From my previous model I decided to develop it and take it a step further by making it a better structure which also looks more solid. As you can see above it illustrate and breaks down the structure which clearly shows how the structure was formed and I could use this for my final structure.

This is a model which I produced using curly fries, which I arranged in different ways. I was inspired by my zig zag model as I also wanted to see how curved models would work. Curly fires aren't objects such as the straws and cards I use as it as organic. The intersections of the fries create a unique and solid structure and from the gaps might consider adding glass which allows the natural light to go through.

I decided to arrange the curly fries into different types of building , some have less fries which allows more space and some more. This gives me an understanding on the quantity of fires I should use in order to suit the right proportions. My museum the walls are most likely to be sustained by steel structures, however I will also be thinking of other materials to use such as wood to decorate the exterior or interior environment.

Model development Structure of developing from curly fries.

From the experiment of the curly fries , i decided to developed the use of curves by using a flexible thick wire and arrange them in different ways. I believe this combination of combining was really effective as it expanded my ideas more.

These are more complex models which I developed from the other set of idea. The structure of this ideas could become the structure of my museum or I could also take sections of it and enlarge which will also give me new structures and ideas.

Sketches model development Round shapes and circles

Model development Exploring the varieties of shapes the curls can create

After my previous arrangements I decided to create more by using less curls which I believe gave me a better understanding and made it clearer on where the intersections will be as I think the previous ones where too crowded although. I believe it make the building look more heavy and solid. This suggest that I will nee to apply more glass as there is less intersections but much larger gaps .

In order to get an idea of how the building might look like, I decided to use Photoshop to edit my trees. I decided to add silhouettes of people which helped me to decide how big the building is going to be as i can now tell hoe much space a certain amount of people will need. I had also produced a set of ideas by using colour pens and pencils .

2 1 3


These are plan sketches of the building which consist of 3 floors and are linked by stairs. For those who are physically unable to take stairs there will also be an elevator leading to all floor.


Museum space




These models illustrate a development from my other models, Not only focusing on the intersections of wires ,but also seeing how they can overlap each other which creates a of unique structure. As they overlap each other it allows the wires to create a tight bong which sustains the building as it makes it more solid which allows it to stand firm in bad circumstances. The gaps between the wires could effectively become useful spaces of the museum. More over the graph on the left hand side of the page allows me to understand where there different spaces will be suitable in.

In this section I decided to develop my idea by adding glass and columns which also sustains the building . As you can see there is a lot of useful and spacefeful gaps in-between the gaps, however I might consider enlarging the building as it need to be suitable for the showroom vehicles and also for the audience to have more space to themselves.


This is my museum model which was inspired by the curly fries in my previous development .


Resturant Seating and offices Show room


Glass This is another Cad model which I had created by looking at the way the curls are used in wire model. The use of balance layering forms . This building consists of 3 floors. The main walls will be made out of glass which will allow more daylight inside the building to make it stand out and look bright. It will be sustained by steel and bricks as glass cant support itself as it is a bit fragile and easily damaged by bad weather.

The use of columns is to hold the museums structure which makes it more solid under bad weather. I believe I will have to consider making the building bigger to create more space for the audience as it looks quite small.

Ground floor

First floor

Second floor

Restaurant tables

Restaurant floor carpet

Balcony floor plan

Office chairs

Show room floor

Floor carpet for social room

Outside synthetic grass

Theatre floor

Office desk

Leather chairs for restaurant

Cad Model

In the second floor there a glass made out of wall which divides the corridor from the offices where the workers will be. And on the third floor there is a social place where people can mingle and discuss about their time here. Moreover there will be computers available for the students to do some research or for their work.

This is the main corridor which links to all the rooms in the second floor second and third floor such as the restaurant and the balcony.



From the sharp triangle shaped models that I made previously, I decided to develop the use of them by cutting out a series of triangles using card board. I designed a series of triangle shapes. Combining some shapes together it has allowed me to have a range of solutions. I started to create these set of ideas by using a limit of 4 or 5 triangle. I then decided to join them together by using a glue gun. These pieces then turn into 3D models. These can be combined into parts of my museum by increasing the scale.

These are more complex models which I developed from the other set of idea. The structure of this ideas could become the structure of my museum or I could also take sections of it and enlarge it which will also give me new structures and ideas.

From the models I created, I decided to split it into 3 pieces to break it down to make it easier to understand where the varies spaces will be such as the entrance, the restaurant, toilets and the actual museum space. The museum space takes out majority of the space. The will only be one restaurant which will only be on the second floor of the building. Where as the toilets will be spread across the buildings which will make it easier for the tourist to access because if there was to be only 1 or 2 toilets it would be very difficult for the tourist to get from one side of the building to the other. Moreover the museum might be crowded which means the toilets could get congested as it will also be crowded.

Museum space




I decided to look at the Japanese famous paper cutting methods and I created these models. Cutting shapes sections of the paper it created spaces and gaps which could turn into museum spaces. By folding the paper and bending sections in different directions it has created intersections between the squares. I have added people to make understand the scale and function better. Further more I could use this tunnel to connect the seating area and the reception to the main museum, classes and the restaurant.

Ground floor

First floor

Second floor

Black Card model Additional experiments

Other than using vertical angles I also decided to try to create curved structures using black cards. In addition I also created more structures which I then changed the colour of and combined it together which then gave me more complex structures. This could help me also decide how I want my final model to look like.

Main entrance

Waiting room



Hall and seating areas

Restaurant (exit)

Science lab

As you can see this is the hall where there will be attractions such as paintings and other scientific attractions. This allows the audience to feel not just entertained.

This is the corridor which leads to the hall, toilets, restaurant and the science labs. There will also be seating available for people.

From the corridor they will be able to access the science lab where they will be able to interact and learn about the subject.

These pictures show the interior of the restaurant. There will be 2 exist. The main entrance which is also where clients will be exiting from, and a fire exist for health and safety issues. The restaurant is connected to the corridor and the science lab which is on the other side.

This is the corridor leading to the main entrance and the toilets. I decided that the corridor will be measured due to the crowd as it might be busy in certain days. Moreover there will be enough space for people who are on wheelchairs as it takes a lot of space. This corridor is connected to the hall and from there it leads to the other departments.

Minimum passage width for one wheelchair and one ambulatory person.

This is a an area where the main entrance will be. As the tourist enter the main entrance there will be a reception where they can ask for information and guidance.

Down the main entrance there will a seating room people are waiting. This is because the reception room could be crowded as people will be waiting for their turn to be seen by the receptionist. I thought I would need a place for relaxing and socializing.

The seating area is connected to the corridor leading to the main museum, restaurant and classes.

From the building there is a path way which leads to the car park. The car park is connected to the main platform by stairs. I also thought about how people who will not be able to access the stairs such as people on wheelchairs will need something more comfortable. So I decided that I will be adding another way such as a ramp and will make it easier for them the access the carpark

These are images of my final model sketch up model. These images show the main entrance and the outside of the building. The building will have two entrances and exits. The other entrance will be on the other side of the building where the restaurant is which the leads to the car park or the open field where people can relax.

Final Model

Evaluation In this project I designed a museum which I believe was really successful because I believe I met all my objectives for it. It has all the facilities that I wanted and it all fits really well. My project didn’t just have a science lab but also class where the audience can feel free to experiments and research, and also a restaurant which allows people to comfortable in the space as there will be seating's and social areas where people can discuss and mingle between each her. There are also other forms of attracting regarding the subject such as paintings and other historical elements to entertain the gust. I believe my project was also successful because it links to my theme. The environment enhances the building and also allows the building to be flawless as it is also a form of attraction. My research has had a great influence in my work as I was inspired by a lot of elements such as the flowers, which I believe added extra to my experiment and gave me more ideas. The use of different material gave a deeper understanding of different functions such as the use of glass which has many advantages to it such as ‘natural sunlight’. Inside all the elements through my designs, I believe that the use of curves which had been adjusted based on the curly fries and wired models, had become a visual representation of the theme. I like the idea of intersections as it creates different spaces and also shadows depending on the amount of light and allows the building to become part of the scene. I believe the most difficult part of the project was finding the correct way to organise how each spaces and rooms would be suitable for the audience. In addition I believe the exterior look of the building is very important and was very successful as it is the firs impression he audience will get from the structure. Overall in my project, I have developed new techniques of drawing and using different materials. The quality of my drawings and CAD models have also improved. If I had more time for this project I would think about its surrounding and other functions such as bus stops, train stations and more which I would all involve in my Cad also.

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