Thursday, 11 August 2011

"and risk of boring everyone but me, the life of a building is,

-cedric price

Serpentine Pavilion Competition 2011, Peter Zumthor

Every year there is a design competition open to an architect to design a Pavilion to go in Kensington gardens in Hyde Park, London, this year the competition was won by Peter Zumthor. I try to get down to see the competition entry every year and this year it may have been one of the most successful entries of all time.

Serpentine Pavilion Competition 2011, Peter Zumthor continued

LLoyds Building, Richard Rogers, London

After four years of failed attempts to find and see the Lloyds building by one of my favourite and most influential architects, Richard Rogers, I finally was able to make it this week.

LLoyds Building, Richard Rogers, London continued

Kenneth Grange Exhibition; Design Museum London

Besides all the riots and chaos on the streets of London, theres some really interesting design exhibitions on at the moment, I've just visited the Kenneth Grange exhibition at the Design Museum. The exhibition showcases all of Grange's work from his massively influential work in Product design and in transport, to the funny and cynical bookcase that doubles as a coffin...

Kenneth Grange Exhibition; Design Museum London continued

Friday, 5 August 2011

Journeyman House

Journeyman house was a narrative project that evolved from the discovery of an old wooden artifact that i found locally, that i tracked its creation back to the native timber craft of Lindenhof, South-western Germany. The narrative was to design a simple, rural, dwelling and workshop for a local journeyman carpenter.

The final drawings were created using sketchup, artlantis and adobe photoshop.

DB Award for Architecture 2011, Runners up

Studio 64 or S64, a temporary architectural thinking practice, set up by Chris Dove and Craig Mitchell, entered 'The Deutsche Bank Award for Architecture 2011' with an idea of looking at the natural disaster and tragedy of the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

S64 begin to think of humble ideas that could help in the healing process of a nation crippled by natural disaster.

The idea was to create a small, modular, sustainable element, that could be the boxes that transport aid and food over to Japan, and begin to look at these boxes as building blocks, for temporary housing, and when combined together can form aid stations or temporary libraries for the communities that are starting to begin their lives again.

S64 made it into the final 4, and got to present their idea to a panel of judges, and finally finished in runners up position.

This is the video S64 presented in their pitch at the panel of Deutsche Bank judges, the title being Memories amid the rubble, consisting of video footage sampled from news crews at the scene of the disaster. The video shows the true power of nature and the insignificance of man on earth, and the need for temporary, modular design solutions to architectural design.