Thursday, May 23, 2013

CRAB ARCHITECTURE AT BOND UNIVERSITY - PART 2

These images continue on from CRAB ARCHITECTURE AT BOND UNIVERSITY - PART 1:
They were taken on a stroll around the site on Thursday afternoon, 23rd May 2013. It was about three o'clock. The time helps understand sun angles in relation to shelter, shade and openings. The irony appears to be that the large roof overhangs offer good shelter and shade to very little, while the smaller, more specific window awnings struggle to offer anything of substance in terms of shelter and shade, but much 'interest' as sculptural elements.

Existing buildings, sheds and water storage tanks - it is after all a school of sustainable development - provide a context that the original drawings did not highlight. One wonders if this neglect or oversight is useful in concentrating one's attention onto the new project; or does it disguise these somewhat nasty elements? Does ignoring them do anything for either? Might it not be best to make them part of the whole rather than pretending that they do not exist?

 
 The awning scultpures. Do they represent the idea of the whole project?

Gestures.
 

The solid north wall is banded in 'interesting' lines.

Shade waves.

Ripples.

The sketch made manifest.
 
The prop - to ease the load?
 

Downpipe, prop or semiotics?

Where does all the water go?

The neighbouring 'sustainable' water tanks.

Memories of Byker.
 
The northern 'laneway.'
 

Tipping the lid?

Memories of James Birrell's Townsville University Library - see photo notes below
 

The neughbouring 'sustainable' mass on the north.
 
While the construction sheds will go, the big white neighbouring shed is appraently permanent. 

One will have to wait until the project has been completed before a true assessment can be made. All projects go thorugh development stages that are confronted by the more detailed and specific factual and functional challenges that test the approved concepts. These are also the times when the brief is reviewed and changes are requested. Even little ones can become a problem and cause significant reverberations thorughout the work.

More images at CRAB ARCHITECTURE AT BOND UNIVERSITY - PART 1:
http://voussoirs.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/crab-architecture-at-bond-university_4645.html

PHOTO NOTES

 Townsville University Library James Birrell Architect

 Byker Wall   Ralph Erskine Architect

 King George Tower   John Andrews Architect

Archigram bubbles

 
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