MA Practice Two - Exploring Architecture

These cubic houses in Rotterdam, designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom, are really unusual. The way they connect together at different angles, I can't decide which way up they should be. I have toyed with the idea of creating modular vessels which connect together but I would have to get the shapes right and experiment with this concept further, this image has inspired me to push this idea.

Sourced From: Cattermole, P. and Westwell, I. (2007) Bizarre buildings. London, United Kingdom: Compendium Publishing. (Image of Cubic Houses in Rodderdamn)

Sun Valley house designed by architect Bart Prince has a long twisting copper vertebrae holding sky lights which runs through the living room. The twisting design works amazingly and almost looks like a warped staircase, the metallic surface reflects the sunlight perfectly and the colours of the building work well within the surroundings. This image reminds me of De Lacy's experimentation with creating texture, by cutting and twisting the leathers to create a new interesting surface.

Sourced From: Cattermole, P. and Westwell, I. (2007) Bizarre buildings. London, United Kingdom: Compendium Publishing. (Image of Sun Valley)

Sourced From: Cattermole, P. and Westwell, I. (2007) Bizarre buildings. London, United Kingdom: Compendium Publishing. (Image of London Metro University)

The Swiss Re Building in London, commonly known as the Gherkin, is a recognisable part of Londons Urban Landscape. To look at the facade it seems quite boring as it's such an iconic symbol of Londons skyline, however, this photograph taken from the inside of the building is unrecognisable, it looks as if it's a completely different building. The way that the structure is built up to curve around by using different panels of glass is amazing, each layer of triangular shapes have different dimensions, similarly to the Orion Building at London Metro University. This is something I want to avoid in creating a simplistic flat for my designs but in some cases it may be unavoidable. For some of my designs I might have to use different panels and pieces to construct the shapes.

Sourced From: Cattermole, P. and Westwell, I. (2007) Bizarre buildings. London, United Kingdom: Compendium Publishing. (Image of Interior of Gherkin, London)

The TVG Station in Lyon France designed by Santiago Calatrava was apparently inspired by the human eye. The symmetry within this airport building is incredibly detailed, it almost looks as if it were a mirrored image. This is something I have started to work with when trying to engineer my prints to fit into the bag designs which I have created. I feel that mirrored or symmetrical prints is something very familiar and it's been done before although for these structures it seems to work really well, similar to FeatherM's print designs on her products.

Sourced From: Cattermole, P. and Westwell, I. (2007) Bizarre buildings. London, United Kingdom: Compendium Publishing. (Image of TGV Station, Lyon, France)

Although the lighting in this image makes the interior surface of this building appear curved and smooth, the piece is actually made up of geometric shapes which have neon lights encased within them. From the outside this building looks quite threatening and is very out of place within the town of Graz in Austria. I think that some of my shapes do appear quite unfriendly and unapproachable but I wonder whether I could create a similar more rounded effect using panels with my designs, although I am trying to avoid having too many pattern pieces for each product.

Sourced From: Cattermole, P. and Westwell, I. (2007) Bizarre buildings. London, United Kingdom: Compendium Publishing. (Image of Kunsthaus Graz)

The Federation Square Building in Melbourne Australia is covered with an irregular pattern which doesn't look to repeat, each panel is made up of lines to create shapes. I have considered trying to randomise my own shapes when creating a three dimensional piece although it doesn't tend to work to create an irregular shape, something symmetrical is much easier to work with. Perhaps I could push this concept further and experiment with new shapes when creating toiles.

Sourced From: Cattermole, P. and Westwell, I. (2007) Bizarre buildings. London, United Kingdom: Compendium Publishing. (Image of Federation Building Australlia)


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