Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Casting the Honeycomb Stairs

Although we handed in our CNC files over a week early, they did not get cut. Therefore, we had to hand make a mould. This involved Andy meticulously hand cutting out 180 tiny hexagons, something which required a lot of effort and concentration.

While Andy cut up the hexagons, I put together the actual mould as well as worked on other models. This mould required a lot of pins so was a bit dangerous!

I used the remainder of my masking tape in order to make sure that there were no gaps, as I did not want the plaster to leak, and since this mould was supposed to be CNC cut it was quite difficult to construct by hand. Unfortunately the mould did leak a bit, but I managed to control it. 
I'd like to thank Michael McCabe from Mnument (http://mnument.tumblr.com) for letting us use his plaster. 

The Creation of the Cable Car Pod

I made the cable car pod by stitching together wire mesh then covering this with rice paper. We liked the idea of using rice paper over our pod because it would have different levels of opacity, depending on how much rice paper was covering a particular part. This would create different lighting effects and different levels of visibility within the pod, making it a very interesting internally focussed space.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Crit Notes

Concept behind the project
·      The story behind the architecture
·      Dystopian realities, utopian hotels
·      Escape
·      Program: the City hotel is an exaggerated version of the good points of the city, and the Waiheke hotel is an exaggerated version of the good points of the island life
·      Some elements however make you question whether it is all utopian however, or if your day to day life was so dystopian, e.g. the chaotic rush hour stairs and the fact that you experience everything during the journey, which is quite beautiful.
Inspiration (precedent) for the project
Tjabiao Noumea cultural centre
Jean Nouvel’s Institute Arabe
Beijing Bird’s nest
Form and Spatial qualities of the project
How the kinematic elements (e.g. times square screens) affect the space
Light and shadow
The relationship between indoors and outdoors
·      The Waiheke hotel is mostly open, apart from the rooms and the plant room, which acts as a reception and the bridge between the two halves of the hotel
·      The gaps in between the ‘towers’ of the city hotel
Material qualities
How the separate elements of the project come together
·      How the pieces from the 4 workshops interrelate
·      Connection methods: e.g. on the plant rooms. How this influence the architecture
Shortcomings of the project
·      Quality of some of the models: CNC ghosts and time issues
·      Stairs: too conventional, and don’t really fit with the rest of our design. Had to design new stairs anyway for the Waiheke hotel.

Order of discussion
The concept and site
The city hotel
The Waiheke hotel
The workshop pieces, and how they fit together

Wednesday, 3 October 2012