Monday, 29 June 2015


Lumion Files

Sketchup Files

Image Captures


Moving Elements

Drafts and Concept

36 Custom Textures

18 Sketch Perspectives

3 Article Mashup

Image Captures

Site Plan: The architecture is a series of interconnecting geometric shapes, linked by a series of angular asymmetric bridges.

Site from aerial view.
Architecture as viewed from UNSW Campus towards NIDA
One of the 6 angular linking bridges between the lecture theaters and student workshops and meeting area.

Above, Library, Below Gallery Space, both connected by a hexagonal elevator enclosed in an organic yet angular trunk form.

Library space and study areas.

Gallery and exhibition space.

Staff offices and meeting areas

One of two meeting rooms featuring my rotational texture.

Student reaserch space and computer labs below.

Student reserch space internally viewed, featuring my linear texture.

Lecture theatres connected through two tubular spiral staircases. 

Internal view of lecture theater.

Roof gardens used to increase the environmental impact of the structure and reduce CO2 emissions.

Bridge leading from computer labs to library and gallery space.

Elevator between Gallery and Library featuring my Scalar texture, an ironic wood imitation print on concrete

Rooftop Garden on research lab segment,


Drafts and Concept

 Inspired by my article mashup, I decided to follow a theme of environmental conservation paired with the immediate psychological benefits of ecological diversity and integration. In tutorial class we were asked to draw elevations inspired by section plans, this was the thought process behind my first design, a series of stacked rotating segments:

 I decided to base my final design on these same segments rotated about the vertical axis in hexagonal design, similarly to my draft, however i separated them to create individual pod like structures.

Moving Elements

Moving Elements

The first of my moving elements is am elevator. The elevators are a simple yet key element within my school as the use of air space and elevation require vertical movement in minimal space.The design is hexagonal in shape and move through the trunk like poles supporting the buildings.

The second moving element is the buildings themselves that rotate upon their vertical axis. Due to the large amount of glass used within my construction and unshadowed areas achievable through their height above the ground, I decided to utilize the solar energy to warm and provide light to my architecture. My architectural concept was based upon the environmental impacts of the building industry and the lack of urban environments within the city, and that is what inspired me to make this tree like structure,

36 Custom Textures

From left to right in sets of 6, Linear, Rotational, Scalar, Escalating, Oblivion, Backward. With these textures i aimed to create tillable textures rather than my asymmetric approach in previous projects to really exemplify movement within the space the texture is applied.

18 Sketch Perspectives

Sunday, 28 June 2015

3 Article Mashup

Creating greener living environments of trees and branching steel beams disguise this 5-story apartment building in Turin, Italy where they will further develop their concepts for the pathway. Stress is a major threat to human health. Striking, and offbeat designs for planting trees along community streets and in other urban environments could help reduce disease. This natural absorption brings pollution protection to its residents, helping to eliminate harmful gasses caused by cars and harsh sounds from the bustling streets outside combining beautiful, innovative architecture with high functionality, bringing plants up off the ground in an attempt to evade homogeneous urban scene and integrate life into the facade of the residential building.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Sketchup Model and Justification

Final Model in Sketchup

Throughout the design process of project i aimed to explore the element of aboriginal history whilst combining it with the modernity of the sports park and the concepts of Buckminster Fuller and Olsen Kundig. In my final marker I wanted to make specific reference to aboriginal use of symbols and depiction within their culture. I used elements of these symbols to form my final design, shown in my conceptual sketches on the left. 

When texturing my model I decided to utilize all 36 of my textures. Whilst drawing my textures I grouped them into 6 continuous sections; each a visual representation of an element of native Australia ranging from dark to light. I loved the way in which the textures seamlessly moved from dark to light drawing the eye upwards. I decided to use this 'leading' quality within my marker as it encourages people to center and congregate inwards inciting a sense of community combined with my electroliquid aggregations of concepts by Buckminster Fuller; "Through reorganizing spatial relationships an environment can become prosperous" and Olsen Kundig; "Architecture encourages movement through transformation of its surroundings".

Friday, 8 May 2015

36 Textures from Dark to Light

After choosing to explore the aboriginal heritage of the Sports center I wanted to thoroughly incorporate this meaning into my monument even within the textures. From left to right my textures were influenced and based on; traditional aboriginal art, eucalyptus tree leaves, kookaburra feathers, fish scales, native snakes, and crocodile skin.

3D Model

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Aim and Conceptual Research

Blacktown International Sports Park – History and Research

My aim when designing my marker was to honour the traditional custodians of the Darug nation upon which the sports park is located. Through researching the history of Aboriginal culture and the sites history I began to further develop the concepts which shaped my models.

“In the Darug (Blacktown) area the Aborigines camped along the major waterways. They made spears from local trees and a stone called red silcrete which they got from the ridges above South Creek and Eastern Creek. Since the waterways gave the Aborigines so much of their food, it is not surprising that most of their campsites were within a few hundred metres of a creek or river. This also is why we find little evidence of Aborigines in the area — remains of their camps have been washed away by flooding over the years.”

Alongside this research into the site, I explored elements of the Dharuk language and traditional aboriginal painting styles which involved a high use of symbolism within their work to convey stories and document their history. In the Dharuk language, “Darug” means people. I compared this notion of literal meaning with the concept of a Sportspark, a place of gathering for many people creating a sense of community.
From this knowledge I began to explore aboriginal symbolism within their painting techniques and found two significant symbols:

The first was the use of a “U” shape to indicate a person, the second was the inwards spiral or concentric circles used to indicate a watering hole. Taking this “U” shape as a reference to the traditional aboriginal name of the site and the history of aboriginal communities residing by local water holes and streams, I combined them into my marker to incite a sense of gathering and community whilst referencing the indigenous history. 

3 Parallel Perspectives

"Architecture is a movement that transforms its surroundings to encourage and control spatial flow"
Following my research, taking this “U” shape as a reference to the traditional abo
riginal name of the site and the history of aboriginal communities residing by local water holes and streams, I combined them into my marker to incite a sense of gathering and community whilst referencing the indigenous history. 
"There is nothing in a caterpillar that hints at the possibility it might transform"
This electroliquid aggregation concept inspired me within this parallel combination in the way that when viewed from the horizontal axis nothing of its internal structure or lack thereof is revealed, however when viewed from the side the space is open and free flowing. 
"Architecture must be as intimate as a friendship" - Within this model i nestled my two most subtraction oriented axonometrics, in turn creating an intricate, interlinking structure.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

6 Axonometrics

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you its going to be a butterfly" - In this axo I started to explore the more aboriginal aspects relating to the site. Through reasearch of aboriginal culture, i found that traditional aboriginal painting techniques often involved the use of signs and symbols to tell stories. Continuing this research i looked into the history of the sportsparks site; the land on which the site is built upon belongs to the Darug nation, meaning "People". To reference this within my marker I used the symbols for two people.
"Architecture is the intersection between the poetic and the rational" - I tried to capture this notion by creating a central column that intersected through both rectangles; that is delicately exposed within cut away segments created by subtraction.

"Contradictory objectives; open to environment, yet closed to create privacy" - I believe this axonometric perfectly embodies this notion by Olson Kundig in the way that the square tunnel promotes such a free flowing and open space which is sharply juxtaposed with the horizontal element. This horizontal element creates a striking intersection within the square yet is the key to exploring Kundig's concept of contradictory objectives in the privacy it creates. It provokes the viewer to explore in and around the space rather than simply seeing through it and creates a closed privacy when approached from opposing sides.
"Love is metaphysical gravity" - To me, this concept by Fuller references the fundamental nature of love within life. To reflect this notion in my axonometrics i subtracted a precise segment from the center creating a notion of empty space which should be filled. This is echoed in the open front space of the shape with nothing left but thin walls creating the illusion of being filled. 

"Reorganising the environment for prosperity" - I tried to embody this Buckminster concept by exploring the use of primarily vertical elements that with one simple horizontal intersection become a habitable and essentially environmentally prosperous form to the viewer.
"Reorganising the environment for prosperity" - I tried to embody this Buckminster concept by exploring the use of primarily vertical elements that with one simple horizontal intersection become a habitable and essentially environmentally prosperous form to the viewer.

"Simplicity is the true measure of complexity" - Upon first drawing this axonometric, i was unimpressed with its simplistic nature, however after hatching the surface i was struck by the ability of the previously simple form to function as a versatile space, with tunnels and overpasses within and underneath its structure.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Architectural Concepts

Buckminster Fuller

- “I must reorganize the environment of man by which then greater numbers of men can prosper”

- Desire to improve humanities living conditions through means of environmental organisation

- Holistic solutions to waste elimination and pollution

- The opposite of nature is impossible, intentions to be unified with nature

- Ideals of ephemeralisation; "doing more and more with less and less until you can do everything with nothing"

- "The caterpillar reveals nothing about the butterfly"

Tom Kundig

- Contradictory objectives; open to environment, yet closed to create privacy

- References homes as primitive places

- Conspiring vectors; Reconciling value system of client with environment

-Open and closed spaces within houses

- Detail is important, interaction with building

-Architecture is the intersection between the rational and the poetic

-Ultimately architeture is cultural and social - it is shelter at its most basic human level... a deeply humanistic endeavour

Tuesday, 31 March 2015