Collection: Part 1

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Idea's Factory

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Model making, Megan Werner

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The Eden Project, Nicholas Grimshaw. ' Largest indoor rainforest project'

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Serpentine Pavillion, Bjarke Ingels

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Maiko Takeda 

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Catherine Wales

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Polypropylene chair 1963, Robin Day 

This was the chair that all our other designs were based off. This reminds me of the school environment. This was so successful as it is durable and easily manufactured due to it only consisting of two main pieces.

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Bistro chair 1859, Gebruder Thonet

This chair has more of an elegance than the Robin Day fitting a restaurant/cafe environment. It is made from wood making it cheap to produce and is normally painted/glazed to increase the value and improve its look. This sold successfully due to it being easily manufactured quickly and cheaply  

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Kasimir Space Model by 2B2

The wooden and metal frames are to create a conceptual shop/exhibition stand. These frames divide the interior space in a way that allows the public to interact with the space as you walk between the divided spaces

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Arnold Goron

This is made of styrofoam cups that have been stapled together. This is very effective as the artist has managed to use a cheap material to made a stunning flowing sculpture 

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Stanton Williams 

Williams designed the renovation of the Victorian granary and turned it into a place for UAL, Central Saint Martin students to study. This cost £140m and has a size of 32,000m2 accommodating 5,000 students. A glass structure connects two large bricks making the most of natural light as the original buildings have small windows making light an issue. 

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He also designed the Sainsbury’s lab in Cambridge costing £82m. The space includes lavatories, support areas, meeting spaces, seminar room and a public Cafe. The space has a large contrast to its surrounding areas of plants as it is located in a botanical garden with free flowing shapes. However, this building has strong rigid edges bringing different form to the area

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Massimo Uberti 

This artist got neon tubes and bent them into the shapes of rooms for Bentley. The handmade process in the making of this installation reflects the ‘handwork and human touch’ that goes into each vehicle. The outline gives the illusion of a spatial area

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Tadao Ando 

planned as an add-on to the wooden chapel and minister's house that already existed at the site.A cruciform is cut into the concrete behind the altar, and lit during the morning (as it is facing east). “At this intersection of light and solid the occupant is meant to become aware of the deep division between the spiritual and the secular within himself or herself” Meaning there is a deeper meaning to the design of the building, bringing art and religion together in a metaphorical sense. This idea of light seeping through the cracks links closely to the process I went through when designing my final piece.

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Andy Martin Architecture 

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Structure & Surface

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Marina Dragomirova and Iain Howlett

The making process started by injecting porcelain into different foams to see the effects of it on different forms. These were then fired so the foam evaporated whilst the porcelain stayed behind leaving the porous shapes as shown in the pictures. I chose this as I found the process very interesting as the finished project looks as if it is made from spoke but it is a very solid material

 

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Tesler Mendelovitch

These pieces are handmade from 100% wood meaning they have a high quality finish. It also has a leather lining with the geometric shapes adding necessary mailability to the purses. The repeated triangular shape relates to the word tessellated that I was looking at

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MAPA Architects

The exterior brick cladding was designed to match the surrounding buildings in a derelict area in Chile. This was done by splitting regular bricks diagonally to create small triangular prisms.

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Frsh 2013, Architecture Association Beijing

This was created by 10 students on a 9 day course. This piece relates strongly to my work as they have the same DNA of the triangular shape. This is what interested me in this piece and how they managed to created a free following shape from such a straight edged rigid triangular shape. So I decided to develop this in my sculptures.

http://www.aidia-studio.com/T003_FRSH.html

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Kings Cross train station 2014, my own photo

This new addition to Kings Cross train station was designed by John Mcaslan. It was constructed to meet the high demand of its users but has also created a welcoming atmosphere at the same time as the roof curves down almost as if its wrapping around the old building. The shape has a tree like structure 'growing' from a singular point. This reflects my piece as it also have the triangular shape as a base. However, with my piece I have expanded on this by adding a more 3D surface.

 

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Music Theatre and exhibition hall in Georgia, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

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The Eden project, Nicholas Grimshaw

 Through talking to tutors and this project I was inspired to take my project further by turning the original sculptural piece into a greenhouse. Tessellation connects strongly to my piece and shows that a greenhouse on a large scale is possible making my idea realistic. 

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Cafeteria Setouichi city, Niji Architects

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Tate Britain, my photo  

possible interior location for my piece 

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Twist

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Riverside Wine Bar, Thailand by Bangkok project studio 

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steam bending furniture, Bar Gantz

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Twist house, AquiliAlberg

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Rotate

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David Derksen's collection of wall lamps

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David Ben-Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson have updated their shape-shifting D*Haus to create a residence with a rotating roof for a site in Devon, England

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Orchid House

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Everingham rotating house, Al and Janet Johnstone of Mountain Helix, CA

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Drop

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Kinetic Rain, Shanghai airport, ART+COM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhP9n6WvVfQ

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Ripple 

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Spin

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Run

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Jump

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MAXXI 2010, Zaha Hadid

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Mountain range, unknown photographer 

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Possible types of bridges that connect glass box/platform to land 

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Glass platform, Jingdong Stone Forest Gorge in Beijing, China

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Sheltered promenade, outdoor cinema and art gallery for the redundant space within the structure of Stockholm's Tranebergsbron bridge by Visiondivision

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Idea's Factory

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Model making, Megan Werner

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Coop Himmel(l)au, Pavillion 21, Munich Opera

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Hong Kong students create terracotta tower to promote use of 3D - printed bricks

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Marcel Van Der Vlugt

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Shaun Leane

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Plia chairs 1967, Giancarlo Piretti 

This chair folds up fitting into small spaces making it very space efficient. That is why it was so successful during the late 60s as this is when the young adults moved out of family homes into smaller apartments needing furniture that can be easily stored

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Tom Price

This is a more artistic sculptural take on the chair than the product design path. This artist got different materials and melted the chair shape into the materials also including a large rope. I like these as it is an interesting take on the chair and can have its on exhibition at an art gallery.

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Lucilleno LED, Ingo Maurer

This is made of glass, brass, plastic, hand-crafted goose-feather wings. The thin wire and the feathers give the illusion that it is flying away

 

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Thomas Heatherwick 

With a Jeweller and engineer as parents Heatherwick has a very interesting mix in his background which has led to the complexity and beauty of his pieces. He has brought these skills together to become an architect designing places such as the Olympic Velodrome, London UK and the UK Pavilion, Shanghai China.

The UK Pavilion is one of my favourite pieces as Heatherwick has managed to use acrylic rods a solid subject and has given the illusion of the piece being ‘soft’ and ‘bouncy’. At the end of these rods are seeds, containing 250,000 seeds in total. These seeds were in connection to UK’s green cities and has been described as a ‘cathedral of seeds’. The exterior texture is to connect the context (seeds) to the flowing form of the plants they grow into.

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Heatherwick also designs infrastructure such as the Rolling Bridge. This was designed to roll up to allow boats to pass through. It consists of 8 triangular sections and when the hydraulic pistons are activated the triangular shapes fold in on each other. Not only is it effective but it is aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

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John McAslan and Partners 

This architectural company focuses on more commercial buildings such as train stations, museums and libraries. They designed Kings Cross train station, the Natural History museum and Mitchell Library. With projects ranging from local areas to international areas such as Canada.

My favourite piece of theirs is Kings Cross train station. As I commute I see it nearly everyday and I still look at the large tree like structure that expands over the new addition of the station. Accommodating up to 150,000 people a day efficiency in the design was crucial

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Gordon Matta-Clark 

It has been described as “a situation where the structure is shaken, but does not collapse. It is just pushed to the point where it becomes unsettling” as he cuts out floors and walls from buildings. This allows us to see different parts of a whole building while only standing in one spot. It also represents that we don’t have to have everything/be complete to live an everyday life as this building is missing parts to it, yet is still standing.

 

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Cornelia Parker 

This consists of a blown up shed with the fragments hung up with an invisible thread, giving the illusion of the process of blowing something up being frozen in time. Within this there is books, garden tools etc giving a personal insight into the artists contents of what her shed would contain. The placement of the light casts shadows across all walls of the room immersing the viewer within the piece of art when viewing it

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ANMA
Location: main ring road in Paris's 15th arrondissement

This building brings together those working for the army,navy and air force. From above the sharp corners make it look as if it has been folded. The simplicity of the top view is completely different to the complexity of when standing inside of it giving two sides different to this interesting design  

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Benjamin Hubert 

This was made using 3D knitting to create a single piece out of nylon to then be stretched over a frame. This reflects the idea behind construction a tent. The simplicity of two materials and the process of making it is efficient meaning many can be made quickly allowing potential for these being very successful 

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Thomas Heatherwick

Heather wick envisioned two tree covered mountains in Shanghai but to make this a functioning space underneath these trees are buildings to be used for offices, accommodation etc. This design is currently under construction so we can't see a final photograph. This is interesting as it bring infrastructure and nature together.

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Serpentine Pavilion 2016, Bjarke Ingels

Research on this piece says that the piece can have different transparencies when looking at it from different angles which is a complex thing to achieve and I find this very interesting as people see the same piece differently reflecting on how we view life differently in a metaphorical sense. The overall shape of the piece can also look rectangular from one angle and curved from another further backing my previous point.

https://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/07/bjarke-ingels-big-serpentine-gallery-pavilion-london-translucent-blocks-unzipped-wall/  

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Louvre pyramid 1989, I.M. Pei

I like how the triangles made a bigger triangle which made a pyramid which is associated with triangles. These levels make it a complex piece, yet has an elegant simple finished look. Once again this replication of triangles is also sown in all of my sculptures.

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Thomas Medicus 

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idA’s Greenhouse Botanical Garden, Switzerland 

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The Climatron greenhouse at Missouri Botanical Gardens, Thomas C. Howard

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Spaceplates Greenhouse, N55 in collaboration with  Anne Romme

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Tate Modern, unknown photographer 

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Movement

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AY!EH! (At Your Eye Height) by D2

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shop and cafe in Guatemala City by local studio Taller KEN

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Slide

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Shelves slide up and down the stem of Yu Ito's Impila lamp

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Copenhagen community centre, Denmark, MVRDV and Adept

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Wind

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NEON constructs a colourful cathedral in France that moves with the windhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10UEc9F3QYQ

 

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Jelly-like Living Plates tremble and bounce in response to food, Lina Saleh

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Push

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Wind 

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wind tunnel

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A wind tunnel test shows how a tennis ball moves through the air.
Credits: NASA
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Mount Marcy, New York, USGS

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Heydar Aliyev Centre Building, Baku Architecture, Zaha Hadid 

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Butterfly Pavilion, United Arab Emirates, 3deluxe

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Designed in Hackney: The Floating Cinema by Studio Weave
last summer Hackney architects Studio Weave turned an old narrow boat into a floating cinema that toured the canals of east London

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My platform would stay up by drilling concrete pillars into the river bed and placing them in each corner so it stays up. This would be possible due to the weight on top of it never being that heavy. 

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