Project 2.3: models, drawings, pictures

Sauerbruch Hutton's picture of their GSV scheme in Berlin. Note similarities to Koolhaas' Exodus project, also based on the Berlin Wall but set in London, which can be found at

For next Monday there are three tasks:

1) Finish your models. Make sure they are beautiful and complete and that they describe the fragments you are imagining as part of a building – with a structure and materials –a museum – with exhibits and a strong idea about how those exhibits are displayed as part of — on that particular site.

Would the viewer know that these were part of a museum of the DDR in Berlin? If not, you have not finished your models!

2) Finish your drawings and refine how they are laid out. Simple, direct skecthes is generally the best way to approach this part of the project, alongside work on the development of plans etc. Check: does your project show:

-a clear concept for the building or project?

-a way of dealing with the content — the DDR? What’s the strategy for the exibits?

-is the circulation and programme of the museum developed?

– is it shown in context and is it clear that the way it is set in context is clearl developed?

If not, you have not finished your drawings. The chart pinned up on the wall shows where you need to do most work.

3) Find three fantastic architectural presentation drawings that you think may be helpful in working out how to present your project. Print them out, pin them up and tell us why you think they are so good. Everyone should pin all these up together.

‘Visionary ‘ architectural drawings are what you are looking for; ones which are both beautiful in themselves and embody an idea abut the architecture.

Examples might include Piranesi, James Stirling; Daniel Libeskind (BUT ONLY the early drawings eg MicroMegas) John Hedjuk; Aldo Rossi; Palladio; Enric Miralles (again early drawings only) Koolhaas/OMA (early drawings eg Exodus or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture; the paintings used to illustrate Delirious New York by Madelon Vriesendorp, Elia and Zoe Zengelis). All these can be found in a very useful source book Exit Utopia. And Archigram — particularly the drawings of Ron Herron and Mike Webb. Check out their projects on the Archigram website, now in development but available for use so long as you give us user feedback — details from Clare in my office.

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