Friday, 7 November 2014


The Undergraduate Unit 1 at the Bartlett has an online blog documenting their research into inhabitation and living.

Please have a look at the Blog on TUMBLR

More about UG 1 at the Bartlett HERE

Benedetta Tagliabue – Bartlett International Lecture Series

18:30 - 20:00 12 November 2014
Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, UCL, Gower Street, WC1E 6XA

Blending Through Experimentation

Italian architect Benedetta Tagliabue will talk about the connection between theory and practice, the work of Miralles Taglibue EMBT and the efforts of the Enric Miralles Foundation, whose goal is to promote experimental architecture. She will also speak about her successes and future projects, and about how women can succeed in the world of architecture.

Benedetta Tagliabue studied at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia and is director of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, founded with Enric Miralles in Barcelona 1994, and based since 2010 in Shanghai. She also directs the Enric Miralles Foundation.
Her most notable projects include the Edinburgh Parliament, the Diagonal Mar Park, the Santa Caterina Market, the Vigo University Campus, and the Spanish Pavilion for Expo Shanghai 2010, which was awarded the prestigious RIBA International Best International Building of 2011 award.
In 2004 she received an honorary doctorate from the Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland and recently won the 2013 RIBA Jencks Award for her recent and major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture internationally.
She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Columbia University and Barcelona ETSAB, lecturing regularly and participating in Juries around the world. She was recently appointed as the newest and ninth member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury.
Additional informationThe Bartlett International Lecture Series is free and open to members of the public on a first come, first seated basis. Places are limited so early arrival is suggested.

Watch past lectures on Vimeo

Fletcher Priest Trust
 supports the International Lecture Series.

The Bartlett School of Architecture Open Day

11:00 - 16:00 13 December 2014
Location: The Bartlett School of Architecture, 140 Hampstead Road, London NW1 2BX
Bartlett Open Day
Interested in studying Architecture at The Bartlett? See what goes on behind the scenes at The Bartlett School of Architecture's new home at 140 Hampstead Road, meet students and staff, see student work and find out how to apply for our BSc (ARB/RIBA Part 1) or MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) courses.

The event will provide key information and guidance for BSc Architecture applicants (current Year 11 or 12 students and others who are considering architecture as a career) and prospective MArch Architecture students on application requirements, course structure, teaching and facilities.

Current students will be available to talk about their work and their experiences studying at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
There are two sessions, 11.15-13.15 and 14.00-16.15
  • If you are interested in BSc Architecture you may choose between morning or afternoon sessions (content is the same in both sessions)
  • If you are interested in MArch Architecture there is one session, from 11am 
Full details and booking are at Booking is essential and tickets are limited to two per person.

Bartlett graduates in Futures in the Making exhibition

sandra youkhana af

Recent Bartlett MArch Architecture graduates Sandra Youkhana and Alastair Browning have been selected to display their work in this year's Architecture Foundation (AF) Futures in the Making exhibition, showing from 13 – 28 November at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
The AF curated exhibition features a selection of drawings, models and research from the final projects of selected postgraduate students from across London's architecture schools.
MArch Unit 11 graduate Sandra Youkhana will present Media Planning: Andermatt Rezoned. The project (pictured above) reimagines Andermatt as an Alpine commune in the wider context of Switzerland as a metacommune. 
Alastair Browning, a graduate from MArch Unit 17, will showcase FIAT-MIRAFIORI Turin, Italy. The project proposes a campus university sited within the endless 20m x 20m grid of Fiat’s behemoth Mirafiori plant (1939). Mirafiori is envisaged as a new city quarter articulated by the shifting presence of production, research, commerce and living.
alastair browning
Futures in the Making aims to share and explore new ideas for architecture and infrastructure from a rising generation of architectural talent, and use the projects as a point of departure for further debates about the future of architecture and the profession.
Futures in the Making
13 - 28 November 2014
Tuesday – Friday, 1.45 – 6pm
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Twenty Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RF 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1935

Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The home was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township.
Hailed by Time shortly after its completion as Wright's "most beautiful job" it is listed amongSmithsonian's Life List of 28 places "to visit before you die." It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the "best all-time work of American architecture" and in 2007, it was ranked twenty-ninth on the list of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.

Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 500 works. Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater (1935), which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture". Wright was a leader of thePrairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.
His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. Wright authored 20 books and many articles and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at hisTaliesin studio. Already well known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by theAmerican Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time." (WIKIPEDIA)

Falling Water House Website

Lots of Photos

Thursday, 17 April 2014

and again: Le Corbusier: Villa Savoye, Paris, 1928-31
links to photos

Villa Savoye is a modernist villa in Poissy, in the outskirts of ParisFrance. It was designed by Swiss architects Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, and built between 1928 and 1931.
A manifesto of Le Corbusier's "five points" of new architecture, the villa is representative of the bases of modern architecture, and is one of the most easily recognizable and renowned examples of the International style.
Originally built as a country retreat on behest of the Savoye family, the house fell into disuse after 1940, and entered a state of disrepair during World War II. It passed on to be property of the French state in 1958, and after surviving several plans of demolition, it was designated as an official French historical monument in 1965 (a rare occurrence, as Le Corbusier was still living at the time). It was thoroughly renovated from 1985 to 1997, and under the care of the Centre des monuments nationaux, the refurbished house is now open to visitors year-round. (WIKIPEDIA)
the house in ruins after world war II

Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoie used as a barn.
G.E. Kidder Smith, photographer (c. 1959)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

House Bierings by Rocha Tombal Architecten

Rocha Tombal Architecten designed a basic form with sculptural “eyes” that emerge with direct views to the varied countryside landscape.
The form and orientation of the building avoid visual contact with the adjacent houses. At the ground floor the angled ceiling of the kitchen accentuates the intensive contact with the garden. On the first floor, the different shaped openings in the roof and facade offer, like “fingers of light”, varied daylight experiences.
Read more on COOLBOOM 

Rocha Tombal Architecten NL link

Monday, 7 April 2014

Peter Zumthor: Brother Klaus Field Chapel

Winner of the 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Zumthor’s field chapel started as a simple sketch. The building was formed out of a wigwam- like frame [made using 112 tree trunks], over which layers of concrete, each 50cm thick, was poured and rammed. Once the concrete had set, the frame was burnt out leaving a hollowed blackened cavity and beautifully charred walls.

“..The floor is a frozen pool of molten lead, while the roof is open to the sky and, by night, the field of stars above. Rain and sunlight tumble and fall through this oculus to create atmospheric patterns of shade and glistening weather.

Zumthor's chapel is numinously dark inside, but when you look up, the oculus itself resembles the flare of a star - a reference, presumably, to Brother Klaus's vision in the womb. Being here alone is close to feeling, if not understanding, the faith that sustained the Swiss hermit.

So, here is a building containing just one room, with a roof that fails to keep out the rain, made of rough concrete, burned timber and lead. It has no electricity. No running water. No plumbing. No lavatories. No wind turbine. No solar panels. No air-con. No pictures hang on its walls. It offers no obvious, or accepted, sense of comfort. And yet it is compelling and very beautiful, offering solace.”
Jonathan Glancey: Solitary Refinement, The Guardian

Pritzker Architecture Prize

Friday, 4 April 2014

How to draw an Axonomentric and an Isonometric Projection....

 Drawing is from here 
Future Systems, Nat West Media Centre, Lords Cricket Ground

Projections are often useful in presenting a proposed building to someone who is not familiar with the presentation in plan, section and elevation drawings. However, the rural population, in particular illiterates, may understand pictures and illustrations in a different way than intended or not at all. Even the idea that a message can be contained in a picture and that something can be learned from it can be new. This is mainly because they do not see many pictures and have not learned to understand the symbolic language often used in illustrations. Some of the most common difficulties in comprehension of illustrations involve close- up illustrations where a part, e.g., a person's hands or head, is used to represent the whole. While too much detail, particularly in the bac kground may be confusing, outlined or stick figures contain too little detail, and are not as recognizable as toned-in line drawings. Perspectives, where objects in the distance are drawn smaller can present difficulties as can pictures of small items, e.g. insects, drawn to a much larger size than the actual. Best understood are pictures containing a single message and portraying a culture, e.g., persons or clothing that the viewer can identify with.
Isometric or oblique projections are useful in presenting a pictorial, although slightly distorted, view of a structure and are particularly suitable for free-hand sketching. The axonometric projection is best suited to show the interior of rooms with its furniture, equipment or machinery. The two point perspective is a bit more complicated to construct, but gives a true pictorial view of a building as it will appear if standing at about the same level as the building and at some distance.
All types of projections can be constructed to scale, but they become really useful to the building designer once the technique is so familiar that most of the details in the drawing and eventually even the major contours of the picture may be drawn freehand.


Isometric Projection
With isometric projection, horizontal lines of both front view and side view of the building are drawn to 30° from the horizontal using dimensions to scale. Vertical lines remain vertical and the same scale is used. Curved and slanted lines are developed by working within lightly sketched squares or rectangles, which are erased after use.

Isonometric Projection here all dimensions are staying the same but you have to construct a new plan that is not 90 degrees rectangular. All the heights are true heights.

Oblique Projection
An oblique projection starts with a front view of the building. The horizontal lines in the adjacent side are then draw to an angle, usually 30° or 45°, from the horizontal. The dimensions on the adjacent side are made equal to 0.8 of the full size if 30° is used or 0.5 if 45° is used. Curved and slanted lines are constructed in the same manner as in isometric projections.

Oblique Projection: Here the Elevation or a Section through the building stays as it is and you 'project the real depth at an angle of 45 degrees to the back' 

Axonometric Projection
In axonometric projection the plan view of the building is placed on the drawing table with its side inclined from the horizontal at any angle. Usually 30°, 45° or 60° is chosen since those are the angles of the set squares. All vertical lines of the building remain vertical and are drawn to the scale of the plan view.

Axonomentric Projection: Here the plan stays as it is. All angles are the same in plan. You then draw in the true heights onto the plan and construct the drawing.

FOUND here, please have a look! 
Here another link to HOW TO DRAW A AXONOMENTRIC