Friday, March 27, 2009

Poché Renderings PART 2 - PROJECT 1

Poche - Very Schematic
Stadthaus Scharnhauser Park, Ostfildern, Germany, Plan of level 0 Jürgen Mayer H.
Obviously this is not a section. However, note the vividness of this image and the way in which light and shade is captured through rendering techniques
Piranei, Baths of Caracalla

Poche Example - Schematic
Les Eschelles du Baroque Apartment Building, Paris, France, Plan study Ricardo Bofill

Poche example - Schematic Not really Rendered
Brick Country House, project, Potsdam-Neubabelsberg, Plan Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Example of Poche
Church of Solitude Project, New York, New York, Plan Gaetano Pesce

Example of Poche
Church of Solitude Project, New York, New York, Longitudinal section Gaetano Pesce

Example of rendering
Art and Architecture Building, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Partial exterior perspective Paul Rudolph

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Drawing and Rendering- PROJECT 1

See this website for inspiration in terms of drawing and rendering techniques

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Parti Example- PROJECT 1

I would like to emphasize Xing's point about the fact that drawing the Parti diagram is an intellectual and a logical exercise - You need to draw as distinct entities - without confusing one into the other. It is a graphic dismantling of the building and the simplification of its messiness into clear diagrams of enclosure, program, circulation, structure, and geometry.

This diagram is NOT a tracing of the plan - It does not bear forth the DETAILS - but maintains the plan as a footprint/silhouette/phantom while HIGLIGHTING the different categories of Parti.

Often the Parti of the building will not be clear just by looking at the building. Hence, research and reading is an essential part of this investigation, to find how the enclosure really works or how the circulation really works - Sometimes plans can be deceiving so you need to be alert!

Thinking of the three types of Pre-Modern parti diagrams explained by Xing can be used as A WAY FORWARD into this exercise. However, for more complex buildings such an exercise can be more RETROSPECTIVE such that you think of which of the 3 Pre-Modern Parti's does the parti of your Villa remind you of.


Dear Tute Group

Thanks for your spontaneous and enthusiastic participation in the informal presentation in Week 2. This is my version of Studio Task Week 3.

What we will do

For Week 3, we will not have presentations. However, you will need to attend studio for the full 4 hours to show work already done at home AS WELL AS start or complete new work in preparation for submission in Week 4. In other words, be prepared with tracing sheets, pens and pencils (and other drawing tools), tapes, drawing boards, computers, and model making materials to attend the four hours of studio with a level of seriousness and commitment.

Things you need to complete or develop (not hurried first attempts!!)

Finalized Parti Diagrams to the right scale - no incomplete tracings will be accepted - the method for making Parti diagrams could be derived by studying the Richard Meier diagram on the master blogsite and other diagrams from the links on my blogsite

Poche renderings at the right scale must be attempted - Not sketchy and vague - but developed and skillful understanding of light/dark, solid/void in section and plan - See today's postings on the blogsite for ideas

Model in Process - Some of you may already have started making the model. You can continue this process in the studio. (Some students have queries about model making that I have sent to Xing, and I am waiting to hear back but you can proceed till then).

What not to do

Dont leave additional materials like books and photocopies at home or your work at home :-) You have locker space which should be used for this.

I look forward to an inspiring studio session! I have made a number of postings on the blog site that you will find useful. Thanks and see you then. In addition, keep following the blogsite - I will upload information when I can - Also, you can use it to communicate with me.



Poché Renderings PART 1- PROJECT 1

Shaowen Wang has uploaded some examples of what Poché might mean. Please study them in terms of technique. have added some Poché renderings - Sections - by Jacques Germain Soufflot and Johann Wilhelm Hittorf

When you study these images, consider whether darkening the walls or reversing the technique is appropriate to your Villa. Both types have been used. Also, keep in mind that the modern villa may or may not exhibit such obvious variations between solids and voids (deep pockets of space) because of shifts in technology and material properties of the built fabric. Hence, your poche renderings may refer to lightness in addition to heaviness.

See Soane's rendering of The Bank of England which focussed on the lightness of space.

For other techniques of Poché see Charles Correa's renderings for
Vidhan Sabha (Bhopal, India) and Hindustan Lever Pavilion (Delhi, India)

Geoffrey Bawa House - IMAGES- PROJECT 1

Some clearer images, and text that will help make the corridor parti clearer. Please read and study the images carefully

Villa Savoye and Vanna Venturi House - ONLINE LINK- PROJECT 1

See this lecture through this link
Try to learn from their representation techniques without copying directly

Vanna Venturi House MORE REFS- PROJECT 1

If you havent already seen it
Pay keen attention to the categories like Distorted symmetry and Enclosure

A key reference could be The familiar and the unfamiliar in twentieth-century architecture By Jean La Marche P 724.6/165

Also, see this book Venturi and Rauch. 1975. Vanna Venturi house, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1962 : Peter Brant house, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1973 : Carll Tucker III house, Westchester County, New York, 1975. Call No:CFAF 720.924/VEN/1

Monday, March 16, 2009

Geoffrey Bawa Online Reference- PROJECT 1

Villa Muller Online Reference

In addition to your own references, a good site for understanding the compositional principles of Villa Muller
Hopefully, you can come up with your own analysis without deriving too much from this.

Villa Savoye Online Reference

Some of you might find it hard to get into the building - This might help


Dear all

We will run this as a short and informal 'pin up' presentation for 2 hours, then break for 10 and resume with studio work and desk crits till 6.

  • Please come prepared with a full set of parti diagrams (first and second attempts), free hand sketches are fine
  • Free hand poché rendering 1: 100 (first attempt) of key plans and sections
  • A study model (rough working model in either paper or balsa wood (1: 200 or 1: 100) showing where the section is
  • Verbal presentation to the tutor or the group re the background story of the chosen villa

All drawings MUST be to scale
Tracing sheets must have white backing

Look forward to your discoveries!


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

some intial examples of parti diagrams

Robie House Parti

Auckland building inspired by game of TetrisThe Architectus designed building for the Victoria Quarter derives its parti from the Tetris. The Tetris (building) is generally made up of three elements: the ground and mezzanine retail, six “Tetris” units (two groups of three) over four levels and six smaller two level units on top.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Additional Reference Online 2 - Parti and Poche

Dear all
This site looks good also - Read on for understanding Parti in a simple language

Additional Reference Online 1 - Parti and Poche

Dear all,
A reading titled "The Ecole des Beaux-Arts: Modes and Manners" is available through (You will need to log into UNSW database)- It explains some of the ideas in Xing's lecture on Parti and Poche.