The slightly odd form of our proposal for Peckham is derived from its context: we call it a leaning mansard. It’s a mansard in deference to the adjoining property yet rather than lose headroom, our mansard leans towards the mature trees on the boundary. This has produced a technical issue whereby the brick work will also lean, rendering the entire facade as an over-scaled corbel. Whilst our structural engineers are worried about the induced lateral stresses created by the brick ties pulling on the CLT walls, I wondered if the corbel facade was to be self supporting, how far could lean? Welcome to the Mathematics of the Ideal Villa.
Data Genetics asks: how far can you overhang blocks? The rules of this game are: 1. No glue! Blocks have to be placed and supported entirely by their own weights. 2. Only one block per level. We’re making a skewed tower. 3. All blocks are of the same shape, weight, and are of uniform density. The answer relates to defining the Centre of Mass and keeping this within the line of the foundation to avoid overturning…
The Game of Architecture asks what could architectural practice learn from, games1? What could, for example, architecture learn from something as seemingly remote as the sport of Formula 1? Having watched the climax to the F1 season which is the Abu Dhabi 2016 GP, I pondered whether:
During the race I heard the commentator refer to a technical sporting term which I didn’t understand but was intrigued: the undercut. Having Googled the term I marvelled at the clarity of explanation and thought we must play architecture with more game playing metric precision.
What we learnt from talking design during the Pacific Opera Hut.
Mixtape 4 is the forth try-out tape for Radio Blablablarchitecture’s podcast!
Radio Blablablarchitecture is about talking architecture. Because to design is to talk and to talk is to design.
But how do architects talk? Evidence of architects talking in various occasions, be it interviews, archi-lectures, conversations, presentations to clients are presented and commented upon! What does talking have to offer compared to the other mediums of architectural expression: drawing, writing and building?
In her choice of amtico floor tiles, Ms Barclay is inspired by Polynesia.
North point of view.
West point of view.
South point of view.
East point of view.