256meh_Simpy Fresh Flat

Midnight at the Pera Palace is a long way from Bethnal Green. Yet we can all dream of Ataturk bathroom at the Palace in East London…IMG_3519 IMG_3520

048per_NZIA AWARD FOR THE VILLAMETER!

The Villameter! won an NZIA Award and a Resene Colour Award in Auckland… which is paradoxical given that black is techically the absence of all colour!?:) Anyhow the entire team from client to suppliers will take the gong and just paint the town red sorry black, white, blue…

So thanks to the clients Michael Pervan, Amy Oding and Benjamin; our local partners Peter Townsend and Eryn Wason of Townsend Architects; a myriad suppliers and finally the WHAT_architecture practice team of: Marc Iglesias, Simon Rosa Perez, Karsh Singh, Adrian Wong, Seung Jong Park, Eiichi Matsuda and Magda… let us know if we forgot anyone! All Black logo_erezNZIA

179prs_THE GAME OF ARCHITECTURE AS HAIKU

The Game of Poetry. A haiku is a Japanese poem with a rigorous almost game-like structure ruled by seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. The Haiku Guys and Gals posted us their haiku duel for the Game of Architecture. So who won?

Eric:

Puzzle of space time,

Pieces missing on purpose,

And never finished.

 

Lisa:

Armed with compass,

And a finely tuned angle,

I conquer my space

179prs_A TALKING BUILDING

A building that talks to you, literally.

048per_THE VILLAMETER

The Villameter has been designed and built to the millimetre!

 

048per_THE VILLAMETER: A PHOTO ROMAN

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255kee_FULL FRONTAL FOTODRAWING

Have a look at the top photograph below: notice anything unusual? There is a high rise building in the distance that appears three times in the photograph… although this could merely mean multiple generic modernist blocks on the East London horizon. The photographic image has been manipulated: it was stitched together in Photoshop and hence the image contains the impossibility of four vanishing points, hence our new ‘three tower estate’ in Bethnal Green visible from Keeling House. Architectural representation used to reside in drawing but today thanks to mobile devices what we understand as the drawing is changing: the architect is today as likely to draw with his camera than with any pen. Indeed thanks to such devices the ‘photographic elevational drawing’ is increasingly common in contemporary practice. WHAT_architecture calls this ‘full frontal fotodrawing’ (FFF) and this is a two step process.

  • Step 1: capture images in the field. Requires reasonably rigorous ‘in situ’ positioning of the camera perpendicular to the drawing plane.
  • Step 2: post-production image manipulation: use of photoshop etc for parallax correction

With deep full-frontal-fotodrawings, that is where the elevation has depth due to window reveals, loggias, vistas etc, the FFF will have multiple vanishing points. This is a digital by-product and is a departure from the historic rules of perspective as evident in say Piero della Francesco’s Flagellation of Christ, the world’s greatest small painting (1455-1460).

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064man_LOG CHUTE Bath

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www.blablablarchitecture.comOur client wishes to have a bath for his five daughters(!) such that they can bathe at the same time. After all wash time is party time: ‘splish, splash I was taking a bath…) This meant fusing two Villeroy and Boch quartz baths into one and setting the entire ensemble into a log.

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