Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011




My architectural propostion presented is an exploration of public and private activity as an effect of room structure. The defined space characteristically reflects defined activities and private areas. In comparison the deconstruction of specific purpose room areas allows a chance for multipurpose open plan living. This also can provide a possibilty to bring the surrounding landscape into a space creating a dynamic and more public zone.


In the Villa Mairea the open plan space creates a real opportunity to pull the exterior into the interior. It creates an interesting sense of transparency in the building. This is contrasted however by the weight of the massive masonry elements of the house, anchoring the house to its landscape, and affording it a sense of place.


Aalto's design applies a considered combination of symmetrical and free form elements. Displaying asymmetrical balance which affords a more organic and telling description of the areas functions and uses.

Study of the Plan: Within the actual plan a sense of balance can be noted even though the design is not symmetrical
The second drawing is a sample of what the plan could of looked like if symmetrically was sought.
The third plan demonstrates how a sense of balance is achieved through a considered combination of symmetrical and free form elements.

Upon the entrance facade the considered geometry at the base of the Villa Mairea can be noted. The Villa Mairea is re known for its rich layers of detail. When closely studied even though the design seems very free there is a considered application. In this case the facade can be divided as quarters upon which detail is built up in layers.

On the Southern facade the window placement appears random. It can however on analysis be appreciated as a direct response to internal uses of spaces. This generates a connection to hidden functions for the external viewer.

Within this longitudinal elevation it can be appreciated how being asymmetrical does not necessarily mean a design is unbalanced. The case in this situation seems to be that shapes are direct responses to uses. Aalto has further balanced the design by creating an association with the surrounding environment. The vertical detailing helps anchor the design to its landscape.

This view of the house from the east demonstrates in general the understanding I have generated of the Villa Mairea. We can appreciate that the structural base of the villa is very considered and in this case in fact symmetrical. Upon this there has been built up many layers of rich detailing. This has been anchored, allowing these details and indeed the houses success, by the fundamental geometry at its base.


The analytic study I have done for circulation links back to my architectural proposition. It explores the deconstruction of the cell like uses of the house within defined rooms. As Aalto declared when designing the Villa Mairea "these people don't need so many rooms" The open plan space creates an undefined opportunity for functions. This I have tried to demonstrate by the contrast of the grid like structure of the service rooms in comparison to the free almost tangled circulation path of this open plan, more public zone. Overlayed onto this are colours which represent the common paths taken by different household users. Light blue for the household family, dark blue for servants and tan for visitors.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ARCH1201 - Project One : Villa Mairea, Alvar Aalto

First Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan



Analysis Drawings

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rotation 3 : Workshop 1

workshop 1: Architectural Drawing Workshop
Felicity Stewart and Ross Serrano


Plan, Section, Elevation and Sketch of a Teacup

One Point Perspective

Tonal Sketching without Defining Lines

Rose Seidler House at UNSW

Presentation Drawings of Harry Seidlers, Rose Seidler House

The Final Product

Developing a Layout

Details - Above: Perspective
Below: First Floor Plan

Review: Ive really enjoyed this workshop for the chance it offers to use hand drafting. Additionally it was useful to further develop an understanding of architectural drafting techniques and how to read and interpret them, discovering one of Sydneys own architects.


workshop 5: 3D workshop – Storyboarding (Re)presenting Representations - Meeray Ghaly and Haris Dzonlogic

Partner: Martin Kastengren

Brief: Interpret the Sir Anthony Mason Garden, the space between the law and chemical sciences building in a unique way which is not a direct representation. The product was to exist within the dimensions of 30cm x 30cm x 30cm.

Our Proposal: To create an object which explored the idea of movement, reflecting the constant flow of people by this space as they move down uniwalk.

Final Product: The finished model consisted of 3 cubes which pivoted on hinges about central arms. Each cube utilised the same maze like design but with different materials. As they rotated past each other new spaces and experiences are created. It is an interactive sculpture.

Reflection: I really enjoyed working with a partner on this project. It was interesting how we could push each others ideas and expand upon them to create a unique product which neither of us would of developed on our own. Additionally I felt we really developed our idea due to the chance to work on it within studio time under tutelege.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rotation 1 : Workshop 4

workshop 4: Model-it Workshop
Matthias Hollenstein and Sean Choo

Week One

Week Two

First Task
Model of the Church of Light by Tadao Ando

Week Three

Final Project
Fisher House by Louis Kahn

Review: I found this workshop quite challenging. It was the first time I had ever done any architectural modelling. Its time consuming and fiddly nature greatly frustrated me and it was daunting being set with the task to find our own plans, correctly scale said plans and then interpret them. However it did teach me a lot. The small tasks in class although adding more work were useful in discovering how to make a model represent what you wanted it to. Also it was reassuring that everyone seemed to be building at a slow pace. This workshop gave me a lot of respect to the time and precision which goes into architectural models.