I had a clear idea yesterday of what I had to build once I got to the school. After an interesting lecture about Iranian brick architecture I did get a working model done – I’m pretty pleased with the overall outline of it – but it did make me think that perhaps instead of a simple stair I should have went with the ‘rice fields’ version, where there would indeed be a stairs between two walls, but then when you enter the space at the bottom you will see that the stair continues on the inside, becoming benches for looking at the walls behind the glass.
I won’t have time to do too much about this idea in time for our pin-up on wednesday, but I will have time to make some drawings that include it. Speaking of drawings I just finished my section drawing for wednesday and I really like the way it turned out. Using the pen on my tablet to hand draw and fill in the section in the existing ruin and filling in the new addition with colored blocks really makes the difference between old and new stand out.
For wednesday I plan on doing some nice presentation drawings and chosing sites for my other interventions at the ruin – showing off different aspects and letting people experience the landscape of the ruin itself.
A thing that I can’t remember if I mentioned, but which is quite important I feel to the design is the idea of using the existing ruin as the landscape that it is. People already walk around on the walls that form stairs in themselves. This was something I earlier in the process thought that I would use on the inside of the ruin, cutting into the walls, but I now see that it’s much more natural to use it outside and to make which ever buildings I make the right height for the visitor to be able to walk from the tops of the walls onto the roof of my interventions. This will decide all the roof heights of my interventions and make them fit into this ‘landscape’. Whether I will need railing on these buildings stands to be decided – since there isn’t any on the existing walls and people just walk onto them I feel that I can argue that if people walk up the old walls to get to the roof, then they don’t need the safety up there – it’s just a roof that people happen to walk onto.
This answers the ‘landscape’ part of our assignment. Walking around in and on it – stepping onto the new buildings and looking out over the landscape. It’s not a grand finale like a deck at the top of the tower, but rather a more delicate way of seeing different things in different places. Having your attention drawn to specific parts of the ruin – and perhaps framing the landscape with my buildings and even – dare I say – openings in them?
Another thing to note is that the new walls will divide the existing spaces into new spaces, and the transitions between these, as well as the spaces themselves become an area of interest. Should they be treated? the should at the very least be considered and qualified as spaces.