A series of 12, 2 hour lectures which in the context of the Graeco-Roman traditions of Urbanity examines the works of major architects from Brunelleschi to Borromini.© SK 2008
A series of 10, 2 hour lectures in appreciation of 20 th.Century architecture and some of its major figures.© SK 2008
UNSW Master of Architecture Studio 2008 Two semesters of studios taught in collaboration with Alan Ogg, architect.© SK 2008
30x30x30 cm white cardboard cube as illustrated in diagram A. Surfaces to be divided as specified and cuts to be made only on the grid lines in a rectilinear geometry.
To manipulate light or reveal the play of light and shadows in a fascinating way. A way which takes advantage of the formal possibilities of the cube.
Well made, accurate, clean and with precise joints and connections.
The Pantheon, Rome. Hagia Sophia, Istambul
Borromini, Guarini, Baroque architecture in general
Le Corbusier - La Tourette, Ronchamp, Firminy
Aalto - Libraries
Kahn - Unitarian Church, Kimbell, Exeter.
Holl - Church
Utzon, Bagsvaerd Church, House in Majorca
Sketches, small studies and mock ups will be needed before you assemble the final model.© SK 29.7.2008
Illustrations on right are projects carried out by students at UNSW in 2007 and 2008
Geometry - how is it manifested in Architecture?
What kinds are there?
Where is it used?
Do these things matter?
On A2 fine white Board do a pencil drawing employing variations
a. on the Square.
b. Circles or parts of circles.
c. 60 degree triangular geometry
On a similar board do a drawing which combines at least 2 of the geometries from Ex 1.
Based on this, make a study model in 3 dimensions as an architectural idea.
You may interpret any of these as studies of: ornament and decoration, architectural elements or as planning, setting out or organizational Ideas.
Pencils - 3H, 2H, H and F. Coloured Pencils can also be used.
Thick white paper or board
Parti diagrams studying geometry overlaid over plans, sections, elevations of the building you are studying as a model.
Illustrations on right are projects carried out by students at UNSW in 2008
With the drawings of your Project 1 building do a tracing which clearly shows relation between interiors and what Van Eyck calls “ In-between” spaces. Make a clear image of the environment - the surroundings and the transition from outside to inside.
Use colour to differentiate these 3 places.
RED = Inside, GREY = In-between, GREEN = Outside
A. Find examples of the architectural elements of many traditions which give expression to the act of assembling before and entering a building. eg the Porch, the Verandah, the Colonnade, the Portico, the Ante-room, the Entry, the Door.
B. Choose a house from your country which demonstrates the relation between inside , outside and in-between. Present this with plans and sections and illustrations on A2 boards. Pay particular attention to elements such as : the balcony, the terrace, the courtyard, the garden, the roof terrace or garden, the belvedere and the look out. Relate to Climatic considerations, customs and local tradition.
C. Make a model of your own design that in a conceptual and dramatic way demonstrates an architectural relation between these 3 "Places" - Outside, In-between, Inside. The model should be on a base 300 x 600 mm or 600 x 600 mm at a scale of your choice.
Post and Beam traditions: China, Japan, Pacific
Thick Wall traditions: Africa, Middle East, Greece, Italy , Underground Houses - China, Cappadocia [Turkey]
Modern Architecture: Wright - Houses - ["The outside comes inside"]
Mies Van De Rohe - Farnsworth, Berlin Gallery
Le Corbusier - Pilgrimmage Church, Ronchamp
Kahn: Bryn Mawr college, Exeter Library - Inside
Utzon ; Bagsvaerd church, Sydney Opera house - [the platform, inside & inside]
Van Eyck. Sculpture pavilion
Tadao Ando, Stephen Holl, Alvaro Siza , etc
Ronchamp photos by S.K.
Chandigargh photos by M.Halperin.
Teacher: Swetik Korzeniewski / Duration: Weeks 1-7
To carefully study a work by a master on the premise that we learn about Architecture from Architecture. The study and understanding of architectural works and even more so the experience of great architecture is fundamental to ones development as an architect.
1.1 Documentation - assemble a thorough coverage of as many aspects of the work as possible. Plans, sections and elevations are essential as well as photos, interiors, 3d drawings. Location and site /climate info. Make a file which is easily viewed. Library and internet research.
1.2 Sketches - Begin a conversation with the building by doing quick freehand sketches of views, plans and sections. Small study models quickly made.
1.1 & 1.2 Wk 3 Review
2.1 Parti drawings of its organisation.
2.2 Drafted drawings - In pencil [3H,2H, H, F, HB] and by hand do a careful set of drawings on white paper. Coloured pencils may be used to clarify things.These are the Poche drawings that reveal the materiality and character of the building. Plans, sections and elevations. 1:50, 1:100 These are the “Working Drawings” from which you will build your model. NB Computer drawings are not acceptable for this purpose.
2.1 & 2.2 Wk 5 Review
3.1 Study Model - A study model in balsa or cardboard which presents the form of the building [ie the relationships between its major parts and conveys its visual character.]
3.2 Photos of model - 3 views with correct light angles, 1 Interior
Teacher: Swetik Korzeniewski / Duration: 8 Weeks
This project continues, at a smaller scale, the consideration of buildings with a civic purpose. In this case the purpose and significance of the public library to the intellectual and cultural life of a community.
This project is located in one of the few Residential Squares in Sydney - Hollis Park in Newtown which has large Victorian houses on 2 sides. Newtown is a very cosmopolitan inner city district close to Sydney University.
The purpose that a library serves and the facilities and spaces that are needed to serve that purpose are to be considered and clearly articulated as part of your contribution to forming the brief.
A suggested list of spaces is attached. However you are advised to formulate the general character and disposition of the spaces before you start detailed planning. Start with a whole rather than with a lot of parts.
1. This will be a first sketch plan in which you state clearly and strongly your overall idea for this Library.
a. THE CHARACTER OR EXPRESSION OF A LIBRARY
• Both Internally and Externally and therefore
b. ITS RELATION TO THE PARK - WHAT DOES IT CONTRIBUTE
c. THE INTERNAL ORGANISATION AND TREATMENT OF MAJOR SPACES
• Not all the detailed planning is expected to be resolved.
Location plan, Site Plan
Floor plans 1:100
Sections 1:100 or 1:50 (2 min.)
Elevations 1:100 (2 min, more if time allows)
Model 1:200 or 1:100
Photomontage: 2 views or sketch perspectives
N.B. One drawing is to be given special emphasis with an effort to produce the highest quality drawing.
EACH STUDENT IS TO CHOOSE A LIBRARY TO STUDY AND TO PRESENT TO THE CLASS: