UK schools’ projects, as we know, are as amazing for the strength and ingeniousity of their narratives than for their concern for interesting and evocative means of representations. In this regard, the Monastery of Irrigation
by Alistair Williams
(also selected by the President’s Medals
and also for the University of Westminster
) is striking for its use of an hybrid of hand drawing and computer generated images, thus creating a unique poetic vocabulary serving the program. The latter is a building that organizes its monastic life around water rhythm and power.
Everything in this architecture recounts the calm and the insular aspect of the monastery which is to be contrasted with the talkative vocabulary used by urban cathedral recently designed by Hernan Diaz Alonzo’s studios or Tobias Klein and Jordan Hodgson respectively at the Bartlett and the Royal College of Arts (see previous article
In the same spirit, one would like to (re)read the article about Chen Xinyang’s Space Monastery/Prison
project at Pratt Institute. Continue reading
Another project from the 2010 President’s Medals would be The Bladders by Jonathan Walker for the University of Westminster (one more !). This project introduces an half organic, half industrial architecture supplying the City of London with a new series of water cistern that adapt their sizes to the amount of water contained inside of them.
An Opening into Voids: (re)connecting Napoli and its Other
is a beautiful project by Will Laslett
for Jeanne Sillett
‘s University of Westminster
‘s studio. As told in the text below the project dramatizes a network of architectural canyons linking Naples’ multiple caves.
In this regard, it might be interesting to look at it in a dialogue with a project already published on boiteaoutils: Chen Xinyang’s Underground City
. Continue reading
I am sorry for those who are fed up with student’s projects but the end of the year is always prolific in information about interesting works…
Here is another RIBA’s President’s Medals’ winner, Mark Rist with his project in University of Wesminster, Street life / Commune for urbanities.
University of Wesminster
location: 309 Regent Street, London (United Kingdom)