Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I don't ever remember being this lazy with any form of university work. I've always been very organised and have never ever in my entire life been the type of serial procrastinator I have now seem to become!

So i'm here, trudging away at design studio, wanting to resolve my design more, but rather than productively doing the actual work, I find myself reading blogs and facebooking (something which I have not been on for 9 months straight) and wasting precious study time.

It's been quiet on the blogging front. Tomorrow will be the first day of spring and I will have plenty to do this spring. So by next week, hopefully, i'll have heaps of lovely, exciting and gorgeous photos to post.

I'm also eagerly waiting for some packages to arrive from overseas, all of which are containing lovely pieces that I can't wait to show!

Until then, have a lovely week!
Get out and enjoy the sun!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

au revior.

The weather today was quite horrendous which made the trip to uni on public transport all that much worse. Productivity today so far has not been great, even though i'm bursting at the seams with inspirational ideas for fashion and architecture, I can't help but have my head wander. This weather seems to have cast a blanket of gloom over my mood and has somehow made me think so much of an morbid impending goodbye that will inevitably happen in 6 months time.

So here are a few images to reflect what i'm feeling right now.

Day 365 of 365 - Goodbye

forcing a smile & waving goodbye

Soldier's goodbye & Bobbie the cat, ca. 1939-ca. 1945 / by Sam Hood

The Thing About Goodbyes... [232/365]

Y2 Day 44/365 24 February 2009: Saying Goodbye

Good-bye Kiss

"...She walked away, well her shoes were untied,
And the eyes were all red,
You could see that we've cried, and I watched and I waited,
'Till she was inside, forcing a smile and waving goodbye".

I really hope this horrible weather goes away, and soon.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

precedent study.

Architect: John Wardle Architects
Building: Melbourne Grammar, Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Year Completed: 2008

*photo from John Wardle Architects Website

The brief involved designing a new entry threshold to the grounds of Melbourne Grammar school, consolidate library resources into one area and to provided additional supporting lecture and seminar space for the campus. The concept of the design looks at the idea of how the subject of learning becomes the face of the campus through a transparent library envelope. The emphasis is on providing an active space with access to knowledge in a variety of media, electronic as well as traditional forms. The library elevation is an open glass facade that exposes rows of books as well as thriving companion activities, symbolically representing both a repository of knowledge and a shift to a more open and engaging institution.

The newly designed entry to the campus is located on Domain Road, expressed as a slice through the building which leads into and opens up to the west quadrangle's historical facade. This element in the design was innovative in the sense that custom bricks were made to achieve and very specific glaze. A new bonding pattern for the bricks were also created in this part of the project so that the stacking pattern of the bricks were to reflect the pattern of the way books were actually stacked in the library. The design here demonstrates the notion of reciprocity, threshold as well as materiality.

The brick facade is a traditional use of materials that tie together the building with the surrounding important landmarks located within close proximity of the site. The entrance also provides a threshold delineating a change from the streetscape to the interior of the campus, but not completely sectioning off and enclosing the space. It provides a path of transition for the buildings users yet with it's of series of inter-linked pavilions, still allows the continuation of the scale and rhythm of the school’s frontage to Domain Road. John Wardle Architects also devised an efficient method for achieving a fold in a brick fa├žade by using computer modelling to determine the exact angle of the crank and developed a single custom brick to negotiate the change in direction.

*photo from Think Brick Website

John Wardle Architects also use a mixed range of materials. From traditional masonry (brick) to steel columns and textured glass. The design goes to considerable lengths to capture the multitude of landscape and contextual views available and cleverly blends old and new together visually. A glass link for administrative functions brushes close to the intricate roof pediments and quoining of the original quadrangle building; the quadrangle building is framed by the main entry of the new building. Every detail is intended to orient the students not just towards learning, but to the city, its history and beyond.

Reflective glass louvers provides two functions: allow cinematic views to the gardens and at the same time protecting some privacy from the street. Main body of the library comprises a series of giant steel framed windows of varying shapes with a series of overlaid patterns to glass within. The patterning alludes to the random ashlar block work of the buildings on site. From the inside, the various windows frame serves a different views to the greenery garden beyond.

Main book collections in the library are stored in the book stack pavilion which is clad in a burnished brick with its own bond. The bond includes several vertical bricks stacked on end and the main wall folds back to highlight these book-like bricks set into the surface.

Sources of photo and information all from various websites and flickr profiles.

Monday, August 2, 2010


Even though I have a mountain load of uni work, drawings and site analysis to do and practically zero dollars left in my account, I still somehow manage to end up at the topman and topshop websites with my carts loaded with 120 pounds worth of merchandise. Nice Lisa, real nice....

Its safe to say I am procrastinating and in my efforts to get my toochy up and into some uni work, i'll post up some information on the site we have been given.

Our project this semester is to design a library or community centre for Matraville, a suburb in the eastern suburbs of sydney. The site is located on one of the arterial roads Bunnerong Road and in the main commercial strip of the suburb. The design of the library has to be about 800sqm with internal and external space. Below are some photos of the site.

The site is realtively flat and hence there won't be much innovation in regards to design the building using interest architectural qualities to do with landscaping.

I guess my interpretation of the site is that the lecturers are trying to get us to understand architecture from the surrounding context and having our designs based on those pieces of information and research.

I guess we'll be seeing how this site goes as the weeks goes on. Also I'm sorry for the bad photo quality. The weather has been so bad this week that all these photos are none of my own.