Chloe Myra (0328606)
Urban landscape: It is a combination of art and science concentrating on the health of our environment and the people’s welfare.
During this assignment, we concentrated on one particular project in which we needed to construct an urban landscape, based on our intentions and research that we had looked upon.
Above are pictures for reference so that I could get an idea on how I wanted my model to appear and how I could consider the functions in terms of lighting, air ventilation and human traffic. The theme resembled a green environment where nature had only been manipulated and not deteriorated.
Instead of a conventional art gallery, I determined on building an art gallery that was both indoor and outdoor. In other words, the gallery did not necessarily need to be enclosed with four walls and a ceiling.
(Left) That was the initial form of the base. (Right) Some shapes were eliminated and altered to give some space so it would not look too compact. Also, the location of the spaces were already considered.
Initially, a template of the urban landscape was worked with throughout. The model of the art gallery was built downwards from sea level instead of building it upwards and 7 layers of modelling boards were compulsory to create a conspicuous depth.
The grass and a blue plastic perspex sheet were then included within the internal region.
Different textures determined the spaces within the urban landscape.
- Lightest wooden texture: Main entrance + outdoor pathway.
- Wooden texture with riffle effects: Base plane.
- Wooden plank texture: A bridge across the lake.
- Dark brown: Pathway for people to walk on.
- Grey/Concrete texture: Stairs/An indication of a heightened base.
- Blue: Lake.
(Left) Indoor art gallery: The overall structure was scored rather than cut separately and glued together so it would not look too messy. The stretch of rectangular form was replaced by an acrylic sheet to portray a window.
The rest of the structures progressed before pasting textures and surrounding the space with grass.
Tensile roofs (made out of a modelling card, curved and curled at the edges to manipulate a perception of a fabric material) were attached to allow more light penetration and air ventilation. Moreover, it gave the formation a lightweight sensation as a whole.
Here’s a closer look from a higher perspective:
Below are images showing the interior perspective of the VOID:
“I genuinely loved this project because it tested my patience and skills as an artist. The most challenging part of this was to figure out the technical properties to prevent the VOID from collapsing and the functions behind each space to meet the welfare of a human. It was like role-playing with a playhouse present, only that we’ve to build everything else from scratch. As I’m writing this, the heart kind of hurts knowing that we’ve reached the end. Before taking Spatial Design, I did not know what I had in store because this module was very unfamiliar to me and I did not have the slightest interest. Mind you, I thought I would dislike this subject very much but in turn, I grew fonder and favoured it. Oh well… And thank you, Miss Tan, for guiding me through this semester.”
“That’s the end of Spatial Design.”