Friday, April 30, 2010




The initial idea for Hawking's lab (left) was in relation to his theory of black holes which he uses the analogy of dice to describe how God's creation of black holes was to confuse the human race. The concept translated into by building is through the confinement of the building and how the client's view of the natural world is restricted and directed by both the vertical and horizontal planes. Darwin's lab is situated between two peaks reflecting his theories of evolution relating to ideologies of creation.

Since both clients (Darwin and Hawking) have some relationship or connection to the environment and nature in their theories, I thought it fitting that the meeting place should be enhanced by the natural elements and more importantly it should be below their Labs denoting their superiority in knowledge and thought.

This image clearly depicts how the horizontal planes of Hawking's lab restrict the client's sight in the vertical direction. It also reveals the openness of the space allowing the changing light of the sun/moon to affect the internal experience of space.

Similar to the above image, this shot of Hawking's lab explicitly reveals how the vertical walls restrict the clients view and understanding of the wider environment. Moreover, this shot highlights the relationship between Hawking's and Darwin's Labs via a single vertical plane. This reflects how both clients are on an equal intellectual level to each other.

The central idea for Darwin's lab was based on his theory of natural selection by geometrical ratios. I used the variable of height and decreased the size of the Lab by a 1:4 ratio. Similar to Hawking's Lab, Darwin's space is open allowing not only the light to change the experience of the space, but also to allow the clients to take advantage of the inspiration derived from the natural environment.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Black Box

Shadow As Threshold

The Black Box takes into consideration and feeds off time and light. Depending on these factors, the structure changes and evolves creating new experiences of the space for the voyeur, irrespective of negative or positive space. This is a similar approach to architecture, which I have employed. My structure, hosting laboratories for Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking, is compiled from positive and negative spaces that effectively relate to each other through the dependence on the ever-changing light source of the sun and moon. The open and closed spaces of these laboratories is ceaselessly changing over a 24-hour period and the experience within these spaces are never the same, because of the sun and moon's shifting placement in the sky as wells as the inconsistent weather patterns.

Electroliquid Aggregation

Each organic being is striving to increase the use of low cost and low-temperature processes by throwing out dice and replacing them with ink-jet printing and pizza ovens. At some period in life, during some season of the year, during each generation or at intervals, God sometimes confuses us, resulting in great destruction and a struggle for life. What started off as a brainstorming session, resulted in the iJet cell concept to manufacture solar cells that can't be seen in a geometrical ratio. Thus it seems the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply proving Einstien was doubly wrong when he said, God does not play dice.

SketchUp v Crysis: rd 2

Hawking & Darwin

positive & negative space v light and shade

6 Parallel Projections

Monday, April 19, 2010

SketchUp v Crysis: rd 1

[Positive v Negative space

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Client Quotes

Nicole Kuepper (solar cells)

"What started off as a brainstorming session has resulted in the iJET cell concept that uses low-cost and low-temperature processes, such as ink-jet printing and pizza ovens, to manufacture solar cells."

Smith, Deborah. "Thinking Outside The Square Finds Light In Oven" Sydney Morning Herald, August 20, 2008, Environment Section

Charles Darwin (natural selection)

"Each organic being is striving to increase in a geometrical ratio... each at some period of its life, during some season of the year, during each generation or at intervals, has to struggle for life and to suffer great destruction ... The vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply."

Darwin, Charles. On The Origin Of Species By Means Of Natural Selection. (London: John Murray, 1859).

Stephen Hawking (black holes)

"Thus it seems Einstien was doubly wrong when he said, God does not play dice. Not only does God definitely play dice, by he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen"

Professor Stephen Hawking's Official Website. "Does God play dice?" Professor Stephen Hawking's Official Website. (accessed April 18, 2010).

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Model on Google SketchUp Warehouse

SUBMISSION: Animations

Animation One: The Stair

Animation Two: The Section

Animation Three: The Model


Perspective view of my final model: This image highlights how the light bounces of the top studio space, enhancing the importance of curved lines throughout the whole model.

Section: This is my favorite point of view of the model as it successfully captures the concept of the upper studio as growing larger and larger right before exploding reflecting the 'big bang theory'. Moreover the idea of the underground stair evolving into the studio space is highlighted through this section as well.

Underground Studio: this image really shows the evolution of the stair into the studio space. The idea was to have a stair that slowly expanded in size so that each tread became a new area for the artist to work in. This suits Swallow as he works in a range of medium from sculptures to water colours.

Upper Stair: The idea for this stair was based on the idea that existence isn't constant. This spiral staircase twists and tilts on its self and as it enters the gallery space expands into stepping

Gallery space: this image shows an open and light gallery space as to reflect the two artist whose concepts are grounded in the idea of existence and evolution and ultimately life. Moreover, this image shows Swallows work as well as the use of textures.

SketchUp Draft: One
This is the original model which i chose to develop and resolve as my final model. The biggest change is in the stairs.

SketchUp Draft: Two
This model is based on my unusual/conventional section: the upper studio is open which acknowledges the negative space as opposed to the positive space.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Second Draft SketchUp Model

Unusual Conventional
Upper stair section
lower studio to gallery

upper studio to gallery