Anonymous asked: How much for a portrait?
A start has turned into a fervor of work and anxiety about Architecture, the diploma is a challenge greater than the degree. Yesterday a tutor from the last year of my degree asked if I had any images of my portfolio that I showed to get me onto the degree course, the truth was I got onto the course because I was older than 21, and not because of my first ever attempt at an Architectural model.
I love that model, it reminds me of my naive ambition, I keep it on my desk, still proud of the little wire wool tree. The model is well proportioned and would make a good size house if measured at 1:100. I purposefully made it small, so it was easier to carry to London on the train.
diploma has begun, and under the eyes of the renowned Neil Spiller and Phil Watson, I tentatively began, not appeased with a sprayed white model and some drawings which skirted around my given site, I at pain produced this site plan, I have forced my self to think at some depth about my own agenda for the site - I’m thinking aggregates and Herbert Duprats Caddis Fly tubes.
at the beginning, the work comes hard.
idle hands when answering the telephone produced this angry man curseing over his shoulder
another sketch from idle hands…rubble becomes a foundation and ground slab for a tent with a pyramid hipped canvas, over time walls go up on either side and the canvas is raised, after more time the walls increase in height, a first floor is added and rafters…
rubble - tent - tent house - house
aside from studying and developing my own ideas about visionary architecture, I also work in an architectural practice. In the picture is a sketch which I have been adding to over the last few days when my hands are idle answering the phone or something. It is a detail of a floor junction between ground outside ground inside and the foot of a wall. I show insulation under the ground around the perimeter of the construct, I show the floor based off a simple small concrete ground beam with the infill slab on crushed hardcore, and a deep compacted sand bed. The wall is a simple rendered timber frame. This idea uses significantly less concrete than a standard house floor build up… just trying to push the ideas of convention a little more each time….