Sonja StoffelsBartlett School of Architecture
The Sublime of the Ordinary
This project set up an intriguing strategy that transformed and animated mundane objects into architectural devices by proposing a mechanically animated garden with tilting fields, an automatic watering system, a 'pick your own vegetables' restaurant and a research lab composed in an articulated dynamic landscape.
WA The winner's work was extraordinary. Her starting point was to take everyday objects, in this case a chair and bottle, and turn them into a game by using a simple drawing process. An extremely witty, impressive and sensitive project.
EE The student discovered a form and strategy that explored the extraordinary within the ordinary and presented a fantastic video, which played a pivotal role in developing the scheme. The video was used as a graphic means to progress the process of design.
LV The project took a lot of risks in its programmatic parameters. The five-minute video was very accessible in communicating the idea of the project.
This proposal presents a housing project on Whites Row Car Park in the City of London. Central to the project's concept is the recycling of materials from the existing car park on the site. The scheme proposes a method of construction which cuts and folds the recycled concrete, resulting in a tightly controlled re-assemblage of a utilitarian building.
KR A very witty project that took a ubiquitous and commonplace material, concrete, and made a wonderful transposition. It could be described as the loves and life of an everyday material. A wonderfully maverick project.
WA The project is excellent because it enjoys the constraints, treats them as productive parameters, and reveals the connections between theory and practice.
LV This project demonstrated an exceptionally high standard of work. I was particularly struck by most of the students' exploration into territories not restricted by the classical fields of architecture; for example product design, the arts and media technology. It is excellent that there is an awareness of these activities which should be an essential part of an holistic approach to design in the environment.
Lella Vignelli LV Katerina Ruedi KRWill Alsop WA Erick van Egeraat EE