The “Final” Design

Through talking with Jenny, we both were talking about the current design and how we wanted to add complexity. Still keeping in with the abstract theme, straying away from literal designs  we felt we need to go back to the drawing board. So we did what anyone would do; hit the books for inspiration.

We picked up a few books with structures similar to our own creations and previously looked at images, hoping they would spark  a brain wave.

Woodward, Christopher. Rome. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995. Print. pg 70

In this book Rome by Christopher Woodward, there was a lot of information on building in Rome however I was more interested in the images. The images have the building accompanied with a plan for the buildings, seeing these plans and thinking back to the grid based cities we briefly looks at. This could help with a design.

Moving on to another book, It was called History Of Italian Architecture, 1944-1985 by Manfredo Tafuri. I didn’t read it but did what anyone would do, flick through until I found the pictures. The book led me to the artist Maurizio Sacripanti, an Avant-garde architect based in Rome.

Italian Pavillion by Maurizio Sacripanti – Accessed 26th Feb 2016

This was the piece I feel in love with, it seems to play with gravity and act as an optical illusion. The shell like structure acts as like a protective shell, hiding structures inside. Through finding out more on the piece I found this long explanation but for me it was a worth while read. The points brought up could really help our design when looking in lighting and even contrast what is the new Rome.:

“The idea of ​​a SPACE IN MOTION, a theme that characterizes the Sacripanti projects, refers here to project that by its nature is mostly experimental opportunity for architects, an opportunity for inventiveness, capriciousness and unjustified skill games, new ways to enjoy the space – (as they were examples of the pavilion Mies Barcelona and the wall inclined by Aalto in New York.) 

The static space contrasts the space in motion, DYNAMIC. 
The project is the use of TEMPO as an argument, as an architectural, concretely manipulable. 

The notice required a mere shell, did not speak of the contents to be displayed, leaving the architecture the task of promoting them and define them. 
Inside it is the novelty of the perceptual parameters that one mutant space necessarily entails. 
This perception change is a constant factor of the modern artistic language, from cubism onwards. 

The project provides a double opposed series of seven “blade” circular hinged in eccentric center of gravity, with independent motion for each blade, so as to create an internal space continuously changing, and the outer casing button to flex and stretch the place of the plastic mantle between the blades. 
The combinatorietà of blade movement is endless, the specific parameters that surround it are: 

1- each excursion upward everso the bottom, the blades, can vary from “O” to “18 °” for the sixth and seventh series of draw each blade, and “15 °” for the other five, for a total of “36 °” by the major and “30 °” for minors. 
2 – the period of the excursions will be larger for smaller and smaller for more. 
3 – for the entire duration dell’esposione the program should be such that it will never result in the same combination of values. 
4 – when the apparatus is set in motion it is necessary that the beginnings of the excursions of the blades are suitably staggered over time. 
5 – it is possible to stop one or more blades, by means of a photocell, that after a predetermined time (one, two minutes) to recover the program. 

The program is indicative because what matters is the infinite combinatorietà the movement of the blades, which determine the spatial modifications. The blades appear as the “building blocks” of the mobile space, so similar in basic construction elements. The blades lying vertically are applied stiffening wings perpendicular to the plane of motion, which bear clear plastic membranes. 

The light plays a role in the project is the external light, filtered through the transparent membrane in different ways according to the different degrees of tilt in the blades and indoor, connected to movement and therefore also changing. 

The composition provides a continuous and unpredictable function derived from a welded structure, two circular arcs, two sections of curved and probed cone that refer to each other in their performance increasing and decreasing, and this core manipulates his thoughts, refers to the three-dimensionality. 

“ Space that moves can easily mean a country that moves. Maybe the country does not want to move, after all ..” (Maurizio Sacripanti) ”


However looking at the books confused us a bit, they were informative but I think our minds were just in panic mode! We took a break to try and clear our heads (if you would like to know what video changed the course of our project and was our mentor in guiding us to the correct path; feel free to click. I’m sorry its so irrelevant!)  and it’s funny how laughter can change the attitude of creating things and making designs. Myself and Jenny started off small, we originally came up with a a semi circular bowl as a structure and built from there.


Charity Spinner- Accessed Feb 2016

From this bowl structure we thought of the arches we originally thought of , having them as the foundation to go into a mesh structure and the top. When we originally thought of this, we realised we created one thing (Again I apologise) Despite the laugh we really liked the structure and how it was open to experiment with.

Then looking at the bowl shape we thought of where housing could go, by actually comparing a charity box to a city we were able to figure out a hierarchy. Housing could cascade with

To incorporate the amber we thought it could be the centre piece, not only acting as a light source but becoming a tourism point for the city. The houses could build an economy around this amber and their could be platforms which would be a walk way for individuals.


Continuing the idea of moving elements, to cope with population we thought of how housing could expand to cope with the overflow of people and showing again the hierarchy of income, families etc.


When taking these idea to the group they seems to like the idea, the other guys had ideas of farming and planting wildlife and plantlike in the mesh. This could create a designated space and the city could become more open planned. The one thing we weren’t sure on is how the city would be suspended. After much discussion we decided to research over the weekend  on what would be the reason for keeping it afloat.

To finish off we did a rough plan for the next few days. Finally modelling can begin!



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  1. […] we wanted to stay with the modern city idea but weren’t sure how to make it work just yet. Cassie picked up some interesting books with some cool inspiration but we were still somewhat stumped. After watching Dr Bees we we back to the drawing board. The […]


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