Final review is now over, presented not too long ago and now home, totally exhausted and ready to sleep! This is also a milestone for me as it is (providing I end up passing) my final studio project for the Bachelor of Design (Architecture), which is quite exciting for me! It wasn’t easy to finish off this project, and I ended up not completing my portfolio in time, but at least the main part of the project is complete.
Above are my final posters, 3x A1 sheets to form a continuous banner, with a floor plan, sectional axonometric drawing and two perspectives, which was all that was required. Having only four drawings to present was a bit of a strange concept to me at the beginning, as I’m use to 4+ perspectives, sections, elevations, floor plans of all levels, context plan, diagrams and so on and so fourth. However the idea behind this (I think) was to take time in producing one beautiful floor plan, one beautiful sectional axonometric drawing and two beautiful perspectives, instead of doing a lot of average drawings. It was about quality, not quantity.
We were meant to also have a portfolio for the review, however I was not able to produce one in time. Luckily for me, yesterday towards the end of the day my tutor saw in me studio and asked for an update, which he was alerted to the stress and lack of sleep I was currently under. Fast forward to today (with still no sleep), when I go to get my posters stamped and he asks for my portfolio, I think he saw my defeat, disappointment, tiredness and that, and he ended up giving me a mini-extension.
I finally finished designing and major modeling around 11pm last night, all that was left to do was produce the required drawings. The perspective took some time as I tried some different techniques, toying around with the people and such, but in the end I was pleased with the output. In retrospect the idea was each fortnight you would work on one drawing, for example the axonometric section. One week you present the draft in class, you get critiqued and then spend the next week preparing the final drawing plus a draft for the next drawing. I didn’t follow this schedule, I had trouble early on with my ideas and design, so I had to do every drawing in one night. While I completed it, I can’t help but wonder what it would look like if I followed that schedule.
I ended up finishing the posters around 7am, with a 9am-10am submission deadline, so I went home and had a shower, some breakfast and met my mate at the best printing place in Geelong. The boss there was an ex-architect and understands us students, it wouldn’t be uncommon for me during final review week to stay up to 2-3am printing student’s posters, and back in the office at 7-8am to print for those in the morning, amazing service! Naturally there is a bit of a queue, so I chatted to some fellow classmates, and then I saw mine printing. My final posters for my undergrad studies printing before my eyes, it was such a joy to hold it in my hands, like a father holding his newborn child…. Okay a little over the top.
I was in the second-last group of the day in our tutorial, which meant I had to do my typical review-day routine of wandering out, walking, wetting my face and consuming vast amounts of Red Bull to avoid fall asleep during someone’s presentation. As a listener, when you haven’t slept, it can be somewhat draining to just sit and listen, and you feel yourself nodding off.
It was my turn to present, I think I presented well, remembered some advice from a tutor and spoke about my concepts and why I did things, not about toilet layouts or walking them through the building. The feedback from the reviewers was interested…. [these aren’t exact quotes]
“Are those steps and platforms concrete? If yes, you need soft landscaping, grass, trees, otherwise in summer that concrete will absorb a lot of heat and will make it an uncomfortable space.”
“You need to be realistic with your structure, those columns would not be strong enough to hold up the new building. If you are unsure about if the structure will be strong enough, build some quick models and then you will see.” [one of the reviewers just happened to be a Constructions and Structures tutor at the university]
“I can see your concept of contrast and three, but I don’t think the horizontal rooms would be a good place to live in.”
All-in-all I think my review went well, those were some fair points and I didn’t even think about landscaping the steps and platforms, that would have made for some interesting spaces.