Personal Reflection

  • Category:
    Architecture
  • Document type:
    Essay
  • Level:
    High School
  • Page:
    2
  • Words:
    1152

Assessment 3 – Personal Reflection

Introduction

Site visits- Melbourne – Imaginary and poetic perspectives

  • Shrine Memorial

  • ICI House

  • Melbourne

  • University/Law faculty and Quadrangle

  • Federation Square

The focus in this assessment is on imagination generating poetic intelligence. Architecture and human action are a combination of active poetic intelligence in the most profound ways as demonstrated in the visited sites.

Site Visit One – “Shrine of Remembrance”

Location :Kings Domain ,

Swanston Street/St Kilda Road
,

Melbourne

Theme: “Sense of Place”: meaning and relationship with setting.

Shrine of Remembrance”, arresting soul design with it clear symbolism reflecting a sense of historical embeddings

Shrine walls are inscribed with text:

THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY A GRATEFUL PEOPLE TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED THE EMPIRE IN THE GREAT WAR OF 1914-1918”

LET ALL MEN KNOW THAT THIS IS HOLY GROUND. THIS SHRINE ESTABLISHED IN THE HEARTS OF MEN AS ON THE SOLID EARTH COMMEMORATES A PEOPLES FORTITUDE AND SACRIFICE. YE THEREFORE THAT COME AFTER GIVE REMEMBRANCE”

The balance of restraint and symbolism is tinged in its unique location and the building memory reflection of the First World War

(1914-1918)

Personal ReflectionPersonal Reflection 1http://www.rushwright.com/civic-space/shrine-reserve-landscape-management-plan/

Originally there were only two rooms in the interior, the Sanctuary and underground Crypt. The latest re-imagining upgrade took the form of digging out the artificial hill that was part of the original building, the creation of new space and entries under the grass with a lecture theatre, visitor centre and facilities.

Personal Reflection 2https://www.flickr.com/photos/strausser/57961868
Diagram 1

Analytical drawing of Shrine Memorial

The ‘building’ bits that are visible at the ground level are landscape insertions of four jagged, wonderful courtyards; in essence they allow the lower levels to breathe. The Crypt now serves as a space that is seen on path to the Sanctuary. THE Shrine visit finished off with exiting the original entry of the Sanctuary which has transformed in a grand back door overlooking the city.

The four new courtyards each have the same shape but are different in character. The new work symmetry in completion, reinforcing the Shrine lines of symmetry.

Personal Reflection 3

This solemn entrance space bears the words ‘Lest we forget’ that is inscribed in the concreted walls, pigmented in red. A pixilated camouflage that is used by Australian soldiers currently is embedded on the concrete walls, a symbol of “the wars go on”.

The Shrine is located Melbourne’s ‘spine’, Swanston Street and St Kilda Road ‘axes. An organizing strong straight line, a urban design and city making favorite technique .The Shrine ., “on axis” re enforces meaning and symbolism of place “highly charged”.

Site Visit 2

ICI house

Name :  ICI House

Location:  EAST MELBOURNE

Address: 1-4 Nicholson Street and 510-532 Albert Street

Theme :Free plan,pilotus,free facade, horizontal strip windows, roof garden

In the 1950’s a huge change ensued in city philosophy. There was almost no city construction by 1955 for about ten years. It became a collection of pre war buildings in decorative mode. These building began to wear and age. They were built up to height limits that were consistent and created an elegant uniform city. There was a notion that Melbournians were aspiring to change. The 1956 Olympics bid win created a spark of new hope. Buildings and hotels were constructed in a new, modern, fresh look.

There were Decorative domes, spires, facades, spires and entire buildings removals. The ornamental, traditional cast-iron like awnings part of the commercial buildings were banned and removed in the inner city.

Personal Reflection 4Diagram 2 Modern versus Traditional

The style of modernization lost favor in the nineties. Post-modernism initiated a rejection of idealistic modern styles. Eventually there was a revival in the stunning glass form, concrete and steel expression, using geometrical forms in variables and space frames for any complexities in contrast to the standard modern style.

THE ICI HOUSE LANDMARK

The dusky blue glass enameled with ceramic was constructed as curtain walls. The lift tower cladding material consists of polished, reconstructed granite wall slabs. This was the first time of materials in this category used in Australia.

These consist of panels that are fixed with bolts of brass which pass through steel bolted structures into the sockets of brass that are inserted within the slabs. ICI House became tallest building in Australia till 1961 making the building a landmark.

Personal Reflection 5

Diagram3

Personal Reflection 6

http://www.architecture.com.au/docs/default-source/nat-notable-buildings/ici_house.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Personal Reflection 7

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/392094711284122834/

1958 ICI building

Site Visit 3

Melbourne University/Law School

The University Of Melbourne

156-292 Grattan Street Parkville,

Melbourne City
, Victoria,

Australia

Theme :Typologies, centric courtyard,cloisture,linear,circulation,spine,serial progression, grid

Initially established in the year 1853 University of Melbourne, The first buildings that were completed in 1857 are now called the Law School Building and the Old Quadrangle.

Initially east and the west wings provided accommodation for professors and families and the lecture rooms. The north wing included a museum, a library, and additional lecture rooms.

Construction in later years came forth with coloured cement and reconstituted stone. The law faculty took over most of the Quadrangle space as other faculties became constructed.

For the state of Victoria, the law school and Old Quadrangle is an architectural and historical pin mark that is socially significant.

The Gothic revival structures are reflective in the quadrangle, bayed windows, castellated parapets, cloisters and gabled, pinnacled parapets. Stone carvings around windows and in cloisters are the most distinctive features. The vaulting of corridor and cloister arches is distinctively unusual.

Social significance comes through from professional accommodation inclusion that fostered intellectual and social interaction with students. The faculty of Law represented the first faculty established at the University as well as Victoria’s leading institute of legal training. The quadrangle forms the core of the campus

Personal Reflection 8http://www.onmydoorstep.com.au/heritage-listing/912/law-school-building-and-old-quadrangle

Site Visit 4

Federation Square

Flinders |Street

structure, clearly visible,understood,,tectonics

Resourcefulness and Imagination is reflective in the vibrancy and architecturally striking of individual buildings located at the primary entrance of Melbourne’s CBD.”

The Federation square is multi functional, a street like ambience attracting commercial and cultural activities with various exiting experiences encouraging spontaneity of activities

Personal Reflection 9

Diagram 4

http://cargocollective.com/perversi-brooks/Modifying-the-City-Melbourne

The site contains about forty eight thousand square meters of floor space, located on a 3.8 hectares site.

The site facilities include the square, open plaza that can host

The aesthetic features are enlightening, emotive and animated experiences.

Personal Reflection 10

http://cargocollective.com/perversi-brooks/Modifying-the-City-Melbourne

reflects striking structure in a combination of steel, glass and zinc covered above but opens, inclusive of cafes, bars and shopsThe Atrium

, consists of performance space is situated at the Atrium river end, designed for, theatre, music, comedy, product launches, presentations, and cabaret. BMW Edge

, a gallery that dedicated to Australian art exclusively. A spectacular showcase of 20 galleries. Ian Potter Centre — NGV Australia

, a facility for preservation, promotion and exhibition of Australian screen content, reflecting Australia’s presence in the moving images industry for over a century.Australian Centre for the Moving Image-(ACMI)

References

Katherine Wimble and Julia Lindgren (2008)Precedent design study | Arch 503 / Larc 504

http://www.federationsquare.com.au

Stepehn R Nellie (2007),Speed-Space_archirecture,landscape and perpetual horizon

http://www.labarchitecture.com/

http://www.batessmart.com.au/pages

http://www.theage.com.au/news/arts/cheers-to-the-square/2006/06/27

http://www.karresenbrands.nl