STUDIO UPDATE

Hey guys!

It’s been awhile since I have update you all on my studio work. Yesterday, was our final review for the semester and it was fantastic. I honestly never thought I could achieve something like this in my architectural career as a student. I learned four different types of design software, multiple architectural theories, and new design techniques that I hope to carry with me in the future. This semester pushed me hard thanks to my professor and peers.  Remember when I wrote that post a month or two ago about how I hated this studio and how I never saw myself understanding, or even being successful at this? Well, looks like I underestimated myself because now, at the end of the semester, I not only comprehend what my professor is trying to teach me, but I can see myself possibly arguing some of these theories later on in my architectural career. Isn’t that crazy?! How someone can completely undermine their capabilities of achieving anything all because they are scared to try new things and have an open mind about learning? I have grown so much as a design student over the past 15 weeks, it’s insane! I now see things differently in the world of design and architecture and I hope to never underestimate myself again. I hope to continue to be open-minded about different views, opinions, techniques, and so on. I hope you do to!

Anyways, here is a [very] condensed review of what my project is about:

My final project was based on a conceptual theory of pattern over form. This project questions how form is used in architecture by applying pattern as a skin on the buildings and ground. By applying this texture map, this makes the form of the buildings subservient to the pattern. The pattern takes over the project making the final result at 2-dimensional aesthetic, rather than three-dimensional.

The project consisted of two buildings located on a site in the Galleria Houston area. The process started out by selecting a house floor plan from a well-known architect, then diagramming specific transgression processes of shifting, rotating, and weakening elements within the floor plan. Once the process was complete, an analog model was created to better understand the project three-dimensionally. This model became a study for further adjustments and applications produced digitally in Maya and Rhino. Pattern was introduced to make a critical analysis of 2D drawings on 3D objects and the relationship between both as a whole.

Simultaneously, a study was done on a dress from one of Vivienne Westwood’s fashion collections. Diagrams were produced to focus on the geometry, but also the overlapping, layering, and pleating of the dress. This model was also produced digitally, but instead 3D printed as a final result. Pattern was introduced into the dress by taking inspiration from the actual dress itself and from the geometry of the digital model. The color scheme was a CMYK and rainbow patterns of triangles and stripes. My theory for chosing CMYK is because cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black) make up every single color in the digital world. The geometric patterns were also applied on the analog object to unify the two buildings on the site.

The functions of object one, analog, is a Fashion Pavillion for Vivienne Westwood. Object two, dress model, functions as an auditorium for announcements and events.

Diagrams of the formation process of these objects are shown below, along with renders, sections, floor plans, site plans, and inspiration.

Thank you so much for letting me vent and express my work on this blog because I am not just about fashion. I am a design student after all and I want to showcase my studio work in a different way, in addition to a portfolio. I promise to do more updates in the future about my studio work, if you guys enjoy reading this stuff. I am taking the same professor next semester, so my projects are just going to be even more interesting and perplexing.

For every architecture student who has slaved away in studio all semester, rest well my friends during this wonderful winter break!

xx

Sophia

Project photos are property of Sophia Kountakis for her studio at Texas A&M University.

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