Mapping of strategic opportunities on the tideways and basins of the East Thames, London. This work lead to identification of potential forms and typologies of housing to be floated on the river as a response to limited supply of key worker and family home supply in the surrounding areas.
The Centre for Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck, University of London, was completed by Surface Architects in 2007. It includes a state of the art auditorium, seating eighty, academic offices and a highly visual ‘breakout’ area for meetings and events. Built using a cross laminated structural timber solution, the complex geometries of the scheme were modelled, controlled and checked ‘in silico’ to maintain a set of rigourous output requirements. The demanding parameters resulted in a high impact scheme that […]
The work previously described here can now be applied to isolate 360 degree isovists in contiguous space. Doing so provides four distinct spatial classes of isovist. Below we use the Soane Museum to outline these types. ‘Accessible’ space: when all walls used to define isovists are considered as solid and impermeable to vision, the isovists describe only that space which is directly accessible and can be walked into. This allows us to examine complex networks of circulation in an architectural […]
Animation of design proposals for a finish arch for UK Triathlon’s elite series hosting in Hyde Park, London. A series of folded steel barriers form the transition zones where athletes switch from swim to bike to running; before rising up to a triumphal finish and timing archway. Notions of the body as a wrapped form informed the folding geometries of the steel plates, which were provided to reflect Corus’ sponsorship of the event. Completed with Surface Architects.
When isovist analysis is applied to a plan in its totality (rather than to individual locations of special interest), one issue to be resolved by appropriate convention is the identification of “all points” from which isovists will be drawn. The nature of space is such that the actual number of possible points is infinite. In conventional approaches (such as UCL’s ‘Depthmap’ programme), an square tessellation of samples is adopted. Such a method establishes ‘all points’ as having a uniform and […]
The below diagrams are a taxonomic series in which we apply the methods described here and the spatial classifications described here to a plan analysis of Sir John Soane’s Museum. Interpretation of these results is ongoing and discursive annotations will be added in due course. The mappings above were produced using a methodology established in the context of a research project on Dynamic Three Dimensional Space Syntax Modelling directed by Sophia Psarra at UCL. The project was supported by the […]
A large scale interactive installation designed and produced for the UK WWF charity. WWF’s brief called for four unique ‘zones’ (Forest, Freshwater, Marine and Wildlife) in which visitors to their new headquarters could experience and engage with their work across the globe. Each zone was detailed to reflect aspects of their theme and fabricated from sustainable timber using advanced CnC techniques by specialist joiners Millimetre. The project was designed, project managed and installed with Jason Bruges Studio and opened by […]