Saturday, 27 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
For my 3rd year dissertation I explored new ways of representing and communicating architecture and focused on the visualisation and film studio Squint/Opera. Their unique style allows architecture to become more accessible and fun, as well as informative and concise. With a strong sense of narrative their films take the viewer on an exciting journey of discovery through the architecture before it even built. I was lucky to get the oppertunity to visit their Studio in December 2009 and talk with director Ollie Alsop about their work.
One of my favourite films has to be Plan Abu Dhabi 2030. Throughout the film animated illustrations explain various elements in a map form whilst the camera moves through the different spaces showing detailed realistic renderings and human interaction occasionally mixed with live action in a cross-sectional viewpoint. Shifts in scale allow the viewer to understand the various elements in relation to the whole. Not only does this film graphically explain everything about the proposed design, but allows the viewer to see and realistically experience what the spaces will look like from a grand scale, to an individual scale.
Before he died, Anthony Minghella an English Film Director often spoke about a new public home for the BFI even though the original Southbank building had a £6m renovation. Minghella claimed this to be a 'testbed' for greater things. Cramped under the Waterloo Bridge, I decided to give it a new home, giving it a prominent space for the public to explore and enjoy. Here are some images from the project.