Assessment 2A: Drawing — Notation
A Catalog of Architectural Monsters — John Hejduk
John Hejduk produces such artwork, design and illustrations, to provide the architecture with a sense of feeling, emotion and an engagement to its surrounding and participants/observers. Hejduk also aims to give the architecture a sense of living/life. Furthermore, he quoted “make two architectures love”. A sense of relationship, love, nurture, basic human characteristics, is what Hejduk was giving these pieces of architecture. He aimed to give a building a voice of expression. Further more, through his architecture, he wanted to create a story. A story in which the building expressed itself in. This was furthermore complimented by the powerful presence of the exterior. John Hejduk, as he further designed the buildings, the deep engagement enabled the building to have personal characteristics, and be unique in their own way.
As seen above, Hejduk gives this piece of architecture, life, characteristics and personality, due to the way in which it has been designed. Elements of nature such as numerous heads, tails, legs, developed by the steel structure, gives it a monstrous feel, life and personality. Clearly, John Hejduk gave this building life, by adding characteristics of nature, and by doing this, he portrayed emotion, feelings and gave it a personality.
In relations to my designs and drawings, I have similarly bended and twisted the architecture of my three designs, the opera house, luna park and the centre point tower in such a way to create sense of living and feeling. I played around with the architectural elements to do so. Furthermore, Hejduk in his drawings and designs, uses less detail for the audience to figure out and have a sense of imagination on what he is trying to come across at. I similarly tried to adapt this notion and created drawings to be simple, yet at the same time, make it clearly illustrate on what is happening. By manipulating the architectural elements on the three designs, it enabled me to create a catalog of architectural monsters.I was told to not add signage, and onto the original architecture but instead make it your own, and focus mainly on the architecture, so this is what i did. For Luna Park, i simple just twisted around architectural elements of Luna park, and shaped it in such a way to create a persona. With the usage and misplacement of the pillars, and the rides featured in Luna Park, i recreated Luna Park to have living characteristics. Furthermore, with the centre point tower, i simply misplaced the architecture involved in it to enable it to have a living feel. As you can see from the pictures, by twisting the architecture, it creates a whole new feel to it. Lastly, i redesigned the opera house in a different angle, so theres a whole new perspective seen. In addition to this i reflected and mirrored the opera house to create human like characteristics such as mouth etc. Entirely, i wanted to redesign the buildings and give them what John Hejduk did; give them character, persona, a sense of living and expression.
John Hejduk graduated from the the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1950. In 1964 he returned to…www.cooper.edu
Draw the city as a Catalog of Architectural Monsters in Hejduk, John. Victims: a work (London : Architectural Association, 1986.)