Through experimentation and exploration I have researched how Tokyo based architectural firm, Atelier Bow wow, view the city as a collection of architectural eccentricities. Their work, Pet Architecture Guide Book, published in 2002 explores how micro architecture within Tokyo has been utilised to create eccentric spaces in unconventional urban areas. They serve a functional need rather than an aesthetic ideal, which often leaves them forgotten within the architectural world. Each pet is customised by their owner and looks at how people practice their own space production. When examined closely the buildings are uniquely shaped to their designated area, with innovative solutions for essential components of a structure, such as, drainage, windows and ventilation.
A guidebook allows freedom of movement, as it has no clear beginning, end or order. This understanding correlates with Tokyo city as a sprawling city- it has no clear structure. The guidebook includes a description of the pet, full-page photograph, a map and an axonometric drawing. Their drawing style is very clean and detailed as it aims to explore unique space production. The insertion of figures within their drawings allows for the understanding of proportions and highlights the reality of the site.
The work I have produced through this codification period is titled, Kiosks, 2016, explores a collection of architectural eccentricities within the Sydney City. Inspired by Atelier Bow Wow’s exploration of pet architecture I searched to find structures that are unique to Sydney. To do this I was forced to look at the city through a new lense and soon came across a series of kiosks scattered throughout its landscape. These kiosks served different functionalities and were customised to the owner’s particular interests. These were often used as fruits stands, newsagents, florists and coffee shops. It was evident that most of the structures were constructed with the same style, with doors that slide open to each side and had a small interior- enough to fit maybe 3 people. However, it was the use of their external space that made the architecture unique to itself and unique from Tokyo’s pet architecture. Fruit stand owners would place tables along their store with produce displayed, whilst coffee stands had tables and chairs to sit on. As a result I chose to draw these eccentricities to highlight the differences within the cities. However, I have followed the lead of the aforementioned architects and drawn in a precise and detailed manner. The addition of a map illustrates the variety of locations you may find these kiosks and the micro spaces they have developed into.
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