Assessment 2B: Iterations Inspired by FOA (Foreign Office Architects)

Figure 1: This is an photograph of the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, showing geometrical features (Langdon, 2014).
Figure 2: This a photograph of the Opera House’s sails, showing geometrical feature, designed by Jorn Utzon (Perez, 2010).
Figure 3: This is one of FOA’s technique of testing out geometrical feature is by using paper (UTS Online, n.d.).
Figure 4: These are the 5 models/iterations made to show different spaces within the Opera house.
Figure 5: These are the different geometrical features tested, and the red box was selected as it was the appropriate design to use to show different spaces of the opera house through extreme geometry.
Figure 6: Te first model represents a symmetrical space within the Opera House.
Figure 7: This model shows an uneven space in the Opera house.
Figure 8: This model shows a wide space within the Opera House.
Figure 9: This model shows tall and narrow spaces within the Opera House.
Figure 10: This model shows truncated pockets where people can walk on top, but also shows how if put together can create a sphere just like Jorn Utzon’s Design of the Opera House.

Good afternoon everyone, the following iteration made represents the opera house, inspired by the Foreign Office Architects (FOA) using the technique ‘A single material that allow for extreme geometries’. FOA lead by Farshid Moussavi and Aljendro Zaera Polo was an architectural design studio that were well known for interior and exterior designs. One of their projects that inspired me is the ‘Yokohama International Passenger Terminal’ in 1996 (Rohaly, n.d.), which is a continuous structure of open public spaces consisting passenger cruise terminal and civic facilities along the water front (Langdon, 2014). The architects focus on continuous and multidirectional spaces with flowing and tessellated features within the spaces as show in Figure 1. Likewise, I focused on the Opera house designed by Jorn Utzon in 1957 who was inspired by peeling an orange into 14 pieces (Sydney Operah, n.d.). As I focused on the on the geometrical features inside and out such as within the theatre, the windows the sails and the like, as shown in Figure 2. So, what I did was I used FOA’s technique of creating geometrical features by using paper to test if it will work to display space, as shown in Figure 3. The following will show my iterations that I have made representing the opera house shown in Figure 4. First, I tested out 3 different geometrical features to see which one I will choose to continue for the rest on my models and I chose the third one, as shown in Figure 5. Once I chose my feature, in Figure 6, I focused on was symmetrical space by folding the geometrical folded paper equally. After that, in Figure 7, I thought of showing uneven distributed space by putting to different scaled paper together. In figure 8, then I thought of showing wide space, then in Figure 9, tall narrow space. Figure 10, the last one was about truncated pockets where people would walk on, but the way presented is was an open shape when put together will make a sphere shape, of showing using Jorn Utzon’s inspiration of making the opera house. This process has helped me to understand the importance of making iterations before making the actual structure is because to show your ideas, make different simulations in different situations, improvements to the design, to see if the right materials are used and interpret the scale of the structure.

Reference List

Langdon, D., 2014. AD Classics: Yokohama Internationals Passenger Terminal/ FOA. [Online] 
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Perez, A., 2010. AD Classics: Sydney Opera House/ Jorn Utzon. [Online] 
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Rohaly, A., n.d. Yokohama Port Terminal. [Online] 
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Sydney Operah, n.d. Jorn Utzon. [Online] 
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UTS Online, n.d. FOA. [Online] 
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