Ishigami was inspired by nature in his architecture. He believed he could bring the nature to the urban lifestyle and there is no particular pattern or model making method for designing cities. His buildings seem to be a frame of a forest which fades away structure of giant and classical architecture. His designs and ideas seem simple but it takes a complex process to create them. Transparency is all over his design and most of his buildings have similar shape to a greenhouse. Transparency is a symbol of freedom for him and he admires transparency in most of his designs.
I was inspired by ishigami’s model which he presented in Europe ‘How small? How vast? How architecture grows?’ at deSingel in Antwerp (Figure 1). The design is so simple, transparent and made of columns in white colour. I tried to apply the same method and principle to the clock tower which is located in front of UTS library. The tower’s structure is boring and blocks the library. Also, the building is not welcoming the students and staff. I thought Ishigamis’s method could cross the boundaries of new cities architecture which are classical architecture.
I redesigned the tower. I made the surrounding transparent, and I added up some columns which represent trees in a jungle. The columns density is associating with Wentworth Park (Figure 3), which is the closest park to the library. I placed some thicker columns which represent more density.
Then I found out about pressed leaves ideas in Ishigami, how small? how vast? how architecture grows book. He created a flora wall with pressing the leaves against a wall. Therefore I decided to choose paternal surroundings for my model. I placed a transparent wall with tree trunk pattern on it. Then I faced the entrance to the library, so students have to walk around to enter the area. I placed a small tree in the model. The tree is representing of students, which grows if you feed it well and look after it.
Above is a video by Vincent Hecht , an architect and filmmaker in France, which highlights the KAIT (Kanagawa Institute…www.archdaily.com
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Ishigami, J. 2014, Junya Ishigami : how small? how vast? how architecture grows,Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern.