Assessment 2B: Model/Scale

Figure 1: Toyo Ito: A floating object--- Sendai Mediatheque

The technique I chose is a floating object by Toyo Ito. Toyo Ito is a Japanese architect. He said “all architecture is an extension of nature” (Ito 2001). He attaches importance to environmental and social factors, he believes that people and buildings need to establish a continuity with the natural environment, not only energy-saving, or ecological, and social coordination. The key word in this technique is ‘floating’. For example, the Sendai Mediatheque built in 2001 (Figure 1), The main motivation for built this building is to make it symbiotic with the surroundings. It means use glass walls, through the reflection of the surrounding landscape and making it look floating and fusion with the natural environment. At night, when the indoor lights are turned on, the glass almost disappears, and the interior of the building is visible from all angles. Usually the frame structure will use the column of the quadrilateral, but he was broken down into a number of spiral-shaped fine iron column. The interior of the pillar symbolizes the trees in the forest, its function is the light well, the equipment system, elevators and ladder.

Figure 2: UTS library

According to this, I made this model (Figure 2), it is the UTS library, it is a transparent space, because of the transparent wall. So during the day, people inside can see outside, but outside cannot see inside because of the reflection of the glass wall, it also makes the building fusion with the surrounding environment, and when the light open at light, this building can be obvious. I use plastic plates as the wall and cable ties as the column in the building and make it distortion, the big column is for elevator and stairs, the small one is for support this building, and I left the gap at the bottom, making it look like floating in the air.


Floor planes
First draft
First draft
Second draft
Second draft

Reference list:

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