Architectural History and Theory: Orientations DAHO001


Through the use of experimentation and identifying spatial organizations I could transform a spatial condition found in our city into a scaled model. I used the technique, Slabs and columns and spatial loops by OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture). Then experimented with this technique on a space, in Sydney. The building that I chose to model is Grosvenor place which is a commercial office tower located in on George st, built in 1988 which was designed by Harry Seidler, who is an Austrian-born Australian architect known for his Modernism.

In OMA’s models they aim to not only model the shape and scale of the building but they also model elements such as negative space and light, these spatial conditions are modelled because they need to be considered in the design to define the spaces in Oma’s buildings, which are all professional such as banks, Universities and government buildings.

To show my building through models, I used 2 materials, foam board and white card. These allowed me to model the movement though Grosvenor place. With the use of the buildings floor plans I could see the spaces that where ambient and the pathways that would be used the most, such as walking the elevators, I could also model the space that cannot be moved in or have less movement such as the walls and the offices.

OMA presents their buildings with boldness and power, the consideration of many spatial conditions allows them to create the spatial loops in their designs that work with, many elements such as light, movement and space creating architecture that, fulfils its use and works with the environment that surrounds it.

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  1. Space that cannot be moved in/or doesn’t allow much movement.

2. Space that can be moved in.

3. Vertical Negative space.

4. Horizontal Negative space.

5. Space that is the most used for movement (pathways).

Reference list

Grosvenor Place Management, 2012, Grosvenor Place Sydney Available at: (Accessed 3/5)

OMA (2003) Available at: (Accessed 3/5)

Figure 1 Sydney Living Museums (2005) Available at: (Accessed 10/5)

Figure 2 Australia For Everyone (2017) Available at: (Accessed 16/5)

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