Weaving of the Mind

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  • Site analysis taken place with night and day photos (above)

  • Interlacing the idea of reality and illusions to distort theperspective and perception of the human mind was a concept that I wanted topursue. To begin this, researching on the master of ‘impossible constructions’was mandatory for insight. M.C Escher is renowned for his works on manipulatinggeometries to produce optical illusions of architecture. His work ‘Relativity’is a famous example and is used as my precedent. From here, I could initiate myown ideas.

    I have chosen to apply my concept on the atrium stairs of the Victorua University School of Architecture and Design, for the main reasons that the stairs are open, exposedand of a grand scale.

  • Clay rendering of 7 th step of development(top)
    Progress of idea development (bottom)

  • Colour set of red and blue introduced
    Night renderings of 7 th step model in site(above)
    Colours red and blue emphasised. These colours are useful inportraying ‘disorientation’ functionally and aesthetically. They provide anatmosphere which fits in which the idea as well.

  • Day renderings of 9 th step model in site (above).Basic material of glass selected. The glass creates the illusion ofinvisibility as well as distortion of light and image. The steps on the walkable flights have some solid and some glass stairs to give the effect of‘floating steps’. This is similar to the floating blocks above head held up byglass rods.

  • Night renderings of 9 th model in site with addedmaterial (right). Additional materials such as concrete and glass used tofurther develop the model. The stair forms have been given a solid concretematerial to contrast with the glass. This emphasises the shape and form of thestairs without being too distracting.