Drawing Reflected Space
Melissa Justine Gourley
Who inspires you graphically? Italic times new roman, ‘Slow House’ by Diller & Scofidio, axonometric drawings of ‘La Maison de Verre’ by Pierre Chareau, graphics of the Constructivist period, anything black, white or geometric and a little bit quirky goes.
To what extent does the use of monochrome lines enhance or limit ones perception of the space and sequence you diagram?Much of the year’s work has been trying to draw reflected space, particularly referencing the possibility of four small convex mirrors in the John Soane Museum. For me, the monochromatic lines quite clearly define what is physical and existing, whilst limiting ones’ perception of understanding the boundaries of perceived space.
How does your monochromatic colour scheme juxtaposed to colour give hierarchy within drawings? (exhibition map – are and if so why the projected lines of enhanced sight more important than the actual apartment/courtyard themselves? Against the monochromatic scheme I have used colour to indicate perceived views through various mirror panels, emphasising the changeability of the visible, in comparison to the fixed existing condition of the surrounding. In the new Hong Kong network map, colour was used both to represent the difference in the expansion of one’s view across multiple levels, as well as highlight the subtlety of such a small intervention. The architecture in this drawing still remains the most defined element with its thick black walls, whilst the lightness of the colourful projected lines try to express the potential of a small scale mirror and its impact at city scale.
You use all of the geometric means of representation, do you trust they are all equally important? I have always been interested in the temporal experience of space, in that something as simple as two door swings, when both open, will for a brief moment create a small enclosure. These moments are dependent on the actions of others and can not be strictly defined. I constantly struggle to find the best way to represent the feeling of such an intangibility, which is why I often turn to various means of representation. I particularly enjoy the use of animation and film to try and best describe the possibilities of these uncontrolled spaces, which would otherwise have not initially been designed to offer.
Project Description_Plug-in Lightwell: The project addresses the lack of threshold between the interior apartment and the view of the city of Hong Kong, through the frame of the window. Utilising a plug-in device to re-network the existing urban situation, while also improving poor light conditions at lower ground apartments, the plug-in device works to create a new urban theatre through the action of the individual. Growing vertically between the generic housing typology the new urban landscape allows for a new public platform and social relationships to develop.
Melissa Justine Gourley has a Bachelor of Arts with major in Art History as well as a double major in Communications and German. She just completed her three year RIBA PART I examination at the Architectural Association and is now, along with Carlos Peters, currently working on a design scheme for a family home. Once a one bedroom studio, the additions and extensions which now form part of this five bedroom house highlight its ad hoc condition. Part of the scheme revolves around the introduction of a new staircase to redefine a centre within the home through its repositioning and new circulation.