Figures & Measures

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Figures & Measures


Julien Sebban, Cyrus Marion-Ardalan, Benjamin Alezraa (Third year, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris)




The project is based in Berlin, Germany. Tempelhof is one of the biggest buildings in the world and it’s now rehabilitated into a garden. The ground has a huge heritage. The evolution of the place is the key of our study.The idea of a palimpsest is evocated to bring to the foreground the vestige. Three projetcs have emerged.

The thematic questions the notion of Figure & Measure around three scales: city, landscape and infrastructure. Initially, a found object, Tempelhof as a historic legacy or obsolete infrastructure constituted our testing ground. It was the starting point, which was meant to be theoretical and referenced. We started with the supperposition of three maps from different periods of time reflecting the airport. From this drawings emerged. A panel of forms was drawn and three forms were found. From these founded forms, the project developed. Three projects, with three different fonctions:. The oasis was the symbole of the emptiness. The playground was long and thin, we used it as a roof. The object swimming-pool was massive, we dug a whole inside to create a space which was not related to the outside.


Who inspires you graphically?

We are inspired by many different representational methodes of the 20th and 21th century such as collage, paintings and photo renderings in order to create a serie of fictional drawings. (ex: super studio, schuiten,Pier Vittorio Aureli’s rendering, 1940’s pin-up icons…)

What importance does the color lilac hold in relation to representing the foreground?

We choose to use bright colors in our models and graphic representations in order to create a contrast between the background and the foreground. We used different assemblage of washed colors, each one representing a common element for each architectures (grid, access,playground…)

What does the lack of context represent?

It represents a free way of expression and imagination, We tried to implement our projects in what we called fictional bubbles allowing us and other to imagine the projects with their unique thinking.

You explore your proposal through axonometric and perspective means of representation, why so?

We used axonometric and perspective views to represent either what we called the technical drawings and the immersion drawings. Axo allows us to show the details and the constitutive matter of the architectures , perpective permits to give a human point of view to the projects.

What is your approach to a plan or section?

We use plan and section in the process of creating the project, these views allow us to visualize each side of the objects. Usually we don’t present these mediums in our final publication, we rather use axonometric in order to create a direct link between the plan , the elevation and section. Plans and sections are only here to built the project.


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