Through an Architecture Dream
Who influences you graphically?
Graphically I am most influenced by the 60s critical architectural movement driven by Superstudio, Archigram and Archizoom and by the illustrations developed by figures such as Andrea Branzi and Cedric Price. Other sources of inspiration derive from works produced by Yona Friedman, Constant Nieuwenhuys and Lebbeus Woods. On a more contemporary note I am also stimulated by Koolhaas and Eisenman works.Considering my approach to architecture my inspiration is however not limited to architecture itself but extends to the realms of music, cinema and cooking.
Everything is based on a final result, expression, emotion, are achieved through the establishing of specific atmospheres and metaphysical spaces, which normally are considered as the main goals of the project.
What tools do you use and how do you work in post production with the images?
I try to be very flexible when representing architecture, each of my projects tends to be represented in a different way, using different graphics and so different tools; this is because I don’t want to focus myself on a specific style or approach. The images are often based on a 3d model realized trough the use of Rhino or 3DS Max, then rendered using Vray. All the images are then modified or adapted using postproduction, mainly trough Photoshop and Illustrator. Some images are defined as Montage or Matte Painting and made just trough the use of Photoshop.
What importance does the classic black drawing on a white background hold for you?
The black drawing on a white background is the classical architectural drawing, it is the keystone of architecture, everything always started and starts on a blank piece of paper. Considering that nowadays vintage, ancient and revisited have become fashionable, I personally thing that the classical black/white minimal drawing has to be considered from an another perspective due to it’s power of representation.
You explore your projects through plan, elevations and sections. What is your take on the axonometric?
Normally I use Plan, Elevation and Section to represent the project, because I find them to be the cleanest means of representation for the development and articulation of a project. My point of view on the Axonometric is that this method of representation has become quite fancy nowadays. I really appreciate the result of thin black lines on a white background, using different textures or colors to highlight the interventions on the surrounding context.
What would be the effect of introducing figures within your proposal? and why have they intentionally been left out?
In my illustrations and images, figures are often left out because in my opinion their introduction will distract the observers’ attention. Trough this intentional approach I am able to establish a selection of focal points which conversely wouldn’t be so clear.
I consider the introduction of figures as something, which does not heighten the project itself, but conversely is a tool to hide its weaknesses.