Prof Gilles Saucier@ McGill University
*This post is part of a collaboration with McGill Univeristy where we will be sharing a selection of unrealized student projects.
The BioInnovation Centre project was not presented with a specific site. Its design process therefore had the opportunity to be anchored in a strong conceptual relationship between the architecture and its topography. This centre explores the deferent expressions of three-dimensional patterns, from the organic to the rigid and systematic. The architecture language highlights the elements of the topography and celebrates the complexity of its various forms.
Who influences you graphically?
The graphic tools used to design and illustrate this Research Center were influenced by many architecture firms, but perhaps most notably by Superstudio. Superstudio is known for its conceptual architecture works, and more specifically for their use of imagery as an expression of monumentality. This simple vulgarisation through graphic atmosphere is something I seek to explore in my own work.
You chose to reveal the proposal solely via perspective views and a model why so?
This desired simplicity called for specific views that would answer equally specific questions, while allowing the viewer to make his own assessments about the unrepresented spaces. The single exterior view emphasizes the interiorization of the architecture, while the sections demonstrate the internal connections between architectural gestures and their topographical equivalents. Three interior views were also selected to speak of the occupant’s role, scale and place in this monumental space.
How does the model help in the representation ? What does it explore that the image doesn’t?
Lastly, the monochromatic model is used as a representation of the initial concept for the project: one exploring the different expressions of three-dimensional patterns, from the organic to the rigid. This rigidity was also brought into the graphics of the project – from the square format of the illustrations, to the circular base of the model – a dedication which delightfully ended up bringing a certain lightness to the scheme.