Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Mixed Mediums

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 21 March 2010

One day, while aimlessly stumbling through deviant art, I came upon kubicki’s account and quickly became amazed and inspired by his work. He uses multiple materials and mediums – including photography, ink, acrylic and photoshop – in his work, creating a seamless hybrid that oozes with atmosphere and emotion. Below illustrates the steps used in his process for the piece above. Enjoy!




Music = Inspiration

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 15 March 2010

(Almost forgot! Sorry)

This past week I have decided to pick up a guitar and learn how to play an instrument. In my current five day journey to becoming a musical prodigy, I have noticed how music really is a constant source of inspiration within our program. Whether or not you know how to play an instrument, the form of music as an art form really does bring us together. During my daily jam sessions in the engineering bridge I have had other people approach my friends and I, people I’ve seen around studio but have not really spoken to, and ask various questions: What music do you like to play? What music do you usually listen to? Who’s your favourite artist? Suddenly there’s this open forum of communication that, although always there, never realised the significance to.

If you look closely, music is everywhere in the architecture building. The midnight piano serenades in the pit, the violin solos near the elevator, the subconscious humming through the halls, the rhythmic drumming of fingers upon drafting desks and of course the guitar jam sessions in the engineering bridge. It makes me wonder, and I’ll pose this question out to the rest of you.. how large of a role does music play in your work? What music inspires you? What music do you like to work to? Look through your playlist and think about how much the songs contained in them play a role in your architecture.


Need Architecture Advice? ON SALE FOR ONLY 5 CENTS!

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 7 March 2010

Seems hard times ask for desperate measures. I found this article really interesting and funny, but also rather inspiring.

“Twenty-seven-year old Seattle resident [and architect] John Morefield…was laid off not once, but twice in a single year as projects dry up and small firms tighten budgets. So what’s a boy to do? Watch Peanuts cartoons and hang out at the local farmers’ market?
Why yes indeedy. Morefield’s concept for Architecture 5¢–edificially inspired by Charles Schulz’s psychiatrist booth for Lucy–is bringing architecture to the people, and people to the architecture. For a nickel, passerby can ask questions that range from simple (“What’s the best insulation to use next to concrete in a basement?”) to complex (“We have a 700-square foot Seattle bungalow and want to add a second story because we’re expecting our first child… Help!”).

The idea is to spur conversation about building matters and make contacts that might someday develop into working relationships. And the message is spreading, at least in its first incarnation, as he’s received 5-cent queries via email from across the globe–Brazil, Portugal, Shanghai–and coverage on a CNN news broadcast.

So what’s the point? Morefield says he wants to create a “ripple effect” on a local level, for one nickel leads to one project, which employs one contractor, who hires two carpenters, and so on. And though his ultimate goal is to expand Architecture 5¢ nationwide, with booths in neighborhoods across the country from the Bronx to Oakland, he admits the idea “can’t grow large enough that I don’t have time for the booth.”

For the full interview, click here

Stop Motion and Book Art!

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 28 February 2010

One of the most creative and interesting way I’ve seen stop motion photography being illustrated. Thought it would be interesting to show :)

In interest of the second year book art project, I also found these images!

This Is How to Recycle!

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 21 February 2010

Since I missed studio so much over the course of the week, I thought it would only be fitting to make a blog about this creative way of providing much needed studio space for other artists like us.

In an effort to provide to the young artists in the London scene, furniture designer Auro Foxcroft developed a ingenious and environmentally conscious decision: transform old subway cars into studio space! Check it out for more details!


Loft Conversions

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 14 February 2010

One of the influences that directed me towards architecture and design was the conversion of the Merchandise Building in downtown Toronto. Built in 1910, it was previously used as a warehouse for Sears but in the late 20th century it was sold for loft development. This ambitious project was the earliest and by far the largest warehouse loft conversions in Toronto. It was completed in the late 1990’s and won many awards, including the approval of notoriously critical architecture writer for the Toronto Star, Christopher Hume, who gave the project an “A”. My cousin is fortunate enough to own a loft in this building and I have therefore been inside this building numerous times. It definitely is one of my favorite building in the downtown core.

Here’s a video of the lofts currently up for sale

Another example of a loft conversion is the Brooklyn Tower Clock Penthouse. Running for a cool $25 million, it is the most expensive apartment in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Once a factory, they have converted the top floor clock tower into a triplex penthouse apartment. The photos are amazing!

A suggestion for residence perhaps?

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 7 February 2010

Just realised I accidently posed it on my other wordpress blog :( sincere apologies! But here it is!

Space can be manipulated simply through light and sight lines! Maybe these ideas can help with your model. The cardboard isn’t the only medium that can be used.

Also, if you think our lives our tough think about the people who had to make this model of Shanghai….

Who said tree houses were for kids?

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 30 January 2010

The new Yellow Treehouse restaurant by New Zealand based Pacific Environments Architects Ltd.(PEL) is a stunning architectural feat perched high above a redwood first. Appearing for all the world like an enormous chrysalis grafted onto a 40-meter-high redwood tree, the project is constructed of plantation poplar slats, redwood balustrading milled at the site, and makes extensive use of  natural lighting throughout. It reminds me of the third year pavilion project, but to a much larger and intricate scale.

“The tree-house concept is reminiscent of childhood dreams and playtime, fairy stories of enchantment and imagination,” say PEL. “It’s the treehouse we all dreamed of as children but could only do as an adult fantasy.”


House on a Rock

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 24 January 2010

People have different reasons and inspirations that have led them to wanting to become an Architect. Some were inspired by lego as a child, others by the colossal buildings that engulf the downtown sky or maybe, like me, they were inspired by the house they lived in. What drawn me to this program was the opportunity to make for someone a home in which they love. As I was Stumbling one day I came across this house on a rock in Rhode Island that reminded me why I choose to pursue Architecture.

This unusual and vintage 103 year old mansion (named Clingston) had been abandoned for two decades before architect Henry Wood bought it with his ex-wife, Joan, in 1961 for $3,600. It was originally built by distant cousin, J.S. Lovering Wharton in 1905 for a total of  $36,982.99, roughly estimated to be 4 million dollars in today’s currency. It now survives through the love and work of Mr. Wood and his family.


The Fashion of Architecture

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by chaosincolour on 16 January 2010

“Fashion is architecture: It is a matter of proportions.” – Coco Chanel

I’ve always believed there was a strong relationship between Architecture and Fashion. Both reflect functional, social and aesthetic considerations, but also provide the oppourtunity for artistic, technical and conceptual experimentation. One fashion house that I believe embodies the correlation between Architecture and Fashion is Dutch based designers Viktor & Rolf. Their work is not only aesthetically beautiful, but also technically brilliant. Their Spring 2010 Ready-to-wear collection illustrates their ability to fuse both Architecture and Fashion through the technical and the artistic. (link to the whole collection)