Alvaro Siza – Leca Swimming Pools
Original Drawings & Model
These are original drawings and model done by the office of Alvaro Siza for Leca Swimming Pools in Portugal.
“[For the swimming pool] I thought to myself, this time, as in many compositions, there should be two completely separate elements, each with its own language, but where they should both be interconnected.” – Alvaro Siza
Early sketch drawn by Alvaro Siza.
Original model of Leca Swimming Pools in an Alvaro Siza exhibition.
Perspective sketch of the tidal pool.
Plan drawing by Alvaro Siza.
Detail section cutting through the building.
Aldo Rossi: Monument for the Resistance for Cuneo
Original Drawings and Original Models
“For the unbuilt Monument to the Resistance in Cuneo, 1962, Rossi proposed a semicircle of seats focused on a masonry cube. In this sense, the monument itself becomes the focus of a theatrical event. The cube can be entered by means of a pyramidal staircase that leads to an interior platform. In the wall opposite the staircase, a slit is cut in the wall to allow the viewer inside the cube a view of a ridgetop on which members of resistance fought the Germans. The slit is angled toward the circular seats, so that a few people, sitting on the far right seats, might be able watch a viewer inside the cube look across the landscape at the site. In that way, they would be reminded of the hallowed site and the importance of the act of looking at the site by the performance of the viewed viewer in the memorial cube. Or, even if most people in the seats couldn’t see a viewer in side the cube, she or he should become aware of the fact that the cube was more than a pure form, that it is also a kind of camera obscura that focuses our attention on a site where heroic deeds took place. The audience in the seats contemplates a device for contemplation and thus, in a larger sense, contemplates the very act of contemplation.”
Le Corbusier: Villa Savoye
Tadao Ando: Church on the Water
“Because of the simple building composition, the delicate sense of scale and proportions in the details gained great significance.” – Tadao Ando
Plan Drawings & Sectional Sketch
Plan Pencil Sketch
Original Drawings & Models
Peter Zumthor – Therme Vals
“It was a quarry and then it became more of a construction site. The process was not deciding shadow but letting the light in and letting the view come in,” – Peter Zumthor
Shadow and light, interior hallway model.
Site model, Graubunden.
Overall original model.
Interior pool stone model.
Mass model of Therme Vals.
Interior model, floating slabs and linear light.
Interior model, rectangular skylights with scale figure.
Sigurd Lewerentz – St Mark’s Church
Carlo Scarpa – Castelvecchio
“If the architecture is any good, a person who looks and listens will feel its good effects without noticing. The environment educates in a critical fashion. As for the critic, he discovers the truth of things…”
Cedric Price – Fun Palace
“It was well into the detailed design of the project that, at an alcohol-inspired brain-storming session off Times Square in 1962, we decided on the name Fun Palace for our short-life conglomerate of disparate, free-choice, free-time, voluntary activities, planned as a public launching-pad rather than a Mecca for East London.” – Cedric Price
Precursor and inspiration to Renzo Piano and Richard Roger’s Centre Pompidou.