Tate Britain - Spiral Staircase, Green Park - Escalator Array, Tate Britain - Deep Staircase. Stairs can be used to walk up or down different levels. They can be different shapes and forms. Spiral staircases look elegant and save space. Stairs that are deeper have a much more shallower gradient, so they take up more space than a steeper set of stairs. Stairs can be automated, such as on an escalator, where step segments are on a loop and they rotate around, you can can stand still while still going up. I like how the escalator array has a staircase in the centre as it gives you the option to walk. Usually on escalators, one side is for standing still, while the other side is for walking, for those in a rush.
Finsbury Park - Elevator Door, Green Park - Telescopic Elevator Door, Leicester Square - Expanding Shutter. I looked at different mechanisms for door ways and entrances. The elevator door would slide and be hidden away, the sliding door saves space compared to a revolving door as it has a smaller footprint. The elevator used at the tube station utilised a telescopic mechanism so the door would expand and contract in sections, this saved even more space as they are neatly nested inside each other. The metal shutters on the tube station entrance used a scissor mechanism which can expand and contract to close the entrance, the shutters form a lattice pattern, which lets you see inside the building.
Vauxhall - Wheels On Vehicles, Vauxhall - Spokes on Bike Wheel, Vauxhall - Portable Trolley. I looked at wheels and how they can be used to transport things easier. The cars utilise suspension which are springs that make the car more stable when on uneven surfaces, the wheels are also motorised in a axle system which turns them, turning certain wheels can change the direction of the car. The wheels on the bike has spokes to hold it's structure. The wheels turn when someone pedals the bike and turns the bike chain. The handle bars are connected to the front wheel to steer it. Break pads create friction so you can stop the bike. The long handle on the trolley makes it easier to pull as it is further away from the fulcrum.
Finsbury Park - Door, Tate Britain - Rotating Art Piece, Vauxhall - Tube Barriers. The revolving door is attached to the door frame with a set of hinges, the screws are counter sunk so they can be flush with the surface. On one side of the door there is a push plate, while on the other side there is a handle. This indicates which side to push or pull the door. There is also a push plate at the bottom of the door, this lets you use your feet to open the door if your hands are full. The art piece has a central axle so it can rotate along it, the uneven shape means that one side will always weigh it down. The ticket machines at the tube station can be open and closed in both directions, they can be programmed to either an entrance gate or an exit gate.
Tate Britain - Rolling Art Piece, Tate Britain - Rocking Art Piece, Tate Britain - Hanging Art Piece. The rounded shape of the wooden ball allows it to roll along the ramp which has a concave surface, because the ball is a sphere it can go in all directions. The statue that has a pivot can rock back and forth, either side of the sculpture is the same weight so it evenly distributes and stays balanced. The hanging art piece is suspended from the ceiling and it comprises of metal shapes connected using metal beams, which can pivot. The mobile like piece can move around and spin if a breeze passes it. The movement of this piece is slow and elegant. The piece is well balanced which can symbolise harmony.
Pimlico - Train On Rail System, Pimlico - Height Adjustable Platform, Pimlico - Boat On River. The underground tube is on a rail system, which allows it to move in a linear direction. The tube is reversible, so it can go in both directions. The rail system is modular so it can be expanded when needed. On the river was a platform that had hydraulic legs that could adjust the height of the platform, this can be useful as the water level rises and sinks, so the platform can adjust accordingly. The platform was strong enough to hold heavy machinery. The boat on the water uses a motor driven rotating wheel with flat panels that push the water behind it and propel it forward, this allows it to glide across the water at a high speed.
Leicester Square - Rolling Shutter, Leicester Square - Train Doors, Leicester Square - Store Canopy. The metal strips on the rolling shutter allows for the entire entrance to roll up and store away, this is motorised so it is easier to open and close. The doors on the tube were on a track system, so the doors slide open and when they close they go into the wall to make the train more streamlined. The doors open automatically and can be operated by the driver. The store canopy was made from a coated fabric so it would be waterproof, it is used to protect any produce stored outside from the rain. The fabric rolls up when not in use and metal bars hold it in place when it is opened out.
Shigeru Ban - Naked House. This interior has cube shaped modules with tatami mats in the. The cubes are on castors, so they can be wheeled around to change up the space. I like the simple geometric shape of the cubes. They can be used as room dividers, you can also sit inside them. The simple minimalist aesthetic is pleasing to the eye. The use of simple materials such as concrete and wood give a natural feeling to the interior. The reflective floor makes the space look bigger as it multiplies the natural lighting. There is a curtain railing system hanging from the ceiling, so the space can be configured and divided up. The space can be adapted to whoever lives there and what their daily needs are.
Mini Living - Dream Home. Many apartments are quite small as property is expensive, space saving techniques can be used to maximise and utilise the space. The bed that can be lowered down from the ceiling allows for the room to be a living room at daytime and when you are ready to go sleep you can position a stool in the corner and lower the bed. The added curtain gives more privacy to the bed. Storage techniques like using vertical space and underfloor storage can help keep the home organised and free from clutter. A plunger can be used to open the under floor storage, you would store items you don't use all the time here, such as seasonal items. Giving a place for every object in the home keeps it tidy.
Cedric Price - Fun-Palace. This project was designed to be a public space for creatives, it featured a modular design that you could change out depending on the event. Cranes would be used to transport, raise and lower the different elements of the building. There is a metal frame work that different parts can be attached to. Some of the parts include: platforms, which can be a space for people to look at the view from, escalators, which can be at different gradients, depending on what levels that you want to connect, walls and ceiling panels can also be retracted to change up the space. The atmosphere of the space is meant to feel similar to that of a shipyard. The structure is intended to be open plan.
Olsen Kundig - 242 State Street. This building has a sliding facade, that is a two storey window pane, that can be raised and lowered to a desired height. To operate it, there is a wheel that you can turn, the large wheel allows for less force to be needed to operate, this is linked to a series of pulleys and a counterweight on the exterior of the building, that help reduce the effort needed to raise the wall. The open facade allows air circulation throughout the building. The exposed pulley mechanisms give an industrial factory like feeling to the space. The high ceilings make the space airy and bright. The large opening in the wall makes it feel more welcoming and inviting.
Jean Nouvel - Institut du Monde Arabe. The walls of this building is covered in metal apertures that can be opened and closed, when they are open they can let in light, when closed, they block out the light. The light that comes through the window comes in as circular beams of light that change depending on the size of the opening. This can change the atmosphere of the space with a brighter feeling or a more moody look. Each tile comprises of different sized apertures. The metal segments of the aperture fit together in a curved shape. Each tile on window can be individually opened and closed, to give a more varied look on the inside. I find the concept and look of the facade to be very modern and it has a utilitarian look to it.
D*Haus - The Dynamic D*Haus. This home can move around to form a folded structure. The building can adapt to the users needs and be used in eight different configurations. Having the rooms move around can change the view in the windows and the different ways the rooms are connected. The rooms are on a railing system on the ground so they follow a predetermined pathway. The building moves over the course of year, similar to a flower blooming in certain times of a year. During wintertime the home is at it's most compact state, this allows for minimal heat loss to stay warm. During summer time the building spreads out to allow for the sunlight to warm up the interiors. This ingenious transformation can help save on heating and air conditioning.
SOM - Observation Deck. This concept to to construct a moving platform between two skyscrapers, the large circular design with windows gives users a 360 degrees view of the area, the floor to ceiling windows create an even more immersive feeling. The view can be changed as the platform moves up and down. The proposal says that it will add an iconic silhouette to the New York skyline. I find that creating a building with interesting shapes and forms can be a landmark, which is captivating to the public and it can entice people to visit the area. The modern design of the skyscraper juxtaposes the traditional building it surrounds. I like how the old building is preserved for future generations to see.