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A Greasy Spoon / A Breakfast Room

Part 2 Project 2008
David Gouldstone
Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) London UK
The brief was developed in response to earlier investigations into the picturesque. Initially this focused on Chiswick House Gardens and in particular the Breakfast Room at The Soane Museum.

Ideas about the inherent ambiguity and fragmentary, layered nature of the Museum, were developed along with how this affects the reading and remembering of the space.

A site was chosen in Lincoln's Inn Fields, opposite both the Soane Museum and the Hunterian Anatomical Collection. The collection contains thousands of anatomical fragments that were to be reconfigured into architectural elements within the project.

The mundane brief was intentionally chosen with the building composed of ideas and influences from both sides of the site, the architectural and the anatomical, with the intention of providing a building that was both mundane and surreal.

The drawing style was intended to reflect the anatomical etchings of the Hunterian and the drawings of the Soane collection.




David Gouldstone


This intense project is the culmination of a two-year investigation into the picturesque and the influence of previous memories on the subsequent perception of place and space. David’s earlier projects were based on in depth studies of Chiswick house and the Soane Museum. These studies included a personal notation of the underlying time base that drives this type of experience.

David has an extraordinary ability to represent his ideas in largely freehand drawing and we encouraged him to use this medium to test his work. As tutors we place a strong emphasis on the physical presence of architecture and we were especially pleased that the final project incorporates the mundane reality of day-to-day activity and turns it into a world that can be perceived to be both plausible and surreal.

Unit 14, the Bartlett Interactive Architecture Workshop is experimental. Our aim is to support individual original work of exceptionally high quality within the framework of time-based architecture, architecture that is designed and understood in 4 dimensions. The unit explores how architecture responds to the natural and man made physical world and how users and observers perceive this response, each with a wealth of prior experience and knowledge.

Tutor(s)
Prof Stephen Gage


2008
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