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Inhabited Bridge - wsa year 3 by White-Light-Filter Inhabited Bridge - wsa year 3 by White-Light-Filter
My presentation for a 3rd year project tittled "Inhabited Bridge".

The brief was to design a mixed use proposal sited on the derelict railway bridge foundations of Swansea's (south Wales) old coal railway. I chose housing, fine craft & construction workshops, a boat repair yard, a cafe, public gardens, and a pub & brewery.

The design draws heavily on the industrial and vernacular architecture of the area. And if you read the waffle down the left side, it is about exploring a narrative and getting lost in a miniature district of Swansea, which is a rather baron feeling place in areas.

The Original size of the presentation is 9 landscape A1 sheets (2.5m wide by 1.7m tall).

All the plans sections & axonometric are hand drawn on A1 cartridge paper with Rotring pens.

Details of the hardline drawings are here: [link]

Let me know what you think.

* Precedent images shown at the bottom of the page are either my own photographs, or they are from books/websites. It is impractical to credit them all on the presentation itself. This an educational presentation, not for professional/profitable reproduction.
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BeeSideBeauty Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Hey it's me again and guess who just enrolled in a inhabitable bridge studio. Was wondering if you could help me out/if it was alright to use your design as a resource and if possible the designs of your classmates? Basically print it out for my classmates etc. Let me know ASAP and ja hope to hear from you soon. ciao
White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Hello! Cool... enjoy the ride! I'm flattered you remembered and came to find it again.

I am quite happy for you to use it as a precedent. For clarity thats different from claiming it's yours ...but I'm sure you won't do that. :P

Getting hold of any of my few small images from the project on our department's website though: [link]

My project was very heavily based on the industrial architecture of South Wales. The location of your project will mean an appropriate aesthetic will not necessarily be the same as my project's. That might be obvious to you, but it bear saying, in case it was not.

What you can take from my work is the method and driving concepts. I hope you can just about read the text on the left of the presentation as this text explains these.

Also, here is a list of some other precedents and books that I drew on that might help you:

- "The Right To Difference" on the architecture of Jean Renaudie.
- The book "The Invisible City".
- The work of CJ Lim (of Studio 8 Architects). Try the book "How green is your garden?".
- The work of Rural Studio.
- The book "Eyes of the Skin"

- The early work of Brian Mackay-Lyons, a Canadian Architect.
- Jorn Utzon's "Kingo Courtyard Houses", in Drachmansvej.
- Chealsea Market, New York.
- The "New Babylon" Redevelopment.
- Main line train stations (and the greyhounds for you).
- Heidegger's Hut.
- Charles Moore's (of MLTW) "Sea Ranch" and "Boulder Creek Weekend House"
- Structures of the offshore oil industry.
- Derelict industrial buildings.
- The writings of Adrian Forty on "Space".

If there's anything else that comes up or you want to ask just drop me another line.
BeeSideBeauty Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
This is an interesting idea especially for cities with lots of bridges though I'm not sure the form can be transplanted into American cities. Even still I like your analysis for the area and I really dig the concept. Good work.
White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Cheers. The morphology is governed by the urban context, so if you put it somewhere else it would turn out different. :) But the ideas of community, ownership, immersion & open ended development are applicable to a lot of places. Might have trouble fitting in in New York, but i think it would be at home somewhere like Boston. :)

Thanks for the fav.
BeeSideBeauty Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
I agree. Boston might be an interesting prototype to look at while New York would be silly. I'm from Portland, Oregon and I've been thinking about the implications of bridges in my neck of the woods as I enter my final year in school at the University of Oregon. I've been looking at ways of incorporating ecological networks on bridges to join ecosystems. Anyhow...again great work.
White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Yer... The greenery on my bridge doesnt really show up that much... would have been good to explore that side more... theres always next time. cheers again.
a1106047 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008   Interface Designer
sweet project youve got here! first off, i'm a big fan of large-scale urban architecture, having dealt with a bit myself at the end of my course last year! I know you probably spent a bit of time setting up the poster for the oral to work with it but honestly, it really doesnt matter at the end of the day how it's laid out- as long as it's easy to read from both far away and close-up. That way the work can sell itself, n you will know where the things are to talk about anyway, no need to order them :D

The precedents are great, yet i really want to see where the order and the mess collides! can't really comment for all the poster yet (what with this monitor's crappy resolution) but I think the diagrams showing building systems should also have been flaunted more. That way you can prove how the whole twisted event fits together and reveal it for what it really is; a huge industrial machine spanning the river that's pumping out energy in this small town!! :dance:
White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
:) Thanks.

Our school is quite big on layout and a presentation making sense even when your not there to defend it.

The main focus of this project was about people and events. It would have been great to do a few really detailed close up perspectives of the final scheme showing the main, big structures (that will last for hundreds of year) with the various levels of more temporary inhabitation on top... maybe done like a long exposure image. Sadly there was only a certain amount I could get done... I worked 13-14 hours a day EVERYDAY (other than xmas day and new years eve) over last xmas holidays to do the drawings. :S ...that was NOT fun.

I'm glad you seem to like the design itself.
a1106047 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008   Interface Designer
hmm, strangely enough that reminds me of those guys painting the first a380 super jumbo! They had to forego sleep and miss xmas & new years as well, yet the end result for these opportunities is far more important than something that occurs every year i'd wager ;)
...and who needs sleep anyway!
White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
HA. Yer, life's about the one offs not repetition. :)
donopunk Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Good work, lots of detail. Impressed that you did it all in pencil. I do notice that there is really no note of what the materials will be used, or even what the building looks like in color. Also, I think the board layout could use some order, you have so much great information, but it seems a little jumbled, and it is hard to follow.

great job.
White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Thanks for your comment. It is pencil and then Rotring pens.

The strip across the bottom has two headings... the second one SHOULD be "materiality"... It shows a selection of the materials being used, trees being planted etc. There are, by the nature of the design, way to many materials to list or show ALL of them. The function of the precedents is also to give the viewer a vibe to bear in mind when trying to get an idea of the feel on the place.

There is, however, a lot of detail in the sections that, I feel give a pretty good feel of the material finishes of the parts shown.

Yes, Unfortunately rendering the drawings fell of the end on the list of thing to get done.

As for the board layout, your the first person to say that it looks un-ordered. :) It was arranged for a verbal presentation. Starting in the top left and working down and across:

1. what the BRIEF and SITE CONDITIONS were,
2. what CONCEPTS I derived from them,
3. what precedents i had then drawn on (at the bottom),
4. the concepts then get further explained through the PLANS (top middle),
5. which are baked up and brought into 3D by the SECTIONS,
6. and finally the AXONOMETRIC
7. The technical aspects of the project, eg: rain water drainage and ventilation, which are marked seperately, come at the end (down the right hand side).

I'm going to upload a copy of my last project too asap it's got a 2.7m long watercolour + computer rendered CAD section... should you want to see how I think in colour :)
BarahirofLadros Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
That's incredibly detailed, and I have a lot of respect for people who can put something like that together. That looks really good.
White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Thanks. it took a while :) I hope you can imagine some of the little stories going on.
KatCardy Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow that's really quite fascinating Alex, not the dry and dull lookin' plans that it could have been, you've really taken a look at this from all different angles and present a more well-rounded feel to the project instead of just diagrams.
Seeing your research and inspirations on there is really interesting too :)
White-Light-Filter Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
:D Thanks. Glad you like it. It was all about moments and immersion in the "little things" that make up the day-to-day, so I hope you an imagine some of the comings and goings... the happy accidents and meetings of chance. :)
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