Which came first the Doughnut or the Mug? The Process

The Architectural Playground

As I’ve decided on combining architecture with sculpture, i’m considering what forms the sculpture/installation will take. Through previous work I briefly started researching the concept of Third Space. This concept is made up of three sectors: Conceived space, Perceived Space and Lived Space.

-Conceived Space: Blueprints, Plans, Architectural models, controlling the future

-Perceived Space: Buildings that have come to realisation, Shopping centres, banks, etc

-Lived Space: The personal thought process that we alone know what we’re experiencing

I furthered this research through underpinning concepts of Liam Gillick’s work. A particular writing I found helpful was by Nikolaus Hirsch Model World. The notion that models are speculative concepts yet to be made concrete is something that really resonates within my practice of topology. It also helps to explain Conceived Space and the power an architect can have creating a conceptual link between spatial and social order. An early example of this within architecture is Hippodamus and the Diamond city layout. A Greek architect that was the leader of urban planning. This urban planning was designed to be efficient and priorities pedestrian movement such as orientation, wayfinding, choice and directness of route to destination. I attempted to design a floorplan that represented this urban planning through playground apparatus.

To express this link within the work i’m making I plan on using a colour scheme that represents a model, such as white and grey.

I’m attempting to present the concept of third space with the sculpture and publications. Using an example of perceived space (shopping centre) to make up the overall structure of the sculpture. I plan on representing a multi-storey carpark, glass ceilings and escalators through the form of a climbing frame.

The use of scaffold not only allows for a highly structural frame that would be able to take the weight of a grown adult but also reinforces the link to perceived space with the element of construction. This creates a slight disadvantage as the climbing frames dimensions are responsive to the scaffolds dimensions. This may create an issue when displaying with 15 other students.

I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from Assemble, a particular work was the Brutalist Playground a collaboration Simon Terrill that produced a immersive foam installation that recreated a trio of post-war play structures.

I decided to represent escalators with a slide. From researching playground structures it is considered that most slides at produced at an angle of 30 degrees. As i’m unable to create a slide, I’ll be using the scaffold to represent one at that angle. To work out the dimensions I’ve used simple geometry to create a calculation to ensure the climbing frame fits together perfectly.

To create the rest of the climbing frames essential components I wanted to use a geodesic dome for the glass ceiling and a block the acts as a rock climbing wall which would rotate in a spiral form. It is this form that shows how structures within a private space control social movement.

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