I recently had the opportunity to return to my alma mater for a day of studio ‘crits’ at the University of Liverpool.
The students’ project ‘Space for a Storyteller’ aims to provide a temporary structure on the edge of Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District.
We saw a selection of different approaches to the brief and some really well developed projects. They have two weeks left to complete all their drawings and models and hopefully fully resolve their schemes. Good luck to them!
It was the closing weekend of the exhibition by Renzo Piano entitled ‘Renzo Piano – The Art of Making Buildings’ this weekend.
I made the trip to London to see it and we queued down the staircase as news it was the last few days of it being on show had clearly got out! Three rooms of characteristically beautiful drawings and models of sixteen of his most important and well known projects were laid out in the newly converted Burlington Gardens building at the Royal Academy.
The centre piece was undoubtedly the giant masterplan model of over a hundred of the practice’s buildings together with a video interview given for the exhibition. Variously he candidly discussed his approach to architecture, life within the studio in Genoa and trying to never lose sight of how buildings go together ‘piece-by-piece’.
A well worthwhile visit with the added bonus of viewing the recently completed David Chipperfield extension/conversion of Burlington Gardens was the icing on the cake!