Published in a+t 45 Design Techniques
January 14, 2016
"Unlike a more traditional hierarchical approach that may begin with a building type before fitting the constituent architectural forms into it, our technique of approximation first establishes a set of conditions, then gradually coheres resolutions of these conditions toward an approximation of a building type.
Our own technique of approximation begins with limits of site and program –a set of established conditions. From these conditions we create and arrange generic volumes, guided by fundamental, instinctive principles of form and light. Over the course of the design process, these volumes are agglomerated, aligning them with a set of conditions, toward varying degrees of resolution with each other. Late in this process of agglomeration and resolution, the project moves toward a model of type, eventually suggesting a specific kind of building."
Image: Johnston Marklee. Collection of 3D schemes.
Extracted from the article "Approximation" (a+t 45 Design Techniques), where Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee explain the Johnston Marklee design techniques. Specifically, those applied in Vault House, Hill House and Menil Drawing Institute projects.
a+t 45 Design Techniques looks at different approaches to the creative moment. Authors such as Lacaton & Vassal, Langarita-Navarro, Momoyo Kaiyima and SO-IL reveal their modus operandi, explain how they tackle the project and discuss motivation, devices, influences, justifications, effects and the origins of their design techniques.