Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Strategy Statement:
See Abandonment blog post

5 Draft CryEngine environment Images

Files to play test environment + 3ds Files:
(note: 3ds files are in the Objects folder)

Level name for new Bordeaux: BENV2423_MAISON_BORDEAUX_01_editor
Level name for Bordeaux on Fire: BENV2423_MAISON_BORDEAUX_BROKENUP_editor
Level name for Bordeaux decayed: BENV2423_MAISON_BORDEAUX_DECAY_editor


Video Clip:

Monday, November 18, 2013


For this section, I want to illustrate the Bordeaux house breaking apart at the critical point. The critical point here is the midway point between two distinct sections of the house:

The house was originally made for a man in a wheelchair. Koolhaas designed a lift for the man, so as to ease mobility. The right side of the house, dominated by the square of the lift, became a zone easily accessible to the man. The left side, dominated by the cylinder, was restricted to persons who could climb the laborious spiral stair. 

Thus, the design of the house was based on a theory of inclusion and exclusion. I wanted to exaggerate this by having the house split down the middle, with one section on land and the other in water. The section on land is to be seen on fire, due to the destruction at hand. This will further emphasise the polarity between the two sections - disabled/abled, square/circle, fire/water.



I have added specular and bump maps for materials used so far in the modelling of the Maison Bordeaux. This has added depth to the realism of the design: 

The Maison Bordeaux has three main elements - concrete, steel and glass. Each element is made differently, corrodes differently and has different life spans. 

Glass is made from a base of silica (sand) with other materials added depending on the desired properties of the glass. The materials are then heated to a very high temperature and fused together. In a state of decay, glass does not decompose or decay. However, because of its fragile state it is expected to crack and break as the rest of the building shifts around due to the decaying process. 

Steel is made from iron ore and melted with other materials. It is used in buildings for its tensile and compressive strength. In the Maison Bordeaux, steel has been used throughout to add strenght to the structure. It is evident in the main beam, the I beam on the roof and it also would have been used in the reinforcing of the concrete features. If left unmaintained, steel will rust and corrode over time. Structural systems made from steel would fail as the steels strength is hampered by the rust. It is expected that, due to the Bordeaux's fragile structure, once one of the steel parts fail, the rest would follow. 

Concrete is made by mixing sand and other substances together, and cures through the use of water. Concrete is used in buildings for its compressive strength as well as a fire-proofer for steel construction. In the Maison Bordeaux, concrete is used throughout - in the floors, walls, ceilings. It is expected that the concrete in the Bordeaux would feature steel reinforcing. Concrete fails through exposure to the weather, most importantly rain/water. It is expected that after 100 years, the concrete in the Bordeaux would deteriorate significantly.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Barcelona Pavilion

Architect: Mies van der Rohe
Year: 1929
Structural System: steel beam and post system, with cladding added to cover skeleton structure. Sleek aesthetic to represent the modernist movements beliefs. 

Maison Bordeaux

Architect: Rem Koolhaas
Year: 1995
Structural System: a combined structural system of cylindrical post, concrete facade, metal beam in compression and metal beam in tension. This complex structural system was meant to represent the fragility of the human spine. 

Rudin House

Architects: Herzog and Demeuron
Year: 1996 
Structural System: metal post and beam house clad in concrete


I have modified the model of the Maison Bordeaux so as to fit in better in my own environment. I wanted to place the model near the water, with the cantilevering end overlooking the water. I did this by mirroring the base of the model in sketchup, and tracing this new form: