MArch Architecture – Year 1 – Semester 1 – ‘Invisible geometry’
The initial project completed on my return to university for my MArch Architecture course, with the aim in terms of project brief to firstly map and explore an existing building. Secondly I sought to suggest both existing visual geometry’s within said building, but then also reveal hidden geometry’s that were yet to be discovered.
From a personal point of view, having recently commenced self learning in several new programs, including but not limited to ‘Rhino 3-D’ and its ‘Grasshopper’ plugin, I also found this project was a perfect opportunity to throw myself in at the deep end and really get to grips with the new software.
I chose the ‘Royal Albert Hall’ – London as my study building and as such completed substantial desktops study of its history, attended a performance and also attended a thorough tour of its architecture, which provided some very useful perspectives of my chosen subject.
From this point I mapped several visual geometry’s both in 2-D and 3-D format, whilst also electing to draw the main auditorium in Rhino 3-D for clarity and substantial use going forward with the project. This was possible from several check measurements and legacy archive drawings.
I became interested in the way sound may travel around the auditorium and found several studies looking into the Albert hall and its extremely unsuccessful acoustics as originally constructed. From this research I discovered some detailed, reliable acoustic testing which allowed me to map confidently the way in which acoustics travelled around the room from the stage. More specifically I decided to focus on ‘direct’ acoustics travelling from stage to audience over the initial split second of travel after reflection of the ‘acoustic mushrooms’ mounted post completion hanging from the ceiling, this allowed me to focus on a particular movement rather than an array of results.
From this information I concluded this work with a final mass / hidden geometry which I found really interesting due to the concept that it could only exist for 100th of a second in the room before another completely calculated shape would appear giving infinite possibilities in the space.