AA Inter 3

Drawing 2
May 14, 2020, 8:23 pm
Filed under: 2019-20

Hi Ricardo and Nannette,

Here is the updated drawing. It’s not complete yet. I am experimenting with the atmosphere that I want and as you can see, I need to add people and objects. Small things such as railings need to be modelled also. I have made a couple of changes to the design as well: repurposing the sloped viewing platform to a visitor center, and the stacked roof as a place for plants that are needed for raw material (such as natural dye-giving flowering plants) to grow.

The scene is meant to be when the sun is almost completely down, so that the puppet show can take place.

Looking forward to experimenting more and finalising the drawing!


Drawing 2 update
May 12, 2020, 5:29 pm
Filed under: 2019-20

Hi Ricardo, Nannette and Nicho,

Here is the second drawing as it stands. I am currently working on some changes suggested in this morning’s tutorial in Rhino after which I will update this render in C4D as well.

Draft of second drawing
May 8, 2020, 5:14 pm
Filed under: 2019-20

Hi Ricardo and Nannette,

Here’s my progress on the second drawing. This shows a different moment along the axis. The drawing is intended to show a scene during a non-ritual period. The platform at the bottom of the steps is the stage for puppetry. The point is to show the intersection of the three stakeholders: the performer (puppeteer and musicians), audience and the facilitators (in this case, the people who make the puppets). From this vantage point, all three can see each other at the same time

sketch showing allocation of stakeholders

I need to add details such as for the puppet show, people, trees etc. But I hope this shows the intention and massing.

Ritual and Scene
May 1, 2020, 6:21 pm
Filed under: 2019-20

Hi Ricardo and Nannette,

Here is my progress thus far on the project and drawing. My design has evolved from a stepwell straight out of Rajasthan to a stage for several scenes. For the three days of the Labuhan Ritual every year, it becomes a stage that allows a moment from the ritual – i.e. the time taken by the procession to cross the stepwell (on their way down to the sea) – to be slowed down and expanded. This allows the sultan, the procession and the ritual to see and be seen by his subjects – regardless of class. This is the scene that is shown in the drawing.

The rest of the year, this amphitheatre of sorts can be used to put up classical art performances and teach the same to anyone with interest as these are generally restricted to the gentry. The stepwell/amphiteatre is surrounded by a corridor that acts as a gallery space for the display and exchange of knowledge of traditional crafts such as woodworking and mask making.

I am still working on the design – there are parts that can’t be seen in this particular view (the pyramids). And there are certain questions to be answered in terms of enclosure for the corridor in times of rain, etc. In terms of this drawing, I need to populate it with more spectators and refine it.

Render Update
April 24, 2020, 4:41 pm
Filed under: 2019-20

Hi Ricardo and Nannette,

Hope you’re doing well.

Here is the diagrammatic plan showing the design proposal as it stands. The intention is to slow down and expand a moment in the ritual and truly allow for the intermingling of classes in that moment. The proposal is to create a stage for that moment in the ritual. The sacred axis has been mirrored to plot the central points of the intervention.

The “stage” for the ‘moment’ that is in slow-motion is the large stepwell at the crux of the mirrored sacred axis.

Front view

The Sultan, at the head of the procession will descend the steps seen in the middle of the section. The rise and run of the steps are double the usual accepted amount in order to slow down the speed of the Sultan. On the other hand, the pyramidal steps on either side of the central staircase have smaller steps to allow the viewers to get into position as quickly as possible to watch the procession. The double height on the outward facing side of the pyramidal steps also double as a place to sit, as does the rest of the stepped platform.

Side view

As seen in the side section, the steps on the ascent is smaller and easier to maneuver than on the descent. This is because the slowing down of the moment happens when the sultan is facing the people. With his back to them, it no longer becomes necessary to slow down the ritual. The pyramidal steps are easily accessible on either side and the front acts as a place to sit.

This is my progress on rhino + C4D so far. I’m still trying to figure out the materials and lighting etc. The pyramid (seen in the plan) also needs to be modelled. I had also intended for ornament to play a role in subtly guiding people within the stepwell (or maybe it should be called an amphitheatre of sorts now). I haven’t modelled the ornaments yet, but below is a ss that shows the usage.

Excited to keep developing the design proposal and the drawings!!


Progress update
April 17, 2020, 12:46 pm
Filed under: 2019-20

Hello Ricardo, Nannette, and the unit,

Hope everyone is well and safe.

At the end of the previous term, I felt that my proposal was not quite what I wanted to achieve, so I’ve been reworking my design strategy. The aim was to find something to root the proposal (as I quite literally had been working in the air before that).

Diagram marking out the sacred axes (red) connecting the existing buildings (blue). In pencil is the architecture I’m introducing to the site.
Strategy for architecture and distributing the programme (inspired by stepwells)

I have been modelling my site and working on the placement of the interventions, which are informed by mirroring the sacred axes marked out in red in the previous diagram. The intervention itself is a stepped pyramid-type architecture that rises up and down (in section). The elevated pyramid is intended to be a viewing platform during the time of the ritual. The sunken one deliberately lies along the axis, and for the gentry to follow the axis from the sacred courtyard to the sea they would have to go down and up the steps of this sunken pyramid, whilst the people can view this from both the elevated pyramid and the steps of the sunken one (rather like a amphitheater). During the rest of the year, all the structures would be communal areas, with steps and platforms providing plenty of space for people to interact. The center of the sunken pyramid, where it flattens out could be a stage for traditional arts (music, dance, and puppetry) to be performed. The platform atop the two surrounding pyramids could serve as workshop spaces for artisans (woodworkers) to practice, share and showcase their art. As you can see below, while the existing buildings have been modelled with detail, only the massing has been done for the intervention. I need to model the platforms and steps of the pyramids and then move to C4D to add the surrounding environment and to render. I also want to engage the site with the sea, so I’m thinking of developing something between the site and sea. For the composition of the drawing, I will most probably be working with the section that cuts through the axis, as I feel this best shows the up-and-down movement of the intervention and I will be able to show the programs clearly using figures.

Front elevation
Section cutting through the central axis and looking left