Madelon Vriesendorp

Three Works from Van Rooy Gallery

OMA, Boompjes Tower Slab, triptych, 1982, DM 3000.2.1-3

This is the Boompjes Towers (1982). A brilliant guy in the office, Stefano de Martino, he did this whole triptych. Rem told him what to do – that we wanted to see the whole building from different sides. Rem was directing, but Stefano was also unbelievable. I taught him how to do the rubbing with coloured pencils and to rub it instead of draw and immediately he could do it ten times better than I ... 

On the upper left is the White House in Rotterdam. This bridge was going to be taken down and Rem made a construction to stand it up and make a beautiful restaurant at the top. They never could get the money to do it, so they took the bridge away, which was really sad. It was a reference to Leonidov – it was his Leonidov tower and the bridge was a perfect, beautiful construction. It had a lift going up sideways – that is what makes it look Tatlin-ish. Read on →

– Madelon Vriesendorp in conversation with Niall Hobhouse and Tina di Carlo

Linked story: Madelon Vriesendorp and Rem Koolhaas at the Van Rooy Gallery, 1980

Kengo Kuma & Associates

V&A Dundee by Model

V&A Dundee Kengo Kuma

This video shows, through a non-linear sequence of model images, the design process behind V&A Dundee (2018). Watch here → 

From the nineteenth century: E.S. Prior's 'Architectural Modelling'  

Hugh Ferriss

Buildings in the Modeling Project (Aerial perspective), 1924

Hugh Ferriss, Buildings in the Modeling Project, 1924, MoMA IN SET

Ferris used a soft conté crayon to depict the ensemble of crystalline towers, which are defined by the soft chiaroscuro of an artificially lit landscape. The play of shadow and light across the surfaces reveals solid but seemingly translucent masses. For Ferriss and his clients, the dense metropolis was the future for modern humanity, and he used his skill to envision the power and beauty, as well as the psychological impact, of the new giant order of the city. Read on →

– Helen Thomas

Also from her book Drawing Architecture, Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Sphere


Seven Early Sketchbooks, Segment 3 of 7

Siza sketchbooks 3/7

Over the course of seven weeks, Drawing Matter is publishing one segment per week, excerpted from this four-hour recording, in which Álvaro Siza talks through his Seven Early Sketchbooks, with Manuel Montenegro and Niall Hobhouse.  Watch here →

Earlier sections: First segmentSecond segment

A. Tod, Mr Tassie's House

Behind the Lines 7

A. Tod, Mr. Tassie's House, Leicester Sq, 1806, DM 2247 IN SET

On June 27th 1807 William Tassie scratched his long nose, dipped a pen in the inkwell, and finished off his letter to Alexander Wilson Esq of Messrs. Dunlop & Wilson, Booksellers of Glasgow:   ‘I have been near a twelve month engaged with alterations in my house – which have taken up much of my attention – I have given over modelling portraits, and now confine the front shop to the Sale of Gems. I am Dear Sir, Your much obliged servant…’  Read on →

– Philippa Lewis

Others from the Behind the Lines series: Rex Savidge, George Coke

Drawing Matter

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