We chose two features to work with: the horizontal surfaces and the angles.
Researching ways to incorporate these key articulations in the double element
At the beginning of the project, we were separated into groups of two that, from that moment on, worked together on both a façade in Paris and in Lausanne. Starting with Lausanne, an element on the façade was defined as “super element”. In all cases, it was an eye catching element to the group and additionally used as reference point for all measures of the façade. In order to get the measures as precise as possible, a measuring tool was built to find a certain geometry, rhythm and characteristic in the facade. As a next step, 60m2 around the super element were chosen to serve as base for creating a plaster of the fragment. By using the super elements of Lausanne and Paris (which was chosen beforehand as well), the two fragments were put in relation with one another. A big step in this was to leave an opening in the plaster where the super elements were situated, in order that one really could see the façade of Paris though the super element of Lausanne or the other way around. Having done that, the plasters were placed onto the right spot on the plan of Lausanne/Paris by inserting brass stem into them. The difference of height between the two streets was of courserespected. This is why the plaster on the lowest point in the street of Lausanne was defined as our new point zero, which was placed 8cm above the model. In that way the little models are all almost floating in our newly created street, which is neither Lausanne nor Paris anymore, but our own created space.
We used our drawings to create cardboard moulds of the elements that we wanted to highlight. After 2 unsuccessful trials, we were able to obtain 2 plaster facades of Lausanne and Paris.
We then used our drawings and plaster to draw 2 perspectives, one put the viewer in Petit-Chêne looking at Lausanne building, the other showed the vire of the Parisian building seen from Lausanne.
I. THE PROJECT'S DESCRIPTION
The project aims to depict through drawing and moulding a Lausanne building from Petit-Chêne street (and to mirror it with its own reflection in the Parisian street Rue du Mail).
We used a ''Baton de Gerbert''. This basic instrument allowed us to calculate the height of our building. When the eye is aligned with the horizontal branch of the device and the vertical one and the top of the building , then the height of the building is given by the distance between the building and the stick , plus the height of the stick.
III. MOULD AND DRAWINGS
The collected data allowed us to estimate the facade's dimension and then to draw our project (with an proportional approach).