All our work at the Venice Architectural Biennale 2014.
We produced the small scale models of the Thamesmead, Cumbernauld and Hulme estates - all examples of modernism and brutalism in architecture, once touted to be the answer to the UK housing crisis. Sadly all have now fallen into decline, and much of the architecture has been lost as the bulldozers move in and time marches on.
The show asks viewers to consider the relationship between the modernist ideals of the past and traditional British sensibilities.
We had the models 5-axis CNC routed out of a dense foam, and then hand painted and sprayed them with a mix of paint and concretious resin.
Then they were drilled and displayed on stainless steel legs at precise angles, so the viewer could appreciate them not just as buildings, but as objects, away from their natural surroundings.
The mound was made with a steel structure and then clad in plywood and MDF panels, all CNC routed to fit perfectly. The stairs were slotted into place and each element fitted and bolted on to the steel work, once on site in Venice.
Then the mound was covered in a soil and adhesive mixture, and the paintwork was finished.
The Venice Architectural Biennale opened to the public on the 7th of June, 2014, and will close on the 23rd November, 2014.
The British Pavilion is called ‘A Clockwork Utopia’, and is curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians, supported by The British Council and sponsored by The Vinyl Factory.