Mary Ajibade

In 3D I was tasked to create a contrasting extension for an existing Birmingham building of my choice. My chosen building was the Hall of Memory in Centenary Square which was first opened in 1925. My plan was to work with the existing structure and develop on to it to make the structure look more modern. I wanted the building to be more interactive, for people to be able to go in and pay their respects to the memorial and the people it was built for. My design ideas was to make a glass shard going through the building and from the entrance the outline of the shard would look like an envelope. To make it interactive people would be able to write on the glass with red or black pens to resemble the colours of a poppy, a symbol of peace and remembrance. During the course I used a variety of materials to see which would be the best to help further develop my ideas. I came to the conclusion of using foam board and transparent acrylic plastic. The architects I researched during this project were Zaha Hadid, Juan Coll-Barreu and Daniel Libeskind as well as artists like Rachel Whiteread, Tara Donovan and Eric Standly. Libeskind’s work really stood out to me when we went to the V&A museum in London and saw one of his models first hand.

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