FOUNDATION Unit 7

RESEARCH

Threshold

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33-D by Sarah Oppenheimer

 

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thresholds cemetery sculpture by frances nelson

 

I want to make a threshold, and I got the inspiration from these two pictures. The First one let me know that how geometry made a threshold in order. The second one, I focus on a threshold which is consist by lots of same quadrangle frames and put it on a same distance. I want to combines those two features into my project.

The Forbidden City

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This is a research for traditional Architecture styles and patterns in China. Because I want to make a combination between Chinese and Internatioal styles.

 

The Forbidden City

the palace museum; also know as the Purple Forbidden City. It is the largest andmost well reserved imperial residence in China today. Beijing Forbidden City is the headof the world's top five palace. The Forbidden City was built begin in 1406 and it took 14 years to built it. The first ruler who actually lived here was Ming Emperor Zhudi. North tosouth is 961 meters, and 753 meters from east to west. And the area of about 725,000 squaremeters. The Imperial Palace has 8704 rooms. In 1987, the Forbidden City was recognized a world cultural legacy.

Forbidden City building Classified as "outside in" and "inner court" two parts. Taihe palace, Zhonghe palace and Baohe palace are the center of the outside in, Where the emperor wouldhold meeting and exercise of power. Qianqing palace、Jiaotai palace、Kunning palace are center ofInner court . Feudal emperors and princess lived here.

 

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 Dougong was used as the weight support, therefore the quality of wood, the precision and the balancing is important for the blocks.

 

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I noticed that almost all the patterns from the main building is  consist by straight line and quadrangle shapes.

 

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imperial garden

There are many pine trees and cypress trees, besides some other precious trees,some rockery, and pavilions. The Wanchun pavilion and Qianqiu pavilion are the preservation ofthe most beautiful and ancient-style. 

 

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The red and yellow used on the palace walls and roofs are symbolic. Red represents happiness, harmony,good fortune and wealth. Yellow is the colour of the earth on the Loess Plateau,the original home of the Chinese people. Yellow became an imperial colour during the Tang dynasty, when only members of the royal family were allowed to wear it and use it in their architecture. Dragon, lion and other animals symbolized good fortune and dignity. The pine trees, cypress trees and the pavilions make people feel quiet.

There are four entrances into the city. The Meridian Gate to the south, the Shenwu Gate (Gate of Military Prowess) to the north, the Donghua to the east, and the Xihua Gate to the west.

Inside the Taihe gate, there are Taihe palace, Zhonghe palace and Baohe palace. These three palace are the maintain architecture of the palace museum. Their height of different shapes, and different roof forms, these seem rich and diverse.

 

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All the picture were took by myself  last year.

Suzhou Gardens

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a doorway of Suzhou Garden

 

This picture gave me a inspiration of doorway. I want make a threshold with different elements, like doors, windows, piles,etc.

 

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This is the a window which show me a traditional pattern of  Suzhou Garden.

 

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Laid out within a limited area by the house, a classical garden of Suzhou is a microcosm of the world made of the basic elements of water, stones, plants and different kinds of buildings with literary allusions. Like a free hand brushwork in traditional Chinese painting, it is the creation of "urbanscenery" or an amicable environment that brings man into harmony with nature.

 

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The plan of Architecture and boat which is near (above) the water in tradional way in Suzhou. 

 

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all the pictures were took by my friend Rong

Milan Cathedral

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This is a famous Architecture in Europe. I wanted to find some tradional patterns and styles from this building.

 

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Milan Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Milano) 

The cathedral church of Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity (Santa Maria Nascente), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Archbishop Mario Delpini. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy and the third largest in the world.

 

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Almost all the relievo on the building is symmetric.  

 

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 The pattern of the building always used curve.

 

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the picture are from internet.

Colosseum

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The Colosseum or Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is a giant amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome. Originally capable of seating 45,000–50,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It was built on a site just east of the Roman Forum, with construction starting between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian. The amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign.

 

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 A famous and tradional Architecture in Europe which gives me a inspiration of archway.

 

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Chinese plum blossom pile

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Chinese plum blossom pile is a style of kung fu that originated in the northern provinces of China centuries ago. It is like a kind of kung fu that used on the pile.

 

I was trying to find a part of architecture and consist it in one spaces. this gives me a inspiration of Chinese piles.

 

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Mei Hua Zhuang ( Plum Stakes ) is not only a section of boxing or a way of keep in good health, but also a source of the traditional folk culture.

 

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I can not only make something on the ground but also above the water. 

 

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about Stairway

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A fantastic stone carving of threshold and piles

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about Doorway

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the door of Si He Yuan

Si He Yuan is a classical architecture style of residential housing of Beijing citizens dated from the Ming Dynasty. The narrow streets between the Si He Yuan are called "Hutong"s. A single implementation of Si He Yuan comprises of garden surrounded by four houses and protected by high walls. Si He Yuan with Hutong which have been very familiar for people, having a history of more than 700 years now suffer from the urban renovation and economic development of China, and they are slowly disappearing from Beijing.

 

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This is a research of tradional Chinese doors and doorknobs. Because I decided to make a threshold which consist by different doors from different areas.

 

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some traditional door in China

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the door made by paper (ふすま), Japan.

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 Tradinal doors in Japan. Let me know about different materials of a door.

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This is about traditional doors from different countries and some contemporary doors

 

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Compartes by Kelly Wearstler

 

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Art nouveau door

 

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door from Cross Air House, Nara Nara Prefecture, Japan by KOSEKI architecs office

The Saint Francis Convent Church by David Closes in Santpedor, Spain

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the building of Durham University which is a buautiful combination of tradional and contemporary Architecture.

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contemporary chair by Fan Shao

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A fusion of Indo-Islamic architecture coupled with Gothic art form. Mahabat Maqbara, Junagadh, Gujarat.

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Moritzburg Museum Extension by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

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Entrance courtyard at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

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Mount Royal, Canada, gives me the inspiration of walkway

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Grand Palace, Thailand

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the Starhill Gallery by Spark, gives me the inspiration of random plan

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Shanghai

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