A drawing of an old industrial building in Dundee.
I did this in second year but used it throughout third year as I feel it demonstrates several interesting points.
The original elevation of the building is still clear with its regular spacing of windows. Each of these however, is now different as they have been adapted over the years to fit the current uses.
For me this suggests flexibility as though this area is determined to survive, to constantly change to stay relevant and usable. I also enjoy the various layers; it looks rich with vivid, evident history.
For others, this area is dreary and damp and depressing. Things are done cheaply, aesthetics aren’t considered and non-essential repairs are ignored.
The original building is at least to be admired, still in use over 100 years after being built.
So are architects now too arrogant? Should all buildings be built flexibly with thought for the future? Or should a building have enough self confidence to be itself and know it will last?
I’ll go with arrogance.