Andrew David Green- Lincoln School of Architecture
A collection of 20th century novels provide the conceptual basis of Green’s thesis, where the scheme takes the form of a state university library and archive, proposed for a site in Yerevan, Armenia.
In a year when many of the strongest submissions were projects of a relatively modest character, the judges were pleased to be able to recognise a scheme of a vigorously urban character and scale.
“Andrew’s project is a library-cum-piece-of-city, offering a robust infrastructure for civic life,” said Prisca Thielmann.
“In this sense it reminds me of Peter Celsing’s Kulturhuset in Stockholm.”
The judges did feel that the scheme was very conscious of its influences, not least that of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.
A collection of 20th century novels form the conceptual basis of the thesis and a series of abstract allegorical artworks attempt to translate visceral ambiguities of the imagination and experiences into abstract two and three dimensional space. Each artwork responds directly to individual and collective themes and scenarios within the novels; exploring space, atmosphere, ephemerality, form and colour.
Initial research of language and literature lead to site selection in Yerevan, Armenia, a country with a tumultuous past that has origins at the very beginning of recorded history.The program is derived from ideas explored within the design studio and as a response to the unique political and cultural context of Armenia and the city of Yerevan. The building is fundamentally a repository of knowledge that distributes and provides access to information, fulfilling its archival purpose of preserving knowledge and its public purpose of accessing knowledge.
The library is no longer a functional container but a cultural icon, a symbol of intellectual regeneration and metaphor for contemporary society. The building embraces digital media, providing alternative means of obtaining information/knowledge other than the written word. Architectural composition is dependent on the exploitation of spatial and architectonic qualities inherent within the artworks. Certain scenarios within the novels are manifest within the architecture and it is possible to imagine distinct situations in terms of their unique spatial relationships and applied functions respond to specific context and events within the novels.
Andrew’s project is an exploration of doubt and uncertainty in ones own abilities, it uses as its drivers an examination and exploration of the authors own short comings to formulate and articulate an architectonic language. At each stage of the project Andrew seeks to challenge his own preconceptions and his own assumptions about working methodologies and architectonic form. He manifested this through the production of many artifacts, which sought to articulate ideas and emotions, which were new to him.
The result is a project that creates many facets all of which are drawn together into a cohesive whole. The projects success comes from Andrew’s ability to knit together seamlessly these facets. What became apparent was the rigor and intensity of work required to achieve this. To examine ones weakest abilities placing them under intense scrutiny and then to produce a project of such complexity and nuance is a testimony to his abilities and endeavor. As such Andrew should only be congratulated on his achievement.
Richard M Wright
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