Christopher Pendrich

Architecture and miscellany

Copyright 2013

Built with Indexhibit

In the development of their designs for the Richter Museum, students were asked to engage with the following themes at the scales suggested:

•City, Block and Building: What presence should the building have in the city? Should it be understood as one of the city’s cultural monuments, a potential urban artefact, feel part of a district, rise just above its context in terms of its scale, composition and articulation or should it have a modest demeanour. Does it help re-define or repair the urban block in which it is situated? (1:1000 and/or 1:500 drawings and models and perspectives)

•Entrance & Foyer: What is the relationship of the form and scale of the entrance with the public space outside of it? On entering the museum should the foyer/reception be a dramatic or laconic space? Will the spatial configuration or language of the interior communicate the route to other spaces? (1:50 drawings and models and perspectives)

•Route: Should the route through the museum – from the foyer, to the galleries, to the café, to the bookshop – be a ‘promenade’ or a more pragmatic form of circulation? (1:200 and/or 1:100 drawings and models)

•Rooms: The galleries should serve the needs of display. Thought should be given to the form, proportion and material character of the galleries, the quality and quantity of daylight that might enter them and the impact of structure, linings and services on the feeling or atmosphere of these spaces. You must consider a painting’s relationship with the wall on which it sits. (1:50 and/or 1:20 drawings and models and perspectives)

•Window: How does the intended presence of the museum in the city determine the language of openings – their size, their proportion, their frequency, their composition, and the depth within the wall they inhabit? (1:200 or 1:100, 1:50, 1:20, 1:5 drawings)

•Curation: How could curatorial decisions impact on the design of art spaces, their form and their relationship with one another? Does the content of the museum also define the spatial relationships within the building and/or the scale and presence of the Museum in the city? (1:500, 1:200, 1:50 drawings and models)