AA Writing Prize Winners 2013
Sandra Karolina Kolacz (History and Theory Studies 1st Year)
PERPETUAL PROPORTION – AN ANALYSIS OF PROPORTION IN CHURCH ARCHITECTURE
Proportion is but a synonym for fitness.
Radu R. Macovei – (History and Theory Studies 2nd Year)
BETWEEN SURGE AND PARALYSIS – A STORY OF TWO TOWERS
I am standing 158 metres above London, high above Fitzrovia, admiring the best view in town. I can see my old school at the Oval, I can see the block of flats where I lived in Kennington. There are also a lot of arguably more famous buildings to look at – not to mention the river, the parks and, on a clear day, Heathrow Airport. I can see for miles. All around me tables are being prepared for lunch. A drinks trolley winks provocatively in a corner. Upstairs, in the kitchen, a beef stew is already bubbling slowly.
Lili Carr – (History and Theory Studies 3rd Year)
To consider the buildings discussed here as architecture is also to consider them in their ability to operate across a spectrum of longevity. The Hexenhaus will span the lifetime of one man, its unique character so intimately tied with its owner. At the opposite end of the temporal and personal spectrum, Zumthor’s Bader Klaus Kapelle will span until the time it falls. Both buildings exist at opposite ends, but they meet, somewhere, full circle in the realm of the craftsman, through an obsessive care over detail and the time taken for their completion – Zumthor’s chapel took ten years. Time, it seems, to have incubated the development of two quite distinctly affective personalities.