Finalist – Jessica Wright
Photo by David st George
Jessica Wright, from Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture, was a finalist at the 2017 NZIA Central Innovation Student Design Awards for her project 'Bringing the German Pavilion Home'.
This project of “geometric restitution”, perception and perspective was borne of a fascination with a perspective drawing by Mies van der Rohe’s of the interior of the Barcelona Pavilion. Conceived with a circular rhetoric, the project analyses the Barcelona Pavilion, and seeks to link van der Rohe with another German architect, Karl Fredrich Schinkel. Numerous drawing studies, undertaken via a purpose-built ‘drawing machine’, culminate in the design of a sculpture gallery – art designed in architecture – that reinterprets both the Barcelona Pavilion and Schinkel’s Altes Museum in Berlin.
Jessica’s ambitious project sought to reinterpret and make connections between two famous modernist buildings – Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Altes Museum. The drawing machine she devised to pursue the project exemplifies her exhaustive methodology, and impressive commitment to her project.