So, I ended up being awarded the above prize for my final project ‘re collections of Berlin’, as well as being nominated to submit for the RIBA Silver medal this September. Here is a brief blurb of what it was all about.
Located within the courtyard of a Berlin relic, the new library grows from the foundation of a fictitious curator buried deep in its walls; approaching an architecture of the voyeur, and the intimate connection between subject and object. Based upon Walter Benjamin’s Berlin, the project aims to connect literature’s prowess over the imagination, and the creation of a wholly uncanny space; be it uncomfortable or not. From concept to completion, drawings and models have been used as rigorous research tools, to begin to convey the similarities shared by both space and the imagination alike.
Personally, I don’t know who the guy is, but going on feedback from some of the models I was producing for the project, its something to do with confusing influential people. Hence the irony; the irony that doing well at anything as subjective as architecture is wholly based in ensuring no-one can actually explain why it works.
Here’s hoping this method stays with me…