ARCH312: Architectural Design [History+Theory stream] | Project 2
Ayn Rand’s controversial book The Fountainhead is utilised to inform the design of an architects’ studio situated on Dixon St, Wellington. Rand blurs the line between novel and theoretical text by using the protagonist, Howard Roark, as a projection of the ideal man according to her philosophy- Objectivism. I use the character of Roark as an antithetical reference point for the practices’ theoretical and moral stance on architecture and the mediation between architect and client. My studio design will attempt to physically and metaphysically restore the balance between architect as individualist egotist concerned only with himself and architect as willing servant to his client.