18 Drawings, Seven Models presents the two most recent works of NEMESTUDIO, an architectural office founded by Assistant Professor of Architecture Neyran Turan and Mete Sonmez. All of the drawings and models presented in the exhibition speculate on the idea of temporal long-span in architecture, through visual techniques of superimposition in the drawings, and through slightly familiar archetypes in the models.
Nine Drawings, Seven Models
The first work presented in the exhibition is Nine Drawings, Seven Models, an installation that was prepared for the 2016 Architectural League Prize exhibition. The nine drawings included here presents NEMESTUDIO's most recent projects altogether in a fictional setting while depicting one continuous imaginary territory. Similar to a cappricio painting where architectural ruins are collected and compressed in an imaginary time and space, the observers are invited to experience our recent work all together in the landscape of one large drawing. In the drawings, each NEMESTUDIO project lands onto this fictional territory with its original context. While some projects gain new specificity or resolution such as a new detail, a new program, a new scale, or a new design feature on this landscape, others go through maintenance, and the projects build novel relationships among themselves through their contextual adjacency on this territory. Depicting one continuous canvas together, each one of the nine drawings uses a particular oblique projection (plan, elevation or cavalier) and complicates the part-to-whole relationship of the collective canvas. The human figures that populate the buildings allude to the specific conceptual conversations around each project as they enjoy this giant open-air architectural museum.
Second work, Nine Islands: Matters Around Architecture, examines the under-conceptualized long-span of architectural materiality. From the extraction of a particular raw matter from a specific geographic location, to its processing, transportation, and construction into a desired finished effect in a building and to its demolition, waste, and decomposition, the spatial and temporal span of architectural materiality is very wide (geographic) and deep (geological). The project showcases this long-span through nine case studies (nine islands) looking at particularly lavish or widely used nine building materials: certain types of marble, wood, glass, travertine, copper, aluminum, concrete, leather, and Styrofoam.
Each drawing included the Nine Islands project is divided into two parts where each part depicts two different snapshots from the long-span of one of the nine materials. While the upper part of each drawing positions one building material through a particular architectural lens (elevation, section, plan, specification, detail), the lower part depicts a daily life scene from the wider life span of the same material (extraction at the quarry, shipping at the container port, demolition of the building ruin, roofing at the construction site, etc.). As the upper drawings depict architectural spaces or specifications as still-lifes with human traces without their actual presence, the lower drawings showcase over-populated human activity in the extraction, production, transportation, construction, demolition or waste site.