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Rendering: competition entries

Axonometric projection for an entertainment facility. Designed by Archigram 

Sporting d'Ete, an axonometric projection for an entertainment facility, Monte Carlo, 1969
Letratone: mechanical tint transfer, pen and inks, watercolour and body colour, dry mounted on paper
Designer: Archigram
© Victoria and Albert Museum. Museum number CIRC.255-1973


Archigram was a radical collective of British architects practicing together in the 1960s and 1970s. The firm became well known in 1964 for their experimental 'Walking City' and 'Plug-In City' schemes, strange utopias (or dystopias) of a plastic and mobile future. Here, Archigram has again deliberately attempted to break building conventions while still crafting a legible drawing for a realisable structure. This is an axonometric projection, produced by drawing the elevations up at 45 degrees to the plan of the building. The drawing shows the whole structure in three dimensions at the same scale as the plan. Although it distorts the building, it is useful for understanding scale.

Produced using a variety of transfers, intricate patterns, custom typography and special luminous inks over dark paper, the rendering is shockingly avant-garde. This type of innovation and customisation can be expected in competitions; creativity in presentation can help an architect to stand apart from other entries. Along with showcasing the building, a competition entry must reflect the designer's skill and ideology.

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