Drawing Out Meaning

20th-century architecture: Peter Cook

Design for Solar City showing solar houses organized in cells

Design for Solar City showing solar houses organized in cells juxataposed with a courtyard behind each, 1980
Drawing
Artist and designer: Peter Cook
© RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections


For a German architectural competition, Peter Cook of the British collective Archigram proposed Solar City, a radical, environmentally friendly development of solar-powered houses.

An axonometric drawing represents the plan of the building as a three-dimensional space. Though it may look like a print, Cook drew and rendered this piece completely by hand.

 

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