My name is Bethany Wright and I am currently a student at Northumbria University studying BA (hons) Interior Architecture. My portfolio displays my work to date from my time studying at Northumbria University.
I first became interested in Interior Architecture as a career path during my studies on an Art and Design course at A-Level. A retired lecturer came into our studio twice a week to help us with anything we needed within our projects. He was a well respected art historian and would speak of all the wonderful places he had been lucky enough to visit. I have always been interested in history and dreamed of traveling myself, so I was always intrigued with his conversations. He spoke of places such as The Acropolis in Athens, which is an ancient citadel hosting the remains of buildings with great significance. The Santa Maria Del Fiore in Florence, which is the main cathedral in Florence and The Pantheon in Rome, which is a Roman temple. From all the amazing places he spoke of, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House was what really sparked my interest in Architecture. I was fascinated by the story behind the creation of the Falling Water House. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Falling Water House for an elderly couple who desired to take residence during their retirement, close to the waterfall . Frank Lloyd Wright designed the house to sit on top of the waterfall, and incorporated its beauty and simplicity in to the house, connecting the two. I was fascinated by the beauty in the work of Frank Lloyd Wrights and from his inspiration I began to look at other Architects such as Mies Van Der Rohe’s Crown Hall and the work of Le Corbusier. Corbusier in particular was very influential towards my decision to study interior architecture. I first found Corbusiers Villa Savoy, which demonstrated his five points of architecture, working in harmony. Corbusiers five points of architecture included 1. Pilots. Corbusier believed the ground level should belong to vehicles,
therefore a building should be raised above ground level using Pilots. 2. Flat Roof Terrace, Corbusier believed that a building should give back the space it consumes on the ground, essentially giving back a garden in the sky. 3. Open plan. 4. Ribbon windows. Corbusier allowed natural heating and ventilation via the use of ribbon windows, which were proven to not always be a successful design feature of his buildings, for example Corbusiers ribbon windows used in his Pavillon Suisse caused unbareable living conditions during summer months as the Pavillon Suisse is south facing. Which is Ironic as Corbusier is famous for stating “The house is a machine for living”. 5. Free facade, the facade was to be free of structural members. Corbusier had a large impact on my decision to study Inter Architecture, and continues to influence my ideas.
Subsequently I believe the influence of the Architects I have mentioned above have been the basis of my interest in architecture and they have aided in the continuation of my development during my studies at Northumbria university.