Architectural Translations: Melbourne, Paris and Sendai

History and Theory 2, UNSW | 2005


Abstract: The peripheries of architecture lies beyond the physical and this must be applicable to all contemporary precedents. Ideas of translating the vernacular into one of effect and temporality have established themselves as notions predominant in this comparative analysis of three buildings: Federation Square, Fondation Cartier and Sendai Mediatheque. These three precedents recontextualise their city through surface tectonics and emphasise the cultural significance embedded in society and translated in architecture – they present an intimate relationship with their immediate metropolis. Their architectural responses are well informed by culture, technology and experience, of which are very much contemporary conditions.