The making
of things

A Photo Essay
by
Jonathan Hewlett
22–02–11

 

[Photography: © Simon Devitt Photographer]

Architecture is about the
making of things;
an outcome of the head and hand, experiment and memory…

Too often, the actual process of making architecture is overlooked. This gallery is the first in a series that seeks to illustrate the art of craft and assembly in making Novotel, Auckland Airport.

Two bespoke pieces are captured during the early stages of making; the lobby stair and guestroom door handle.
 

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Guestroom door handle – sand is press formed to create a single use mould. A process repeated 150 times.

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The skeletal framework of the stair, intricately crafted pieces that will never be seen once complete, yet vital to the structural integrity of this self supporting helix.

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Molten aluminium poured at 1100degC into sand.

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Hand drawn setout lines directly transposed from design drawings to material surface.

05

Discussion by drawing never stops throughout the process.

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Moulds are ready to be destroyed to reveal the purpose of the endeavour in crafting the sand

07

Once molten aluminium is now revealed formed in planar geometry. Work on the handle can now begin. 

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The assembly of stair ‘pieces’ moves to site

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Parts will form the whole

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One ‘piece’ takes form within a broader context.

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