Architect School by Marc Williams is for Year 13
New Zealand students who want to be architects
Brief: Design a 'pod project' that can be prefabricated and helicoptered into a site.
Marc's Helipod example project: This page shows how I spent one hour to develop my concept for a pod project to observe animals in the Grand Canyon, USA. You might spend more time to develop your project.
Develop your own pod project: Practice your design and digital technology skills to present a concept for a pod project based on a brief and location that you decide.
This is my example project brief. Decide on your own brief.
Brief: Design a small pod in the Grand Canyon to observe the 596 species of wild animals of the canyon.
Specifications: Pre-fabricated pavilion, 36m2, helicoptered into place on the side of the canyon, base & exterior walls of pavilion geometrically shaped to suit the contour topography of the land, core drilled rock anchor structural support, 1 bedroom, 1 eco bathroom & kitchen, solar panel power, helicopter roof pad for access to pod.
Brief key words: Pre-fabricated pod, observational lounge, designer stairs, bedroom, bathroom, helicopter roof.
Time to determine project concept: 5 minutes
You have to access the site via helicopter, the architecture is small, like a pod. Hence the project name: Helipod.
Rooftop helipad. Feature stairs to get into the observation lounge with couch, chair, kitchen & telescopes to observe the animals. Bedroom with glass exterior walls to observe the view. Open bathroom. Store room for bags etc.
Time to determine site location: 5 minutes
Locate the site on Google Earth, get the GPS co-ordinates, search the location in Sketchup to 3D model the terrain.
Time to draw Helipod floor plan: 5 minutes
Time to draw Helipod design plans, elevations, perspectives: 5 minutes
plan + elevation drawings - 1:58 minute video
section + interior perspective drawings - 2:44 minute video
Time to 3D Helipod design using Sketchup: 5 minutes
I only 3D modelled the building shape, not the interior or any fine detail. These images are Sketchup screenshots.
Time to create a design image of Helipod with Photoshop: 35 minutes
I sourced images of a helicopter, sky, people & landscape from the Internet. Edited the images with Photoshop &
added rock/landscape image to the front of Helipod to look like it blends in with the environment.