Researching vineyards

We have just started our first brief in Unit 1 at Kingston School of Architecture: Research a vineyard of your choice. This research will hopefully prepare us for designing a proposal at Pico Island, which will be this years main brief, and our final project as architecture students. We're to design a building related to the islands wine production. Out with a bang, eh!

Pico Island is a vulcanic island with wild terrain and unique ground build up. The island is part of the Azroes which in turn belongs to Portugal. I therefore chose to research wine production on mainland Portugal, in an area of the country that offers another unique type of landscape. Furthermore I've chosen to draw up Quinta do Portal, a vineyard with a factory designed by the architect Alvaro Siza. 

Hopefully, by drawing the selected vineyard I will be better prepared to draw the unique landscape of Pico Island, because with this project we have to ask ourselves what's an appropriate style of representation for this kind of landscape? We should consider scale, texture, coulour, line weight and so on.

I've posted some images of the Douro Valley, Pico Island and some drawings I like, which I've used as a spring board to understanding the representation of this kind of landscape.

Come back to see how my drawings tured out. 


Douro Valley, Portugal

Pico Island

In the hopes that my tutors never reads my blog, I'll post some drawings by drdh architects (the 'dr' in drdh is my tutor, don't wan't to be a kissass).  These have been some of my favoruite drawings for a while, I could frame this first one and have it on my wall. 

DRDH architects Proof that a good computor drawing is as good as a hand drawing

DRDH architects

Proof that a good computor drawing is as good as a hand drawing

DRDH architects

DRDH architects

from Sock Studio - image leads to link with more drawings like this

from Sock Studio - image leads to link with more drawings like this

Philip Govedare Paintings to tease out the atmosphere?

Philip Govedare

Paintings to tease out the atmosphere?