In May 2012 we entered a competition held by the weekly Architect's Journal and Kingspan Benchmark called 'Sketch a Facade'. While the brief was very subjective we chose to illustrate Sir Basil Urwin Spence’s Hyde Park Calvary Barracks completed in 1970 in the Brutalist style. The building is a clear example of concrete frame development, a method of construction which appeared in Britain in the Post-War years. The verticality of the scheme is remarkable while the structure of the 33 storeys is expressed on the exterior while almost 100 metres high.

The technique used in our illustration was one of constant layering, building up the media used and the texture to express the formidable scale of this piece of 20th Century London Architecture and the appearance of the exposed concrete in the context of Hyde Park.

Studio Idealyc are proud to have their entry for the “Sketch a Façade” competition included in the latest issue of the Architects’ Journal, AJ28.06.12. We are very excited to have been selected among the shortlisted entries from such a large pool of entries and following the similar achievement with our entry to the “Open Up” competition we are encouraged to continue our work in this field into the coming months.

Studio Idealyc
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Sketch Competition

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