After reading my 3 articles I was definitely headed in a tree house like design. I had an initial sketch of floating boxes and by incorporating a central walkway, I could make these floating spaces accessible.
I really like the texture of concrete, and when it is paired with timber and glass.
I found some great images on the internet to use for my concrete textures:
Both grey and white concrete textures. It looked great when I applied it to some surfaces in my SketchUp model
When thinking about how I wanted my central walkway to look and feel, I was reminded of one of my articles, as well as The High Line, located in New York City. These spaces definitely inspired how I designed that central space.
After talking to James, and looking at Le Corbusier's work, I wanted to integrate some colour, more interest in these concrete blocks I was creating. So I added in a few block coloured walls and tinted glass to reflect this idea.
Le Corbusier's Unite d'habitation
The central idea behind my design comes from Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals.
His use of the stone and glass together, and his blockish shapes are what I started with for this scheme and that is evident through my end result.
Various images from my sketchup model during the process of building the central walkway
Image showing finished bridge with placement over Anzac Pde
The model in the UNSW SketchUp site
View from walking through the bridge, library entrance (while in place) on left
A wider shot showing a few more elements on their proposed tracks
When deciding what kind of 'rail' I should use for the building elements, i started with a railway beam, derived from that image. Many difficulties using a shape like this, especially when you want to turn it on right angle etc, so I just went for a more simple shape like the I beam on the right. This shape proved much easier to work with. (No curves!) The I beam is used for the the building's 'tracks'.
When deciding what to do at either end, for access to the bridge, my initial thought was stairs(above). These stairs didn't look right and I don't have any other large staircases in my design so I thought they seemed almost out of place.. Instead I've decided to go with an elevator of sorts, 4 concrete slabs = to 25m2. Thinking of putting some wooden elements (a few stairs maybe) from the ground floor as an introduction to the elevator and to tie in with other wooden elements.