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I was thrilled to see that a portion of a large 1:20 section of the Grapes Public House created by Carlos Dos Santos, Alexandra Bailey, Thomas Sellers and myself in a recent edition of The Architects’ Journal. I was however disappointed when I noticed that the only credit for the work was given to Carlos. This is a shame because although a large amount of this particular portion of the section was done by Carlos and he has also been the stand out student of the year, which has resulted in him being put forward for the RIBA President’s Medals, it is upsetting that a piece of work that is a collaboration between four people is not acknowledged as such. The section not only required four skilled individuals but also their ability to work as part of a team to complete, and resulted in a piece of work we were all very proud of.


Sketch sections of Shahjalal Mosque. Section A-A shows how the main atrium will be flanked on either side by the two more domestic scaled parts of the building with openings looking out into it from both the ground and first floor levels. Section B-B shows the change in scale from atrium to prayer hall, expressing a sense of hierarchy, with the structure lining through at the same height for continuity between the two.

In the previous post Mercado de S. Sebastiao a sketch was shown of this beautiful tiered market space. Above is a more accurate survey drawing of a section a 1:20 to show inhabitation of the space and how the relationships between each tier work as well as portraying the atmosphere of the space and how it is a very enclosed space by shuttered concrete and in-situ concrete furniture with a large skylight piercing through above.

Inhabited SectionSections are usually set up to explain the volumes within a building or the technical composition of them. Here is a section to describe the inhabitation of a space. The cut section is left blank in order for the interior to get the attention it deserves. People are purposely not included as details such as crisp packets, glasses, bags and wall decoration describe how the space is used. This is a fragment of a much larger drawing of the entire publicly accessible space within the pub at 1:20.

Long SectionTo understand how The Grapes sits in the city, it is essential to show it addressing two corridors. To the north the pub fronts onto Narrow Street, which as it states is quite narrow and other than being the location of the entrance, does not engage with. To the south however the pub opens out the the great expanse of water that is the River Thames. Despite the days of entrance to the pub being from water, the interior seems very much like a camera obscura focusing on the water. It is important that the two different scales of these corridors is also noted.