Brookes Stacey Randall
Design drawing for a loft conversion
Computer aided design on paper, and pen, ink and coloured pencil on tracing paper
Museum no. E.1612-2000
This drawing by the British architects Brookes Stacey Randall comes from a 1994 scheme to convert a disused loft space into a flat for a celebrity client. Lofts were originally designed for industrial storage and they may be thought of as large empty boxes. As such, they are ideal shells for the open-plan, double-height spaces that are popular with flat-dwellers today. In this project the spatial possibilities were matched by a generous budget and the architects were able to produce some unusual one-off designs. This drawing shows a glass bridge that spans a central living area, linking the upper floor to a roof terrace. The curved roof light opens to allow access onto the terrace. The drawing consists of two sheets held together with adhesive tape. The top sheet is a tracing based on the computer-generated image beneath. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) is thought to give much cleaner results than the ink pens, drawing boards and set squares used traditionally by architects. Here the two combine: the freehand tracing serves as a quick reworking of the earlier CAD design.
This drawing can be found in Print Room Box 10B.