Sketches and text by Xiao Wen Xu
Intern Architect at architectsAlliance, Toronto, ON
This post is part of our summer 2018 blOAAg series, Summer Sketches: Capturing the Essence of Architectural Ideas.
These sketches were made in 2010 during my undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo. I chose these views to narrate the experience of the hotel from approaching the hotel, beneath the hotel, in the courtyard, within the hotel, and on the rooftop. For the courtyard, I chose to illustrate it in both the summer and winter times to show the versatility of the water feature. In the sketches, I chose various figures to depict how the spaces might be used and different seasons to emphasize the temporal qualities of the building.
Pockets Hotel is a fictional project situated in downtown Galt (Cambridge, Ontario), on the corner of Main Street and Ainslie Street. This conceptual design emphasizes large public spaces, micro private areas and pocket gardens to incorporate nature into everyday experience.
Main Street and Ainslie Street, Approach - Day