Rachel Elbon: Winner of the Re-Draw.05

+ Rachel Elbon 🇺🇸

Winner of the Re-Draw.05: Nakagin Capsule Tower

Portfolio: https://www.non-a.com/members/rcelbon/portfolio/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelelbon/

1) Could you briefly introduce yourself?

My passions reside in the space between the memories and stories that existing buildings hold and the present spaces that we create. I am fascinated by the relationship between the human experience and space, and how the specific needs of a user can result in the materialization of architecture and the built environment. My design background has been shaped by studying architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, studying abroad in Helsinki, Finland at Aalto University, and working on adaptive reuse, commercial, and private residential projects. These experiences have given me an interest in the intersection between representation and theory, handcraft and digital culture, and the built environment and natural world.

2) What inspired you for the Re-Draw:05?

I was inspired by the idea of metabolism, and how the intent of the Nakagin Capsule Tower was to act as an organic organism, constantly evolving and adapting to the needs of its inhabitants. The drawing attempts to highlight the capsules’ potential to adapt and evolve to serve new needs, post demolition.

3) Can you describe any particular challenges you faced during the design process and how
you overcame them?

One particular challenge I faced during the design process was representing the warehouse in a way that was both realistic and visually appealing. I wanted to capture the energy and excitement of a place where people are working to revitalize the capsules, but I also wanted to avoid making the drawing too cluttered or overwhelming.

4) How do you think your educational background or professional experiences influenced your winning design?

My educational background taught me the importance of communicating ideas and concepts through visual language. I wanted my drawing to tell a story, with each section of the warehouse representing a different chapter in the story of the capsules’ rebirth. My education in design taught me how to visually represent these ideas and try to let the drawing speak for itself.

5) What advice would you give to students or young professionals looking to excel in architecture competitions?

The jury should be able to understand your design concept without having to read a long explanation. Try to use clear and concise visuals to communicate your ideas. 

6) What are your future aspirations in the field of architecture?

Eventually, I would like to start my own small firm that focuses on historic preservation and renovation at a small scale. I would also like to continue to compete in architecture competitions in order to challenge myself and grow within the design field.

Life After Demolition


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