Elizabeth Winchester – BA (Hons) Architecture
Legibility is important to the architect Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. With renowned buildings like Centre Pompidou, Paris and Lloyds in London, Elizabeth became fascinated by the theory of legible architecture where you can tangibly grasp how a building is designed and made through its structure and materials. By writing a series of essays and creating new photography of Lloyds after inspiration from Irene Kung, Elizabeth is discovering the importance of legibility in her architecture.
Work, leisure and domestic activities are becoming interchangeable, leading to the creation of open-ended, flexible buildings. The structures of these buildings set the scale, form and rhythm of the architectural environment, within which change and improvisation can take place – they make legible the historic forces of their time. The practice searches for a more subtle world between solid and transparent, a sequence of spaces where the eye is led through overlapping strata, where light and shadow enhance the impression of transparency.
(Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 2016) Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. (2016). Principles of Legibility. [online] Available from: rshp.com/ practice/principles/legibility [Accessed 10 February 2016].