Monday, December 04, 2006

Blue Whale Skeleton

Holidays been good so far. Just got back from the Cape. Saw many interesting things. See my Photo blog for more. Enjoy.

Justin Otten 2006.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Working it out in Alex

An addition to the Alex community gym. This will create further space for the development of a health and wellness centre in the township. This is intended to create further interest in this type of development and will hopefully inspire similar projects.

Justin Otten 2006

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Black Box Sudio Project

The cube is not only a studio in a studio. It creates an area for discussion. The outer shell will be painted in Black board paint allowing the wall to become a mural filled with ideas and concepts, allowing future Architects to communicate through Drawing.

The cube has been placed off centre creating a large space for discussion and a smaller space, alongside the cube and existing partitioning, for a workspace area.

See Ryan's blog for more...


The Black Box Sudio Project (Day 1)

Photo's from Day one. Construction begins and shortly ends... A few Hours and we got the structure up. Stills needs plaster and black (chalkboard) paint. Ta dah!

More on Ryan's Blog...

Justin Otten 2006.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The New improved views from site. Refinement... Haven't modelled furniture into the spaces yet... but it's the thought that counts... and I've thought of it.

Justin Otten 2006.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tadoa Ando - Kidosaki House

Todays photoshop class work... Tadoa Ando's Kidosaki House. The simple version removes the ''posters'' from the wall of the home but leaves Ando's sketches on the upper level.

Justin Otten 2006.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Thursday, June 15, 2006


This was created while playing around with my new Stylus. Everyone should have one.
This took maybe... I don't know 3 and a half minutes to do, using corel draw.
But is it ART?
More on my image blog...
Justin Otten 2006.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Munich Stadium

Stadion München
The originally planned reconstruction of the Olympic Stadium was rejected after a local referendum voted in favour of a new, purpose-built football stadium in München.

Population: 1.3 million
FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich
Project: New stadium
Investment: approx 280 million Euro
Gross Capacity:
Total Seating Capacity: 59,416 (*)
  • Group stage: 52,782
  • Round of sixteen: 52,636
  • Semi-finals: 52,090
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Berlin Stadium

Originally designed by architect Werner March and built between 1934-36 for around 42 million Reichsmark, American sprinter Jesse Owens won four gold medals here at the Olympic Games in 1936.

Population: 3.39 million
Stadium: Olympiastadion
Project: Reconstruction
Investment: 242 million Euro

Gross Capacity: 74,220
Total Seating Capacity: 66,021 (*)
Purchasable Ticket Capacity (**)
  • Group stage: 56,358
  • Quarter-finals: 56,316
  • Final: 55,562
Info and Images From

Thanks for finding this...

Very entertaining stuff. Worth looking at if you haven't already, Actually even if you have sure you won't mind it again.

Lakeside retreat

Just a quick sketch up model used to check the proportions when i changed some of the windows and ceiling heights while drawing.
Wanted to make sure i was solving a problem instead of creating another two.
Have since completed 1:50 drawings of the residence.
Looked at Schindlers Proportional Grid and simplified it to 600mm squares used in elevation and plan. Works nicely.
Will use it again.

Justin Otten 2006

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

An answer to a question.

  • So whats South African Architecture? What does it look like. Is it gonna be yet another style to place ideas into? I believe every situation is different.
  • The bad will have to live with the good since it was there first.
  • Even if South Africa has been scared by the Buildings already built, they aren't simply gonna dissapear. People aren't simply gonna move out of there tuscan villas because the architects say so. Same as people won't stop smoking even if doctors and surgeons say so.
  • Changes are on the way. They always are.
  • We going to have to try and fix S.A architecture one structure at a time, Respect our own knowledge and proffesional opinion and sell it to the public. If architects are proffesionals they should stop getting influenced so easily by the client.
  • The interesting thing with architecture is that it is impossible to find the perfect design. Some architects have come close, and others have fallen well short. Medicine assumes it knows whats going on. Yet medicine is evolving just as quickly as everything else. Just look at all the clumsy studies on nutrition carried out. Milks bad, then good, then bad again. In three hundred years time our doctors will seem backward in there understandings and techniques.
  • Architecture has the advantage of being more timeless, because its lessons and mistakes are on display and not in a book stored away from the public eye.Every logical person who shows enough interest can get an understanding of what works and what doesn't.
  • Proffesionals should never become to arrogant because we don't know everything and can't forsee the future. New lessons are learnt every day.
  • We can only look forward and try and make the future as we want it to be. Human nature is to try and improve.
  • We can step back and look at this again in twenty years after we've all worked hard to try and improve the world one small step at a time.
Justin Otten 2006

The Pinfold House

Building Modelled in Revit and sent to Sketchup where I played with it some more. The Revit Sheet on my computer blog. Enjoy

Justin Otten 2006

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Lake Pleasant Model

Justin Otten 2006

Sketchup Lake Pleasant Design

The humble begginings of my sketchup model. Textures taken from a 3ds max library. The idea is to use sketchup to figure out where the structure goes. Been using a physical real life model, but changing it every time takes up too much time... Enjoy.

Justin Otten 2006