Sketching for an alternative view

Clients nowadays demand from architects to deliver crystal clear drawings of building projects; computer productions that show every single detail. Once this was different. Sketches made by hand were crucial in the architect’s design process for a very long time.

“Polished computer drawings in which reality is reflected as truly as possible, are mere post-productions rather than true architecture. The 3D impressions are sometimes impossible to distinct from a photo. In project designs, there is no space anymore for narrative and didactic architectural sketches.” Pero Puljiz, architect and partner at ‘de Architekten Cie.’ still takes time to draw sketches. He is one of the participants of the exhibition Sketches – memory, idea presentation from 30 March until 13 April 2017 at the TU in Delft.

The sketches of Puljiz are roughly divided in representations of building projects and fantasy stories. His work has developed along several phases: during his study he drew precise representations of shapes, he later added functional aspects to his sketches, and lastly dreams. Three of his sketches from this last category are selected for the exhibition in Delft.

A hand drawn sketch provides, more than a computer drawing, space for the imaginary world of the architect. Maybe that is why there is a renewed enthusiasm for architectural sketches. According to Puljiz, the interesting thing about sketches is that they are realities that had a chance of actually being accomplished.

Imagination of relationships

“After visiting an exhibition of the drawings of Robbie Cornelissen in the Central Museum in Utrecht, I was so impressed by his work and talent to visualise spaces, that I quit drawing architecture. From that moment on I could only perceive my drawings as child’s play”.

He may find his sketches child’s play; they are in fact remarkably resourceful. The sketches are representations of his inner world with references to both his own and historical buildings, landscape structures, animals, and natural elements. You will recognise a multitude of faces. Particularly those faces with their emotions add an extra tension to the drawings.

Puljiz is driven by a thirst for utopias. The ideas emerge while he is not working and are usually put on paper within an hour. The dramatizing effect of sketches nourishes a continuous desire to show things that are possible, but that you could have never seen before. In his sketches, it is all about relationships.

If his sketches are a representation of his inner world and we take a look at the drawing of his living room on this page, what do we get to know about the architect? “My living room,” says Puljiz, “is tight and clean”.

More drawings by Pero Puljiz.

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