Expressive Collage of Villa Savoye

Expressive Collage_Villa savoye_Ersan ilktanIn our Arch112 studies, we were advised to produce an expressive collage about our assigned houses reflecting ideas about our analysis about the design and spatial qualities of the architecture. Of the building. While designing this collage we were supposed to use at least one picture, one drawing of some sort and an alteration/addition of visuals such as an illustration or some lines to study the coming together of these elements in this new ground of design where you analyze & realize the projects main approaches. The variety of expressionist mediums like this sort is critical to the overall success of the collage work in terms of transferring the information to the viewer or the understanding of the study more thoroughly. With the difference in elements, we can conceptualize the effect and reaction of these different types of information in the representation of the design.

Simplicity in Expressionist collages is another topic that holds a great importance. I noticed that the more abstract and straightforwardly thinking my thought process gets, the better the legibility and readability of the information on my work. As a result, the collage is simple so that it is easily understandable and complex in order to contain more analysis of information. Therefore this collage must visualize a new idea that comes from the A+B->C situation. The finished product is not directed towards showcasing a real state of design in the real meaning but an expressive experience that comes from an otherwise impossible thing with only using a picture per say.

My expressive collage is the result of an overlap of a picture of Villa Savoye and an exploded axonometric projection with the addition of lines indicating the flow throughout the Villa.


M1: Research about Villa Savoye


Villa Savoye is designed by Le Corbusier and it is the representation of his 5 principles that he think is the new architecture’s most important principles. The house is located in Poissy, France and it is designed for the Savoye family. The client had not many requirements that limit Le Corbusier so he was free to practice his vision in this house. The house is quite modern at the time of the building when it is constructed which is between 1929 and 1931 with architectural elements which resemble the last decade.

Le Corbusier reflected his belief which is “A house is a machine to live in.”


He was fascinated with the engineer’s approach to designing machines and ships, therefore, he used materials which were not common to use in architecture such as steel and rainforest concreate. But because of this unique choice on material use, there came a lot of mishaps which resulted in the notorious reputation of the house. The moisture captured in the concrete which was built with little experience hurt the habilitation of the design. The house was abandoned most of its life and became a museum after that. The interesting thing it is that the museum was established while Le Corbusier was still alive which is a rare instance in the architecture world.

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What is an architectural portfolio?

In order to learn how to prepare a portfolio, we had an introductory lesson in the studio prepared by our instructors. After the presentation and debates about this subject, we had a wider understanding of what exactly is an architectural portfolio.

The portfolio allows us to create a collection which also serves some documentation purposes. This organization is not only a collection of significant works from the educational life but also something that has some visual and textual elements that compliment each other.

A portfolio must be specific to the designer and it must reflect those design decisions in a consistent way. In order to accomplish this, deciding on some fundamental rules governing the concept of the portfolio is very crucial. The layout must be reflecting the hierarchy of the elements.

Sample layouts of possible designs

 Editing is a very effective tool that can be used to control the overall relationships between the elements compared to the hole. In visual editing, cropping has the potential of changing the impact drastically. It can be used to play with the perception of the viewer.

 The grid is another tool that helps us to design more controllable. But grid also has its dangers. A very strict obedience to the grid may limit the design and create enormous problems. Therefore a flexible grid system where the main idea of a grid is visible but not overshadowing the design is better. In this case, we also don’t have to fill everything to give the basic grid idea. There can be an underlying structure to the design which is through the use of a grid.

While doing this, it is also important that the text and the image are considered as similar elements in the layout because they both have significant borders that need design decisions.

The balance between the blank parts and the filled parts can help us make the positioning seem much more controlled to the eye. Empty areas are a huge part of the layout and hence the perception. The portfolio is mostly about the visual representation and the experience of the viewer. Providing some resting space by using margins and bleeds is also another way that this can be an intentional series of ideas.