The Drawing Book series makes available in iBook form a selection of architects’ sketchbooks, or drawing books, that are held in the Drawing Matter Collection. They reveal the variety of uses that a small, empty notebook can be put to by architects in their creative lives.
In this publication, Tony Fretton has made a selection from the two sketchbooks he kept during 1991 and 1992 of the drawings that represent his thinking while working on the design for the second stage of the Lisson Gallery in Lisson Grove, London. His project for the gallery emerged from his performance art practice, and came at a time and in a way that allowed him to develop an ethos for his architectural work. These insights have continued to contribute to more recent buildings in which the public is invited to interact with works of art, both formally and informally. The quite specific approaches of modification and response that the conditions of the Lisson project inspired have served as a kind of metaphorical model for an architecture that, over time, becomes more robust as it absorbs both changes in expectations and uses, and transformations in the surrounding human or physical landscape.
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Fretton: Lisson Gallery © Drawing Matter, 2017