23rd January 2015 – Interim Portfolio Day

Here we are – we have reached the middle of the academic year at the University of Westminster. Time to assess and appreciate our students portfolios and hard work during a lively “interim cross-marking” with our colleagues. Here are couple examples of the most remarkable portfolios in our Diploma Studio 10. Very excited to start our new brief03 on future cities. We will soon announce the three winners in our studio which will get the opportunity to build installations at the new headquarters of Buro Happold and students will soon post their Burning Man proposals on this blog. Oh and we are also going to our unit trip to Copenhagen next week!! Pictures by Toby Burgess.

Our Studio Space at the University of Westminster
Our Studio Space at the University of Westminster
Sarah Stell's Inhabitable Geometric Transitions
Sarah Stell’s Inhabitable Geometric Transitions
Joe Leach's Flower of Life Curved Playful Truss
Joe Leach’s Flower of Life Curved Playful Truss
Jonathan Leung's Bismuth Bivouac
Jonathan Leung’s Bismuth Bivouac
Aslan Adnan's recusrsive explosion
Aslan Adnan’s recusrsive explosion
Lorna Jackson's Spirohedron Confessional
Lorna Jackson’s Spirohedron Confessional
Maria Vergopoulou's copper sulfate crystals and mirrors
Maria Vergopoulou’s copper sulfate crystals and mirrors

Diana Raican's Interlocking Wooden Fractals Toby Plunket's spatial study of sound

John Konings's Giant Wooden Miura-Ori  Origami
John Konings’s Giant Wooden Miura-Ori Origami

Infinity Stone


aka The Desert Diamond

A spectral construct unearthed by the shifting sands of the Black Rock Desert, the Infinity stone is left. An Architectural Cipher it lays on its side, open and yawning towards the sun.

The structure symbolizes both the illusion of material wealth and its realization – The diamond, is hollow, and mirrored. It forces us to instead of gazing at the stone, to enter it, to look past it, into ourselves and onto the horizon.


The Desert Diamond is a structure based on the morphed and architecturally interpreted geometry of the brilliant cut diamond.

A series of triangulated panels, the principal structure is composed of multiple bent acrylic panels, with mirror tint rolled across the surfaces. Then it is fixed together with cable ties to build flexible joints. A base of wooden ply is placed on the floor to fix the structure, and provide a solid base.

The mirror tint is inverted, so outside the structure one can see inside, and inside is an infinity of reflections, of people, each other – and the desert. Light will reflect and bounce, a multivlance of colour and fire will sparkle and burn into the memories of those who experience the Infinity Stone.