To fit out the office, down the length of the space I built a work desk with a layout space and library at one end, and against the wall opposite placed a retro drawing board.
The board I bought through Trade Me, from a retired Railways draughtsman living in Godzone Stepford suburbia on the northern edge of Christchurch called Northwood. An education in itself, going there.
But it has been a pleasure to stand at the board and draw, both freehand and using the machine.
Sketching and model-making is a satisfyingly tactile way to develop architecture. I guess this means a serious return for me to the hand-made design drawing, a practice essential to the design process, to communicating.
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor said “In order to explain you sketch, you talk, and then you start to build.”.