Cabin, As Half Built

Uni-Ball Signo Extra Fine 0.38mm Black & Watercolour, 2019

Cabin, As Half Unbuilt

Cabin, As Half Built

Cabin, As Almost Built

Architects’ drawings of a building are usually made at predetermined key stages in its lifetime. Design drawings, working drawings, as-built drawings; these represent important points in the transition from idea to built object, facilitating communication between the myriad of people involved in making a building happen.


Arguably, however, the periods in between these set types of drawings are equally interesting. When a project starts on site, it becomes concrete (pun intended), tangible, no longer a figment of imagination. The processes of demolition and construction are where architecture is subject to contingency; where things come together or apart, not always as expected; where change has to be accommodated; where flaws have to be accepted and sometimes even loved. These are the kinds of moments that I am trying to illustrate – the gap between the controlled and the uncontrollable.


It is also a celebration of the world outside of the building – in this case beautiful views of mountains, forests and the water – and a reminder that the man-made environment should respect the natural one.

© 2020 by Jolene Liam