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Water Wall

Water Wall

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People

  • Cedric Price (creator)
  • Cedric Price (architect)
  • Cedric Price (archive creator)

Title

Water Wall

Dates of creation

1971-1989, predominant 1973-1976

Level of archival description

File 94

Extent and Medium

  • 15 drawings
  • 22 reprographic copies
  • 0.11 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

File documents an unrealized project for a breakwater in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Cedric Price collaborated with civil and structural engineering firm, Harris & Sutherland, to make a floating breakwater into a 'sea garden'. The design integrates the breakwater, which protects the beach, with imaginative leisure activities: moorings for 800 boats, a pontoon composed of a continuous chain of dinghies, an illuminated "time" fountain, a floating grand stand, drifting feature buoys, a coral walk and water garden. Cedric Price describes the breakwater as "effortlessly towing its floating leisure facilities and toys along it" (Cedric Price-Works II, 72). Design development diagrams and charts explore the various components and activities. Many conceptual drawings and perspective sketches are included within the textual records. Some material in this file was published in 'Cedric Price-Works II' (London: Architectural Press, 1984), 72, 77. Material in this file was produced between 1971 and 1989, but predominantly between 1973 and 1976.

File contains design development drawings, presentation drawings, and textual records.

Reference Number

AP144.S2.D94

Location

Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

Language of material

Documents are in English, German, and Italian.

Related units of description

  • Group DR1995:0264:018-031 in River Clyde Competition (AP144.S2.D90) contains material related to this file. Group DR2004:0036 in the Photographic Materials series (AP144.S6) contains negatives related to this file.

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0266:001-011
    • Title: Diagrammatic elevation, plans, sections, plan of activities, diagrams, site plans, and charts
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 3

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    11 design development drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, coloured pencil, wax crayon, adhesive film, and adhesive tape on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 37.5 x 72 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0266:012-026
    • Title: Reprographic copies possibly intended for presentation
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 3

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    reprographic copies possibly intended for presentation, and including plans, diagrammatic elevations, plans, and sections, and site plan showing location and relocation of breakwater

    Quantity / Object type:

    15 presentation drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation drawings (proposals)

    Technique and media:

    Ink, adhesive film, adhesive tape, and adhesive label on reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 36 x 69.5 cm sheet (largest): 38.5 x 71 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

      • DR1995:0266:012
      • Water Wall project for Abū Ẓaby, United Arab Emirates: diagrammatic plans and sections showing facilities for observation and measurement
      • Form: drawings
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      • DR1995:0266:021
      • Water Wall project for Abū Ẓaby, United Arab Emirates: diagrammatic plans and sections showing physical and experimental activities
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      • DR1995:0266:025
      • Water Wall project for Abū Ẓaby, United Arab Emirates: plans showing the breakwater as "sea garden", as pier, and as quay
      • Form: drawings
      • Add to folder
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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0266:027-033
    • Title: Reprographic copies possibly intended for presentation
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    reprographic copies possibly intended for presentation, and including plans, diagrammatic elevations, plans, and sections, and site plan showing location and relocation of breakwater

    Quantity / Object type:

    7 presentation drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation drawings (proposals)

    Technique and media:

    Wax crayon on reprographic copies and acetate film

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 36 x 70 cm sheet (largest): 38.5 x 73 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0266:034
    • Title: Drawings, perspective sketches, diagrams, sketches
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    drawings, perspective sketches, diagrams, sketches, clippings, pamphlet, list of drawings, notes, meeting notes, design programme, design proposal, correspondence, maps, promotional material, trade catalogue, design notes, brochures, photographs, guidebook, and competition programme for unrelated project

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.11 l.m.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:1255
    • Title: Perspective sketch, diagrammatic plans, and plan
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    4 presentation drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation drawings (proposals)

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, and adhesive label on translucent paper, and photomechanical prints

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 30 x 21 cm sheet (largest): 37.5 x 71.5 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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