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Vernelle Noel
Trinidad and Tobago

Born on the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Vernelle studied Civil Engineering in her home country. She worked for 5 years in both Architecture and Engineering with firms such as Colin Laird Associates & Bynoe Rowe Wiltshire Partnership. Vernelle continues to consider Colin Laird as her mentor even to today. She also did several resident... / More

The Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago


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Above is a sketch and watercolor of the Industrial Court on Trinidad & Tobago; on the corner of Queen and St. Vincent Streets in Port of Spain. I continue to work on my watercoloring techniques, and feel good about this one. I like this building. The awnings, the main entry, the articulation at the corner and treatment of the base of the building, well done. The Industrial Court looks very dramatic in and solid… like a court should be.

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Architecture Sketch – Hayes Court in Port of Spain, Trinidad

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Hayes Court, Trinidad

9” x 12” Strathmore sketchbook, ink pens, & Sharpies

This is a sketch of Hayes Court in Port of Spain, Trinidad. This is the second of four sketches I have done thus far of the ‘Magnificent Seven (a series of mansions by the Queen’s Park Savannah). Hayes Court is after the Queen’s Royal College. This building was completed in 1910 by the firm of Taylor Gilles at a cost of £15, 700. It was named “Hayes Court” after Bishop Thomas Hayes, who was the second Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Trinidad & Tobago.

Architecture Sketch – Donau City Church in Vienna, Austria

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Donau City Church in Vienna

This is a sketch of the church of Christus Hoffnung der Welt (Christ the Hope of the World) by Heinz Tesar in Donau City, Vienna, Austria. I sketched this while on my EuroTrip on May 30th, 2005. From the exterior, this “black box” building appears dense, heavy, guarded, untouchable, with “little circles” on it. Walk inside, and it’s an entirely different story. It is light, warm, breath-taking, grounded, calming, open, and thoughtful. The walls, ceilings and furniture is done in a light birch wood. The “little circles” and cubes of glass projecting into the space let light in, creating this airy world. Personally, I love architecture “tricks” and techniques like these. You would never guess the interior from the interior…”never judge a book by its cover…” not that the cover of this wonderful book is unappealing, by no means…it simply tells a different story.

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Architecture Sketch – UFA Cinema in Dresden, Germany

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UFA Cinema in Dresden, Germany

Above is a negative of my sketch of the UFA Cinema in Dresden, Germany by Coop-Himmelblau. My friends and I left Hannover on Sunday 5th June 2005 at 1644hrs, bound for Dresden. It felt calm and relaxed, like Sunday evenings usually do. Great project!

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Architecture Sketch – Queen’s Royal College Clock Tower in Port of Spain, Trinidad

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5” x 8.25” ink pens, in Moleskine sketchbook

This is a sketch of the Clock Tower of Queen’s Royal College (Q.R.C.) in Trinidad & Tobago (see photo below). The clock tower stands at 93 feet tall. QRC is located at the corner of St. Clair Avenue and Maraval Road in Port of Spain (around the Queen’s Park Savannah). The foundation stone for the building was laid on November 11, 1902 by Sir Courtenay Knollys. The design was done by Daniel Meinerts Hahn who was at the time the Chief Draftsman of the Public Works Department. The main block of the masterpiece is in a German Renaissance-style architecture which is evident by its solidness and ornateness. It was constructed at a cost of 15,000 pounds. The broad galleries and corridors were designed to allow the freest possible passage of air for physical comfort. The stonework was heavily employed in the construction to absorb the heat.

Reference – A Magnificent Nine by the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago

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Architecture Sketch – National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain, Trinidad

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5” x 8.25” ink pens, in Moleskine sketchbook

This is a sketch of the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad with the National Museum in the background (to the left). I believe the concept behind the design was taken from the country’s national flower, the Chaconia.

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Architecture Sketch - Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

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This is the Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain. I did this during my 6 weeks of back-packing throughout Europe. We arrived early the morning and on exiting one of the narrow streets our professor took us through, this was our marvelous sight. Voila! Two friends and I climbed all the way up the tower via its very tight spiral stair. The view from the top was beautiful! I look forward to going back…and paying my way through Europe by my sketches. It’s one of my dreams.

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