Architecture, Urban Design

“Architecture is the evidence of the existence of human beings”

– Toyo Ito, when asked What is Architecture?

In recent archi news, Toyo Ito (wiki) has been awarded the recipient of the 2013 Pritzker Prize.  His work and contribution to the architecture world truly reflects the worth of this distinction.

Tod’s Omotesando Building

He’s always been an activist in creating architecture that incorporates human senses and nature; his creations have a boundless beauty of zen aura that exudes from them. His structures take a life of its own, becoming more than giants that inhabit life forms within. They themselves, speak out to the surrounding and respond, both physically and emotionally, to the conditions and needs of the site. Using innovative building technology in combination structural ingenuity, he designs forms that are infused with a poetic language that delivers aesthetic and functionality. concrete looks light, walls look transparent.

His project “Home-for-All”  in 2012 invites hope into the situation regarding the devastating tsunami that hit the Sendai region of Japan back in 2011. The exhibition invited other architects to collaborate and propose homes for the people in Rikuzentakata. Not only did this movement display the design possibility for new structures, but it portrayed a compassionate side of humanity. It was a display of community and strength.

Toyo Ito’s work speaks of relationships. Room to room, exterior to interior. In another interview he states that “Architecture is the relation between one person and another, something that can make people gather”, more than just a form, a building, a design movement.  He is one of my all time architect role models for this reason. He understands and stresses that significance of designing for humans.

“In contemporary society, I think that 99% of architecture has become the instrument for economical activities, and I am very sorry for that. Because I think that architecture is supposed to be something that links people to other people, architecture has to become a form of cooperation, a co-operational body for people. It should not be something that is controlled by economy, but that creates a relationship of trust among people. This is what architects are supposed to do when they create architecture.”

Congratulations Toyo Ito, and thank you for radiating a compassionate rational in your extraordinary designs.

Serpentine Gallery, London

White U

Cite:

Quirk , Vanessa. “Infographic: The History of the Pritzker Prize (1979-2013)” 20 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <http://www.archdaily.com/347363&gt;

Basulto , David. “Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all / Japan Pavilion” 30 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Mar 2013. <http://www.archdaily.com/268426&gt;

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Architecture

Be Sensitive

k i just came across this post on archdaily

its about some ridiculous sideways hotel on the side of a mountain. to me it looks like a giant spider squashed to the side of the mountain. i don’t get it.

its stated that its purpose is to stimulate psychological senses. yah the only one thats being stimulated is confusion. what is going on? its more or less ruining the environment, both in its natural habitat and visual context. its a freaking eye sore. then all this talk about plaster and paint, laminate and glass used at such an enormous scale scares the hell out of me.

why?
why?

WHY?!

i’m a strong believer in designing with sensitivity. i think its important to design with care for the surrounding and its preexisting stories and homogenous character. thats a voice that i attempt to carry out in all of my work.

i’d like to mention some famous projects carried out by others, but I’m drifting off at the moment…so perhaps next time!

enjoy reading about that hanging house..or not.

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Architecture, Urban Design

Moses Arrives

damn.

although there is much debate about how feasible this structure actual is, i still find it absolute stunning. its unbelievably fresh, there simply isn’t anything like it. Moses Bridge in Netherlands, by Ro&Ad Architecten is a really a trench built in a moat. of course the name of the bridge comes from the biblical myth of moses separating the red sea. the the wood is accoya wood, treated so that it is waterproof.

walk like moses

there are a number of debates about this structure. some say its unrealistic to maintain. debris will build up inside the structure. another issue that is mentioned is the flooding of the bridge. if water levels rise, wouldn’t it flood?

i kinda sketched out my own rendition of it. perhaps the water could be allowed to flow over the walls and collect and drain out at the bottom of the pathway. maybe the bridge could float too! it’s quite possible I’m sure.

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water flowing over the walls and collected

 

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water flows back out from underneath the floating structure

nonetheless, i think its an amazing design. congrats on it being a finalist at the dutch design awards.

source: ArchDaily

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Architecture, Urban Design

And this is why Germany is so damn cool.

HOW incredibly cool is this?

this is the stuff that gets me super excited. i mean i would love to be a part of a team who creates infrastructures like this. of course i understand that judging by my skills/experience ability at the moment, i won’t be having a say in the design part…but i mean to be just doing other tasks and being involved in projects like these in some way will satisfy my goals.

anyways, indulge in architography. i love how it lights up at night ❤

photo credits: Thomas Mayer
info: ArchDaily

PROJECT: TIGER & TURTLE – MAGIC MOUNTAIN

more here

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Architecture, Interior

Transformer Spaces

My friend showed me this a few days ago. i absolutely love the space, especially the balcony area. if any of you have watched the other transformer apartment video, based in hong kong by an architect named Gary Chang, you’ll like this apartment transformation by Christian Schallert. i personally prefer Christian’s much more than Gary’s version. yes the way Gary is able to create a number of rooms is absolutely mind-blowing. however the home lacks comfort. he used metallic and reflective materials throughout the apartment space, emitting a very ‘cold’ feel to the space, despite his placement of the (very artificial and visually disturbing) yellow tinted windows to ‘warm up’ the space. bleh.

here are both videos for your enjoyment.

Christian Schallert’s 258 sq.ft apartment

Gary Chang’s 344 sq.ft apartment

REMEMBER COMFORT>COOLNESS

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Architecture

a look at the twins.

i returned from kuala lumpur a few days ago.

during my trip i fell in love with the very distingushed Petronas Twin Towers.
this post won’t be about how incredibly beautiful the building is, but rather the traits that make ever so stunning.

what makes the petronas twin towers so captivating?

the twins at night

coming out of the monorail station located inside the Suria KLCC Mall underneath the towers, i was first unaware of where the tower was exactly located. scanning the area with my travel companions, with only a very poorly designed map in hand, we walked half of the tower’s circumference, looked up, only to realize that it stood adjacent to us all along. caught off guard by its presence, we were in awe as we stared with admiration at the building’s mighty figure unconsciously blubbering words of “ohhhh”s and “ahhh”s.

overtowering us

we had i-see-big-tall-building syndrome.

the thing was gigantic. i couldn’t even clearly spot the highest point of the building.
it was massive. so large that it was difficult to pinpoint the exact location of where i stood. and though it was built more than 10 years ago, it did not look outdated in any way. the islamic inspired design fell very appropriate, even at present.

Floor plan design

this brilliant design that carries culture into a modern frame is created by Cesar Pelli from Pelli Clark Pelli Architects. for the dwellers in 852, he also created our very iconic International Finance Centre, where the fireworks were set off at last nights new years eve countdown.
this man has a robust reputation for many iconic towers which become symbols of strength and integrity for the cities that they stand on. it is not surprising that the petronas twin towers has become the image to be used on almost every malaysian souvenir.

what really captures my attention is the lighting placement used to emphasize the vertices of the tower’s design. upon closer inspection, it appears that a ring of lights are placed around each of the ‘layers’ (similar to tiers on a wedding cake). each ring projects light upwards and onto the vertices, creating strong shadows that carve out the structures silhouette. intelligent lighting technique i must say. when comparing the day and night photos, the night version appears to expel a magical mysterious aura. done by Howard M Brandston, the “inner surfaces of the towers’ shafts are illuminated to create a bright channel that emphasizes the towers’ imposing height, reveals the structure’s unusual form and spatially relates one tower to the other.”

wowwwww!

WOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! (see the difference?)

for large scaled structures, its the collaboration of details which impress the audience subconsciously. a massive erected block is less impressive than a dog being able to do a “sit” trick. the excitement only goes so far.

k done my first post of 2012, i wish everyone happiness and health!
*HAPPY NEW YEARS*

 

 

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