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

back in time

a week ago, i made a trip to my grandpa’s place, a short 3 minute walk from where i currently live.

its close, but i haven’t paid a visit to his home for more than 10 years (by the way, just so we are clear, he doesn’t like visitors. o and also, i see my grandpa every night when he comes over for dinner. you know, just so there is no confusion).

its such an awkward, indescribable feeling to return to somewhere where it was once very familiar. how do you describe being physically present in a memory?

my grandpas place was a playground in my childhood. it was a playground that i was blessed to visit and frolic in, only during the short summer period of each year. it was here where a few of the deepest memories are made and engraved into my mind.  “the happiest memories are those that are the most memorable”, says it all. here, i learned to ride my very first bicycle and learned to play a variety of simple, but never short of being exciting, childhood games. these games required no computer, no virtual gaming system; games that only desire a few equally adventurous and imaginative companions.

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now that i’m older, it becomes apparent that the architectural structure and environment of this particular housing type, has provided the adequate space for those fond memories to be made. this particular style of government public housing, called “gong oak” (literally meaning leasing house), consists of rows and rows of residence stacked one on top of the other, surrounded by an outdoor hallway. this hallway space is then brought to life. it becomes a place where neighbors gather to gossip, and children like the was 7 year old me, ran free with our imaginative mind.

the quaint layout supplies and edifies trust. because the corridor is out in the open, it eliminates the possibility of blindspots. neighbors familiariz themselves with each other. a stranger sticks out like out like rudolph and his trademark nose (christmas similie for the holidays).

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though metal gates are often installed (more of a traditional Chinese practice), many of them are left open during my visit. privacy is not overly emphasized or protected.

public spaces are shared amongst neighbors, continuing to strengthen the social aspect of public housing.

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sharing of public space

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everyone's laundry is welcome.

not every unit is situated at a location that provides spectacular views, as they are randomly chosen for registrants. however shared spaces like the corridors, lobby lofts, and rooftop spaces, encourage the occupancy of neighbors for daily gossip updates.

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a rare, remarkable view for gov. housing

do you have husthetic places from your childhood?

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