Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I was in Korea thinking of Malaysia

I was in Korea in the month of August, where the land was soaked in moisture, and the early sign of autumn is in the air.
This is the first time where I had follow an architectural trip without a full research of what to expect from this destination.
I was rather caught in surprise when I realized that this beautiful land of drama had went through such cruel culture genocide during the 35 years of Japanese occupation. Systematically, Japanese had set up school to "re-educate" the Korean, destroying manscripts, as to wipe off all physical records of history, skills or cultural practice that had once enriched this land. Architecture of magnificence had been demolished to humiliate the royalties, to claim the land of their own.
Whatever that had been spared during those dark ages, could not escape the war between North-South Korean, and being ripped off from the surface of Korea.
We were in the palaces, we were at the fort, we were trying to absorb the glory of the past, but I just cannot help but thinking that I am standing on an open wound in the history, and being mocked by the replica that had not being able to be truthfully duplicate due to the lack of records.
The loneliness I felt at that moment kept haunting me, and reminded me of my own country of Malaysia. Looking at the government's ignorance attitute to the heritage, we are going to go even lower than what had happened in Korea. They were left with no choice when all these being cleared from their ground, and they had been trying so hard to bring them back as close as possible as they could, but we on the other hand had if not selectively but economically driven to create this "cultural genocide" to our own land. Shall we called this a "cultural suicide" instead?

Friday, March 11, 2011

10: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece

Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright
by Mohamadreza

The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus design by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright that is Located in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This is Wright’s earlier projects which was designed and built for client Frederick C. Robie and his family that is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Designed in Wright's Oak Park studio in 1908 and completed in 1910, that is one of the finest examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style homes. The building inspired an architectural revolution. Its sweeping horizontal lines, stretches of art glass windows that is conciddered as tree of life and open floor plan make it a quintessential Prairie style house. Although it was designed one hundred years ago, the building remains a masterpiece of modern architecture.

The parameter model followed the principles of "Repetition to unique".

09: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece


Villa Garches was built in 1927 at garches, france by Le Corbusier.

Le Corbusier design philosophy of proportion and conception of volume is the core to his architecture work.

08: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece

Rietveld Schröder House by Gerrit Rietveld
by Mani

The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht was built in 1924 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld for Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder and her three children. She commissioned the house to be designed preferably without walls. Rietveld worked side by side with Mrs. Truus Schroder-Schrader to create the house. He sketched the first possible design for the building; Schroder-Schrader was not pleased. She envisioned a house that was free from association and could create a connection between the inside and outside. The house is one of the best known examples of De Stijl-architecture and arguably the only true De Stijl building. Mrs. Schröder lived in the house until her death in 1985.
The Rietveld Schröder House constitutes both inside and outside a radical break with all architecture before it. The two-story house is situated in Utrecht, at the end of a terrace, but it makes no attempt to relate to its neighboring buildings. It faces a motorway built in the 1960s.
Rietveld wanted to construct the house out of concrete. It turned out that it would be too expensive to do that on such a small building. The foundations and the balconies were the only parts of the building that were made out of concrete. The walls were made of brick and plaster. The window frames and doors were made from wood as well as the floors, which were supported by wooden beams. To support the building, steel girders with wire mesh were used.
There was a movement named neoplasticism which is the combination of horizontal and vertical lines, including the primary colors which is Red, Blue, Yellow and also white and black.
The principle that I followed to make my model is unit to whole, its means that when u look at the plan of this house u will see that the whole unit divided to some smaller units, which are different sizes of squares,
So I try to show this in my model that each different type of sizes has different heights. And also I tried to show the vertical and horizontal lines in my model so that if u so see the model from different angles you can completely understand the concept, and the principle which had been used for this house.

07: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece

4X4 HOUSE by Tadao Ando
by Zhi Yong

06: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece

Smith House by Richard Meier
by Chee Choon

Richard Meier's Smith House set on the craggy coast of Long Island Sound in Darien, Connecticut. Smith House is a modernist lighthouse of transparent geometry. The structure is derived from a white prism that emerges between the trees and creating a strong visual contrast. Meier also worked at carving the house out of the basic cubic base with operations of addition and subtraction. The reverse side is treated as a closed facade, with small openings, while the front is an open facade with large glass panels offering extensive views over the horizon. While the spatial organization of the house hinges on the programmatic separation between public and private areas. Elements, the pristine white exterior, expanses of plate glass framed by finely proportioned piers and mullions, and minimal interiors creating intersecting volumes.
The house itself has a typical framework that is the identification of all possible regulating lines in plans and façade and the examinations of the characteristics of the emergent shapes and configurations of regulating lines. For rectangular geometries that proceeds along extensions of walls provides grids and shapes with special characteristics such as GOLDEN-SECTION-RECTANGLE. All regulating lines provide several alternative partitioning of the house and they are clearly based on the geometry of rectangle. These rectangle come up with various sizes and dimensions depending on what is subsumed under them. Still, every façade can be coming up with few squares and rectangles that fully fulfill the requirements of golden-section rectangle. These principles shows that Smith House is designed proportionally in every façade, adding with the use of white Neo-Corbusian forms with enameled panels and glass, creates a very organized and harmony residential building.

05: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece

Sliding House by DRMM Architects
by Jia Pey

The residential house is located in Suffolk, United Kingdom where it was exposed to four seasons in a year. The house was a self-built house in order to retire, grow food, entertain and enjoy the landscape. The client’s wish to have a house amidst the horizontal landscape and a genuine appreciation of vernacular farm buildings shared by architect and client/builder led to a manipulation of the local timber framed and clad 'shed' idiom. The linear composition is carefully sited on a level ridge which runs north/south along the north eastern boundary of the site. Thus the choreographed progression from road past annexe and garage, to house, glasshouse and then on to garden are a logical sequence.

The house has a very interesting feature – it slides. The house has a mobile unit that slides back and forth along the horizontal rails which acts as a shell. Therefore the name of the house was given the name Sliding House.

The owner wanted a house that he can enjoy and at the same time, to be able to enjoy the beautiful environment. The solution was to have a steel-framed glass main house with the timber clad mobile shell. Not only the owner gets to unveil according to desire, the client is also able to retract it back to cover the main house.

The shell also acts as part of insulation in accordance to the change in climate. The main annexe which is made fully of glass will be insulated by the sliding shell during cold season. The garage and the guest annexe are made up of solid timber.

04: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece

Eggo House by A69 Archtiects
by Jojay

The purpose of the project was the construction of a self-contained dwelling unit in the garden of the recently reconstructed house. It was necessary to deal with the dominance of the opposite panel house facade, avoid confrontation with the architecture of the original house and find out a solution that would not parasite on the garden area. The existing walls made up from cement bricks in the direction of the planes X and Y were completed in the project with the horizontal slab in the plane Z. This slab became the main space organizational element and carrier of the fundamental motive; hole in the form of an ovoid. The house itself is, on the contrary strictly limited by the functional blocks. From the large entrance hall you will enter the autonomic study and the private zone. The private zone is strictly divided into intimate and social parts. Intimate spaces are oriented on the eastern facade with an own terrace, the social rooms into the atrium of the garden. The kitchen cabin in the form of a block is connected directly to the social spaces. The dining and living halls have character of a glassed pavilion – winter garden. The fragile space of it is enforced with a screen of the horizontal wall with a symbol of home – fireplace. It is connected directly to the covered living terrace. As a compensation of the built-up area of the house originated a roof garden connected vertically to the apartment in the upper storey of the original reconstructed house.

03: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece

Soe Ker Tie House by TYIN Tegnestue
by: Tan Kwon Chong

Soe Ker Tie House located at Noh Bo, Tak, Thailand and it consists of 6 sleeping units which allocated for the orphanage. The client, Ole Jorgen Edna wanted to recreate a place where children would experience the private space, a home to live and a neighbourhood where they could play and interact with one another. TYIN Tegnestue which is a non-profit architectural student from NUST then takes on this project and enhances the intention of this project. They showcase the 6 woven bamboo huts, clubbed Soe Ker Tie, or the Butterfly Huts since the ‘winged’ appearance was dominant. They designed it with the children’s happiness and health in mind where this small luxury is one that so many of us take for granted but make a huge difference in the development of this youngster.

Since the house is designed as a playground, interaction place for children, the parameter model should be something playful, interactive, interesting and moving. On the other hand, circulation could interpret through movement. Noticed that there is a ball moving around the prism where we can actually study the flow and space zoning. In addition, we can also study the wind ventilation, light penetration, view of the space and the activity within the space. It indirectly shows the experience and the atmosphere of once place to another.

02: Artistic Interpretation of Master Piece

Eggo House by A69 Architects
by Attan

The EggO House is a single-storey den of luxury built surrounding its own circular courtyard. The concrete-slab design creates a level horizon, with interiors that face one another by virtue of their curved, floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the central garden. Inside, a large entrance hall leads you through the home’s various zones, each designed a little differently to accommodate either privacy, intimacy or social calls.

The conceptual model is based on the design principle of centralization, the motive of this model is to show that the viewing angel is controlled by the architecture form which keep the privacy of the house occupants and yet providing natural light and ventilation to the house.

01: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece

By Aboud

The main concept behind the model is based on how natural light in the long studio travels. Due to its long form light is reflected off the interiors walls, floor and roof. The idea was to create a model that would show this effect using strings to represent light rays. The red string’s is reflected and creates a path from one end to the other through the main volumes successfully .

Intro: Artistic Interpretation of Masterpiece

The purpose of precedent study in architecture is to have an understanding of what has been done before, and use that knowledge to help define and develop your own design concepts. Perhaps even more important is to understand and convey the ideas and concepts behind the work.

You are required to ANALYSE & UNDERSTAND the precedent study in terms of the following ‘criteria’:
a) The architect’s philosophy/ concept
b) Design elements (planes, solids, lines, axis, symmetry, hierarchy, datum, rhythm, repetition, transformation etc)
c) Context – relationship to the site and surroundings
d) Circulation (movement through space, approach, entrance, circulation elements, etc)
e) Zoning / spatial organisation (spatial relationships, interlocking spaces, hierarchy of space, etc)
g) Structural system
h) Enclosure system

• Besides that, you are required to produce a parameter model of this house showing appropriate details, with your personal input to showcase the important underlying principles of the house.

Monday, March 7, 2011

7th March Light Party in UCSI (semester 2 design)

On the 7th March, we had a simple and fun night with light. UCSI semester 2 students had put up such effort and dedication to make this light party a beautiful event.

Here I would like to share with you some of their work.

A flexible module that you can curl up or stretch to suit your interior, creating beautiful "cold fiery flame".

The multidirectional light stripes create depth with layers.

The light lit up mainly through reflection from angled surface.

The hidden agenda.

The sphere complete with the existence of reflection.

Catching the rainbow in sky.

The tilting and moving parts of light making up a virtual 3d formation of light and shadow.

The light strips that pick up color and light as it travels through the core of light.

The Lovell house in its bare formation.

Where the blue and red meeting in action.

Inward lighting of color boxes.

The outward lit up color boxes, with a twist, it change the mood instantly.

The crafted light piece.

Where the creature crawl, it grows and glows.

The sliding effect from the Schroder House, with the image of De Stijl.

A ghostly light that pick up the coldness of metal.

A camouflage to the weaved bamboo wall that would come alive at night.

The light tower.

Will the 4x4 house of Tadao Ando comes alive with this De-Stijl light?

De Stijl in light

The swirl of light.
The tornando of light.

The living colors of life.

The axis.
During the day, it is but a pure lily bud; at night, it shines like a gem.

The interlocking of light.

The addition and substraction.

The Falling Water in its horizontality.
The screen of light.

When Falling Water come into hierachy.
The tower of tinting color.
The spine of light.
The light box