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Friday, February 27, 2009

Brilliant acoustic architecture

any ideas on how good acoustic system could be? damn here's one of the most interesting part of acoustic architecture done by arteksarquitectura

Rock cannon....syok!

DeviantWear Competition

anyone interested in competition.... ? 1st prize is $1000... ade bran?

"....Each winner will receive, guaranteed, $1000 cash for his/her artist royalties on the sale of the shirt with more coming if we sell more; a one year deviantART subscription; an Artists Bag with all of the accessories; 100 deviantDOLLARS; and two shirts of his/her own winning design. Winning shirt designs will be released for sale in the deviantWEAR shop.

All semi-finalists will be awarded a 1 month deviantART subscription!....."

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santa hits by plane... haha


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Malaysia Architecture + Health

TODAY, i was just nearly finishing up my 3d renderings for a semi-d project in kluang. While waiting for the 3d completely rendered, i try to search for some input in architecture. Went here and there, until i caught into some articles in TheStar online. its about the new malaysian architecture, more about approach, effect and defect caused... read on...

Sunday January 4, 2009

Health check for Malaysian architecture


The iconic buildings of the future will no longer be grandiose but green. With shrinking resources and ever rising energy costs, it makes sense to design or modify buildings to comply with Malaysia’s first Green Building Index, introduced yesterday.

GREEN is symbolic of spring and new beginnings. How apt it is to start the year, then, by introducing Malaysia’s Green Building Index, our first certification tool that will provide guidelines for environmentally friendly construction.

After all, some of the biggest culprits guzzling the earth’s energy and water resources are man-made structures. The Index means that, for the first time, buildings in Malaysia can be assessed on their impact on the environment, and the construction of new buildings can be guided and managed to lessen their impact on their surroundings.

Could this be the way of the future? This is Malaysian developer SP Setia’s Setia Eco Park project in the Klang Valley where all the houses have photo voltaic panels on their roofs to harness solar energy. – SP Setia

And not a moment too soon! The effects of climate change and the depletion of earth’s natural resources are keenly felt around the globe today. Malaysians too have experienced the consequences of unprecedented floods and landslides resulting from the mismanagement of and disregard for nature.

What’s perhaps more pertinent to us is that green dwellings can save us money. Because going green is not only about being environmentally responsible, it also yields huge savings for building owners – up to 30% savings in energy consumption, according to Dr Tan Loke Mun, past president of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia/PAM,

For example, an intelligently built home that is orientated away from the sun, has sun-shading features, allows for natural ventilation, and has reflective internal surfaces to maximise daylight, does away with the need for artificial lighting during the day, and airconditioning.

This building can go further in lessening its impact on the earth by using environmentally friendly building materials and opting to be powered by renewable energy such as solar energy.

Tan explains that, while it is impossible to make green buildings mandatory in Malaysia as the country comprises widely diversified cities, towns, and villages with a multitude of buildings, Malaysians themselves will come to want such structures.

“I believe Malaysians will care about having green buildings because it offers practical savings for us,” argue Tan.

“Many homes in the Klang Valley have already incorporated insulation in their roofs and solar panels. Green homes are not necessarily more expensive; it’s only about 3% to 15% of additional cost, which they can easily recover in utility bill savings.”

Another aspect that will be covered by the Green Building Index is that of transportation. Architect Chan Seong Aun explains how public transportation accessibility in a housing project has important environmental and monetary impacts.

“Transportation constitutes 40% to 70% of household energy use,” he says. “A family makes about five to 10 trips daily shuttling to work and back, shopping, buying groceries, sending children to school, and tuition classes, and other activities.”

An effectively planned neighbourhood can reduce such energy costs by clustering activity areas sensibly – having small shopping areas within walking distance of a certain number of houses, for instance.

Another way of saving lies in construction materials, the cost of which will only keep going up in the future.

Says Tan, “We have been throwing away useable materials that can be recycled into building materials, such as steel and timber. There are many possibilities of becoming more sustainable, and the Green Building Index is one of the steps.”


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

new proton EXORA

proton new MPV named EXORA

Boardroom Herengracht BY i29 interior architects, eckhardt & leeuwenstein

This office is called "POWER OFFICE". Experiencing and expressing the elegance of an office conditions give a new idea of an office boardroom. Let's us enjoy it more...

"The board of an investment group in capital stock, wanted to have a self-called 'power office'. i29 interior architects and Eckhardt & Leeuwenstein, two offices who collaborated during this project, created this by placing every board member in the spotlight in a playful way. All three boardrooms and a lounge are executed in an overall design concept. Large round lampshades, spray painted gold on the inside, seem to cast light and shadow oval marks throughout the whole space. By this, a playful pattern of golden ovals contrasts with the angular cabinets and desks, which are executed in black stained ash wood. In the flooring the oval shaped forms continue by using light and dark grey carpet. Also, these ovals define the separate working areas. The lounge area has, in combination with the white marble flooring, these same light/shadow patterns that cover the bar and benches in silver fabrics."

Seattle Central Library by OMA + LMN

Architects: OMA + LMN
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Key Personnel: Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus (Partner-in-Charge), with Mark von Hof-Zogrotzki, Natasha Sandmeier, Meghan Corwin, Bjarke Ingels, Carol Patterson
Consultants: Arup, Bruce Mau Design, Davis Langdon, Dewhurst Macfarlane, Front, HKA, Hoffman Construction, Inside/Oustide, Jones & Jones, Kugler Tillotson, Magnusson Klemencic, McGuire, Michael Yantis, Pielow Fair, Quinze & Milan, Seele
Client: Seattle Public Library
Program: Central library for Seattle’s 28-branch library system, including 33,700 sqm of hq, reading room, book spiral, mixing chamber, meeting platform, living room, staff floor, children’s collection, and auditorium, and 4,600 sqm of parking.
Project year: 1999-2004
Constructed Area: 38,300 sqm
Budget: US $169.2 M
Photographs: Ramon Prat, Philippe Ruault, Iwan Baan, Fernando Herrera

"The Seattle Central Library redefines the library as an institution no longer exclusively dedicated to the book, but as an information store where all potent forms of media—new and old—are presented equally and legibly. In an age where information can be accessed anywhere, it is the simultaneity of all media and, more importantly, the curatorship of their content that will make the library vital"

-photo © Fernando Herrera

Friday, February 6, 2009

Bubbletecture in youtube

being amazed by the unique building, i try to search more information on how actually they are formed. here's something i got from youtube:


Im amazed by a design for kindergarten. Out of ordinary, the design seems adaptable to the children's amazed to the bubble... and they are called 'bubbletecture'

These are some information i get from designboom:

'bubbletecture M' shuhei endo architect institute
all images © shuhei endo architect institute

'bubbletecture M' is a kindergarten designed by japanese studio shuhei endo architect
institute. located in shiga, japan the maihara kindergarten is surrounded by a newly
developed residential area. the structure consists of concrete boxes between each of
the rooms and a wooden roof that ties them together. the shell-form roof is made of
triangular continuous surfaces; its structural strength and geometrical consistency
permits great freedom in designing of the necessary spaces. this structural system uses
2.5 meters wooden beams and hexagonal metal fittings, factory-made and only assembled
on the site. the integration of the wooden trusses and concrete boxes is geometrical but
varied, a structure with rich in expressive effects.

'open space allows children to play freely. the ambiguity of it actually stimulates their
imaginations. they can explore their feelings without restraint. architects should not
create inflexible spaces that children cannot change.'
- shuhei endo

'bubbletecture M' overall view

'bubbletecture M' overall view

'bubbletecture M'

'bubbletecture M' - roof detail

'bubbletecture M'

'bubbletecture M'

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' interior

'bubbletecture M' - maihara kindergarten structure

'bubbletecture M' elevation plan

'bubbletecture M' plan

shuhei endo architect institute:

BUBBLETECTURE at designboom

mission motors electric motorcycle by yves behar's fuseproject

"fuse project has worked closely with mission motors
to create a motorcycle that is a true intersection of sustainability,
technology performance and design. 'riding the wind' was one of the concept expressions.
what is absent from traditional motorcycles, and what is new to create unique design features.
what's different? what's absent? no gas-tank, no tail pipe.
the top portion of the motorcycle is an iconic continuous line that brings together comfort
and performance: the rider's chest is cradled in an convex tank area allowing a lower position,
the seat and and tail-light integrated into one lightweight dynamic line.
what is new? a battery pack enclosed in a lightweight aluminum structure, covered
by honeycombed detailed angular skins, that integrate all mechanical elements: from
the flush front headlight, to the aerodynamic leg recessed cuts. designed to express speed
and efficiency in it's overall sharp lines, the mission bike also is highly detailed with special
attention to a riders needs, bringing a high level of product design and ergonomics to a new
generation of performance transportation.