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Monday, March 16, 2009

TPAC - taipei performing art center proposal by NL architects

Building for a performing art center is different from ordinary buildings. Its require more details in terms of space and function. Acoustic, lighting, mass space, all has to built as one whole, enable the all activities inside functioning well.

NL architects have designed the taipei performing arts center aiming to make the building accessible to everybody. the public character of the center is guaranteed by the elevation of a substantial part of its program, creating a public square underneath it. as such the square becomes part of the building inside of it.

the design which could be considered to a table with 'four legs' supports a 'tabletop' that accommodates 3 storeys. inside you'll find an elevated fragment of the city, a public browsing space where cultural facilities such as a multimedia library, music stores, galleries, lobbies, bars, restaurants and clubs will be included.

balconies and terraces with different programs will also be included in the space consisting of swimming pools, a skate area, playground, hotel garden and cafe.

the performing arts center structure will contain three theaters: a 1500 seat grand theater and two 800 seat theaters for repertory performances. the theaters are positioned on different altitudes. the proscenium playhouse is placed at the base of the southeast 'leg'. the lobby is placed under this theater so that it is flush with the square activating the space around it. the multiform theater is connected to the southwest leg close to the top. the volume of the grand theater is suspended under the horizontal slab. it hovers over the square while being part of it.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Even Dubai is going down

Even Dubai Is Going Down

Saturday March 7, 2009
Home to the world's tallest building and biggest shopping mall, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates seemed to soar above the global financial woes. No dream was too grand in this architect's playground carved out of the desert. But, now the dream is unraveling, says Paul Lewis in the Guardian.

Half of all the UAE's construction projects have been put on hold or cancelled, Lewis reports. Towers are half-built, laborers are unemployed. Sound familiar?

Full story: Dubai's six-year building boom grinds to halt.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

South Korea Dancing Apartment

ever wonder why should an apartment dance? because many of us live in apartment (mostly Malaysian), getting bored of how stereotypically our apartments has been since. and here has come some great remedial for out far and utmost boring design today, to the future design by Unsangdong Architect

"'dancing apartment' has been designed by korean firm unsangdong architects. located in south korea the apartments are built using oblique lines in which each unit consists of a terrace.

the building consists of various community spaces which include parks, leisure facilities, event space, a library, media space and performance space."


'flaschko' by nicolas mahler, exhibition at nextcomic festival