Frank Lloyd Wright - Guggenheim Museum, Bentu Design - San, Bentu Design - Bang. Concrete is a material that comprises of cement and aggregate, it can be cast in a mould and it can capture fine details, it can be used in pavements, buildings and underwater structures. It can also be carved when the concrete is taken out of the mould. Concrete gives off an industrial feeling and is cool to the touch. It can be polished to add a smoother surface. Concrete gets stronger over time as the chemical reaction with the air causes it to cure. Pouring with bubbles can give a porous surface. I like the industrial feeling that concrete can bring to a space, it makes me feel calm and peaceful.
Philippe Nigro - Cuts Table, Elod Beregszaszi - 3 Spine Concertina, Elisa Mearelli - La Pietra E La Piuma. The process of cutting is when you divide or make incisions in a material such as cutting paper with a pair of scissors. Other tools that can be used for cutting include: a craft knife, a saw, a guillotine and a shredder. The word cut can symbolise division or a sense of isolation from others. More industrial cutting tools include: die cuts for a specific pattern, laser cutters and flatbed plotter cutters can be programmed with a computer for more accuracy. In the fourth century paper cuttings were used in religious decorations or stencils for embroidery. Paper can be cut very intricately if fine point scissors are used.
Henry Tennist - Anarco-Architecture, Phillip Watts - Chaos, Alexander Biserama Becherer - Paratropolis. Anarchism is a movement in which people believe that the government should be abolished. Other meanings for anarchy are chaos and rebellion, moving away from convention. The contrasting shapes and patterns in the first piece should signs of rebellion and chaos. It was created in a digital environment in a game which shows that anarchy can be conveyed in both the physical and virtual world. The way the installation in the second piece wraps around the bridge makes it very immersive. The varying size of fonts and objects that protrude and overlap in the third piece show rebellion and revolt, as it is not sticking to a set grid line.
Zaha Hadid - Guangzhou Opera House, Zaha Hadid - Morpheus Hotel, Zaha Hadid - KAPSARC. I like the bright white interior of the opera house as I find it looks airy and spacious, this makes me feel peaceful and calm due to the minimal aesthetic. I also like the geometric grid line which is present throughout the build, it gives a uniform and structured look to the interior, the tessellating shapes and quite simple but very impressive on a large scale. I like the contrast between the warm and cool light in the hotel as it gives off the feeling of balance or harmony. The wall forms an undulating effect from the fluctuating surface. I like the contrast between the desert and ultra modern building in the KAPSARC structure.
Henning Larsen - University of Southern Denmark, Lida Almassian, Shahin Heidari - New Wave Rock Gym, Norman Foster - British Museum. I like the geometric facade of the university, as it has perforations which scatter the light and cause it to have a dappled light. The faceted exterior of the gym resembles a cut rock with precise and angular shapes, I like glow from the tinted window, as it gives a warm tone to the build. The geometric framework for the ceiling of the atrium is very structured and modern, which juxtaposes the traditional build of the museum. The way the metal radiates from a point reminds me of the rays of the sun. The metal is slightly reflective, so it causes the sunlight to scatter.
Nicholas Grimshaw - Eden Project, NBBJ - Amazon Headquarters, Atelier Kristoffer Tejlgaard, Metsä Wood - Dome of Visions. The bulbous shape of the panels give a space age futuristic feeling to the piece as it reminds me of space craft and concepts of homes on other planets, this was probably achieved using an inflation system to control the climate inside the dome. The use of plant life and foliage gives the space a natural feeling and it livens up the interior, the use of a majority of a sphere gives a fuller and more complete shape. The wooden frame used in the third dome gives a more rustic and natural feeling as it is not as rigid as metal bars. The clear glass of the dome creates a greenhouse effect.
Yuki Hagino - Sculpting Mind. This collection of garments are created using a pleating technique, in which you pleat the fabric between moulds and then you set the pleats with either heat or steam. I like the contrast between the sharp lines of the pleats and the soft surface of the cotton fabric. The texture on texture effect adds more depth to the piece. I like the monotone colour scheme as it emphasises the shape with the highlights and shadows. I find the first piece interesting as it restricts the arm movement and I find it really dramatic because of the scale. The second piece has a repeating pattern that gives good structure. The asymmetry in the third piece gives more visual interest.
Atelier XJC - X Years. These accessories are made using paper that has been cut into individual pieces which resemble scales or feathers, this simple technique with the overlapping and arrangement of the paper gives a coherent and uniform surface. The form of the paper wraps around the head to form a rounded shape, this gives a more organic shape to the piece. In the second piece, the paper weaves around the body, forming almost a background behind the head, this provides contrast between the head and the paper. In the third piece, the paper contours the shoulder and extends outwards to form a parabolic curve, the broader shoulders suggest power. The black paper reminds me of the feathers on crows and ravens.
Holland Houdek - Body Installation, Holland Houdek - Meditative/Restrictive, Holland Houdek - Reed Series. This is a series of accessories, which fit around the body. I find that the use of reeds and metal pipes remind me of rivers and the pollution in them. Up cycling these materials brings awareness to the poor state of the environment, and how the pollution is harming wildlife. The crushed pipes can symbolise anger as the are forced and mangled into that shape. In the second piece, the use of curved pipes leads the eye around the piece. The way that the reeds extend the shape of the pipes in the third piece gives it a more exaggerated silhouette that almost looks like a sketch.
Archway - Tomatoes On A Bed Of Straw, Archway - Fruit In Bowls, Archway - Tomatoes In Bags. Tomatoes are rather delicate so the straw bed underneath them would protect them during transport, they give a more natural feeling to the container for the tomatoes. The fruit kept in the plastic bowls can be seen as the bowls are clear, they can hold a large capacity of fruit. If you don't over fill the bowl it can be stacked to have multiple layers of fruit storage. The tomatoes in the plastic bags allow them to be very easily transported, the holes in the bag ensure that air can circulate through the tomatoes, the thin material is flexible and forms around the tomatoes, even if they move around.
Archway - Stacked Oranges, Archway - Onions In A Bag, Archway - Pomelo In Net. The neatly stacked oranges gives a uniform and and organised look to the display, it is formed from oranges arranged in rectangles that get smaller as it goes up. The storage bag for the onions can be used for both transporting and displaying them, this is more sustainable than having two separate containers, the bag can be rolled to reveal more onions as they get sold. The net is effective in holding a singular piece of fruit as the holes allow for easy hanging, it also adds a tactile texture to the outer surface of the fruit, which makes it easier to grip on to slippery skin of the pomelo.
Archway - Lemongrass In Bags, Archway - Grapes In Foam, Archway - Sweet Potato In Net. The lemongrass is tied together with a band of plastic to keep them bundled together, the tapered shape of them forms a rough cone shape, I find that the plastic bags keeps them organised and separate from each other. The foam casings for the grapes remind me of cell walls in plants, the soft foam protects the grapes and keeps them from being damaged as they are quite delicate, they also prevent them from tangling with each other. The net that holds the sweet potatoes allows for dirt and debris from the potatoes to fall out and not collect up at the bottom. It is also easier to see the contents compared to plastic which is reflective.
Central Saint Martins - Concrete Lights, Central Saint Martins - Shaded Building, Central Saint Martins - Concrete Shadows. I like the smooth transition of the light as it emanates and radiates from the source, it creates a soft glow, the warm colour temperature of the light gives of a calming mood. I like the contrast between the reflective panelling and the textured brickwork, even though they are on the same plane they react to the light in very different ways. I like the way that the concrete directs the light and extends the line of the edge with the line of the shadow, this creates a continuous effect, the monotone colour makes the light more obvious and prominent.
Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows, Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows, Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows. I like how the precise lines from the railings are projected onto the uneven surface of the ground as it warps and distorts the shadows. The shadows formed across the wall and the floor creates geometric patterns with sharp angles, this can change up the space depending on the direction of the light. Depending on the time of day the shadows can be sharper or softer, when the light is stronger the shadows are more defined and sharper, this can give a harsher mood, when the sun is setting or rising then the shadows are more diffused and softer, which can be more relaxing.
Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows, Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows, Central Saint Martins - Railing Shadows. The rounded shape of the railing cause the light to smoothly transition over them, creating a gradient effect. The spacing in the railings mean that from certain angles it completely blocks out the light. I like how the shadows from two different objects overlap and form interesting combinations of light and dark. The shadows are parallel as they all are from the same light source. The different levels between the railing and the bricks causes the shadows to distort and shift slightly, this can give off the mood of disconnect. As the sun moves the shadows moves like a sundial.
Kings Cross - Light Tunnel, Central Saint Martins - Shadow From Window, Central Saint Martins - Water Fountain. Combining different colours of lights can make the colours change and blend, this colour changing tunnel would periodically switch between colours, they span the length of the entire wall. The rest of the tunnel is dimly lit so the light panel is more pronounced. I like the mixture between the different materials of the wall that the shadows from the window are casting on as they have different reactions to the light, the glass is reflective while the concrete isn't. The water from the fountains that are on the floor create a large temporary reflective surface, the water that is in the air distorts the image behind them.
Kings Cross - Metal Framework, Kings Cross - Window Shutters, Kings Cross - Geometric Ceiling. I like the radial metal framework as it supports the building and looks very modern, because of it's geometric pattern, the shadows that it casts are also very geometric. The modern framework juxtaposes the traditional building style in it's surroundings. The sheets of glass emit light from it's edges due to a process called total internal reflection, where the light is at a certain angle that can be directed to the edges. The slight curvature of the framework that encompasses the ceiling is very immersive, I find the texture and the symmetry of the frame to be aesthetically pleasing.
Kyla McCallum - Sonobe Wall Panel, Kyla McCallum - Leah Pendant, Kyla McCallum - Maya Pendant. These pieces are made using a modular origami technique called sonobe, the individual units can be slotted together to form a larger object, this artist adheres the paper using glue, which isn't used in traditional origami. The white colour scheme allows for shadows and highlights to show the form and all the different facets of the piece. The repeating tetrahedron pattern and symmetry gives a sense of order and regularity and peacefulness. Hanging the pendant lights in a set of three at varying heights gives visual interest to the piece and it directs the eye in a spiral formation.
Kyla McCallum - Leah Pendant, Kyla McCallum - Bespoke Lighting, Kyla McCallum - The Lighthouse. The paper that McCallum uses is Italian parchment, it has soft yellow glow through it when light is shone through it, this gives a warm feeling. The larger piece reminds me of coral as the shape looks organic and natural. The areas where the paper overlaps cause it to have less light pass through, so the intricate patterns of the paper folding is seen when the light is on. On the edges, where the tetrahedrons meet there isnt much paper there so the light shines the brightest and it almost outlines the pendant light. Bulbs of different brightness can be used to have a gradient effect.
Kyla McCallum - Ted Baker Lighting, Kyla McCallum - Equi Pendant, Kyla McCallum - The Lighthouse. The wave formation of the pendant light illuminates with a curved effect, the areas which the bulb can be seen allow the most light through. The use of a more translucent paper allows for a diffused light that can be used as mood lighting. The perforated material in the second pendant lets you see the bulb outline while still diffusing the light slightly, the small holes give off a textured shadow. This large installation of the pendant lights gives a dramatic feel as the light spills out on to the other pendants, not all of the pendants are on, this showcases the translucency of the paper.
Kyla McCallum - Equi Textiles, Kyla McCallum - Fold Pendant, Kyla McCallum - Desso Window Display. These origami tessellation pieces are compressible and have a fluid form. The paper pieces are made by using a grid technique where the lines are kept consistent. The fabric pieces were made using a pleating technique where the fabric is sandwiched between two sheets of brown paper then pressed and steamed. The folded piece can be manipulated and shaped to form a radial shape or a flowing ribbon. The use of a thicker fabric allows for a more rigid structure, the net material is translucent and allows light to pass through, this gives it an ethereal, otherworldly feeling.
Tom Dixon - Cut Tall Pendant Chrome, Tom Dixon - Etch Web Pendant Brass, Tom Dixon - Cut Gold Mega Pendant System. The glass has a one way coating on it so one side is clear and the other is reflective, the mirrored interior creates and infinite space effect, where the light seems to go on forever, the light also reflects and creates a spectrum because of the angled shape of the faces. The laser etched metal creates and intricate pattern, similar to a spider web, when light is shone through it to cast shadows, the shadows span across the entire room. This large pendant system can be a huge statement piece in a home or an office, the tiered design creates an elegant taper to the silhouette of the lamp.
Tom Dixon - Plane Chandelier, Tom Dixon - Fade Copper Round Pendant System, Tom Dixon - Etch Mini Chandelier. The round globe like enclosures that the bulbs are housed in create a contrast with the thin metal beams that support them. The lights are arranged in regular polygons that have more sides as you go up. The warm colour temperature of the light gives a soothing, relaxing mood to the room. The second pendant is an inverted teardrop shape with a surface finish that blends from 100% opacity to clear. The spiral formation gives a sense of movement and flow to a space. The combination of several different materials can add variety to the space and it adds visual interest.
Tom Dixon - Top Silver Linear Pendant System, Tom Dixon - Etch Pendant Steel & Copper, Tom Dixon - Etch Web Pendant Steel. The simple geometric shape of this pendant system is effective as they tessellate and fit together. The reflective surface that is slightly translucent allows for the bulb inside to be seen. The steel gives a more industial cold feel compared to the warmer tone of the copper pendant. The different angles of the pendant creates warped and distorted shadows, that spread across the wall. I like the overlapping shadows created by the pendants, created by the pendant array, this can symbolise community. The overlapping lines of the pendants gives a sense of chaos and entanglement.
Tom Dixon - Melt Pendant, Tom Dixon - Beat Pendant, Tom Dixon - Copper Pendant. The organic liquid like shape of the pendant gives it a life life extra terrestrial form. The uneven shape distorts the light coming out of the pendant, it also distorts the reflect that can be seen on it's outer surface. I like the contrast between the matte black outer surface and the luxurious hammered gold interior. The texture catches the light at different spots and it changes depending on the angle you are viewing it from. I like the spherical shape of the copper pendants and the distorted spheres that have been stretched and pulled. The round shape ties them together so that they match when displayed together in a room.
Archway - Simple Lines, Archway - Geometric Windows, Archway - Perforated Cladding. I like simple lines of the pillar, as it gives a minimalist aesthetic. The pillar is made from concrete, so it is cold to the touch and it has an industrial feeling. I like the geometric shape of the reflective windows on the skyscraper, the windows are coloured in a random order that blends from dark blue to light blue, this gives a dispersion effect. The blue on the building matches and seamlessly blends in with the sky behind it. I like the gradient on the perforated cladding, the holes go from big to small in a staggered pattern, when light shines through the holes it casts interesting shadows.
Archway - Modular Facade, Archway - Tonal Details, Archway - Cube Balcony. The modular design of the skyscraper facade gives it an organised and regular look. The reflection of the sky contrasts nicely with the muted brass tones of the metal. I like the indentations of the building as it adds shadows to the wall and adds more depth and character to the wall. The cube balcony design is modern, because it has sharp angular lines. The panelling for the balcony is a perforated sheet if metal that has a marble like pattern, this allows for light to pass through, while still having some privacy. The holes in the panel would also allow for wind to pass and circulate through the balcony.
Archway - Metal Panel, Archway - Monotone Wall, Archway - Vertical Slabs. I like the linear lines of these walls, it gives a very structured look. The all white monotone colour scheme used lets the light show the texture by emphasising the highlights and shadows, white can give off a peaceful and serene mood, it gives off a modern and minimal feel. The corrugation in the metal sheet adds extra strength and stability to the panel, so it won't be as easily bent or warped. Even though every part of the wall is coloured white, the textures allow you to distinguish different materials. The wooden slats on the wall are positioned in a way that reveals more of the window as you walk past them.
Archway - Rough Bricks, Archway - Tessellated Bricks, Archway - Herringbone Bricks. The rough bricks have very deep lines in them, which creates very dark shadows, the bricks are rather unpleasant to touch, as they can be quite sharp. The gaps in the bricks also make them quite porous. The tessellating bricks create a repeating herringbone pattern that can be tiled to any scale. The areas around the bricks allow for moss to grow, so over time the bricks will all be surrounded in moss, which creates a raised soft texture. I like tessellation within a tessellation on the herringbone bricks, as it makes the wall have a more tactile feeling to it. I like the contrast between the textured bricks and smooth cement holding them together.
Archway - Perforated Brickwork, Archway - Perforated Window Shutters, Archway - Perforated Brickwork. The staggered pattern of the bricks uses half as many bricks, the square holes cast geometric shadows as light leaks into the building. The perforations in the brickwork allows the light to pass through while still maintaining some privacy. The rolling window shutters are made in metal strips with holes punched through them. The strip design allows for them to be rolled up into a compact shape when not in use. The metal shutters provide protection and also allows you to see inside. I like the contrast between the tightly packed brickwork and the looser open pattern. The definite line between the two creates a window without glass.
Archway - Textured Metal, Archway - Raised Pavement, Archway - Herringbone Brick. The alternating raised pattern on the metal sheet was used on the staircase, the added textures gives the surface more grip and more traction when you are walking on them. The raised bumps on the pavement are made for people who are visually impaired, it allows them to identify where to cross the road, as they can feel the bumps under their feet. The way the bumps are spaced out allows for the pattern to be consistent as you put the tiles together. The wave pattern on the brick guides rain water through it's gaps in a angular pattern. The pattern can be created by pouring the bricks into a textured mould.
Folded - Matthew Shlian - White, Matthew Shlian - Retina, Matthew Shlian - Rotate. Shlian is inspired by Islamic tile patterns and the way they tessellate with each other. He uses digital software such as Rhino to design the paper panels, he can adjusts the parametric values of the shapes to form different patterns. He uses a flatbed plotter cutter to cut the nets of the shapes precisely and efficiently. He then creases the paper using a bone folder for sharper folds, after that, he applies glue accurately with a needle tipped applicator. Then, he attaches the paper shapes to a large board, creating an impressive piece which has fluidity and smooth transitions that appear to move.
Modular - Coco Sato - Origami Sacred Geometry. These paper panels are made using modular origami pieces called sonobe. The pattern is different on both sides, one where the tetrahedrons are convex, while the other side has concave tetrahedrons. They can be used on a smaller scale or when used in large quantities can be very expansive. These pieces are attached to a frame and can be used to decorate a home. The use of various colours adds a random element to the piece. I like the second piece where there are gaps in the tessellation, this allows you to see the surface behind it. The subtle change in colour in the third piece gives a soft gradient to the entire piece, which leads the eye.
Porous - Zaha Hadid - KAPSARC, Zaha Hadid - Galaxy Soho, Zaha Hadid - Morpheus Hotel. Many of Zaha Hadid's designs are modern and futuristic, the predominant use of white gives it a sterile and stark feeling. I like the geometric ceiling used as it fills the room with intricate shadows which change as the sun changes positions in the sky. I like the evenly spaced out bands on the office building as it gives a regular pattern which is pleasing to the eye. The straight lines are juxtaposed by the curved shape of the buildings. The metal framework on the hotel creates an exoskeleton around the entire building. The porous shape gives it the appearance of bacteria which has spread across the building.
Tessellated - Issey Miyake - Prism Pouch, Issey Miyake - Pleated Baseball Cap, Issey Miyake - Bao Bao Bag. The textile for these pieces are made using a softer material with a more rigid stiff material adhered on top, this allows the fabric to fold along the seams and create an origami like effect. The contrast between the white triangles and the black seams shows off the fold lines and outlines the folds. The triangular tessellation is contoured to fit around the human head in the cap. I like how the tessellation is carried on to the brim of the hat to give continuity. The more things you put in the tote bag the rounder the bag appears to be. The reflective material scatters the light around.
Faceted - HAY - Ori Grinder, HAY - Paper Porcelain, HAY - Colour Vase. The faceted design of the grinders give them added grip for when using them, the simple design has a very minimalist style, it also fits together when not in use. The coloured exterior allows for easy identification of it's contents. The paper pocerlain collection appears to be made from paper when it is actually porcelain. This juxtaposes the luxurious expensive material of porcelain with the cheap disposable material of paper. The handles resemble paper tabs, which look hard to hold on to. The faceted surface of the glass vase distorts the light behind it and refracts light as it passes through it. The glass vase was hand blown into a mould to achieve the faceted shape.
Segmented - Jiyong Lee - Green Leaf Cuboid, Jiyong Lee - White Segmentation-Construction, Jiyong Lee - Segmentation With Missing Block. These sculptural glass pieces are made using frosted glass, so they have a matte surface to them. The blocks of glass are sliced into triagular segments, then rearranged and headed up to reattach them. colour can be added to the faces of the cut faces, this is diffused by the frosted glass and it creates a soft glow of colour. I like the use of a similar colour pallet as they create a good harmony within the piece. The all white colour of the second piece gives it an ethereal look. The varied colours are also effective, as they give a sense of chaos to the piece.
Tate Britain - Spiral Staircase, Green Park - Escalator Array, Tate Britain - Deep Staircase. Stairs can be used to walk up or down different levels. They can be different shapes and forms. Spiral staircases look elegant and save space. Stairs that are deeper have a much more shallower gradient, so they take up more space than a steeper set of stairs. Stairs can be automated, such as on an escalator, where step segments are on a loop and they rotate around, you can can stand still while still going up. I like how the escalator array has a staircase in the centre as it gives you the option to walk. Usually on escalators, one side is for standing still, while the other side is for walking, for those in a rush.
Finsbury Park - Elevator Door, Green Park - Telescopic Elevator Door, Leicester Square - Expanding Shutter. I looked at different mechanisms for door ways and entrances. The elevator door would slide and be hidden away, the sliding door saves space compared to a revolving door as it has a smaller footprint. The elevator used at the tube station utilised a telescopic mechanism so the door would expand and contract in sections, this saved even more space as they are neatly nested inside each other. The metal shutters on the tube station entrance used a scissor mechanism which can expand and contract to close the entrance, the shutters form a lattice pattern, which lets you see inside the building.
Vauxhall - Wheels On Vehicles, Vauxhall - Spokes on Bike Wheel, Vauxhall - Portable Trolley. I looked at wheels and how they can be used to transport things easier. The cars utilise suspension which are springs that make the car more stable when on uneven surfaces, the wheels are also motorised in a axle system which turns them, turning certain wheels can change the direction of the car. The wheels on the bike has spokes to hold it's structure. The wheels turn when someone pedals the bike and turns the bike chain. The handle bars are connected to the front wheel to steer it. Break pads create friction so you can stop the bike. The long handle on the trolley makes it easier to pull as it is further away from the fulcrum.
Finsbury Park - Door, Tate Britain - Rotating Art Piece, Vauxhall - Tube Barriers. The revolving door is attached to the door frame with a set of hinges, the screws are counter sunk so they can be flush with the surface. On one side of the door there is a push plate, while on the other side there is a handle. This indicates which side to push or pull the door. There is also a push plate at the bottom of the door, this lets you use your feet to open the door if your hands are full. The art piece has a central axle so it can rotate along it, the uneven shape means that one side will always weigh it down. The ticket machines at the tube station can be open and closed in both directions, they can be programmed to either an entrance gate or an exit gate.
Tate Britain - Rolling Art Piece, Tate Britain - Rocking Art Piece, Tate Britain - Hanging Art Piece. The rounded shape of the wooden ball allows it to roll along the ramp which has a concave surface, because the ball is a sphere it can go in all directions. The statue that has a pivot can rock back and forth, either side of the sculpture is the same weight so it evenly distributes and stays balanced. The hanging art piece is suspended from the ceiling and it comprises of metal shapes connected using metal beams, which can pivot. The mobile like piece can move around and spin if a breeze passes it. The movement of this piece is slow and elegant. The piece is well balanced which can symbolise harmony.
Pimlico - Train On Rail System, Pimlico - Height Adjustable Platform, Pimlico - Boat On River. The underground tube is on a rail system, which allows it to move in a linear direction. The tube is reversible, so it can go in both directions. The rail system is modular so it can be expanded when needed. On the river was a platform that had hydraulic legs that could adjust the height of the platform, this can be useful as the water level rises and sinks, so the platform can adjust accordingly. The platform was strong enough to hold heavy machinery. The boat on the water uses a motor driven rotating wheel with flat panels that push the water behind it and propel it forward, this allows it to glide across the water at a high speed.
Leicester Square - Rolling Shutter, Leicester Square - Train Doors, Leicester Square - Store Canopy. The metal strips on the rolling shutter allows for the entire entrance to roll up and store away, this is motorised so it is easier to open and close. The doors on the tube were on a track system, so the doors slide open and when they close they go into the wall to make the train more streamlined. The doors open automatically and can be operated by the driver. The store canopy was made from a coated fabric so it would be waterproof, it is used to protect any produce stored outside from the rain. The fabric rolls up when not in use and metal bars hold it in place when it is opened out.
Shigeru Ban - Naked House. This interior has cube shaped modules with tatami mats in the. The cubes are on castors, so they can be wheeled around to change up the space. I like the simple geometric shape of the cubes. They can be used as room dividers, you can also sit inside them. The simple minimalist aesthetic is pleasing to the eye. The use of simple materials such as concrete and wood give a natural feeling to the interior. The reflective floor makes the space look bigger as it multiplies the natural lighting. There is a curtain railing system hanging from the ceiling, so the space can be configured and divided up. The space can be adapted to whoever lives there and what their daily needs are.
Mini Living - Dream Home. Many apartments are quite small as property is expensive, space saving techniques can be used to maximise and utilise the space. The bed that can be lowered down from the ceiling allows for the room to be a living room at daytime and when you are ready to go sleep you can position a stool in the corner and lower the bed. The added curtain gives more privacy to the bed. Storage techniques like using vertical space and underfloor storage can help keep the home organised and free from clutter. A plunger can be used to open the under floor storage, you would store items you don't use all the time here, such as seasonal items. Giving a place for every object in the home keeps it tidy.
Cedric Price - Fun-Palace. This project was designed to be a public space for creatives, it featured a modular design that you could change out depending on the event. Cranes would be used to transport, raise and lower the different elements of the building. There is a metal frame work that different parts can be attached to. Some of the parts include: platforms, which can be a space for people to look at the view from, escalators, which can be at different gradients, depending on what levels that you want to connect, walls and ceiling panels can also be retracted to change up the space. The atmosphere of the space is meant to feel similar to that of a shipyard. The structure is intended to be open plan.
Olsen Kundig - 242 State Street. This building has a sliding facade, that is a two storey window pane, that can be raised and lowered to a desired height. To operate it, there is a wheel that you can turn, the large wheel allows for less force to be needed to operate, this is linked to a series of pulleys and a counterweight on the exterior of the building, that help reduce the effort needed to raise the wall. The open facade allows air circulation throughout the building. The exposed pulley mechanisms give an industrial factory like feeling to the space. The high ceilings make the space airy and bright. The large opening in the wall makes it feel more welcoming and inviting.
Jean Nouvel - Institut du Monde Arabe. The walls of this building is covered in metal apertures that can be opened and closed, when they are open they can let in light, when closed, they block out the light. The light that comes through the window comes in as circular beams of light that change depending on the size of the opening. This can change the atmosphere of the space with a brighter feeling or a more moody look. Each tile comprises of different sized apertures. The metal segments of the aperture fit together in a curved shape. Each tile on window can be individually opened and closed, to give a more varied look on the inside. I find the concept and look of the facade to be very modern and it has a utilitarian look to it.
D*Haus - The Dynamic D*Haus. This home can move around to form a folded structure. The building can adapt to the users needs and be used in eight different configurations. Having the rooms move around can change the view in the windows and the different ways the rooms are connected. The rooms are on a railing system on the ground so they follow a predetermined pathway. The building moves over the course of year, similar to a flower blooming in certain times of a year. During wintertime the home is at it's most compact state, this allows for minimal heat loss to stay warm. During summer time the building spreads out to allow for the sunlight to warm up the interiors. This ingenious transformation can help save on heating and air conditioning.
SOM - Observation Deck. This concept to to construct a moving platform between two skyscrapers, the large circular design with windows gives users a 360 degrees view of the area, the floor to ceiling windows create an even more immersive feeling. The view can be changed as the platform moves up and down. The proposal says that it will add an iconic silhouette to the New York skyline. I find that creating a building with interesting shapes and forms can be a landmark, which is captivating to the public and it can entice people to visit the area. The modern design of the skyscraper juxtaposes the traditional building it surrounds. I like how the old building is preserved for future generations to see.