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THE VM HOUSES 2005 Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) designed this multilevel-apartment building which interlocks in complex compositions on the faĂ§ade, making the whole building seem like a threedimensional game of tetris. It also won the best building prize in Denmark in 2006. The best and the most eye-catching feature of this building must be its distinctive triangular balconies along the north faĂ§ade facing the park. The balconies are designed like that, which incorporates maximum cantilever with minimum shade, is to encourage residents to have a vertical backyard community with their neighbours in a vertical radius of 10 metres right on their balconies. It also promots a kind of experience as if one is standing at the bow of a ship in the air. If architecture is meant to make people feel comfortable and happy, BIGâ€™s VM Houses was definitely heading towards the right direction.
STUDLEY PARK BOATHOUSE
THE KOOL HOUSE 2011 ---- The Kool House in the manner of Rem Koolhaas THIS project was strongly influenced by the works of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. It adopted several design strategies of Koolhaas: transparency , pliable surface, program and structure. The use of transparency was one of the dominating strategies I employed in this design, in order to respond to/emphasise the activies behind the glass. All the north-facing faรงades are utilising curtain walls/ glass panels in order to gain the most sunlight and the most splendid views of the river. Inside the building, the kitchen wall is designed to be opaque glass wall, which is intended to evoke a unique dining experience where one may see what is happening in the kitchen vaguely. In addition, the roof of kiosk is purposed to be a frosted glass roof. It seems like a corner of the ground that has been lifted up (pliable surface), which is likely to attract more visitors and customers and inviting them to walk on top of the roof to see the view or enter the cafe. At the same time, people under the glass roof may look up and see silhouettes vaguely.
C C T V - CHINA.CENTRAL.TELEVISION
---- The Loop Rem Koolhaas’s practice Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) designed this project for CCTV in Beijing, China. OMA decided to create a building which the three dimensions would force all of the facilities and activities involved in one single giant loop. Structurally, the team described the building as a ‘continuous tube’, they realised the only way to deliver this daring and unique architectural form was to ‘engage the entire façade structure, creating in essence an external continuous tube system’. That is how and why CCTV building could resist earthquakes and wind load, as well as the huge forces generate by the cranked and seemingly unstable form. The planes of bracing are continuous throughout the building volume, as shown in the pictures, in order to reinforce the corners. CCTV Headquaters building caused the discussion about the emerging East/West architectural discourse and the rapid urbanisation of China. This building is indeed becoming an iconic building in Beijing, whether the people live in there like it or not. It is indeed revolutionary, for its truly three-dimensional shape on the outside and three-dimensional experience on the inside.
COMPUTING IN ARCHITECTURE
Computers in our daily lives are making everything more convenient, efficient and easier. Due to the fact that computers are superb analytical engies, they will transfer human’s knowdedge into their systems and will do everything quickly, repeatedly and correctly. Marc Forne from THEVERYMANY is one of the leading figures in the field. He certainly understands the translation of simple code could be structured into complex and appealing form easily using computers. NonLin/Lin Pavillion is one of the examples. NonLin/ Lin’s computationally driven construction attempts to resolve an architectural gesture that could potentially be replicated indefinitely. The materials used in this project were lightweight perforated aluminum in parts then assembled. Something that could be related to final gateway project is what Forne said about this project: ‘the parameters of these protocols are based on form finding (surface relaxation), form description (composition of developable linear elements), information modeling (reassembly data), generational hierarchy (distributed networks), and digital fabrication (logistic of production).’ the project originates from a ‘Y’ model which referred to the most basic level of multi-directionality. Computational architecture allows designers to discover errors in design and fix them and control them on a local level, while having a picture of the whole complexity of the design in mind. Although Forne does a lot of installation projects rather than buildings, it is promising that computing in architecture might be the dominant of all methods in the future.
PARAMETRIC Not just another brick in the wall? But lots of holes. This particular computer-aided design explores the possibilities of architecture in the near future combining skin, geometry, space and structure into one form. In the future, parametric modelling allows people to really express what they want. Since parametric design is not exactly very mature right now, the experimental stage we are at right now encourages a lot of architects and designers to explore and experiment; fail and learn; just go with it. Thus there is nothing quite conservative about parametric designs, they all appear to be very modern and innovative. On the other hand, it must be very hard for the public to accept the dramatic change of architecture from classical to modern and eventually parametric. In order to make parametric designs peopleâ€™s design, it is essential to consider not only the functionality of the building, but also aesthetics -that can be accepted by the public -of it (some parametric buildings have far too many holes on them, which might make people have trypophobia). Nevertheless, the concept of parametric modelling highlights an interesting trend in the world of architecture and generative scripting.