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Did an intense study of the Lovell Beach House by Schindler for a project, including this 1:100 sectional model.

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This is the time when you look at the bottom right of the computer screen and think, “Fuck.  Okay no more Facebook or chitchat I really gotta work.”  And then you proceed to plug in earphones, thinking that you’ll work for a solid five hours, get shit done, then get a couple hours of sleep before review.  Yea well trying to plan last minute is always nice.  At least you thought about planning.

Okay, for some reason everything except work started popping up on your screen for quite a while before you realised.  Now that’s funny.  Maybe switching off the Wi-fi is a good idea?  Or maybe you should just move into a corner and stay away from your friends?  Or maybe both.

You swore to God that you were going to work properly again after that ‘brief’ break of distractions.  But how is one supposed to work without energy right?  Absolutely.  This calls for the instant look-up of the long list of 24 hour takeaway numbers you have stored in your phone.  You take like 15 minutes checking out every place, which is, obviously, reasonable.  If you’re going to order food might as well take a quarter of an hour doing it right?  I mean, even though you know you’re going to end up ordering McDonald’s anyways cause you’re a cheap Architecture student … looking at all the potential menus do not hurt.  Totally not a waste of time.

You’ve finally rounded up people like you around studio, got food ordered, how can life get any better?!  Knowing you’ve got fat, greasy, savoury food on the way makes you supremely happy for some reason, and regardless of how annoyed your neighbours look you let your music loose.  If you are lucky you have an equally terrible wonderful friend who will accompany you.  For the next hour or so, you remain super happy.

Food came, you are full, and oh my God life is good.  Now all you need is a nap …  No no wait what?  You still have half the model left and panel unfinished?  You lazy little …. zzzz ….

You dragged your sleepy brain to the vending machine and shoved some caffeine down your gullet.  Much better.  Brain not functioning.  Hands are now though.  Good job, start cutting that cardboard.  Yes right hand I’m talking to you.

Continuous caffeine really worked its way through your system.  Brain power has been sufficiently revived to prevent drooling and other such zombie-like symptoms.  POWER HOUR.

Worked like a dog, getting tired, but hanging in there with the belief that you’re almost done.  And as you start believing it, you start snickering at your friends because you think can you nap in half an hour.  By 0700 you realise it wasn’t a good idea to slack cause… well… you’re not done yet.

You realised you stopped working because you thought you were ‘almost done’, but picking up the pace did get the work done eventually.  Thank God.  And everyone else is really kinda done or gave up at this stage, so you happy bunch head down to grab a bite together.

You’ve tried your best *cough cough* and it is review time.  You have managed to pin up on time and you are glad that your normal dress code is forever the classic architect’s monochrome because you did not shower or change.  All is well.  You sit tight for an hour or two until it is your turn to proudly show off your hard work.  And what do you say?  You take two minutes and say, “Well good morning I’m just going to keep things simple so this is my project … and it does this … and this is my concept … and this was how I was inspired … and thank you for listening that’s it.”  Well.  Short and sweet is the way to go.


: object_élevé

If you have been through my previous content, you will know that I am an avid Dezeen reader.  Whilst browsing just now I came across the realisation of a whimsical idea: suspended staircase which acts also as storage and desk.  The Object élevé is an installation commissioned by designer Just Haasnoot for his home in Wassenaar, and was hand-made in Mieke Meijer‘s Eindhoven workshop.

The interesting part I was drawn to however is the alternating height organisation of the steps.  I was actually quite amused as I had unknowingly incorporated a very much similar idea into a project recently.  And it was this feature that was banned out for being too whimsical.  Ah wells.

Although I admire the concept and see huge potential in redefining circulation in this direction, I doubt the functionality of this particular design.  Why?  The issue is, would one’s desk and storage area really remain clutter-free enough for the circulation to work with ease?  The seemingly multi-purpose modularity is then reduced to naive imposition.  Perhaps by merely suspending the staircase as it is and integrating storage would function well, but the combination now seems rather forced to me.  In fact I think the transparency of design is somewhat intruded on by this mashing of ideas.

Although I hesitate with the practicality of the idea in the real world, I very much appreciate the nuances in the delicacy of details.  The black steel framing combined with oak slabs gives off a solid yet transparent touch to the picture, quirky indeed.  I am really a little upset with this piece, as there seems to be so much quality to it that was unable to be exposed.  Of course, my opinion is mine only and the flaws in my eyes may very well have been a deliberate act on the creator’s behalf.


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designers’_tip 02

I used to work with very large sizes when drawing, and as such when it came to documenting them for portfolio I encountered problems.  The average scanner could not do such irregular large sizes, and although camera could do the job there were issues of reflection and whatnot.

CamScanner is an app available on iTunes which solved my dilemma.  One of my previous posts demonstrates the ability of the app quite well:


However bear in mind that scanners deal well with drawings due to their flat nature and probably won’t do for pieces done in thicker medium such as acrylic or gel.  The colour comes out alright though and will still work with watercolour I should think.

designers’_tip 01

I’m sure all of us have used Google maps before, and if you happened to need it for a project, you probably got really annoyed by the need to Photoshop away words and such.  Well forget Photoshop.

Enter Snazzy Maps.  They provide a large collection of pre-made colour schemes and styles which alter Google maps, and require literally zero skill to use.

hk_aqua hk_oldtime hk_retro hk_londonWant a more personal touch?  Mapbox allows you to create your own easily if rewriting code is too complex for you.  Mapping does not only then give location, but one can also read off other information based on all the different configurations possible.

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I am sure there are other sites or programs out there that do the same, but so far I have only tested out these two.  There are some other little shortcuts I have found to be useful for work or design, and will post those up soon.


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: ikea_limited

Introducing the new Ikea limited collection: On The Move, consisting of 51 pieces all aimed to maximise space usage for the most compact of apartments.  With the average young person dealing with uncertain rental terms, one in five urban dwellers living in spaces smaller than 30 square meters, the flexibility of interior works becomes so much more important.

One of the key pieces is a wall shelf by Keiji Ashizawa which props up against any wall without the need to drill into the actual surface.  With certain rental terms disallowing permanent fittings, this simplistic yet functional design will surely bring a greater variety of choices to furniture placement.

Polish designers Krystian Kowalski, Pawel Jasiewicz and Maia Ganszniec also came up with a multipurpose bureau which acts as a tall surface with a flip drawer in the middle, allowing two surfaces to be used simultaneously.  There are so many possibilities to be discovered with these designs that the thought of bringing several pieces of the collection home is a lingering temptation.

Worth mentioning is the fact that the collection was designed with the thought of budget in mind and as such are very much affordable.  The collection is said to become available on April 1st, but may differ according to region.

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: onthe_roofs

Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov.  These fabulous lunatics are said to have scaled some of the tallest buildings around the world.  The duo achieved fame by posting a nerve-wracking video recording their climb up the unfinished Shanghai Tower, which upon completion will only be bested by the tallest in the world – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.  It does seem rather reckless and retarded to put yourself at risk like that, but bear in mind that they are Russian.  And we all know Russians are unkillable daredevils.

What drew my attention though, was not their unsettling videos on YouTube, but their hyperlapse and timelapse videos produced from footage taken on the rooftops they’ve visited.  They showcase and describe a city without need for words so beautifully, it is almost enough to tempt me into accomplishing the same feat.  Andrey Melnikov took part in the filming of the particular one I was fascinated by.  Watch the video here.

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: from_m+

“The West Kowloon Cultural District will establish a new vibrant cultural quarter located on a dramatic harbour-front site in the heart of Hong Kong.  Following an international competition, the celebrated Swiss architecture firm of Herzog & de Meuron, working with Hong Kong-based TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK, has been selected to design the M+ building. Scheduled for completion in late 2017, the approximately 60,000 square-metre scheme will create an iconic presence for M+, and Hong Kong, on the museum’s site overlooking Victoria Harbour.  A strikingly slim, semi-transparent vertical plane, housing education facilities, a public restaurant and museum offices, will rise atop an impressive horizontal slab offering a diversity of well-considered gallery spaces. At ground and lower levels, generous access will be provided to the park and other West Kowloon Cultural District facilities, alongside a public resource centre, theatres, retail and dining, and back-of-house functions.”

M+ held its first exhibition “M+ Building: The Museum and Architecture Collection” a while ago, showcasing the finalist of the M+ Building design and over 100 works in their architecture collection.  Apart from architectural models, the wide array of drawings were enthralling.  Apart from original plans and sections, included in the collection were concept sketches of various architects.  These were done in the form of tracing paper, spray paint, painting, etc.  The collection is formed based on the their collection strategy, a guarantee that only pieces demonstrating artistic, intellectual and aesthetic excellence are included.

The M+ Building shortlisted designs themselves are rather interesting, and I would highly recommend a look into all of them here.

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