Jun 26, 2009

OMA's Rotating Pavilion - Prada Transformer

The 20-metre high Prada Transformer is located adjacent to the 16th Century Gyeonghui Palace in the centre of Seoul. The pavilion consists of four basic geometric shapes – a circle, a cross, a hexagon, a rectangle – leaning together and wrapped in a translucent membrane. Each shape is a potential floor plan designed to be ideal for the cultural programming unfolding over the next three months: a fashion exhibition, a film festival, an art exhibition, and finally a Prada fashion show. Walls will become floors and floors will become walls as the pavilion is flipped over by three cranes after each event to accommodate the next.
Rem Koolhaas explained the idea behind the Prada Transformer: “Rather than having one average condition, we conceived a pavilion that, by simply rotating it, acquires a different character and accommodates different needs.” Koolhaas added: “The project is exciting to us because it is the first hybrid between Prada fashion and the Prada Foundation.”
(to find out more..)

A typical example of Koolhaas' placeless architecture, it choses to be indifferent to the surrounding and creating an interesting juxtaposition of two cultures and time. Even though appearing hostile, the pavilion is the result of an encounter between two icons (Gyeonghui Palace & Prada) from different time and origins that had never quite come together, which further exemplifies each other's identity and statement of its own.
Why bother its hostility since Prada's only going to stay until its job is finished?
Modern, functional, innovative and being temporal is the context.

Another commendable aspect of this well-conceived pavilion is its transformability.
Rather than a typical exhibition typology that requires individual covered spaces for each programs, Prada Transformer is like a folded-up plan. A single huge space where internal surfaces - the floor, walls & ceiling - all act as floor spaces for different programs.
This innovation quite successfully reduces the size and footprint of the structure, making it 'lighter' in many senses; While the down side is that the programs can't operate simultaneously.

What more to say about the interior space?
The honesty of materials and structures, the togetherness between rigid geometries and softness of fabric & daylighting is pretty obvious.
It is unquestionably that the idea behind this design is simply, and strongly expressed through the actual pavilion created, actually, much better than the 3d visualizations published earlier.

posted by afterrabbit

Jun 23, 2009

Jun 19, 2009

5 designs that change the world

“You know a design is good when you want to lick it,” says Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer. But a truly iconic design must do more than make you salivate. It must have social impact too.

Great design should marry aesthetics with practicality, providing solutions to everyday problems – even if you didn’t know you had them before they came along.

CNN has picked out five great designs from the last 100 years. They are all products which have fundamentally changed the lives of millions of people.

1. Volkwagen ‘Beetle’

2. The Leica camera

3. The ballpoint pen

4. The iPod

5. The London Underground map

Text from: http://bloggomatic.wordpress.com/2007/11/01/five-designs-that-changed-the-world/

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posted by ling

Jun 17, 2009

Latest Update! DATUM:KL 2009

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For your information, David Adjaye will not make it to the event due to clashes in his working schedule, sorry for those eagerly awaiting for his presentation...
However, there're 2 added speakers:

1) Alastair Hall of Hackett Hall Mcknight from Ireland ( Winners of BD Young Architects of the Year in Oct 2008 ), &
2) Marina Tabassum of MTA/Urbana from Bangladesh.

along with other confirmed speakers:
3) Winy Maas of MVRDV
4) Han Tumertekin of Mimarlar Tasarim Danismanlink Ltd
5) Junya Ishigami of Junya Ishigami + Associates
6) Roman Delugan of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
7) Meejin Yoon & Eric Howeler of Howeler + Yoon Architects
8) Stephen Pimbley of Sparch
9) Zhang Ke of Standardarchitecture
10) Hud Abu Bakar of RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers.

Thanks Fay~

posted by afterrabbit

Jun 5, 2009

Updates on DATUM KL 2009

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Silos Competition - NL Architects

Amsterdam city council recently held 'the silo competition' which involved the adaptive and reuse design for two former sewage treatment silos in the city's Zeeburg District.
For the competition NL Architects proposed silos dedicated to climbing, sports and culture. In their design the existing structures were extended to the maximum height to benefit from the views.
The cultural silo consists of two theaters with dressing rooms and rehearsal spaces, spaces for workshops, exhibition spaces, music studios and a space for hair design. A bridge connects the silos at the height of the original roof level and office spaces will be positioned on top. The top level will be dedicated to a restaurant with 360 views and a roof terrace.
Using the cylinder of the silo as a basis they created a 40 meter high artificial cave that consists of challenging cantilevers and overhangs for climbers. Since climbing walls essentially are oblique, a section can allow for an increase in space between the inside and outside, allowing usable floor areas on a higher level. (to find out more..)

passage & images from: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/6197/nl-architects-annie-mg-schimdt-house-competition-proposal.html

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