Missing last year’s Singapore Design Festival, qmark eagerly placed this year’s events into the calendar. There are MANY events, but a quick browse through that thick pamphlet tells me that there aren’t many that cater specifically to design per se. It’s more product placement than product process. Continue reading
I like it that he slams incomprehensible avant-gardism (read: Woods, Hadid et al), and retains the wit and fun of college architecture. Check out their office [3:38]!
Great video to kickstart your day.
21st July saw the soft opening of much-hyped frenzified Ion Orchard. Designed by UK-based Benoy Architects, Ion Orchard fills the high-end niche gap, converting Pinoy park into purchasing paradise.
Introducing Tim Griffith, a “well-travelled architectural photographer”, who has more than his fair share of Singapore Shots. Visit his blog level for his work, and sensible musings about the worldly life as well.
crowne plaza hotel
a photographer is an architect’s renderer.
There is something about watching an action-thriller plot unfold at your favourite landmarks, especially those where you have been before and explored. And when they get involved in something bigger and more extraordinary, it’s strangely elating. It’s like Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass“; why would it garner such a huge response if not for its familiar contemporary venue?
My trusty Moleskine, companion to the alter ego of my mind. To sketch, to observe, to be; every line, turn and curve etching the fabric of existence, of various moods and dispositions. Attempting to capture the quintessence of European towns, every page a chapter, and on hindsight an enormous window back into those carefree days of exploratory pleasures.
Granada, Spain – sitting on the narrow curb of a door along the slope waiting for the landlord to appear, sketching as shadow lines move across the pebbled floor. Aboard the TGV, France - A very adorable young boy scribbles and explores my SLR, as he travels with Mum and Sis to Toulouse for their summer vacation. Firenze, Italy – atop Giotto’s Campanile beside the Duomo, as I glance afar and outline the many windows of the Uffizi Gallery.
( Gantenbein Winery in Fläsch)
P1 and P2 for Digital Fabrication studio had been fun - investigation of the Gantenbein Winery had revealed how integrative digital processes can be applied to architecture. “First-order” basic components, “second-order” geometric operations, mass customisation, digital fabrication machines, are just some of the burgeoning techniques being experimented and used today.
Now to harness all of that in the exploration of a new typological 12+1 Tower. With (a very versatile) Grasshopper, a model following up from the theme of directional translucency was created. Seems like it might be headed towards a facade-based design or mere multiplication to banality. Based on Shinya’s suggestions, I guess it’s a process of iterative thinking from both Component>System and System>Component, where a meaningful architecture is created.
( Changing Openings)
qmark‘s top 3 haunts, perhaps as ideal VDay hangout spots:
PS. Cafe PALAIS
Heard of a beautiful sun-infused interior amid a lofty neo-colonial tropical setting (imagine floating B&W bungalow). Heard of famed Swiss Gruyere cheese with smoked ham for lunch. No reservations on weekends.
THE WHITE RABBIT
Seen a rabbit running on the website. Seen photos of ceremonious furniture, rustic materials and spatial sensitivity. Seen Takenouchi Webb’s office at Wessex and frowned at the red sofas of their latest project OverEasy at Fullerton. Renoir’s Luncheon at Boating Party comes to mind.
Knew of the old Clifford Pier, pickup point to Kusu Island. Knew of $12 bottled water, and a fantastic Marina Bay panorama. Aqua Restaurant Group’s latest development amid other cutting-edge F&B establishments in HK and Tokyo. Another case of adaptive reuse.
needs more cash.