Category Archives: Works

Verner Panton

“Colour is more important than Form.” Of Warholian spaces and Bauhaus retro-futurism.


Pages from my Sketchbook 1

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.

Student Works #3 – Brewing atmosphere

by Liao Jiekai

qmark attended a screening during SIFF a few weeks back, of the latest work by our good friend Jiekai. Although the final director’s cut is not out even as of now, we saw a rather polished film in terms of cinematography, acting and direction, or at least in comparison with the other films screened that evening.

The film tells a story about psychological torment and (I guess) of its implied release. 2 main characters, acted by very impressive first-timers Jaclyn Chia and Jason Hui, reveal figments of their imagination and how they coped with their internal stress. I feel its not so much about the sequential flow of events, but more of a certain strand of illogicality that creates that creeping mood of the film and ties everything up. The trailer here shows it really well:


Some of the inspiration came from the movie “Invisible Waves” by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe), which is really about “atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere and atmosphere”; haunting, brooding and eating at you.

(on set)

Being a student director isn’t easy at all. Shooting schedules are really intense, day-night affairs that involve lots of management, concentration and problem-solving. Working on his set, I say that they can be more draining than architectural submissions! So give it up to Jiekai, upcoming director-extraordinaire!

(Jiekai’s Director’s Reel 0506)

Learn more:

  • Jiekai on Youtube
  • Invisible Waves on IMDB
  • 3-day weather forecast: showers.

    Student Works #2 – Making Wind Visible

    by Jonathan Yue, Yip Ching Lok, Geraldine Lum, Song Xiao Xing, Yi Hye Mi

    Sometimes to move forward, you got to look back at the past. As design becomes more complicated, with inevitable emphasis on sluggish practical issues like structure and services, it can be inspirational to remember the energy and idealism of early projects.

    This brings to mind a project done by fellow classmates back in Year 2. The brief was simple – a sound sculpture, raising awareness of the sonic through form. So it is not really architecture: it’s part art, part science contraption. Here nature becomes the mediator between sound and shape. In their own words, they wanted to create an “interplay of time, movement and sound”.

    (Hundreds of moving flags)

    As wind blows, it calls to attention hundreds of flags taller than human height, and like automated louvres they open or shut the path of noise coming from the nearby road. Imagine the visual delight when these flags shift from one state to another, like a domino effect, a battalion of swaying flags!

    (No dust on acrylic)

    A path meanders amidst all the flags. Walking through, the experience kicks in – when buses cease to be heard with a gush of wind, or when a cacophony of engine roars accompanies the opening of the sonic gates.

    (A path of experience)

    What also amazes me is the effort behind this project – experimentation leading to tectonic materialisation as well as an elegant acrylic model as seen above. The energy to explore, from concept to realisation to presentation, is somehow an intrinsic quality of early works. Many people eventually forget how it used to be, and the Mundane sets in, losing the magic of doing architecture, or whatever it is that they are doing.

    So here is a potent reminder of the inquiring mind, something to inspire lest one has lost his/her way.

    See more:

  • NUS Sound Sculpture Report
  • Sound Sculptor Baudouin Oosterlynck + Sculptures
  • JY’s Flickr!
  • qmark.jpgtowards technology crit…


    Friend Z and his 1 week plus of pimping adventure

    Recently, friend Z dug out his 3-year old work, buried deep in the dungeons of post-submission, and sets to resuscitate it.

    before and after

    Friend Z thinks that there is no bad design, only bad communication.


    Student Works #1 – An Alternative Marina Bay

    by Pan Yi Cheng

    You are definitely not alone if you feel that the current building typology of tall straight boxy towers is sooo over.

    When opportunity rises to redefine the skyline in the new Marina Bay district, what resulted was a disappointing stack of uninspiring blocks, recycled Cartesian planning and a stagnation of architectural progression in Singapore.


    Pan Yi Cheng, from the AA, proposed an alternative Marina Bay. Where current blocks taper off at the top, his skyscrapers were inverted – smallest footprint, widest roof. Where current organisation revolves around the 2-dimensional grid, his plan involves a more 3-dimensional urbanism, with a more organic use of space.

    Alternative Singapore
    (An Alternative Marina Bay)

    I think the tapering is great in the way it allows for more shade in sunny Singapore. It looks abit like hotair balloons tethered to the ground! I like that layering between ground/roof and smallness/bigness. It allows for more free space and less visible clutter on the street level. It has a scale befitting of the Marina Bay district, iconic and at the same time not too tacky. Just imagine the possible community spaces on ground as well as across skyscrapers as the broadened roofs meet.


    It’s about freeing movement, freeing the constriants of hegemony as well as navigating the rocky course between “a political reality and a formal proposition”. (sounds cheem hor.. haha) Not incidentally, this project is the 2nd prize winner of the eVolo Architecture Competition for 2007. Congrats to Yi Cheng!

    See more:

  • eVolo Architecture Skyscraper Competition
  • Panels and project
  • BD’s Class of 2006
  • Marina Bay Singapore
  • qmark.jpgis working on a housing competition.