Art of Zen Design
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There is now space for break out areas,ibrary,resource center and as well as as well as all the little private rooms.Activity based planning together with new materials and colours that allows the clients to be more at ease during meetings are one of the important
elements taken into consideration when designing new office enviroments.
Architect’s Poetic statement: If architecture is music in stone can its “limbs” dance? Architecture only remains still in pictures.In real life its natural state is one of transition. Both man and light move within it. Inside a house among coarse Mediterranean glades and corrugated stone walls, a slanting light, pierced by innumerable narrow repeated blades, inscribes and describes the walls with its impermanent, mutable hand. How many possible stories will this light tell over the course of a year?
A curved wall jokes with the light. The light bathes the wall, but reaches the moment and the place in which, going beyond the curve, it takes a tangent, deciding what will be lit and what will be dark. And this movement suggests the indefinite, mutability, shading, ineffability.
Thus architecture becomes light interpreted through the “limbs” of the architecture.
Like shadows of flesh on flesh,whose forms are both definite and defining. Here, as in a Flamenco dance, the body breaks up, invading the space moving through its potential articulations without, however, defining the void, or, interpreting the many possibilities of moving within it: fleshy and sensual, but equally incisive and precise. Secret but luminous. Closed but open to a multitude of possibilities. A body inside another body. Compressed, suspended and continuous in its curvilinear trajectory.
And yet, as in a Flamenco dance, the development of movement, its indefinable ardour, is made real by the successive instant.That solemn, still instant that seems to challenge eternity. Thus, smooth, tall and still, a wall opposes silence. And such stillness paradoxically supports the preceding movement, giving sense to its being.
Birnbeck Island Competition – Weston-Super-Mare – UK
Having to be at least in intention a lasting phenomenon, architecture “puts up with” entertainment. Entertainment is ephemeral, mutable, and a building that tries to fix the shape of a space in time is destined almost always to fail. Is an architecture of amusement possible then? Probably not, because it is difficult to surpass its own time without incorporating such a strong subliminal content for it to become significant in itself, able then to transcend the function for which such architecture was born,transforming the same function into a pretext. Entertainment certainly influences actions and thoughts. It is a form of social control. A responsible architecture can ignore these difficult presuppositions only with difficulty.
This architectonic complex is born out of the pre-existing piers and buildings developing into a system of pathways. Like a big naval vessel, a curved shape embraces all the diverse elements of the composition, substituting an old concrete platform with the new basement building. Constructed five metres beneath the main pier, it is accessible from a ramp near the main gate of Birnbeck Island. Its sequence of flexible spaces links all the buildings on the island from below. The vessel design counterpoints the new tall buildings, in plan strategically oriented following the double orthogonal reference system created through pre-existing signs. Two different materials divide these building surfaces: warm concrete at the bottom and planking at the top. The method of occupying the void synthesizes diverse traditional architectural layouts (tower, linear, cantilever and city gate).
In each of their narrow frontages, at the top, a big window marks the seascape creating a panorama like multitude of lighthouses. Moreover, these primary volumes are written through several unconventional signs that communicate to the outside the different spatial situation of the interiors, according to an “urban” poetry that makes a complex stratification of meaning. Each episode, however, appears transfigured and its being in the complex renders it something else, acquiring for it new meanings. Each part resonates in another constructing a stratified reality, as in an ancient village where life and time leave tracks on the ground.
Text and images by Antonino Cardillo Architects
Modern HDB interiors has come a long way since the government started building the low cost public housing in the 60s’ The new modern HDB interiors rival even the best interior designs of some private apartments. The HDB apartment interiors featured here is given an uplifting design by clever use of indirect lighting and bold colours to emphasis the clarity and dynamism of the design. The ultra modern design is a classic example of clever planning with creative design.
View of concealed wardrobe at Master Bedroom.
View of Master Bedroom.
image: Antonino Cardillo
The Ellipse 1501 House designed by Antonino Cardillo, is both astounding and awe inspiring.
Built on a hillside somewhere in Italy, Cardillo the grey blob has
an enormous interior, with the curve sweeping across the central hall. Very much different from the ubiquitous timber strips in Asian Tropical architecture, seen in this part of the region, the smooth exterior of the Ellipse 1501 house provides a much welcome relieve with its sculptural form .
image: Antonino Cardillo
Designed by Erik L’Heureux, principal of Syndicate Architecture, based in New York, offers meals served by gauchos, similar to Carnivore at Chimes. The 3600 sq.ft space is a testament to meticulous detailing and playful parody of restaurant customers as the carnivorous creatures behind the colourful cage.
General view of boutique.
The uber chic boutique “INTO” at Palais Renaissance is an iconic example of both restraint and indulgence. The design of the uber chic INTO boutique is a tribute to new wave design in ornamental minimalism. The entire store is wrapped with custom baroque print edged on a thin aluminum skin. The design for the INTO boutique encourages discovery and awe by slowly revealing each accessory designer’s collection like a museum piece each turn. INTO boutique is a testament to the symbiotic relationship between fashion and architecture.
View from cash counter
Loft living and HDB living is 2 distinctly different style of living. One conjures images of community living while the other proposes a more stylish and cool lifestyle. The interior design for the HDB apartment located in the Central district challenges the notion that low cost housing built for the masses by the Housing and Development Board in Singapore is not exciting and dark in nature.
The designer of this 1200 sq. ft apartment (Amir Sultan) has engaged the Zen of HDB living and Loft living simply by a process of exclusion and inclusion. The strong vertical and horizontal structural elements were included, chaos of urban living, next to a busy highway excluded : with the use high frosted glass windows and domestic order maintained by clever detailing and concealed storage spaces.
Light and Space of the new apartment is celebrated with open planning and indirect lighting. Natural materials and architecturally flushed details were used to achieve a sense of lightness and elevation. The structural element of the existing apartment is juxtapositioned into the sequential space of loft living to give the design, a both intellectual and spiritual feel.
Whether the apartment you are decorating is your first or your second, the process and anticipation of designing and watching it evolve thro each of the stages is exciting. The real key to a successfully designed apartment is making it work for you. Besides being functional, it needs to be absolutely comfortable and appeal to the physical, mental and visual senses. You can personalize and stylize your design by decorating the apartment with things you love and things that hold memories and meaning to you.
Most homes perform a variety of functions. One of its primary function is to facilitate our social behavior by allowing us to live together as families, friends and as individuals. Our lifestyle evolves constantly and homes need to evolve and accommodate our changing needs and adapt accordingly.
Before you get started, determining whether to hire the services of a professional Interior Designer or doing it yourself, should be one of the first decisions that you should be making. Unless you are confident of doing the tasks by yourself, i strongly advise you to hire the services of a professional Interior Designer. Ask around for recommendations from your friends or someone who knows a good Designer. View the completed works of the Designer, talk to the people who has hired his or her services and find out about their reliability and performance. Engage their services only when you are satisfied with their track record and performance.