Friday, April 30, 2010
Full description after the photos….
Description of the Setia Eco Villa from TWS Partners:
This project is located at the palm coconut plantation, in Syah Alam district, 15 minutes ride from Kuala Lumpur. The site where the building is located is part of the master plan of satellite city, which comprise of residential, and other supported facility, named Setia Eco Park. This development brings the Green Environment concept, within the site planning, dedicated to middle upper class market.
The client’s brief is to create an unique, modern, sustainable architecture style without leave tropical aspects as a starting point. The site itself was a part of master plan of integrated mixed use and residential function called SETIA ECO PARK, which carried the GREEN ENVIRONMENT concept, within their design concept, and intended to be sold to the midlle up market.
The design brief came from the client to create the housing environment which will reflects the modernity of asian architecture style without leaving the tropical aspects as design constraint.
Derive from the client’s brief, we decide to play an additive form generator to create a massing and, in the same time, functional space as well. The indoor space was analogize in pure geometric box, which composed, juxtaposed and inter connected one and the other with a “gap” in between, which interpreted to a circulation or buffer zone, to infiltrate natural air and daylight, as much as possible.
In vertical way, the massing were rotated and juxtaposed perpendicular one and the other to create the in between space into roof garden. With this roof garden, we try to create a rain water catchments surfaces to replace the ground which covered by the building. Also giving an added value to the room at upper level, as a direct outdoor orientation from within. This rotation of the massing also give a shadow effect to the room below. The usage of few kind of texture and color to this building, also refer to the richness and diversity of aian architecture in general.
The usage of wide canopy in the top part of the building also play a double role, as a place for solar panel, beside as a canopy. This amount of solar panel was calculated to reduce 30 % of energy consumed within this villa.
Visit the website of TWS Partners – here.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This weekend I went to the New Museum in New York City for the first time. I am not really sure what took me so long to get there but I think it was a subliminal resistance to prolong my optimism towards to the museum, as a response to the negative feelings I have heard from those around me about it. For the most part it was a major disappointment, but it was the Emory Douglas Exhibition which I saw last that that turned the trip into time well spent.
“Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas traces the graphic art made by Emory Douglas while he worked as minister of culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until its discontinuation in the early 1980s. Douglas’s powerful visuals helped define the trademark visual style of the group’s newspapers, posters, and pamphlets. Douglas’s substantial body of work exists as a powerful graphic record of the Black Panthers’ legacy, reflecting their development and evolving mission to improve the lives of African Americans by calling for resistance and change, as well providing social services to their communities. With a firm understanding of the need to disseminate information and communicate the party’s agenda visually, Douglas’s bold illustrations and striking images spoke forcefully to a community ravaged by poverty, police brutality, and poor living conditions. With unmistakable humanism, Douglas portrayed a populace that was emerging from segregation and proudly fighting to assert their rights to equality. ” – quoted from MOCA press release.
Emory’s work has become a huge influence to contemporary street/political artist like Shepard Ferry and Banksy, who have created their own language through art to communicate their stance on political and social issues that have touched people globally.