Friday, March 9, 2012

Triflow Tap By Zaha Hadid

Architect Zaha Hadid has designed a tap for British manufacturer Triflow. 
The collaboration with Zaha Hadid marks the company’s return to its founding principles: innovation and technological excellence.
Inspired by the movement of water, the designs are a formal expression of the continuous flow of liquid – merging tap spout, body and handle in a seamless trajectory of curvilinear geometries.
“Our starting point was a series of formal studies on the conceptual terms of ‘fluidity’ and ‘seamlessness’ as we wanted to generate the fluid geometries of water in motion,” says Hadid.
“By applying advanced 3D software to our experiments into the viscosity of liquids, we were able to explore complex forms and their productivity for domestic environments,” she continues.
“A major benefit of this design language is that you can create something that not only appears continuous, but also blends seamlessly with the ergonomic needs of a tap.”
Featuring Triflow’s exclusive, patented three-way technology, the filtered drinking water is delivered through a dedicated waterway thereby isolating it from the hot and cold water streams – controlled by the tap’s discreet handle. 
Whilst a touch-sensitive electronic button activates the filtered water.
While hot and cold water is controlled by the tap’s discrete handle, the drinking water element is activated by a touch sensitive electronic button indicated by the subtle triflow logo. 
A green halo light ignites when operational, turning red when the water treatment cartridge needs replacing and flashing red when the battery is running low. The battery provides back-up in case of mains electricity failure
Concealed behind the fluid Zaha Hadid design is a highly sophisticated manufacturing process that is unique to the UK and has never before been used in the creation of a tap. 
The result is a tap that is as much a bespoke work of art as it is a kitchen or bathroom appliance.
Zaha Hadid - High Model
This kitchen tap is instantly recognisable as the most recent evolution of hadid’s design language. 
Organic and surprising, the sculptural sensibility of the tap’s fluid form makes the bold and elegant gesture of a signature piece.
Zaha Hadid - Low Model
Product shown is a prototype and is subject to change. Triflow Concepts limited reserves the right to adjust the design without notice.
This bathroom tap cuts a softer form than zaha hadid’s design for its kitchen counterpart, yet retains the coherent formal language of the set.

Inverted Pyramid, new vertical Kampung in Jakarta by budi pradono architects

A new vertical ‘Kampung’ as contemporary urban village in Manggarai, Jakarta

The inverted pyramid adopts the concept of the existing ‘kampung’, a traditional urban village in Jakarta, which tends to be informal and irregular.
It offers a unique social housing by bringing forward the concept of informal social spaces that are randomly distributed among the voids and vertical dwelling and increasing the density at one location.

The steel frames as surrounding structure of the pyramid has the flexibility in providing device for various needs such as energy production, vertical urban farm, and balconies for home-based business facilities.

The six blocks of social housing with one block of public facilities such as mosques, church, sport hall as well as vertical parking. The inverted pyramid is instead of gaining informal vertical public space, it also bring the culture and lifestyle similar to that already present, this is also sustainable considering its outer structure can produce energy, and while providing extensive urban park in the cityscape. This new typology also allowed user to renovate and rebuild of their - own dwelling according to various door, window, and partition, which bring the color of ‘kampung’ spirit.

Various modes of transportation can easily reach the highest level, then connected with several pedestrian path that make it easier for people who live in this housing.

In each pyramid communities is given the discretion to develop home-based businesses such as sewing clothes, fixing damaged electronic goods, and so forth, since their life in the urban context, this informal sector community is supporting the balance of the city as a contributor to economic activities in the surrounding area.

This proposal is an attempt to provide an alternative to affordable social housing programs in Jakarta that failed recently.

Project name: Vertical Kampung
Location: Manggarai, Jakarta
Architect: Budi Pradono Architects
Architects team: Budi Pradono, Hasan Nury Hardy, Ayu Dyah Shanty, Stephanie Monieca