Thursday, December 1, 2011

Open the Tower exhibition

Open the tower merupakan pameran koleksi 676 maket dengan skala 1: 1000 oleh Eurohigh design studio, dipimpin oleh prof Winy Maas, Alexander Sverdloy dan Anja Molenda dari The Why factory yang berkolaborasi dengan KRADS didukung oleh Lego dan Arup. Studio ini melakukan study riset tentang bagaimana bangunan pencakarlangit bisa dibangun dan mentransformasikan dimensi horisontal kota menjadi vertikal. Pameran ini di selenggarakan di TU Delft, Belanda.

Open The Tower is a collection of a total of 676 models in scale 1:1000 by the Eurohigh design studio. Led by architect, professor Winy Maas (who visited us in DesignMarch 2011), Alexander Sverdloy and Anja Molenda of The Why Factory in collaboration with KRADS and supported by Lego and Arup, Eurohigh design studio looks at the way skyscrapers could be designed and how they could translate the horizontal dimension of the city to a vertical one.
 The exhibits on displays at the Tu Delft Faculty of Architecture in Rotterdam.
Open The Tower is an outcome of a 2-month-long research period on the ultimate European skyscraper. The models are presented in a grid of 26 linear iterations in Oostserre, Rotterdam.
The extensive catalogue of possibilities will serve as the first step to a more precise parametrization of the process of modeling eight European skyscrapers in scale 1:100.
The work continues until January 20, 2012 and will be exhibited in Oosterre until February 2012.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ring Installation by Arnaud Lapierre

Karya instalasi oleh designer Arnaud Lapierre ini menghancurkan persepsi ruang di tengah plaza, rancangannya merupakan susunan blok cermin yang melingkar, telah memberikan pantulan sekaligus pencerminan bagi bangunan di sekitarnya termasuk manusia yang berada di lingkaran dalam dan luar.
From 20-23 October on the occasion of FIAC 2011, passers by at the Place Vendome became the spectators of a monumental mirror installation produced by Arnaud Lapierre, in collaboration with Audi is a reflective cylinder composed of mirrored blocks stacked in a variegated fashion. 
It plays with the context of this urban space through reflections, light and the interaction of passers.This is an exceptional vision that reflects a newer version of a dynamic urban space that interacts with its environment.
The vast amount of reflections and angles warps the perspective of the surrounding area. The optical effect creates a surreal environment in which both the structures and people are distorted and recreated, fracturing the usual relationship that individuals have with the piazza as well as themselves. overall, the installation measured 5500 x 4000 mm (216 x 157 inches).
A film and photography devotee, Arnaud Lapierre’s creations are distinguished for their individuality and allure. His inspiration is always derived from the human mind as a source, in other words a type of a perceptual script that combines objects of emotion and desire, sensory translation and questioning, creating an unexplained appeal to the viewer-something like a new interpretation or vision of the world.
His work portfolio, rich in collaborations with prominent designers, big names in architecture and award-winning projects, sets him amongst the most sought-after emerging designers. 

Following the conceptual 1=2 chair, the Audi 2011 award-winning Field Lamp, the Ricochet (in collaboration with Ambroise Dudon) and several other successful projects, French designer Arnaud Lapierre sets off to create his first outdoors installation named ‘Ring’.

The installation features a cylinder-shaped mirror dressed in 4-metre high cubes, creating the sense of a distressed urban space. 
About the Ring structure, Lapierre explained, ''The Ring' is an installation that takes into consideration the urban space networking: the rhythm, flow, organization and spatial hierarchy. The installation embodies a visual effect that is to connect all of these interactions through the implementation of an optical effect: the repetition of a cubic mirror to break the perception of the place.''
The view from within looks remarkable, it’s a shame Lapierre’s work is only temporary.  However modern it may appear, it looks at home in the classical buildings around it in Paris. The simple repetition of the mirrored blocks creates an interior and exterior space where the urban context of Place Vendôme is filtered selectively through the defined volume of the installation.
It essentially deconstructs and morphs the surrounding buildings and sky and produces a disorienting, but engaging experience of the plaza. 
The buildings appear and reappear between the mirrored surfaces and voids, changing the perception of space and enclosure for each user. It alters the condition of the plaza by creating spaces that are at times transparent and at other moments reflections of the visitors, the sky and the buildings beyond.
Through the implementation of an optical effect: the repetition of cubic mirrors, the conventional perception of the space is “shattered”. 
By segmenting the appearance of the square, a new reading of space is introduced. The structure establishes a different kind of interaction between individuals, built space and movement. 
The facets of each cube reflect the place and reconstruct a paradigm that breaks the reading of the course. The Ring works at this stage as a visual intrusion, an acceleration that changes the perception of the visited place.
On the other hand, the circular layout of the structure invites the visitor to step inside, exposing him to collided images of details, intimacy and outside spatiality. 
The Ring visually deconstructs space, but does not reconfigure it physically; it leaves the elements in the state of decomposed images, pieces of a puzzle hovering and waiting to be reassembled.
This dynamic installation changes the relationships between individuals and the space they are going through. 'Ring' invites the visitor to play with the installation and space on two levels.
The first level would be more related to experiencing a change in the urban areas: as temporal kinetics. The facets of each cube reflect the place and reconstruct a paradigm that breaks the reading of the course. 
At this stage, it is a visual intrusion; an acceleration that changes the perception of the visited place for this is a spatial rediscovery.
On the second level, the installation proposes to get inside, to see its own image multiplied to infinity, which collides with urban detail.
It is now a place outside time and outside spatiality, in total rupture with the outside principle. Now, the vision is more intimate.

Thessaloniki Water Transport Piers Proposal / Giannikis SHOP

Giannikis SHOP won the honorary mention in the national architecture design competition for the Thessaloniki Water Transport Piers in Greece.
The main goals for this competition proposal were functionality, economy and innovation. Four Piers (Eleutheria Square, Megaro, Aretsou, Perea) are designed so that each Pier is composed of three elements: the floor, the pavilions and the inflated pneumatic structure. 
The floor arranges the flow of users and incorporates pier lighting and sitting. The Floor is made of rough wood planks treated with tar, a technique used in shipbuilding.

Sitting is made of stone blocks. Lighting is integrated in the surface of the floor.The pavilions house the public toilets and storage space (A) and the ticket booth and Pier café (B). The pavilions are steel structures covered in the same rough wood planks as the Floor.
The doors and windows of the pavilions are made out of brass, another material that references to ship building.The inflated pneumatic structure operates as weather protection and harvests solar energy and water. It is supported by a three column steel structure that holds a triangular ring inside the inflated pneumatic structure.
The surface of the inflated pneumatic structure is in constant mechanical support (air supply). The side walls of the inflated pneumatic structure are made of BoPET while the upper and lower walls are made of ETFE . BoPET is a highly reflective synthetic film and ETFE is a transparent synthetic fillm.
Both materials have high tensile strength capabilities.The Piers have no interior waiting space. The climate of Thessaloniki is mild and the average waiting time for users on the Pier is short. That allows for Pier operation savings in heating during winter and cooling during summer.
The reflective surface of the inflated pneumatic structure integrates the Pier in any surroundings it is positioned. The three elements that compose each Pier are the same everywhere. That allows for Pier operation savings in heating during winter and cooling during summer.
The reflective surface of the inflated pneumatic structure integrates the Pier in any surroundings it is positioned. The three elements that compose each Pier are the same everywhere. That allows for savings in design and fabrication as well as the ability for use of the existing Pier design in any future expansion of the Thessaloniki Water Transport Piers in other locations.
In addition, the persistence of the same elements throughout the Water Transport System unifies the whole as a single entity. The Pier construction has low maintenance requirements. All elements are easy to fix or replace and are resistant to humidity, salt water and vandalism.
The way the Inflated Pneumatic Structure harvests solar energy and water is the following: Solar radiation enters the Inflated Pneumatic Structure from its upper transparent wall. The reflective side walls of the Inflated Pneumatic Structure guide the solar beams towards the solar cells that are located in the interior of the Structure.

Water is harvested from three cone shaped point at the upper wall of the Inflated Pneumatic Structure (the point of connection between the surface of the Inflated Pneumatic Structure and its steel support ring) and directed towards an under Pier storage facility. Electricity and water harvested by the Inflated Pneumatic Structure allows for energy and water self-sufficiency of the Pier.
The solar cells transform the solar energy to electricity and store it there. The advantage of this innovative solar cell technology compared to conventional solar cell technology made with steel and glass is the ability for large surfaces with minimal weight. This technology is being developed by a multitude of companies such as Cool Earth Solar , Emcore , SunPeak Solar , Ausra as well as ETH University.

Architect:Giannikis SHOP
Location:Thessaloniki, Greece
Team: Stamatios Giannikis (Team Leader), Evi Tsagka, Stelina, Tsifti, Panagiotis Chatzitsakiris, Giorgos Aggelou
Organizing Committee: Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks (Greece)
Year: 2011
Size: 120 sqm

on final preparation : Jakarta Art Biennale 2011' The Maximum City'

Budi Pradono's proposal has been selected by curators of Jakarta Biennale 2011 and to be built at the main venue of Gallery Nasional Jakarta