Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Personal Reflections

1) Main Concept/New Knowledge Learnt.
Architectural design and graphic design.

2) Difficulties encountered.
Software used lags.

3) How did you overcome the difficulties faced?
Do other work while waiting for loading.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

D'Backdoor Green - Reuven Lim

The name of the building is D'Backdoor Green.

The purpose of the building is to serve the convenience of nearby citizens and industrial zone workers. There is a need for local convenience as there are no real dining options nearby except mama shops or taking a trip to Clementi Central.

The concept of the building is backdoor nature and convenience, which was chosen as it is healthy for the residents which have a large proportion of elderly and it is convenient for them not to have to travel a lot as it is difficult and inconvenient for them to have to go to Clementi Central regularly. The building is built in a grass field and has a green roof garden for residents to exercise and family bonding. The building has stone floors, wood wallpaper and a rough-stone toilet flooring to prevent slipping, which works with the greenery to create a calm natural atmosphere to suit the target audience. Other than that, the building is notable for the usage of hexagons in the exterior facade, tiling and lighting, inspired by the theme shape of SST.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Unique Buildings

Unique Shapes

Angles, curves and shapes give buildings "personality" and stand out.

Unique Colours

Colours give the building life and changes the mood of an otherwise plain environment.

Unique Lights

Lights brighten up the building and can make the colours, interior and exterior look better. Drab lighting is otherwise plain. Lights can also have fancy designs to be more unique.

Unique Textures

Textures give the surface of the building extra definition. A smooth surface from glass mirrors or marble are different from a rougher surface of painted cement.




Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Factors that affect the design

Factors that affect design:

The surrounding area affects who goes there and the purpose of the building. E.g. office buildings and skyscrapers in CBD are all tall office buildings.

The people who go there affect the purpose of the building. E.g. building exercise areas in older estates, shopping centres at areas where there are many young people.

Ethnic groups may affect the design of the building. E.g. patterns and decor, building religious buildings in appropriate areas.

Designing buildings to BETTER suit the people who go there. Similar to “People”. E.g. having lower toilet urinals in a kindergarten???

Wei Kang

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What makes a good architectural design?

Criteria for good design...

Good buildings...
-ADM Building in NTU
Beautiful green roof that functions as natural cooling, play area and structurally beautiful.


-White House, Washington D.C.
Greek-Roman influenced front. Evenly spaced windows and symmetrical design is simple yet beautiful.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What is Architectural Design?

Architectural design...

"refers to the actual design and layout of spaces." http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-architecture-design.htm

"Concept that focuses on the components or elements of a structure or system and unifies them into a coherent and functional whole, according to a particular approach in achieving the objective(s) under the given constraints or limitations. See also behavioral design." http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/architectural-design.html

"as problem solving by adding value" http://bluearchitecture.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/what-is-architectural-design/