Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
“It is often back-breaking work,” says Jaigopal with a smile, about the process of building with the new system. The fact that the office building was effectively a prototyping project, meant that Inspiration had to build its own design without any contractors to delegate the job to. Every step of the construction process threw up new problems, starting with sourcing the right kind of bamboo.
It helped that Inspiration has always built its own designs. Jaigopal began practising in the mid-1980s, using the cost-effective and energy-efficient brick-based building techniques of Laurie Baker. Raman was part of Jaigopal’s team of architects and engineers that worked with Baker’s unconventional approach to design and construction.
The real breakthrough for Inspiration is as much technological (and ecological) as it is aesthetic. As in the best architecture, all of these go together here. The building is experienced as being ‘light’, similar to a pavilion, both from inside and outside. At the same time, the interior spaces and the exterior ‘natural’ space intermesh closely. Both qualities emerge from the structural system and also directly reflect the agenda of treading lightly upon the earth—that the design is rooted in.
The connect between the shaded pond and the ever-changing light conditions—caught magnificently in the deepening red of the polished cement floor of the covered but unenclosed deck—is a refreshing experience.
For Inspiration, the gamble of trying out a new eco-sensitive technology for its own office appears to be paying off. Among current clients committed to adopting this technology are a couple of resorts, as well as a few independent houses. Most promising, however, is a five-storeyed office for an information technology company that Inspiration has to build within next year near Thiruvananthapuram. Software ‘parks’ may then live up to this nomenclature.
Friday, May 04, 2007
“They were ‘Mission Impossible’-type challenges — a way to get our foot in the door. Now we do $80 million courthouses, but we still do smaller, harder-to-achieve projects, too.”
Thursday, May 03, 2007
2. the virtual pavilion was australia’s unofficial ‘presence’ in the 2004 architecture biennial in venice
3. australian virtual pavillion, 2004, back view
4. australian virtual pavillion, 2004, interior
5. the man behind - tom kovac
Click here to read the design-boom interview
Friday, April 27, 2007
The flowing profiles of Abu Dhabi island’s iconic third bridge to the mainland are slowly emerging as engineers struggle with the “almost unbuildable” structure.
Like illuminated ribbons, twin decks of the 845-meter-long Sheikh Zayed crossing will sweep through waves of supporting structural boxes and curve in two planes to create one of the world’s most radical highway bridges. Though dramatic, the bridge is “structurally illogical,” says Mike King, project manager with structural designer/supervisor High-Point Rendel, London. Design took four times longer than the allocated nine months.
Read the story here
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Here are some shots of the villas that will be sprinkled throughout the property.
from wired magazine
The new San Francisco Federal Building, designed by Morphosis 'starchitect' Thom Mayne, opened earlier this year.
And I knew it looked familiar. Today I finally figured it out.
And what must have been the inspiration:
from wired magazine