For many years, the National Stadium was a place of rejoice, celebration and athletic exuberance.
In recognition of this, the bench projects a ’physical surface” embodying this certain energy and wistful tendency on the zeitgeist of today and also of yesteryear.
Its roaming toroid-unal coil layout propositions diversity in usage pattern and activities upon.
Linear-esque benches ironically isolates users apart one more than the other, and so these physical overlappings and curvatures attempt to persuade direct and indirect interactivities in the public realm.
Undulating and rather roving always, it provokes, a further, and varied functional reaction; much to the manner of how the National Stadium fluently expresses multiplicity and spirit of free will and desire.
On how design and the arts can make a significant change to the banalised mindsets of us Malaysians. Today I saw some of my students at Taylors produce and deliver some stunning furniture to MAP @PUBLIKA ;
A few months ago, I got into my car, terrified by all my own expectations of myself not being fulfilled. I switched on the radio, and there was a speech already running on BFM89.9. For a while, I had absolutely no idea who this voice was. It was at a part which exclaims that all the weird moves that happen to occur to you or taken by you leads to somewhere positive in the future. That you start to join the dots only later in life. There could not have been a more uplifting speech at that very moment where I was completely down, with very arrogant and uninspiring and in my opinion very averagely talented people filled around me. I was drowned by their sheer inabilities with no one to bounce off, no one. I was truly uninspired and more importantly, completely scared to ‘death’.
Immediately, I posted that speech up to my close friend and confidant, Tmy. I proclaimed it to my mum, that I was unafraid to face unorthodox paths; which is taboo in Malaysia. Malaysia will never fulflll its potential because the air is filled with this lacklustreism, sceptism and internalised fear. I will defend that statement tooth and nail.
Steve Jobs not only produced the iPad which is my outright favorite device now (and hundreds more astonishing things) , but he directly brings strength to my weakest moments. Much like my dad did all this time. 2011 is without a doubt an unavailingly terrible year, which I will look back and realise that for me, the world has lost 2 key figures, and a lot more else. Whilst physically people come and go, there are 2 which completely strengthens me when I ponder on them.
Steve and my dad, QuahCC, who left suddenly after fixing up his own company, ‘Insulflex’.
The site represents a deep connection of the fight on AIDS in the state of New York. Our response was to instill profoundly, the memories of the area and it’s past. Every so often people who thread through the park catches a glimpse of what lies under. Raw and untouched materials connotate the emotions that still lie abound in the struggles, more so mentally, (perceptively) than in the physicality.
This proposal has considered the climactic condition and placement of Brisbane, within it’s geographical context. Brisbane city is located approximately 21kms inland from the nearest coastal edge. Subsequently it is starved of any significant retrievable, or recurrent, sea breeze. This, coupled with Brisbane’s unforgiving sub tropical summer humidity, was the idealistic catalyst for this design concept. Slender, sculptured towers range in height depending on their topographical location. Further Description on Archdaily.
This concept endevours to establish a new dialog between
object, human and vehicle.
Carparking structures have historically been established as a way of storing modes of transport, and making life easier for the humans who control them.
This design however attempts to re-configure the way we think about this process, making it about the vehicles right to enjoy themselves, their environment and their location whilst ‘showing off’ as it were amongst their metal piers.
This approach is about removing the notion of rigidity, repetition and speed, replacing them with a naturalistic and free willed, almost miandering approach to parking a vehicle. In essence this concept endevours to soften what has now become part of a very hard edged urban fabric.
Within a highly vegetative environment, vehicle emmissions are absorbed, helped by low pressurisation through what are designed as large up-side down glass wine bottles. Through these freeflowing landscaped platforms AIR is then filtered vertically through these structure(s) until finally being released as potentially nett negative carbon air.
This project fulfills the requirements of the brief through a horizontal and vertical series of topographical landscapes. Each level is supported by a series of uniquely carved geographically researched structural embankments and fractures. No two levels offer the same experience, or capture their unique context within Hong Kong in quite the same manner.