Sunday, August 21, 2011

Look and Feel of a Building

The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

Construction of the building started in in January 2003 and in December 2003 it was finished. House architecture is based on Jan Marcin Szancer (famous Polish artist and child books illustrator) and Per Dahlberg (Swedish painter living in Sopot) pictures and paintings. It is very unique as it does not behave the law of physics. It has various unknown shapes and looks very nice and comfortable. It releases various illusions such as being inverted. I find this architecture one of the most unique as the building is different from other normal buildings. It still has normal looks as the interior is the same. The pleasing look of the building originates from the exterior.

Dark colours absorb heat radiation much better than light colours. So particularly sunlight falling on a dark surface will be absorbed and converted to heat at the surface. Falling on a light surface, more of it will be reflected. It has nothing to do with storage capacity which is totally unrelated to colour. A dark coloured house will be warmed more by the sun than a white one, likewise the clothing. Just place two pieces of paper or plastic - one black, the other white - on your window ledge in the sun and check their temperatures after 2 minutes - you'll immediately feel the effect. Or touch different coloured car roofs in a sunny car park - the same effect!

Generally lighter colors like white are cooler because of their high albedo and thus white appears white since it reflects all light. Darker colors like black is 'hotter' since it absorbs light. Since light is energy, darker colors will radiate back that absorbed light as heat. Therefore a house with black interior walls will generally be warmer inside and vice versa.


The lights on the exterior of the building would cause the building to look nicer in the night as the lights would enhance the view of the building, showing the bright scenery as the dark sky acts as the background.

While the lights on the exterior make the building look more “classy”, the lights on the interior are mostly the how it would affect people to feel. The lights in the interior could make a person feel at home because of the intensity of the light, or make a person feel like they are in a classy place because of the smooth light.

From the information above, I can tell that Texture is affected by Light. Different textures are also used to bring across different type of feel. It affects the outlook of the project and the emotions of the customers/viewers.

From the third picture, the jade bowl gives us a classic smooth feeling as the texture looks very smooth, and we’d expect it to be smooth when we touch it. However in the clay pots (the one with three colours inside) etc, it gives us the feeling that if we touch it, it will pop up and feels rough on our hands. The three similar coloured pots looks as if it would be smooth on our hands but with a sandy feeling due to its material. However, the child’s figurine looks smooth as the light reflected off it a bit which shows that is shiny and probably has a coat of thin varnish.

Done By: Abilash, Priyanka, Su En, Yuzhe

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Design of a Recreational centre

Who are the users of the recreation center?
People of all ages can use this recreation center.

What are the needs of the user?
They would need a place to R&R and can allow the users to rent the halls for lounge activities over a period of time.

How do you think you can attract people to the recreation center? What are the factors of considerations?
Good cafeterias and facilities, like indoor pools, dance and art studios, discussions rooms for people to do projects and a small library for people to study in peace.
How would you make use of the space to build the recreation center and why?
We would maximize the usage of the land by building a 3-4 storey building right to the edge of the land. There will be a entrance right at the front linking to the underground car park. The cafeteria would be at the first floor library at the top floor

What we have?
Library, Swimming Pool, Cafeteria, Carpark, Basketball Court, Arts and Dance Studio, Discussion Rooms, Internet Cafe*

Done By : Darryl, Idris, Lionel and Yuzhe

*Might Have

Sunday, July 17, 2011

What makes a good Architecture Design?

What do I want to design?
I want to design a shopping mall.

Different design of malls
Vivo City - Singapore

Centre Court - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sunday, June 26, 2011

What is Architectural Design?

Architectural Design is designing buildings or urban landscape, but not the construction or management required to construct it. (

Architectural Design is the concept that focuses on the components of a structure or system that unifies them into a functional whole. (

Architectural Design refers to the actual designs and layouts of spaces.