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Architecture Breakthrough, Rotating Towers

Architects has to have the consideration to all aspects of their own design. Sometimes in the real world, many architects are forgotten and left something important of what a design is. A design is not only about the looks, but it is about every single thing related to a person, community, environment, landscape, economy, culture, and many aspects to think about. Well, i can say that architecture can be a ‘bridge’ which connects almost everything in this world. With every developments that we have today, architects should be more innovative and being out of the box.

Architecture always related to idea and concept of design, and they can come up from anything and become a crazy idea. Today architects are racing in the line of making more and more crazy idea of architecture design. It is of course starts from imagination, and implemented to a creative and innovative design, because everyone have their own imagination.

An idea of having different view at a time, is one of reasons of having this design. Here, I am taking examples of amazing architecture creation. David Fisher with his Dynamic Architecture. A beautiful and stunning building design which literally dynamic, the rotating tower. Simply this building has the standing core part in the middle, and every story is attached to the core. Each floor in this tower is rotating.

This video, shows the magical effect of this shape-shifting tower.

“Uniquely, each floor will be able to rotate independently. This will result in a constantly changing shape of the tower. Each floor will rotate a maximum of 6 meters per minute, or one full rotation in 90 minutes. It will also be the world’s first prefabricated skyscraper with 40 factory-built modules for each floor. 90% of the tower will be built in a factory and shipped to the construction site. This will allow the entire building to be built in only 22 months. The only part of the tower that will be built at the construction site will be the core. Part of this prefabrication will be the decrease in cost and number of workers. The total construction time will be over 30% less than a normal skyscraper of the same size. The core will serve each floor with a special, patented connection for clean water, based on technology used to refuel airplanes in mid-flight.”

The rotation on each floor of the building create different shape in the whole building as it is rotating. Behind all of the aesthetic side of the design, David Fisher also implement the solar panel to generate part of the electricity consumption. A concept of design which is having a remarkable building, with the amazing shape-shifting effect, and also sustainable to the environment.

Architects today already have all the stuff that provide them the convenience to create more and more innovative idea of design. It is the time for us to make another breakthrough to the world.

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The Dubai Palm Islands

The Dubai Palm Islands are man-made islands located off the coast of The United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf. The constructors are  Jan de Nul and Van Oord, famous marine constructor companies from Belgian and Germany. These artificial archipelago are named Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Palm Deira. The construction of these island will add 520 kilometres of beaches to the city of Dubai. The purpose of the construction was to increase Dubai’s tourism by providing a one-of-a-kind tourist destination brimming with contemporary world-class hotels, upscale services and amenities and hundreds of more miles of Dubai beaches all in a world unique to anything anyone has ever seen before.

The constructions of the first two islands which are Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali comprised approximately 100 million cubic meters of rock and sand. Palm Deira was composed of approximately 1 billion cubic meters of rock and sand. All materials to built these artificial archipelago was quarried in the UAE. Among the three islands there will be over 100 luxury hotels, exclusive residential beach side villas and apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities and health spas.

The process of building these islands was not easy. The sand is sprayed by the dredging ships, which are guided by DGPS, onto the required area in a process known as rainbowing because of the arcs in the air when the sand is sprayed. The outer edge of each Palm’s encircling crescent is a large rock breakwater. The breakwater of the Palm Jumeirah has over seven million tons of rock. Each rock was placed individually by a crane, signed off by a diver and given a GPS coordinate.

Palm Jumeirah is the smallest island of the three Palm Islands. Its construction was started in 2001. It is located in the Jumeirah coastal area in Dubai. Palm Jumeirah is the first island which is built in a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that will form a water-breaker. It has already been acclaimed a marvel of marine construction and engineering vision. Being one of newest tourism spot in Uni Arab Emirates, Palm Jumeirah has many shopping centre, recreation places, hotels, and spas. The heart of Palm Jumeirah is the trunk which is 2 km long living retail and tourism destination.

The Palm Jebel Ali Island is the middle sized island. It is located on the Jebel Ali coastal area in Dubai. The man-made palm-shaped island will consist of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that will form a water-breaker. It is very famous for the caligraphic around the crowns. The construction of Palm Jebel Ali began in October 2002 and is finished at the end of 2006. The Palm Jebel Ali is more suitable for adults and children’s recreation or family to be specific.

The Palm Deira is the largest man-made island of The Dubai Palm Islands. It is located on the Deira coastal area of Dubai. It consists of a trunk, a crown with 41 fronds and a surrounding crescent island that will form a water breaker. The construction began on October 2004 and is expected to complete in 2015. Rumors has it that the construction will consume over a billion cubic meters of rock and sand. It will be 14 kilometers in length and 8.5 kilometers in width and have an area of 80 square kilometers.

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The Strata SE1 ‘The Razor’, Sky Scrapper with Wind Turbines

Located in the London Borough of Southwark in London, England. The Strata SE 1 building become the center attention to the architecture world. Not just about revolutionary design of form and structure. With the development of technology and importance to keep the environment, the Strata SE1 building or well known as The Razor has unique concept of building.

This residential sky scrapper has the source of energy as the consideration of design, since it will be home to more than 1.000 residents. Strata SE1 is one of the first buildings in the world to incorporate alternative source of energy, and installed within the structure. Equipped with 3 wind turbines at the top part of the building, The Razor would generate 8% of its energy needs.

The Razor designed by BLFS and the Brookfield Construction as the main contractor. With development of technology nowadays, this idea of design surely can be implemented, as this building finished in the year 2010. Not only about the beauty of the design, but also the consideration of keeping the sustainability side. Maybe at first, this design is a kind of crazy idea, but in the end with all the preparation and calculation, The Strata SE1 building established with all innovative idea.

Justin Black, director for Brookfield, the developer, said the decision to choose wind was a “conscious decision to experiment”. He pointed out that the entire southern facade of the building would have had to be covered in solar photovoltaics to generate the same amount of energy. “The brief we gave to Hamilton’s Architects was we wanted a statement, we wanted to create benchmarks for sustainability and urban living. We wanted something bold, we wanted remarkable. It’s what I term Marmite architecture – you either love it or you hate it, there’s no in between,” Black said.

Nowadays, we already have the advanced technology and advanced engineering that allow us to implement these to the building since now it is the right time to consider about the environment. Today, it is up to the architect and the constructor how the future environment will be affected by the building because now the world needs more creative ideas.

Projects Taking Shape in China

Today China is experiencing a golden period in the economic field, even mentionedthat China’s economy is better if compared with the United States. The progress ofthe economy, affecting development in the most populous countries in the world.Many modern buildings projects that changed the landscape of this country. Below is a list of just a few of projects that are designed by foreign practices in China, often collaborating with local Chinese design institue.

1. Looped Hybrid Housing, Beijing, 2006, Steven Holl Architects

2. Suzhou Museum, Beijing, 2006, Pei Partnership with Suzhou Institute of Architectural Design

3. CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, 2008, OMA.

4. Water Cube, Beijing, 2008, PTW Architects.

5. Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, 2010, Zaha hadid Arhitects.

China is known by the people who love their indigenous culture, but remain open to changes that lead them to a better direction. Indonesia, which is one of developing countries in Asia, is not possible to be able to do the same. By keep on trying, nothing is impossible right?


Categories: Architecture, Inspiration

Sustainable Architecture

by : Sheiren – 1006717691

What is Sustainable Architecture ? 

Why is it very important for our future development ?

There are two questions that can be answer by us as a future architect to give best contribution for our environment. It is better to know what is sustainable architecture and the purpose itself, so we can know a lot of information about this project and the ideas how to make it real.

Sustainable architecture is based on our creativity how to make a building on healthy environment. The purpose of this construction is to make it the function of building on energy and resource efficiency ,such as :

  • minimising non-renewable resource consumption
  • enhancing the natural environment

Sustainable building also strive for another quality such as economic,politic,and environmental performance. It will gives impact of companies who handle resources and re-arrange of their management to contribute about saving resources, reducing a lot of energy consumption (energy conservation), and improving the environment quality itself.

There is life cycle between human and environment and sustainable building as a mediator between them gives solution to take the environment quality by increasing the function of the bulding but its still eco friendly.

You can see there are a lot of developer who selling their projects and the market of housing is increased sharply but the answer is do they built the project meets the green criteria? You can see on Indonesia property that a lot of projects has built the upcoming project in eco city concept. It means that they want to give revolutionary on the concept design and hope it will help to bring better environment.

The OECD project has identified five objectives for sustainable buildings:

  • Resource Efficiency, the way to safe more resources.
  • Energy Efficiency (including Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and carbon foot print)
  • Pollution (including Indoor Air Quality and Noise Abatement), applying system to reduce pollution by planting a lot of greeneries.

Based on that criteria, we can try to give best efforts for giving a better life for our environment, such as :

  1. Decrease fuel consumption by do not often use vehicles
  2. Design the building by minimize the cost and using non renewable material for construction because it can’t be recycled on short time.
  3. Learning from local traditions about material for giving better construction techniques.

If the criteria on above have been fulfilled, we try our building as a “green “one. This can be fulfilled if our building has meet on sustainable building criteria.

A green building is good concept for giving better health. The criteria to fulfill this one is same as the sustainable but we have to focus on the major issue which is cost of the building, because it will spend a lot of money, starting from developing and maintaning. Making green building is not easy as we thought.

Considering to the large budget for construction, we need to provide commitment to better process, keeping good relation on teamwork, and getting a lot of information on how these are best applied. That’s the basic that architect can do for creating sustainable building.





Digital Technology in Architecture

May 11, 2011 Leave a comment

by Andika Ibnu Praditya – 1006717590

Digital Technology has helped architect to become more digitalized. The presence of Computer Aided Design programs such as AutoCAD and ArchiCAD has really helped architects in their design of a building. Many architects have said that CAD has made their work easier and has really had a big impact in the architectural world. But can the architects today with the help of CAD still be able to compete with architects from the past that did not use CAD in any of their designs?

Architects of the past have used traditional methods such as sketches, hand drawings, free drawings, and perspective drawings by using their hands. They have created many incredible designs which have now been an iconic figure in some parts of the world. Take for instance the Empire State building in New York for example. This building was built by architects Shreve, Lamb and Harmon in 1929-1931[1]. At that time of year, the existence of CAD was not presence, but they were able to create a building that is still standing to date and is still an iconic figure in New York City. This just shows how architects of the past can achieve great honors without the help of digital technology.

Nowadays, architects are starting to depend on digital technology to help them in creating their building designs and they are starting to leave the old method of hand drawing the designs. The use of digital technology such as Computer Aided Design seems to be a must in designing buildings because they say that the digital technology can help make the work more precise in terms of measurement. But the feel of drawing is no longer felt and this can create architects that do not have the basic method of design which is drawing it by hand.

[1] an article about the empire state building.


Architecture is really about creating space. Humans do activities, they have needs and wants. This gives birth to the need of space to accommodate activities to take place. However, space is created through a series of development steps. This is how i perceive those steps:


The first step of creating a space is to find the location, which is where the space is going to be constructed. Usually there are location borders to show the span of the space itself.


The next need for the space will be protection, which is usually represented by walls, to protect from another dangerous living being or danger on the ground. There is also a concept of roofing to protect from the rain and any other possible danger from above.


It will be natural to add doors and also windows so people, natural lighting, and air flow can have some access to the space within the protection boundaries. The roof of the model is also averted to the other side to show that there is also a possible room for creativity and it is possible to find newer, better ways to use the elements of protection in creating a space.


The more advanced, the more needs. A space needs to give a sense of security, both physically and also mentally. The psychological security would be privacy, and hence a series of fences is added to the space borders. The front part is left open to show welcoming approach to the close neighborhood, like the houses in small, traditional villages.


A space can only function as a space when it is able to accommodate the intended activities inside. Activities are done by people inside the space, leaving a trail of memory and therefore life. The space inside the house would be a positive space, where comfort can be achieved.


When all the needs are taken care of, there is a room for wants, including the need to show individuality. Individuality is represented by different colours and also new additional boundaries to create negative space, where activities can be done freely without any directed or intended purposes. Extra fence is also added with a person outside, showing the extra need for privacy in a more technologically advanced society such as in the big cities that we have today.

Hence, space starts with nothingness and ends with the existence of activities, and therefore life, in it. It is very important that the space we create can actually accommodate the intended activities while giving the best possible chance for the user or inhabitants to use it properly, that is, to live in it.

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