The Peak Leisure Club — A Design Concept by Zaha Hadid

I was first introduced to Zaha Hadid while in Architecture School when I was asked by a professor to study and reproduce a rendering by a famous Architect.  I was fascinated and enamored with Zaha’s unique rendering style and architectural representation of her design and the surrounding contextual elements so I picked her for my project.  The sharp angles, contrasting colors, and her unique boldness intrigued me.  Other famous architectural rendering styles include Carlos Calatrava’s ink drawings (which I had the pleasure of seeing in person while at an AIA convention when he was honored with the AIA Gold Medal) and of course Steven Holl’s famous watercolor renderings which are all brilliant! Hope you enjoy this post as much as me…

THE PEAK LEISURE CLUB
Hong Kong, 1982
Description of The Project

“The winning architect describes her design as Suprematist Geology. First, she proposes that the ground be leveled to the site’s lowest point and then rebuilt from the excavated rock as a polished granite mountain. The building itself is composed of four beams , stacked atop one another in a splayed arrangement. Partially embeded, the two lowest layers contain 15 studio units and 20 apartments, forming a podium for the club facilities. A void approximately 42 feet high separates these strata from the two uppermost levels, which house the larger apartments and the developer’s penthouse. Suspended within the void like hovering spaceships are the club elements,  which extend back into the man-made mountain. The series of floating ramps and platforms that articulate this space are supported by two vertical members, an elevator, and a steel truss containing services. Two elevators linking the clubs to the upper residential zone provide additional support and a vertical counterpoint to the horizontal composition. Stress cables stabilize any other movement among the floating horizontal members of the void. The swimming pool rests in the roof of the second residential layer. Lateral changing rooms are hollow square beams in section, and act to stiffen the structure. The enire complex is constructed of steel and reinforced concrete. All volumes suspended in the club area are framed in lightweight alloys with aluminum or stone cladding. Although the jurors faulted the winning design for a ”certain lack of resolution in its details,” they praised its concentration ”on the exploration” of ideas… The sculptural nature of this solution,” they averred ”promises to extend the imagination and symbolize the essence of a new building type in a unique location.” *excerpt from Architectural Record, Sept 1983

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line

Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line. At a lean 54 minutes, it’s more straightforward than intimate. But its biographical sketch of, primarily, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio has a surprising amount of depth as it charts their evolution from a firm known for imaginative art installations to in-demand architects. The film also probes what Scofidio calls the blurring of “boundaries between what is public and what is private” by focusing specifically (but not exclusively) on the work that went into New York’s High Line park and the redevelopment of the city’s Lincoln Center. Both projects—and the greater issue of public versus private spaces—promise to provoke discussion at a panel organized around the film.

“The conversations that happen between the films are really one of the most important parts of the festival” Bergman says. We’re trying to raise the level of design dialogue, not just among pros, but among engineers and lawyers and pediatricians and people who make pizza. As an Architect, that’s something that I think is really good for the profession.  It may even be a great place to discover a Beautiful Stranger or take a look at the NJ Skyline at sunset!!!

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“Design Is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli”

The New York edition of the Architecture & Design Film Festival will show the people behind the projects, October 18–21.

Photo © John Madere – Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra’s Design Is One: Lella and Massimo Vignelli will premiere at the Architecture & Design Film Festival.

“If you can’t find it, design it” is the motto of the Vignellis, whose renowned work ranges ”from the spoon to the city.” Kathy Brew & Roberto Guerra’s film brings us into the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor. www.designisonefilm.com

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Amazing Facts to Blow Your Mind via @AsapSCIENCE

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When You Talk All I Hear is “Bla Bla Bla” (by Philippe Katerine)

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Architecture / Design Presentation Given to Industrial Design Students – Or What My Eyes See

I was asked by a colleague (who is a director of an Industrial Design program at a prestigious university) to discuss “Design” and “Architecture” with his advanced students. The following are the slides I included in my presentation.

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My Blackberry is Frozen

I can relate!  I am disappointed too.

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