Monday, September 26, 2011

Write up for presentation board

The building is a recreation center for the elderly. Its target audience caters to the elderly. This is so as in Singapore, the aging population in increasing and most number of people falls in the 50 to 60 age range. Hence, my target audience is aimed to the elderly as with more population, it will benefit the building. Other than that, the building is eco-friendly, which includes all the ‘green’ features in the building. The purpose of this recreation center is to raise awareness to the elderly about the environment around them and to connect nature to the elderly as they are tend to be more sensitive to the environment. With this , the elderly can feel a sense of belonging to the environment. Besides that, my building also aim for the elderly to spend time with other elderly instead of cooping up at home, with no one supervising them, which danger can happen. With the different entertainment facilities provided, they can entertain themselves and also lead a healthy lifestyle such as gyms and the cafe which sell healthy food suited for the elderly. There is a need in building this building as research has shown that as the aging population in constantly increasing in Singapore, the age gap among the elderly and the youths are getting wider. Nowadays, most of the children are busy with their own work, thus neglecting time to spend time with their parents. Hence, the parents will feel lonely. On the other hand, some children send their parents to the old folk home. Some elderly do not like it as their freedom is restricted. With this building, they can have freedom but still stay with their children.

The concept of my building is an eco-friendly recreational center with some of the eco-green features, such as the roof garden, solar panels and reflective windows. The design of the building is somehow like the shape of the drawer and the reason behind this is where elderly makes friends and a place where memories is made and kept. The exterior of the building is brightly-coloured using pastel colours to attract the elderly’s attention. The building also have elderly-based facilities and equipments such as railings along the corridor, travellator, lifts, toilets which are suited for the elderly.

Monday, July 11, 2011

What makes a good architectural design?

Stretching longer than the Eiffel tower laid down or four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets, with an impressive 12,400 square meters of space, the Sands SkyPark can host up to 3900 people. The gravity-defying cantilever is one of the largest of its kind in the world.But with its indoor canal, opulent art, casino, outdoor plaza, convention centre, theatre, crystal pavilion and museum shaped like a lotus flower, the Marina Bay Sands has taken its crown.

The infinity pool on the roof is in the 'SkyPark' which spans the three towers of the hotel. The platform itself is longer than the Eiffel tower laid down and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Infinity pools give the effect that the water extends to the horizon. In reality, the water spills over the edge into a catchment below, and is then pumped back into the pool. The pools have two circulation systems. The first functions like that of a regular pool, filtering and heating the water in the main pool. The second filters the water in the catch basin and returns it to the upper pool.

The resort is designed by Moshe Safdie, initially inspired by card decks.


  • Aesthestic appealing
  • Good foundation and structure
  • Safety aspects
  • Durability

Monday, June 27, 2011

What is Architectural Design?

Define Architectural Design.

1st source:

Definition: Concept that focuses on the components or elements of a structure or system that unifies them into a coherent and functional whole, according to a particular approach in achieving the objectives under the given constraints or limitations.

2nd source:

Definition: Architecture design refers to the actual design and layout of spaces

3rd source:

Definition: The art and science of designing the erection of buildings and similar structures