Sunday, March 28, 2010

my random design

This was the building that I had been drawing Sunday night. 40 storeys, with an elliptical plan oriented away from the sun's path, with extended soleil along that axis. Why this plan? It would mean less circulatory space, and larger expense of window per volume unit. A simple building, but one nonetheless.

hey liko

no pics, but here are samples of their style

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Super Potato

Went to Orchard Scotts showroom featuring an apartment dished out by interior design firm Super Potato. The ID works apparently cost a whopping $1.5 million. It had raw stone walls for the bathroom, fully decked out timber wall panneling, and columns cladded with glass. Though, apart from that, the entire composition was simple, to say the least, but hardly as breathtaking as its price, to say the most.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My dilemma

I've always said that I treasured nature, and that I'm an environmentalist. Still it was breathtaking. It was three metres long and one metre wide. The entire table was carved from the trunk of a rain tree, suar wood, as it is known, is beautiful and is rarely carved into objects larger than 75 centimetres, much less large enough to span the entire width of its trunk. Having this table in my dining room is certainly surreal, you see its sheer majesty, while knowing that it is a corpse of a living creature that indeed, was even more beautiful.

Monday, March 8, 2010

What goes up, will it ever come down?

I was looking though some things in my cabinet, and I stumbled across a pricelist for ICON's apartments, the very first launch not too long ago. There I saw it, my heart almost stopped. number 39-01, at $980 000 before discount. With prices of the same unit breaking the 2 million dollar barrier in today's market, I hated myself for not pushing to buy it, even though I had liked the development so much then.

And the Sail @ Marina Bay, lets not even start.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Construction Begins on the World's Tallest Multi-Storey Carpark

SINGAPORE. In a city where strict building height regulations limit the size of its buildings, an ambitious project aims to break world records in an unusual fashion, with an unusual function. The SkyPark, a 280m high mechanical multi-storey carpark, will have 161 floors of parking lots, and will be able to house an astounding 30,000 standard sized vehicles. Mentioned SkyPark Spokesman Mr Anlong, "there is currently a serious shortage of carpark lots in the business district, and with the increasing number of cars on the road, this project will relieve the city centre of its carparking woes". Not to mention a tidy profit for the company, with current parking rates in the business district at an average of 3 dollars an hour, this building is projected generate more than 1 million dollars a day in car park fees when fully laden, which would recover the cost of the 200 million dollar building within half a year. It will break two world skyscraper records, the most number of floors in a single building, at 161, which will surpass the current record holder, the Burj Khalifa which has 160 floors. It will also be the world's tallest multi-storey carpark. As architect of SkyPark, Mr Cliff Tan said, "this is undoubtedly the most ambitious project undertaken by the state since the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, and will be an icon to the nation." The structure is on schedule, and is projected to be completed by 13th August 2010, for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games.

The building will be more than six times the height of Marina City's iconic Carpark. Freefoto Photo

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