Archive for July, 2010

The Philippine Architecture

The Philippine architecture from 1945 to present.

Old time going to the present time.

          As a student of architecture I imagine what is architecture that time.  I wonder what is the architecture during that time. because I’m new in architecture. And I don’t have any idea what is real architecture during 1945. Just I know is the present time., the modern time

         Philippines is known for island and heritage places because of the historic event happen during the past. The architectural structure during the 1945 is more on Spanish colonial period. But the Philippine architecture is  also influenced by the Japanese people, Japan share theirs  tradition, art, and they also help us to improve our architecture. Even they bring us  chaos during the time of our ancestors.

         Malay also influence the Philippine, Malay is known for native structure that’s why we have many native houses and structure. Even other country  have different native structure. Because of the influence of other countries.

         The Hindu also bring different style to our country (Philippines) and it also influence us. Hindu are also known for there native structure or the nature structure that’s why we have houses that can relate to  nature. Some of this is the “Bahay kubo” every country influence this kind of house that’s why there are many type of this house. The next country that bring us to the next level of architecture is the Chinese, Chinese people are known to art and passion. They have different culture and tradition compare to others. Chinese people stay in our country(Philippines) for a long time and they even built a  Chinese town to our country. Even this present time Chinese people bring huge important to our country (Philippines) because of there tradition and way of life that help us in our daily needs. Some of Chinese people in our country (Philippines) our already prominent.

         The last and not totally  the last country that bring different architecture style to our country (Philippines) is the American people. American also influence the country (Philippines) by mean of culture. American culture is known to be high tech, elite compare to other country specially to us. The American architecture is known for skyscraper , high builds, normal builds and modern type of architecture. The American architecture are all modern and different to our country(Philippines) even around 1945 there works and structure are already look like modern type or look like the present time. Stunning to the eyes of other people. Think about it if this works and structure really exist. The best example of that time is the World Trade Center it is also one of the skyscraper of all time. But it end when terrorist attack the World Trade Center during  2001. American  bring to us the next level of architecture and style to improve and learn what is architecture and help us and bring us also more meaning about architecture.

         During the pre-colonial architect of the our country(Philippines)  consisted of the Nipa hut. Nipa hut  this is the first house in our country (Philippines). But the early people in our country (Philippines)  live in cave. This is the origin of the architecture of the our country (Philippines). Nipa hut are made of nature or natural materials that’s why Hindu and Malay has a connection to this period. And the Spanish people colonize us.  And it also influence us and bring more important to architecture here in Philippines. The main example for this is the Intramuros in the country(Philippines).

Intamuros is a historical city and it bring more idea about the the Philippine architecture. When Intramuros built and finish. It is the city of the Philippines some people define Intramuros as European city or romantic city that time. when world war 2  happen the city became the war field of other country. After years of battle and it was over,  Intramuros it there but the side of it. Today Intramuros became ruin of the Philippines. Even it is a ruin, some architects of the Philippines are starting to rebuild it and and to bring back the Intramuros. Some aarchitect are wondering  about the studies of Intamuros. Some architects are Modern and Post-modern this time. only few who’s base is heritage structure. But today the I think Intramuros is under the process of change. Old time going to the present time.

         During the Spanish colonize our country (Philippines)  some of structure, houses are influence by the Spanish culture and the Philippine architect was dominated.

         The “ Bahay na Bato” or the Stone house,  this is the tradition house during that time. this is the transition of house, or the evolution of houses that time. first is the Nipa hut and the next is the Bahay na Bato”  nature material or the light material going to hard materials. Here you can see the improvement of our country (Philippines)  and the next is the present day. Right now all I can say is, its different  from the past than today.. today Philippines is already moving up by mean of its own culture and its own fruit. The fruit of improvement is base on the architect that we have. Architect today is modern and post –modern. I can say to myself I’m one of it.

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Torre Agbar “The Agbar Tower”

As a student of Architecture. For me Torre agbar or Agbar Tower (english translation). I base it as a Anti – Contextual to the site, but the structure show to us a sign, icon, image and reflection of what is Art. The Torre Agbar or Agbar Tower for me, My first imagination for the Torre Agbar or the Agbar tower, I imagine a huge spaceship with alien thing inside it, Also full of barrier. My second (2nd) imagination  is huge (gigantic) bullet. I think some people think of it. “what is this thing” but deep inside shock and awe and some this structure is nice. The secret of all this thing is Architect Jean Nouvel. Architect Jean Nouvel is known as Bold French architect and his slick-sensuous glass surfaces. some of his works are skyscraper
the best example is Torre Agbar or The Agbar Tower. Some of his works are Nemausu 1 and Arab World institute.

Imagine your first day vacationing in Spain. You’re walking around the streets of Barcelona with eyes of wonder, simply amazed with the beautiful surroundings. All of a sudden, this tall bullet-shaped building catches your attention. Barcelona is famous for its articulate and diverse architecture. Gothic, and modern buildings can be found everywhere in Barcelona. Many of them are inspired by Antonio Gaudi’s designs, such as this tall bullet-shaped structure that just caught your eye, known as Torre Agbar.
The word “Agbar” is made up of Castilian Aguas de Barcelona or Augues de Barcelona in Catalan. Aguas (from the term itself) is the municipal water company which at this moment in time belongs to the Group of Agbar (or Grupo Agbar).
The Torre Agbar or Agbar Tower (english translation), according to the worldwide web, is a thirty – eight story tower situated in between Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, in close proximity to Placa De les Glories Catalanes. It is said that the construction of this marks the first step to new-fangled technological district of Barcelona, Spain. The Agbar Tower was said to be designed by a French architect namely Jean Nouvel who has close association with the Spanish firm B720 Arquitectos and. Its precise location is in the Poblenou, neighborhood of Barcelona which is flat, with extensive boulevards, low-rise housing and an area that spawned a number of decent clubs, restaurants and inimitable structures (like the Torre Agbar).
Torre Agbar, finished just last July in the year two thousand and five (2005), is at present, the hottest sensation in Barcelona skyline. It possesses an attention-grabbing shape and astonishing design which beforehand, collided with much dissension. But despite those issues, here it is now, standing confidently in front of many passersby rising into the sky at thirty-four stories tall and a hundred and forty – two meters in height because the designer supposed that the tower is “a distant echo of old Catalan obsessions, carried on the winds that blow in from Montserrat” and a structure (known to be a geyser) inspired by Antoni Gaudi (an internationally known Catalan architect and designer).
Basic statistics (as for humans) of Torre Agbar is just implausible. It has a height fof a hundred and forty – two meters with gross floor area of 50, 500 m 2. There are four thousand five hundred windows which elucidates breathtakingly at night and even at day time.
The Interior
The inside of the Torre Agbar is structurally out of the ordinary. According to research, twenty-eight out of the building’s thirty-four story area is at this time, utilized for offices and a supplementary three house encompassing the procedural components of the building. A cafeteria comprising one whole story of the over – all building has been built. Another story to for conference rooms. In addition to that, one floor of the structure is meant for observation purpose (known as observation area). There were also four subterranean floors which includes an auditorium as well as the parking facilities for the customer and worker’s comfort.
The Exterior
Technically, the said building is made up of two firm non-concentric oval cylinders topped by a glass and a steel dome. There are no internal columns in the structure, although, the building’s services and emergency stairwells were strategically situated in the central concrete core for easy trouble – free access to safety.  According to research, the Torre Agbar’s first skin is covered by a concrete structure which is a layer of sophisticated aluminum in various colors (that is, blue, green and gray). Whereas the second skin, which appends and glistening sparkles to the building, is made up of fifty – nine thousand, six hundred and nineteen (59, 619) sheets of clear glass. Four thousand windows or blinds get along with louvers that incline in an assortment of directions building block to out any direct ultraviolet light (sunlight).
AT NIGHT
This immense skyscraper is pretty much magnificent at night. The variety of colors ranging from blue, green and gray at day tainted into a multihued one at night having 4,500 yellow, blue, pink, and red lights illuminating the exterior.
This is not actually a tower and not even a skyscraper. It is nothing but only one of its kind piece of an art that would stand so confidently tall in the middle of a tranquil city. It is said that this marvelous structure is like a “fluid mass that has perforated the ground – a geyser under a permanent calculated pressure”. Indeed it is, for according to many, the construction call to mind the idea of a hydro (a water) which is but a smooth and a free-flowing, calm and transparent; that when combined with light, it would apparently be seen with multi – colored pits. Definitely, the idea of it is not that earthy (not like pyramids built from gigantic, useful rocks), rather more of water for it does not acquire the weight of a stone.
Thus, the tower without a doubt, represents a water fountain that would at all times, revolutionizes its appearance (referring to the change in colors). The changes in colors depend on the colored aluminum sheeting that reflects the light consisting or 40 different colors of high gloss. The front consisting of a clad with thousands of glass louvers serves as a sunscreen to protect them from the ultraviolet rays brought by the sun. And more so, it is inclined at a variety of angles for an assurance of an optimum reflection of solar energy. Moreover, the components of this tower is not just meant for skin (dermatologic) protection but also for the respiratory aspects for the reason that the space between the façade layers allows a natural circulation of air in the building.
Truly, this structure is not a piece of a joke for it has, by any means, undergone further researches and study not just to come up with a dazzling spot for the purpose of earning but also for something else beyond “money” and entertainment (for the sake of tourism) per se. The building of this structure did not undermine the health aspect, but became more concerned about it. That is the good thing about this also.
The Torre Agbar or Agbar Tower (english translation), according to the worldwide web, is a thirty – eight story tower situated in between Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, in close proximity to Placa De les Glories Catalanes. It is said that the construction of this marks the first step to new-fangled technological district of Barcelona, Spain. The Agbar Tower was said to be designed by a French architect namely Jean Nouvel who has close association with the Spanish firm B720 Arquitectos and. Its precise location is in the Poblenou, neighborhood of Barcelona which is flat, with extensive boulevards, low-rise housing and an area that spawned a number of decent clubs, restaurants and inimitable structures (like the Torre Agbar).
Imagine your first day vacationing in Spain. You’re walking around the streets of Barcelona with eyes of wonder, simply amazed with the beautiful surroundings. All of a sudden, this tall bullet-shaped building catches your attention. Barcelona is famous for its articulate and diverse architecture. Gothic, and modern buildings can be found everywhere in Barcelona. Many of them are inspired by Antonio Gaudi’s designs, such as this tall bullet-shaped structure that just caught your eye, known as Torre Agbar.
The word “Agbar” is made up of Castilian Aguas de Barcelona or Augues de Barcelona in Catalan. Aguas (from the term itself) is the municipal water company which at this moment in time belongs to the Group of Agbar (or Grupo Agbar).
I hope some day, I can see this stunning structure in front of the forehead and touch the foundation. And some day you can also visit this huge (gigantic) bullet of the barcelona.
THE TORRE AGBAR OR THE AGBAR TOWER
by: Architect Jean Nouvel

Phillippe Starck’s Juicer: The Juicy Salif

Seeing this image I can see — Innovation. Function. Art… A Design Icon — An Icon of Industrial Design.

At first look, I can conclude that it’s a juicer with 3 stands. But there’s something different in it. It’s not your ordinary juicer that are mass produced and can be bought anywhere. This specific juicer, is something unique, something new, something futuristic.

The Juicy Salif is designed by Philippe Starck in 1990 and manufactured by Italian kitchenware company, Alessi. It is made from cast and polished aluminium and its diameter is 14cm, height 29cm. These are the only specific basic facts that I may pull by my own words. Let me give you the words that the founder of Alessi uses to recall how their best selling product comes to life, The Juicy Salif.  Cited from hivemodern.com, “I received a napkin from Starck,… there were some sketches. Sketches of squid. They started on the left, and as they worked their way over to the right, they took on the unmistakable shape of what was to become the juicy salif…”

Furthermore to see and understand how the Juicy Salif comes to life, we must see and understand what the designer’s perspective on his art. Phillipe Starck, the designer of Juicy Salif, is one of the best-known contemporary designers in the world. He is an accomplished architect and product designer. He is also praised by the public for his amazing building interior designs. Much of his work produced in the 1980’s and 1990’s was influenced by fashion and novelty. In the 21st century his approach seems to changed from being referred as “overdesigned” to a refine art.

Starck’s philosophy towards his designs are two things, honesty and integrity. He believes that as designers “we need to be both honest and objective.” Also stated in http://www.design-technology.org in reference to him , “Products should not created as ‘throw away artifacts’, only surviving for as long as they remain in fashion but should ideally have longevity and durability.”

Juicy Salif designed by Philippe Starck is a kitchen utensil invented to squeeze citrus fruits- like oranges, lemon, lime, and the like. It does not however perform its purposed because the juicer is casted and polished in aluminum. Which citric acid may oxidize because of the chemical compound can be seen in both elements. Its structure is outstandingly distingue as a juicer. “Its ergonomic uniqueness, which should make its use a pleasant experience, leave a lot to be desired…. Nevertheless, it is Alessi’s best selling product, a recognizable object, a design icon.” (Laura Gonzalez, Glasgow School of Art: Juicy Salif as a cultish totem)

In my own conclusion after assessing the product, the product designer, and with the small help of the manufacturer. I can say that this juicer- Juicy Salif. Is not made solely to extract citrus juice form citrus fruits but also to extract intellectual juice among others. This product brings a discourse among others. As the designer was rumored to have said “My juicer is not meant to squeeze lemons; it is meant to start conversations.”

“Not all squeezers are meant to actually squeeze.”