Inhabitant 2004



Sixth, in 2005:

This project is a new addition to the list of corporate buildings designed by internationally recognized architects that have been springing up in Omotesando, Tokyo’s most exclusive commercial district. Its L shape is formed by a folded facade that architecturally interprets the branched structure of a tree. The various shapes produced by the concrete structure, and its great solidity, are emphasizes by hiding the window frames.

TOD’S 2005

this patisserie -the first to be opened in Tokyo by famous pastry chef Pierre Herme – is spread over two floors, each clearly defined by its character and interior design. The idea on the ground floor was to create a space that was luxurious while also being relaxed and cheerful, so it is dominated white decoration and bright light. In contrast, upper floor contains the Bar Chocolat, which strives for a highly glamorous setting based on dark colors, patterned glass and mirrors.

Pierre herme 2005

In conclusion, interior design and architecture complete themselves, however it is a beautiful world when they fusion with technology.

The essay aims to discuss the relationship between the space and function. It also explores how function is being represented or symbolized in space through case studies. The ideas of design of function are common for such spaces. “Crowded with anger as you could not find a place to put your play station in your room; mothers keep nagging about the kitchen is not enough space for her stuff” those types of complaints could be solved easily by spatial design.

Function is always first consideration of reference to building and space. If there is no proper design plan and design concepts, the final products may be a functionless structure. How to let the functionalism lead the design concepts? As the limited space for growing population this moment in Singapore, designing with multifunction for living well in limited space is the hottest topic now.

The essay will compare the points of father of functionalism – Émile Durkheim and Talcott Parsons who advocated the established institutions in society was in its own purpose and function. As well as Robert K. Merton who dismissed Durkheim and Parsons’ ideas and believed in that shared values were central in explaining how societies and institutions work, to support multifunction of the space is one of the main purposes of design now days.

The essay also discusses the ideas from Azby Brown who promotes small space with bigger usages. The case studies will try to find the linkages between the function and the design elements that are used to make the space in its maximum usages. With multifunction and spaces purposes could make limited space become unlimited space for people, and therefore achieving better quality of their life style.

People always take place within a space in their daily life; this is the reason people design the spatial environment according to their needs, whether a landscape, a city, a house, a room. El Lissitzky mentioned “Space: that which is not looked at through a keyhole, not through an open door. Space does not exist for the eye only; one wants to live in it.” [1] The purpose of a space is the main consideration for designers before they start the plan. It is a complicated factor which affects the final layout of the space.

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