Monday, 7 June 2010

studio3dip : tabula strata

umma, reaction to the stereotomic onion; massive looming bulk, whatever goes on in there. At the heart of submission is prayer towards (origin) - so I want sleek out of the land Direction.

Connections. The community reclaims public property at the top and our vector becomes mediator. A new (klang) valley for festivities or schoolchildren mucking around, see from all round.

Ahahaha pool people down. Submission begins at the beginning of prayer.

Time. Times.

and the filigree scales in gradient to subdue space.

Evocative of a mining past?, but it doubles attendance effortlessly. Underside is immaterial record of daily movement towards in unison, up down, kneel bow.


ian ng said...

stunning images nevertheless.. mesmeric as a poetic encounter in space. But without the Muslims i wonder if it would still feel Islamic? I was looking for Allah, actually. I mean the Islamic Allah, not the Christian One. Worship spaces tend to need be static....yours is dynamic non-stop: Where's the stopping space? But architectonically it is a bit of a tour de force. As a piece of landscape it's wonderful! Kudos!

aa.L said...

Strangely I was having this conversation with a friend too, debating if u should have used actual montages or would have basic silhouettes serve the scheme better. The third image i think portrays the whole idea of the scheme perfectly, ironically hidden yet welcoming, also reminiscing the works of Bjarke Ingels. Is the roof accessible?
Awesome use of materiality in the renders, and my my, those curves are sexy aren't they?=D such dynamic directionality, transitioning between openness, semi-openness, enclosure.

Would have loved to see a birds-eye render as well to full appreciate the building's form and its integration into the landscape. Perhaps the worship hall could have been celebrated more, but who am I to say. HEY, terrific job!=D

KS said...

incredible craft, for sure. and you have a fine sense in dealing with the landscape. but it feels a bit like "another formal experimentation of hadid's"
like ian said - worship spaces tend to be static - or I'd say hierarchy, which your architecture really lacks.
There is dynamism in form, but no dynamism in space - the scales don't change, they all seem equal, suggesting movement in constant speed - simply walk through. Unsure of where it starts, and it ends a lil awkwardly.
It's probably because you didn't provide a plan which you should be providing. Otherwise it's difficult to grasp the lengths and widths of an 'odd'-shaped space.

aaL. can you enlighten me/us with the content of the discussion about montage you mentioned?

ocaender said...

The brief. Initially it was a tricky thing because 600sqm hardly fits mosque scale(unless you chuck some of it outdoors) and we'd have chapels, kuils, and suraus. But we're not making excuses.
So we had this discussion about how Klang was already this religious zone with two mosques, a dozen churches, couple of temples and kuils and hardly needed any more. Yea, that was making excuses. With two massive mosques within 5 mins driving distance, the surau within walking distance becomes complementary instead of competition...ary. My point is,I get to focus on the 5times a day prayer for a govt. complex plus a school within walking distance. And let the men truck down to the bigger onions on Fridays because their time is structured that way.

So speaking of time, the model became the caricature of a transit node. Daily prayers don't take that long but they are much more important than Friday because of the way Islam is supposed to structure daily life. So yes, in out in out in out in out in out. No importance to the minbar/pulpit. Prayer times coincide with meal times and going home times so they can sit around and chat in the cafe with their brothers (and sistas).
I guess I am hoping the brief makes it more Islamic in the back to basics sort of way. Um, yes. Transitory.

Actual montages as in people with faces. Sure, there are teachers who teach at the nearby convent school, Woman in a sari from the nearby Catholic church, Fat guy we saw lounging around the Govt. complex, various pedestrians. They're in there. Except the school children. It looks a little creepy to follow them around with a camera. But it feels a lot creepier to google 'Malaysian school girls'. (Turn safesearch on)

Roof originally green. Felt like a good place to tee off, so nope.

and "transitioning between openness, semi-openness, enclosure." if i can quote. Its a simple way to show hierarchy with the gradient scaling of the diagrid - and the filigree scales in gradient to subdue space.

Its a straight line if that helps orientate.

Sorry for the somewhat recursive explanation. I hope it links.

KS said...

So, can I understand that you're not looking at this project so much as a the commonly known religious building, but a more silent (or maybe vibrant) place dealing with very common, daily lives of Muslims and potentially the greater society?

If that's the case, then yes it's much more convincing after understanding your intention.

The diagrid you did is insufficient to give a realistic impact if this is the kind of 'common' mosque program I assumed you were doing. It looks more decorative to me but this is subjective.. Alright, it doesn't matter because yours is not the case.

GREEN ROOF - can't stand, vomit..plz..