By Kwan Wai Hin & Tseng Yun Ching
We are designing an urban strategy that can weave public and private spaces to develop a third space for work.
Part 1: Precedent Study
During the first half of the term, we started by analyzing Tamedia Office Building as a case study.
We analyzed and developed drawings to show how the joinery and the structure comes together.
Part 2: Our Maison
After analyzing our Precedent Study, our second task was to also develop a kit of parts to form “Our Maison”.
Similar to the steps taken to analyze our Precedent Study, we developed a kit of parts and also a joinery drawing.
The joinery system is adapted from the complexity of the joinery system in the Tamedia Office Building. Like the Building, we envision our structure to be entirely made of Wood.
We were also tasked to assemble and disassemble our model. This is documented in the video below. A series of static photos were also taken to show the front, side and interior views of our model.
Digital Exploration was also done to explore how our units could aggregate. However we were not proficient enough to logically aggregate it without post processing. We hope to be able to explore further in the next half of the term.
Part 3: Urban Strategy
Long Spanning and High-Up Structural
The Future of Work will be one that has evolved from the concept of open office which encourages collaboration to one that addresses the need for focus, creativity and interaction. We feel that there is a need for a new space…Today, public spaces are often seen to be filled with people who are working and having meetings. In recent years, temporary workspaces have become popular in Singapore.
This people often want to experience something new in a new workspace to generate ideas and spark curiosity. The modern workspace is already evolving to merge with the value that workers find in the public realm.
We wish to explore the distribution of workspaces in the city and how these workspaces will weave into the urban city. In the future, we envision that workspace will flexibly merge with both private and public infrastructure. The design of these workspaces will be able to refresh, and regenerate based on values and priorities.
This workspaces will be one where people meet with hierarchy, they can observe others , meet new people and engage with other across established social layers and boundaries.
We use Mass Engineered Timber (MET) because it is a material that is renewable and it can contribute to building construction techniques which can contribute to better sustainability.
Sustainability and Circularity come hand in hand for the “Design for recovery”, and in the case of the Built environment: “Design for Disassembly”.
Due to increasing urban density and land scarcity in the future, there is a need to contribute to improvement with Circularity in mind. The modularity of building techniques with the use of MET will ensure flexibility in the built environment.
Architecture made considering circularity will contribute to the optimization of buildings where they can be effectively constructed and deconstructed Instead of spending many years to build a building, the fast-built flexible system that we suggest will be one where cities can easily manipulate.
In essence, our design will be able to Span Long Distances across lands and Lift Up Above the Ground.