Sunday, July 31, 2011

ADMT-Recreational Center

Level Directory and reception counter on lobby first level.

X-ray view of inside the building (Cinema, Washrooms in basement; Gym on the third level)

Basement Carpark, staircase leading to the lobby.

Exterior design of building.


Youths who live in Clementi, and as well as people who are interested in recreational activities ( people living in the west area )


1. Music for users to enjoy
2. Emergency exits
3. Toilets
4. restaurants
5. Basketball court wrapped with 400m running stadium
6. Swimming pool
7. Aromatherapy
8. Gym
9. Tennis/squash/badminton/table-tennis courts
11. Car park
12. Reception for check-in
13. Lobby
14. Sauna
15.Rooftop garden

Basement - Cinema, Car park

1st Floor - Reception for check-in, Canteen, Basketball Court wrapped with 400m Running Stadium, lobby

2nd Floor - Gym, tennis Court, Squash court, table-tennis courts, Badminton Court

3rd Floor- Swimming Pool, Indoor Surfing, Sauna, Pool With Slide

Rooftop-Rooftop Garden

Q1. How do you think you can attract people to the recreation centre? What are the factors of considerations?

Ans: Having activities the target audience would like and are also suitable for their age group.

Q2. How would you make use of the space to build the recreation centre and why? (You need to consider the layout at different floors, inside and outside the building. Also consider the movement flow of the user. )

Ans: It is more convenient to have alot of facilities in one single building as Singapore is small and space is also limited. With 1 building with many facilities, we make use of the whole of the open area and fill it as much as possible.

Group members: ZhengJie, Shamemi, Benz

Sunday, July 17, 2011

What makes a good design?

Architectural design values make up an important part of what influences an architectural designer when they make their design decisions. However, architects and designers are not always influenced by the same values and intentions. Value and intentions differ between different architectural movements. It also differs between different schools of architecture and schools of design as well as among individual architects and designers.

The differences in values and intentions are directly linked to the pluralism of design outcomes that exist within architecture and design. It is also a big contributing factor as to how an architect or designer operates in his/hers relation to their clients.

Different design values tend to have a considerable history and can be found in numerous design movements. The influence that each design value has had on design movements and individual designers has varied throughout history.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

What is Architectural Design?

1. Define Architectural Design (My Definition):
Ans: Architectural design is crafting the form/shape of what a building or infrastructure would look like before it is constructed.

(Web Definition):

Concept that focuses on the components or elements of a structure or system and unifies them into a coherent and functional whole, according a particular approach in achieving the objective(s) under the given constraints or limitations.

Architecture (Latin architectura, from the Greek ἀρχιτέκτων – arkhitekton, from ἀρχι- "chief" and τέκτων "builder, carpenter, mason") is both the process and product of planning, designing and construction. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural and political symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.

"Architecture" can mean:

  • The art and science of designing and erecting buildings and other physical structures.
  • A general term to describe buildings and other structures.
  • A style and method of design and construction of buildings and other physical structures.
  • The practice of an architect, where architecture means to offer or render professional services in connection with the design and construction of a building, or group of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings, that have as their principal purpose human occupancy or use.
  • Design activity, from the macro-level (urban design, landscape architecture) to the micro-level (construction details and furniture).
  • The term "architecture" has been adopted to describe the activity of designing any kind of system, and is commonly used in describing information technology.

In relation to buildings, architecture has to do with the planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, environmental, and aesthetic considerations. It requires the creative manipulation and coordination of material, technology, light and shadow. Architecture also encompasses the pragmatic aspects of realizing buildings and structures, including scheduling, cost estimating and construction administration. As documentation produced by architects, typically drawings, plans and technical specifications, architecture defines the structure and/or behavior of a building or any other kind of system that is to be or has been constructed.