Tuesday, September 20, 2011


As of 20.09.11

1) Research √
i) Decided on the location and justify with reasons and evidence why the location is chosen.
ii) Decided on the type of building to build, justify with reason and evidence why the type of building is chosen. Is there a need for it? Is there a trend among the target audience? Why is the target audience chosen? √
iii) Research on the type of building that you intend to build. √

Note: Evidence, Analysis, Conclude √
(Evidence/Research information in the form of data, observations, images, newspaper cutting, etc.
Analysis: making comparison, deduction, inference
Conclusion: What can you conclude from the research information?)

2) Idea Generation (fluency, quality, elaboration)
- the exterior design of the building √
- the interior (explore the possible layout taking into consideration movement flow) √
(Elaboration of ideas - within each idea, explain the thought process why the building was design in that particular way. What are the design considerations?)

You would need to research on existing designs to help you with idea trigger. Make sure that you have commented/analyses the existing design and talk about what you would like to incorporate in your design. After which, you would then need to illustrate with sketches how the design look like. There could be more than one possible design.

3) Development of Idea √
Work on the development of the selected idea going into the details of the selected design such as the choice of colors, texture, lighting, furniture, etc. Make sure that you have included the thinking process of why the choice is made. You would need to include images of your final design (done on google sketchup) and explain the thinkingbehind the design. Take note that there must be a unique feature in the design.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Housing Estate for the Elderly

       The building serves as a user-friendly and environment-friendly home to the elderly. The significant designs of the building is important to achieve a suitable home that provides convenience to the elderly. It is cost effective, green and most importantly elderly friendly. It is important to create a suitable living environment for the elderly, in order to help them to lead live a normal life, a life in which they can be independent, healthy and happy. 
        When the elderly retires from work, they want to escape from the hectic work of work and stress. They would want to spend the rest of their time relaxing, enjoying life with their friends and family and leading a stressless life. This building is designed to create better bonds between the elderly and their families, and their friends. Friends are just doors away from them and their families can visit them conveniently. With the company of family and friends, the elderly would not feel lonely. Facilities such as the cafeteria and the lounge create great opportunities for building relationships. 
The building also provides convenience to the user as necessary facilities such as the supermarket, cafeteria, clinic and recreational spaces are build in the building. 
        The building is also catered to adapt to the world around them. Hence, factors such as space limitations and high cost of living, is overcome by the design of the building. Due to space limitations, the building is designed as a high-rise building to maximize the space vertically. 
The building is made eco-friendly, to go green and also for cost-effective purposes. The apartments have full-length window panels to allow sunlight to light up the apartment. Hence, less light bulbs would not need to be turned on in the day. At the same time, solar panels are installed. Even after the sun set, the building is still eco-friendly as it will run on the energy stored in the solar panels.