Monday, February 20, 2012

design goes full circle

It is interesting to see how eventually all good design comes around. We go back to solutions all too familiar, there is invention but always receding and falling back to fundamentally very simple concepts. The latest office designs embrace the open plan and the all too familiar open concept. After many iterations and resurrections the old typology returns. The courtyard is reinserted into building blocks to refresh our memories and love for open space and the goodness of affinity to greenery and landscaped gardens. How endearing and old were they not our english gardens? Each renewed experience brings us closer to the very first model. Be it the garden villa, the open plan office or the glass house, its all about revisiting and resurrecting old traditionss and long lost popular cultures.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

completing a long journey

after nearly 18 years we finally manage to find our own place something to be called home base or studio. It does seem easier now to focus and strategise our thinking processes and menial tasks. The simplest of all things like meeting and discussions seem to take place more naturally and far more frequently although many find this too western an idea. Strange but true, asians don't want to think. They don't seem to have time for themselves always urgently off to somewhere else, and wanting to do only anything and everything except thinking.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


study of facade exploring vertical ribs

The Changkat Apartments stands 6 storeys above a large drop off point, offering great views out to KLCC beyond. The large canopy sails across into the swimming pool area beyond which cantilevers out to the gardens below.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Point 92 is a deliberation on the key aspects of a workplace, a sense of arrival, the dram and the spectacle of a building elevated on seemingly sinous structural support and a facade that is both intricate and yet simply a play of panels constructed of natural finishes juxtaposed with low-E glazing.

Monday, March 17, 2008


From time to time we remind ourselves that the man on the left didn't use a computer to build the building on the right. It is so easy to rely on so many different equipment and tools we forget how some of the most amazing masterpieces have come about using little more than bits of paper and a pencil.

Huat LIM

Sunday, July 29, 2007


The Astro visitor centre and headquarters building is the new expansion programme for the currently largest broadcasting facility in malaysia. The facade is made from glazing that merges into reinforced cemtn boards that emulate the the essence of concrete.

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Monday, June 04, 2007

zlgdesign 3

philosophy

Huat started thinking about design processes many years ago while teaching at the AA, and then later at the Bartlett. After many more years of interacting with students and teachers, both abroad and in Aisa, it seems there is not a lot to say for a methodology or a framework let alone a primer that would give eveyone what they would consider to be a blueprint for a design courseware that is perfect. Huat's work at zlgdesign has largely been a lot of design development processes in the organisation serving to give us a self-critique on some of the ways we want to make exploration of our own internal design and creative techniques. Huat calls this design intelligence, revisited and built over many years to survive critical investigation and intellectual discourse on all levels of their work.

Again, many years later into setting up zlgdesign in Asia, with Susanne Zeidler, they started to do away with adapting to or embracing mainstream typology in their buildings but only to take their stance and follow artistic directions set down at the onset of the conceptual phase of design, minus the styling.

They’ve always maintained and believe that their Architecture is about people, and never about style or about winning “beauty” contests, although they like competition. Their work embrace [and thereafter adopt and develop to maturity] whatever comes in the way of development of their designs, whether this makes sensible methodology or not. These processes are not ends but means to create something new, something unique, specific and exclusive to the Project. The Duyong project for instance, is definitely of the place, echoing the arts and culture of the fishing village of Trengganu, whereas the AAR Centre contemplates the essence of the site to inform the shape of the built form.

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