Posts Tagged ‘2013’

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Seeing as I am in a city surrounded by sky scrapers, it seems fitting to also discuss about a new idea that I came across: Ground Scrapers. The InterContinental Shimao Wonderland began construction last year, and was set to be completed in late 2014, or early 2015. Though the current status is unknown, the designs are a pleasure to look at and study.

A unique promising design, which according to the graphics would have wonderful views outwards from the hotel. More render photographs are below.

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For more information, click on the link below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimao_Wonderland_Intercontinental

 

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This post is more of a “catch-up” note, in which I am happy to announce that I have graduated with a degree in BA (Hons) Architecture RIBA Part 1! *Woohoo*

My family and I attended my graduation ceremony on the 16th July, in Leicester, England. It was a proud moment and an excellent day filled with lots of photo-taking, smiles, excited chatter, cheering and waving.

Just a week later, I flew to Dubai, and is where I am currently writing this post from. I have relocated to Dubai with aspirations of a bright sunny future ahead. I have begun the arduous task of Job Hunting for a creative Architecture position, and lined up numerous interviews. On the other hand, I yet have a long “Things To Do In Dubai” List, which needs completing alongside the job hunt, and it involves a lot of food and beaches.

I hope to be posting photographs of what Dubai Architecture I have come across soon, as there is plenty to see – That of course is an understatement!  And like every time I come to Dubai, at every strain of the neck I am able to see new unique towers, villas with detailed engravings and beautiful balconies, which are never the same as the next. Perhaps that is what I love most about Dubai….the creativity, the individuality, the spirit.

 

 

I can’t say that lately I am Zaha Hadid’s biggest fan. Her futuristic designs seem to be very much about Form over Function. However, I simply had to share the video above of her latest venture.

Her latest dive into the realm of Fashion is designing a pair of daring, cantilevered metallic heels, being sold for $2000 USD. The design once again does not concentrate solely on function, because I do not see these heels being worn by the average woman of today, who is constantly on her feet and running around to keep her life together. In terms of style, it is of course the trademark form of Zaha Hadid, and perhaps due to the aesthetics it is very suitable for the fashion catwalk world.

However, the most important message to take from this collaboration, whether you love or loathe this shoe, is that Architecture is so adaptable. Architecture does not necessarily have to manifest in buildings but also in many other creative respects such as Fashion. Therefore, for those people thinking that Architects only design buildings, Zaha Hadid has once again proved them wrong, by showing that Architecture is creativity and creativity can take whatever form and in whichever field that you desire.

So, even though I may not necessarily like Zaha Hadid’s designs because I do not think they function very well, if at all, I do agree with the message she is putting across that Architecture is versatile and adaptive to any sort of creative field.

On a more curious note…Would YOU walk around wearing a pair of nOVa shoes?

Burj Khalifa lit in the dark

Burj Khalifa lit in the dark

I have added my dissertation onto the page titled “Composing Essays on Architecture”. Feel free to have a read through, and comment below with your feedback!

You can also click on the direct link below to have a read:

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Enjoy!

 

 

Close up of a graduation cap and a certificate with a ribbon

I am proud to announce that I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts: Second Class Honours RIBA Architecture Part 1, after three years of hard work. All those scalpel knife finger cuts, glue-gun burns, sleepless nights, nervousness before Crits, hours of rendering and so much more have all been worth it!

I will be graduating on the 16th July, and I am very excited to don the Graduation Gown. This achievement marks a milestone in my academic education, and it would not have been possible without my family and friends, so I would like to thank all those that have supported me throughout the three years.

It has taken a couple of days for it to finally sink in, and I will end with what my sister said to me when she heard the news: ” The Tassel was worth the Hassle!” I hope this is also true for the rest of the Architecture Graduates worldwide. Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

Now the only dilemma is….What to wear for Graduation???

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Designed by Sou Fujimoto © Sou Fujimoto Architects  Image © 2013 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013
Designed by Sou Fujimoto, © Sou Fujimoto Architects
Image © 2013 Iwan Baan

This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed by Sou Fujimoto. It is a delicate, 3-D structure composed of fine white steel bars, described as a “Floating Cloud”, by the architect himself.

It is an extra-ordinarily simple structure of frames, which is a multi-purpose social space. This “transparent terrain” has different levels which inter-connect, and that is perhaps what intrigues me the most about this pavilion.

The architect has also stayed true to his style of architecture, as the white finishes and frame like structures can be deemed recognisable in his other buildings, such as House N, and also House NA which was a great concept in itself.

Below are a few photographs of the Gallery.

AHouslso click here for a wonderful video where the Japanese architect speaks about his the pavilion. The short clips at the start capture the structure in the most beautiful manner.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Designed by Sou Fujimoto, © Sou Fujimoto Architects Image © 2013 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013
Designed by Sou Fujimoto, © Sou Fujimoto Architects
Image © 2013 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Designed by Sou Fujimoto, © Sou Fujimoto Architects

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013
Designed by Sou Fujimoto, © Sou Fujimoto Architects

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Designed by Sou Fujimoto, © Sou Fujimoto Architects Image © 2013 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013
Designed by Sou Fujimoto, © Sou Fujimoto Architects
Image © 2013 Iwan Baan

 

For more detailed information on this year’s Serpentine Gallery, click on the link below:

http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2013/02/sou_fujimoto_to_design_serpentine_gallery_pavilion_2013.html

I have just uploaded photographs of some of my work throughout the last year at university on my facebook page, to offer a sneak peak at what I have been up to! 

Click on the link below to have a look: 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zeyna-Sanjania/150341295075167?sk=photos_albums

I have not yet uploaded photographs of the final drawings that were submitted, but they will be coming very soon…so watch this space! 

Feel free to leave your comments. Thank you for looking!