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Barlow Motor by Firadaus Khazis

Designed as a mixed use building (comprises a BMW showroom, BMW Service Centre, 300 Carpark Space, 9 Holes Miniature and a bachelor apartment), by assuming the project is assigned by Alexandra George Barlow and his son, Alexander Arthur Barlow within their era (1980s), Barlow Motor is a reminiscene of their adventurous lifestyle for future reference. Both father and son had set the first record of travelling from Darwin to Melbourne by car. This is portrayed in the building by having multi storey car parks with only one direction ramp (which is going up). This theoretically reflects the journey spirit which is not reversible and to go down,  there are 4 classic scissor car lifts provided. 

The Barlow family had thier favourite architect named Arthur William Purnell, who used to be famous of importing foreign architecture language in his building designs in Melbourne. As for Barlow Motor, arab culture of Islamic geometry is brought in because Darwin-Melbourne journey car’s front hood appear to be stamped with a word ‘CAR’ in Arabic. As for the showroom the brand BMW is selected, as the emblem representing the plane fan which is functionally dynamic, sporty and has corporate quality which I think are best describe The Barlows. 



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The Dumb Shall Speak by Nur Asriah

A metaphorical representation of a Melbourne city  by Nur Asriah, a Master student from RMIT. A beautifully done diagram with the right choice of colours. 

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Lake Kenyir Discovery Centre And Resort by Farhana Mohammed Isa & Roseanna Jamison

A work by Farhana Mohammed Isa (from University of Malaya) in collaboration with Roseanna Jamison (from University of South California) challenges the potential of nature inspired form and function. Programmed as a Discovery Centre and Resort, the design intention is to broadcast the visitors with knowledge of ecosystems. Moreover the building is flexible and responsive to the site through imitation of floating capability of lotus.

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Parasitos by Firadaus Khazis

Student: Firadaus Khazis

Subject: Digital Design Modeling

Software: Rhino v4 sr2

Render: Rhino v4 sr2

Site: City Square Melbourne (along Swanston street)

First comer to Melbourne Central, would definitely be fascinated with Kisho Kurukawa's brilliant way  of encapsulating the old architecture within new. The old melbourne central building is framed by a whole new podium, crowned with a glass cone. It shows the importance of heritage building, by preserving the aesthetic, meaning and functions. However looking at different perspec, it can't be denied that the new structure overpowering the old one, like a bloodsucker to Old Melbourne central's glamorous and prosperity.

PARASITOS thus portrayed the polemic drama between the new age architecture and the old. The brick built castle strangled and portrayed in struggling mode as to fight against the new age architecture which is made out of stainless steel and tinted glass built in complex form.
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    Presentation panel is not necessary to be a panel!

    A work by Hafiz Hajeedar

    Recently I have came across to an extraordinary presentation in BLDGBLOG by a group of students who did documentation, maps and filing as mean presentation. I think it is well proven that there is no exact method of presentation and panel doesn't need to be all printed out as long as the things (presentation) or what ever way you presenting, focuses on the idea (hey, can save money on printing cost!). Which mean it also could be done in very artistic way as long as it is comprehensive. Today post, Designpanels is delighted to share a blog by a young artisan, Hafiz Hajeedar who has very stimulating presentation of artworks and also thought about architecture and art.
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    LITEAROMA by Nur Arina Amin

    LITEAROMA, an Industrial Design project designed by NUR ARINA AMIN (from UIA). A multifunction home appliance product serves both as a night lamp and aromatherapy. 

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    "Can you hear me?" - exhibition + auditorium + lecture theatre by Firdaus Sunhaji

    Student: Firdaus Sun Haji
    School : Victoria University of Wellington
    Project: Auditorium Design
    Studio: 2nd year
    Software: Solid work, 3D Max, Revit

    © Firdaus Sun Haji
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    LINE DRAWING by Afiq Shazwan

    One of RMIT school project, Design Studio 5, (semester 1, 2009) by Afiq Shazwan. What I like about this project is the uniqueness of the way the panels are presented. Afiq Shazwan confidently used simple line drawing not only for plans and sections but also in perspective drawings.

    Student: Afiq Shazwan
    Studio : Architectural Knowledge
    Project : Small scale addition to residential buildings
    Tutor : Louise Wright
    Architecture School: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

    This studio is my last studio for my lower pool studies. The workload is not that heavy. In fact my tutor, Louise Wright was quite easy going when it comes to doing work. Anyway, going straight to the point.

    This studio is about designing an addition to an existing residential house, using our built up architectural knowledge. What is architectural knowledge? They are, really, just some concepts and ideas of spaces (the perception of spaces by man). For example:
    - a small space will feel bigger when we have high ceilings
    - people's view will be forced out to the windows/outside when they are in spaces with low ceilings

    We built up our knowledge by doing case studies on a few projects such as the Holyoake Cottageby Field Consultants, Plumgrove House and Weekend House by Kazuyo Sejima, Gehry House by Frank Gehry, Boyd House 2 by Robin Boyd, etc..


    My site is in 5 Crampton Crescent, Rosanna. It is a quiet residential area, with a little bit of slope. It is a post WW2 brick veneer house, therefore it has quite a large backyard. In my design, I tried not to change to much of the original house, therefore the renovation will only be 'add-ons' to the existing.

    In a lot of the case studies, there are a lot of strategies that has been used to bring in some natural element in the house. Therefore, in my design, I have tried to do the same.

    The existing house has 2 bedrooms. However, I needed an extra bedroom to meet the design requirement issued by the tutor, therefore I played with the configuration of spaces inside, trying to squeeze in the extra bedroom within the existing plan. That results in the bedroom being quite small. Therefore, I 'removed' the exisiting windows, leaving the walls with an empty hole, and then added walls outside, 800mm from the existing walls. This makes the space feels bigger.

    The existing house also has planter beds with vegetations all around the house, following the boundary set by the fence. Therefore, I continued the language inside the house by having vegetations (shrubs) in the layer between the existing walls and new walls. Since the new walls wraps around part of the house, so is the layer of shrubs. In terms of spatial quality, I think it enhance the interior spaces. That is a personal opinion which some might agree and some might not. But generally, a lot of people like vegetations. So that is the basic idea behind it. 

    I always thought that it would be great if our homes are open to the garden/nature/etc.. Again this is a personal interest and opinion, and might vary from others.
    In the existing house, there was no direct relationship between the interior and exterior spaces. Therefore, as part of the renovation process, I've decided to open up the kitchen to the backyard, and tried to blur the transition between inside and outside, like what was done by Geoffrey Bawa in his projects. What I did was extending the roof, ceiling, one side wall, and the floor to the corner of the backyard. So when people stand there at the extended elements, they will feel like they are inside the house (because of the ceiling above them, the floors that they stand on, the walls that they see), but at the same time, they are also outside because they are already in the backyard and can engage directly with the weather. If its winter, they will feel cold, if its summer, they will feel the heat, if its raining, they will feel the rain. You get what I mean.

    Studying Bawa's work, I realized that it would be better, in terms of landscape design, to have a direct view relationship between the space we are in, and the space that our eyes see. Sounds weird. Basically, when you are standing at point A, you would be able to see an object (landscape element) in front of you. For example, a tree, or a large boulder, or a fountain, etc..

    That was part of the knowledge that has been brought into this project but I think that is sufficient to sum up this semester's work, as brief as possible. The followings are my presentation panels and some pictures of the cardboard model (thank you ar-fira for the excellent photographs).

    © Afiq Shazwan

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    DYER'S BURGER by Ameen Deen

    A layout of burger kiosk designed by Ameen Deen

    software: Sketchup, photoshop, Maxwell render


    © Ameen Deen
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    HAMAM : Bath House.

    A third year student project by Firadaus Khazis, Melbourne University architecture student. The project intention was to promote modern bath culture in a suburb area. The site is located in Albert Park Melbourne and the brief strictly asked to retain the existing Victorian Old facade as part of heritage issue while also seen as a chance to assimilate the new structure with the site's 1950s architectural fabric.

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