• Shi Jie

[ TROPIQUE ] - Final Project - 'Community Center’ - Design Strategy & Place-making

Hi, I am Yeo Shi Jie, 0330176.


For the final project, we will concentrate on designing a Community Centre within an urban block site. The design of the building is to consist of appropriate architectural responses that address the aspects of the urban street context and user behavioural patterns as discerned and analysed in the Preliminary Studies.


Apart from developing a narrative on architectural strategy in response to the relevant questions pertaining to community and its context, the design should take into consideration a holistic application of structural, spatial, functional and environmental requirements to address the user needs for a Community Centre. The design development of this project will include an introduction to the legislative restrictions that impact an architectural scheme, the integration of lighting and acoustic design, as well as the design exploration and detailing of the façade and building envelopes that is coherent with the architectural language of the overall design project.


Objectives:


- To take into consideration key aspects of urban design and context in relation to architecture.

- To develop an awareness and basic compliance to Design Codes and Statutory Requirements.

- To emphasize the importance of elevational context and composition in developing architectural design. - To implement and explore the conceptual, schematic and design development phases in an architectural design project.


Tasks / Methodology / Focuses:


The Community Centre is a place for the local community with a public space adjacent to the building. Your objectives should be:


a. Attempt to respond the issue of displaced city.

b. Remnant spaces to be effective public spaces.

c. Programmatic aspects to be connecting to the urban communities.

d. Façade and scale to be part of the urban block.


The scheme for Community Centre should strictly span a total floor area of minimum 1200 m2 and maximum of 1300 m2 , and comprise between 3-5 storeys within its block lot. Sufficient floor area must be allocated for the design of a public realm, circulation and ancillary functions reading, discussion that is required for a Community Centre of this scale and type. The design scheme must also take into consideration the appropriate building setbacks, OKU accessibility (i.e., ramps, lifts) and basic fire requirements (i.e. escape distances, stairs and shaft).


Architectural Design Strategies: ( Week 4 - Week 7 )


The students are to individually interpret the idea of ‘Community Centre’ and come up with architectural design strategy for the same. This will be in-reflection to the issues and inspirations they found in the Project 1 in order to offer to character, continuity and enclose, quality of public realm, ease of movement, legibility, adaptability and diversity in the city. Architecture is about geometry. Exploration on form-typologies such as linear, perimeter and diffused in terms of layering, subtraction, over-lapping etc is compulsory at this stage.


Interim 1 Outcomes: ( Week 7 )



Architecture for Place-Making: ( Week 8 - Week 15 )


Architectural strategy should be resolved for form, activity and circulation. They will have to develop architecture FORM, SPACE and FACADES for:

a. Positive outdoor space (site layout)

b. Animating the edge (Façade design)

c. Building size and scale (sections)

d. Building for change (space planning/function)

e. A thriving public realm (connection to the street)


Architectural design strategy should be further resolved for form, activity and circulation. The proposed building should be of an area of minimum 1200 m2 and a maximum of 1300 m2 and 3- 5 storeys high in the given block boundaries. Apart from developing a narrative on architectural strategy in response to the relevant questions pertaining to community and its context, the design should take into consideration a holistic application of structural, spatial, technical and environmental requirements to address the user needs for an urban Community Centre.



Interim 2 Outcomes: ( Week 12 )




Final Design Outcomes: ( Week 15 )


Site Plan:

Ground Floor Plan:

First Floor Plan:

Second Floor Plan:

Third Floor Plan:

Sectional Perspective:

Sectional Isometry Overview:

Exploded Axonometry:

Elevational Studies/ Urban Walls/ Facades:


Final Overall Boards: ( 4 A0 Layouts )


Final Presentation Slides: ( PPT )


Final Story Boards: ( Framing of Perspectives of Spaces )

Final Story Boards: ( Sequential Spaces from Open Space > GF > 1F > 2F > 3F )


Unreleased Extra Final Boards: ( Coloured Versions ) > Refer to Green Strategies Module for more details.

Learning Outcomes:


- Investigate and examine the effective conditions to propose architectural strategies that connects to the urban communities and complies with the Design Codes and Regulations.

- Design an effective and appropriate architectural outcome that encompasses the appropriate site-specific architectural responses through its formal, cultural, legislative, structural and environmental design solutions for specific urban conditions.

- Establish a good level of understanding of materiality and detailing as means to capture experiential and innovative qualities of the design.

- Illustrate the design narratives and produce drawings (both 2D and 3D), models and presentations to verbally and visually communicate architectural design outcome.


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