Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Decontructivism is a design style or movement that emerged in architecture, interior design, art, graphic design and philosophical literature in late 1980s early 1990s. Deconstructivism movement often refers to distorted, angular form, set in conflicting geometry and displaced.
Deconstructivsm generated iconoclastic architectural design as seen in some works, such as works of Zaha Hadid, Bernard Tschumi, Peter Eisenman, Morphosis, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, and Frank Gehry.

One of the example of deconstructivism movement is the work of Bernard Tschumi's design for the Parc de la Vilette in Paris. Tschumi proposed a nonhierarchical grid of dispersed pavilions instead of a more traditional building, echoing deconstruction’s own challenging of linguistic arrangements.

The beginning of deconstructive movement started in 1988 an event exhibition held by Museum of Modern Art in New York City with “Deconstructivist Architecture” and Tate Gallery in London with “Deconstruction in Art and Architecture”

Deconstruction emerged out of the post-structuralist tradition of literary theory, which in opposition to structuralism, stressed the slippage and fluctuation of meaning that is always at work in the process of linguistic and cultural signification.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Sustainable Building Design

In this world where the term of global warming is spreading, the sustainable architecture design is definitely required. It becomes the sacred words in the world of architecture. Sustainable building design refers to architectural design with zero emission, energy-saving building, refined building, any green architecture design that environmentally friendly and contributes to the protection of the organisms diversity and nature recovery.

In past century, architectural design and build required environmental sacrifice. In this century, the architectural design using natural energy, blend with nature and can lessen the environment burden can be sustainable to time is required.

Green architecture, Urban regeneration, bio climatic design, environmental architecture, are new important concepts in this century and applied by architects around the world, the sustainable building design concept starts being used from the vernacular houses to large scale urban development. And this emerging concept is to develop a form of understanding construction in close relation to nature both interior and exterior and the usage of alternative energy sources as well as to improve the quality of life, the concept of sustainable building design finally challenges the professionals to research the latest and imanigative innovation for architecture and design.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Architectural Drapery

Architectural Drapery, The Cascade Coil Drapery
Architectural Drapery mesh interweaves weatherproof copper and stainless steel wire. Los Angeles–based designers ARYA Group used the mesh for the Village School gymnasium facade in Pacific Palisades, California.

Then carried it indoors for window treatments, light fixtures, and the curtain on a stage at one end of the gym. It's also available in a natural aluminum finish, nickel plated, or colorfully painted.
This is an architecture and interior design idea you can apply to your home design, drapery combined with wired copper ball in colorful paint. Sure looks unique and playful.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Elements of Interior Design

To design an interior space there are few elements that must be considered carefully for designers in order to create good design and solve the problems in space planning.

The most essential element in space planning. There are 3 types of space element, flat space, perceptual space and actual space. Flat space is where there is no illusion of depth, consists height and width as seen in 2 dimensional drawing. Perceptual space is where the space is illusion like photographs or perspective drawings. We can create the illusion of depth by using shadows, colors, lines, mirrors, and lights.
The designer should have a complete understanding of the dynamics of perceptual and actual space and the difference between them,even though it may seem pretty obvious.The former is an illusion; the latter is a fact. But actual space can also be manipulated to create illusions by using other design elements like light, color, texture, line and reflected surfaces.

The importance of forms in architecture-interior is obvious. Everything we touch, see, or feel is manifestation of forms. Form is the antithesis of space, i.e., if form is consideredto be a positive mass, then space would be considered negative. Forms can be either straight,curved, or irregular

There are 2 type of lines: straight and curved
Straight line can be in horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Basically straight lines will give impression of strengh, firmness and simplicity. Horizontal lines tend to suggest of repose, tranquility and make the illusion of wider room. Whilst diagonal lines suggest motion and energy, activity, dynamism and restlessness. And vertical lines can have an uplifting quality and tend to suggest strength,aspiration and dignity. They also express masculinity and formality. also creating the illusion of increased heights.

Textures refer to smoothness, roughness,coarseness or fineness of object's surface. For example: 1. Totally smooth surface, such as worktops, painted walls, ceilings, windows and built in furniture
2. The rough textures associated with concrete and brick, stucco and stone
3. The soft sensation of a pillow, a plush pile carpet or gentle upholstery or curtains.
4. The delicate and sensuous texture of live objects such as human skin or leaves and flowers,
and even the kinetic texture of rippling water.

Pattern is formed by the use of line, form, light and color. Becareful in using pattern, it can make distractive room if not balanced. Pattern, in essence, is created by the juxtaposition of related positive and negative visual elements in a given space.It works best with the element of color.When working together,they act as an accent to catch the eye.When pattern is blended with color, they work in harmony. Pattern helps create instant visual impact and mood.

Lighting serves two basic needs—to illuminate a task and to establish a mood.It shapes the
look and feel of a space by highlighting certain areas and playing down others. Playing with lights in architecture and interior space can bring out the positive energy and can create fascinating eye catcher.

Colors can give the psychological effects if it's applied in interior space. Whether negative or positive effects. Designers must be very careful in choosing colors. Some requirements should be considered in making color plan

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is associated with tropical nature. It is asian origin, it's identical with china, japan and other asian countries. If you want to create tropical ambience with a bit asian touch, bamboo is the right choice. Bamboo is new alternative material other than wooden flooring. Not only to create traditional or oriental looks but bamboo flooring today is perfect floor material for modern and minimalist interior design. Bamboo is strong, light and used as material for construction, for houses, fences, furniture and handy craft. Bamboo has beautiful natural grain you will love.

The form of this flooring is not like the real bamboo we always imagine, long round stalks which is not comfortable flooring to walk on. The bamboo flooring we have now is flat and smooth just like any other laminate flooring or hardwood flooring. Thanks to technology which turns bamboo into short laminated planks. Bamboo as flooring can be very strong and durable, a very stylish floor material that will enhance your interior sphere and add the property value plus it's environmentally friendly because harvesting bamboo is easy and not as complicated as timber plants.

Caring Bamboo Flooring
Although bamboo flooring is well-known for its durability and hard wearing, caring bamboo flooring is necessary to protect the appearance and to keep the flooring at its best. Few things can cause damage to bamboo flooring such as dirt, dust and grit even high heels shoes can scratch its surface. Few things that must be taken care:

scratch can get from dirt, grit or high heeked shoes. Dont drag heavy furniture across bamboo flooring this can cause deep scratch that might be hard to repair. Actually the rules also are applied for any wood laminated flooring. Place protective pads, use soft fabrics on legs of furnitures.

If you use rugs, dont use rubber backed rugs due to the discoloration caused by the rubber. Avoid direct sunlight. It can cause discoloration if the flooring is exposed to sun light in long period, use some shades to avoid direct sunlight on windows.

Clean spills immediately, it can cause the stain which is hard to remove or even could stay permanently. Use recommended cleaning agents by your supplier or manufacturer in order to keep bamboo flooring shine and free of stain.
Buying Bamboo Flooring
There are few things you should consider in buying bamboo flooring.

1. The Price, Bamboo Floorings are available in price ranges, the lowest is around $2. Choose which suits your budget. This price based on how much UV coating is used for bamboo flooring finish. And the hand scraped bamboo comes in higher price, anything realted to hand made is quite expensive.
2. Bamboo Grain, Bamboo flooring comes in vertical and horizontal grain. You will see howbamboo slats are laminated together.

3. The Colors, This part is just like choosing wooden flooring. Bamboo are availabe in many colors, choose which match your interior design style, room traffic, whether heavy or low traffic and your budget of course.

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

How to Renovate Home in Low Budget

Home renovation is simple way to create a new athmosphere to our home. We dont need to worry about the cost we are going to spend for home renovation, we can do it in limited budget if we know the tricks.

The first thing to do is to decide the concept of new renovated home. We must do this very detail and complete. This to avoid the mistakes in the process of renovation, which will make the cost higher. The complete concept also to make the work run faster. We can decide which part of the house that need to be renovated.

The perfect time to do renovation, wheater and season will affect to the work construction. It can slow down the renovation process if the timing is not perfect and can double the cost.

Do survey the building materials to get good bargain. As one of alternative to low the cost, we can choose the used building materials but we have to make sure they are in good condition. There are few materials we must get in new and in good quality such as for plumbing, electricity, roof, wall. Also material for fondation and structure.

Choose good, reliable and registered contractor, we can get recommendation from friends or relatives about good contractors.

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Choosing the Right Home Design

Choosing the Right Home Design

By Alan Dunne

This is a great article that we found about choosing home design.

One of the issues when you begin the search for your perfect home is that you can become a little it overwhelms by the many choices you have at your disposal. Some people of course truly relish collecting some books and choosing from the many home designs that are available. What you need to do is to narrow down your search by just sitting back and and considering what type of home you would like to live in.

A good place to start before you overwhelmed with choice is to consult with your architect. And architects job is to not only design a home he also needs to identify his clients needs and try and create what they are looking for.

What a good architects will do is they will develop a program to try and get from you what you expect from your new home and help you to recognize from an his point of view what needs to be done but also to recognize what your personal needs are for your home. The kind of areas that he will look at our what your needs are for you home not just for today but in the future, so do you have children?, are you planning on having children?, would you need to accommodate aging parents?

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Modern Home Design

The above image is the architecture of modern home design. We designed this modern home around 3 years ago. 2 floors home with simple lines texture and natural stones, painted in light and soft colors. Many wide windows and doors in this home design. It is luxury home anyway. This modern home design specially created for a famous business institution. They wanted to provide homes for their CEOs.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Bathroom Design For Handicap

Bathroom Design For Handicap
By Adriana Umana

The issues of handicap bathroom design are not that difficult to overcome, and really it's quite easy for any organization to provide at least one stall for the handicapped, as per regulations now. These issues are ease of access, comfort in use for the handicapped person, and ease of cleaning. All these aspects of bathroom design must be taken into account for a bathroom that is truly usable by the disabled. This is now very necessary for public restrooms in order to avoid legal action or even boycott on the part of those concerned.

Resources for Handicap Bathroom Design
The best resource for information on creating good handicap bathroom design is the Americans with Disabilities Act website. The ADA has lots of advice on all aspects of bathroom design for ease of use and independence on the part of handicapped users. The priority for any organization wishing to provide facilities for the disabled will be designing a barrier free handicap bathroom. Being able to reach the toilet, the handbasin and the towels are key issues for disabled persons.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Soft Flooring in Architecture and Interior

linoleum flooring
There are few types of soft flooring in architecture and interior. They are sof on foot and warm. Different than hard flooring
1. Linoleum
Made of linseed oil, resin, cork, filler and pigments. Available in numerous color, patterns and marble look. It comes in tile or sheet and need adhesive to be applien on the floor. Linoleum is warm floor.

2. Vinyl
made of PVC, resin, filler and pigment. It is warm flooring, available in tile or sheet form and in many colors, patterns, textures and thickness. It's oil, water and fat resistant.

3. Rubber
Made of natural synthetic rubber, filler and pigment. Available in tile or sheet, sometime with foam backing for acoustical purpose. It's warm fooring, resilient and can be applied as loose floor on concrete without adhesive.

4. Cork
It's natural product, made of bark of oak. Available in tiles and mostly in natural color gold to dark brown. It's categorized as warm and quiet flooring, need adhesive to be aplied on floor and seaaled with polyurethane.

5. Carpet
It's type of flooring made of fiber, synthetic or natural fiber. Usually the fibers are woven, knitted, tufted or bonded. Synthetic fiber used are nylon, acrylic, viscose rayon, polypropylene and polyester. Natural fiber are sisal, cotton, jute, coir, seagrass or wool. They are warm flooring and soft on foot available in numerous pattern and color especially for synthetic carpet fiber.

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