Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Living Tomorrow in Amsterdam, Netherlands by UN Studio
November 24th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: UN Studio
The Living Tomorrow pavilion is situated in Amsterdam South-East, where it occupies an exceptional position because of its small-scaled measurements. The layout of the building functions as a basis for the different innovative concepts and technologies adjusted to the recent developments during the next 5 years.
The surface of the building is around 3.500 m² and it has a tower of 4 floors with a total height of 32 meters. In the pavilion visitors can get acquainted with the products and services, which can enhance the quality of living or working in the near future. On the ground floor the entrance, auditorium, event hall, exposition room, administration and kitchen are located. On the four levels above, more exposition rooms, a small restaurant and other secondary facilities are situated.
The fluent curving of the façade derives from the concept that the vertical and horizontal part of a building forms one ontinuing inside out turned shape. These integrated volumes form the basis for the spatial structure of the interior. The entrance, reception and vertical infrastructure, stairs and elevators, form the inner volumes. Other public and secondary facilities are situated in between. This design spatial structure strives to a form of coherence between the different concepts exhibited during the next 5 years.
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“The name of the building sums up the job of any designer: ‘What do you do?’
‘Oh, nothing special, just trying to design stuff for how we will be living tomorrow.’ Well, naturally; there seems little point in making things that would have been of use in the past. You always design for the future. But when the project is entitled ‘Living Tomorrow’ this is made extra clear and you feel something Futuristic is called for.
But what is Futuristic? Everyone’s idea of the future is a composite of past images of the future (derived form art from the 1920-s and the 1960-s, from science fiction and films) and extrapolations of the present. You anticipate how current phenomena will be magnified and intensified in the future; there will be even more travel, taller buildings, and chillier personal relations. The artifacts of your everyday life will be squarer when they are round now, or rounder when they are square; they will gleam when they are dull now, or be dull when they gleam; they will be celestial, indestructible, and there will not be too many of them, as there are now.
Being fictitious, a Futuristic design is dreamy and personal. This is how you, the architect, imagined the future in the year 2000, when the Living Tomorrow pavilion was designed. Yes, you thought the future would have rounded corners, a curved façade of coated panels, and that fetishistic je-ne-says-quoi that you find in the Aibo dog. But then, you are an optimist.”
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