nur lisa azhar portfolio 2011
Coming from a family with creative propensities, it was completely natural for me to delve into an art-based industry. Architecture, however, was something new for us all, and I walked into it with a sham of an idea of what it really was about. The following pages chart my growth as I progressed through my course. I’d like to think that by the end, I finally got the hang of it.
year 1: basic design + residential studios
Learning the right way to hold a pencil, as well as the skill involved in observing and recording. This class was the foundation for the rest of our course, helping us develop illustrating skills in order to be able to express ourselves better.
Using basic blocks of 30 mm x 30 mm, the effect of different forms on the spaces created was explored and understood.
Basic principles such as Focal Point, Asymmetry, and Rhythm were applied. Experiments with proportion were done with human figures of different scales. The project was divided into stages: the form was created, colour and texture was added, and the entire structure was placed on a custom designed site.
basic design studio
Visual Communication skills are put to the test for the first time with the visual board accompanying this project.
basic design studio
The shelter is meant to be placed at Putrajaya, known for the intense heat and sunshine throughout the day. The challenge was to create a shelter for four that suited the image of Putrajaya, shady and welcoming enough to ensure continuous usage.
The form was derived from that of a tree, one of our natural shelters. Canvas panels represent its leafy overhangs, providing shade whilst being held up by timber-clad steel members. It also served as an ironic statement, highlighting Putrajaya’s distinct lack of trees.
basic design studio
Made entirely of bamboo, this 12 m long bridge is to be placed at the Klang River of Kuala Lumpur. The dynamics of the rotated frames create flow and movement, offering pedestrians a more exciting experience when crossing the bridge. Only bamboo and jute were used, allowing more focus on form and structure.
living & dining
The guest house was designed to fit the chosen client - Jamie Oliver, in my case. As a house designed for a world-renowned chef, it features a rooftop garden just above the wide kitchen for personal usage.
year 2: commercial + institutional studios
Portability stands as one of the main features of this project, a mobile shop meant for indoor usage. Converse has a rugged appeal, and the mobile shop was designed to be simple and edgy to appeal to a youthful crowd. Visual connection was an important feature, and the openable panels that make the facade ensure that the shoes can be seen from both inside and out.
Visual communication was the key of this project. The facade had to speak its contents, allowing the users a first glance that told them exactly what the shop was. In this case, it is a Thai restaurant in SS2, Petaling Jaya. Timber was selected as the main material, with Thai motives and green features, to create a soft, tropical image.
The Traffic Information Centre serves as both a private and public institutional building, offering general information on the condition of the roads in out country. Care was taken to ensure that the building did not have the appearance of a stern institutional building, but instead formed to create a welcoming and green environment.
year 3: urban research+revival
Students were asked to explore and analyse the site given to them - Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur - and uncover any and every strength or weakness regarding the site. A full analysis is required in order to fully understand the idea of Urban Development, and how it affects its surroundings.
A majority of the commercial area is concentrated on the western part of the site, where the shoplots of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and the markets of Jalan Haji Hussein and Jalan Raja Bot are located. Lembah Bunus forms the major residential area of Chow Kit, located at the South-West part of the site. The location of this residential area is related to the location of Kampung Baru as they were both a part of the Malay Agricultural Settlement.
A residential area containing a mixture of the later Malay settlements and squatters.
Schools and most of the institutional buildings of Chow Kit are concentrated on the SouthEast end of the site.
5.6% 9.5% 37.5% 18.4%
SITE PLAN Not to Scale
Mix-Used (Commercial & Residential) Commercial Institutional Residential Religous
Percentage of land usage in Chow Kit
The point that can be deduced from the map is that there is a zoning system in the dispersion of the land usage of Chow Kit. The concentration of the different land usages - commercial, residential, and institutional areas - is very clear.
Much thought was put into the presentation, highlighting the key issues concerning Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, as well as its few hidden strengths and opportunities.
Once a full analysis of the site had been completed, students were asked to figure out ways to enhance and, if necessary, revive the site. This involves proposing solutions that would benefit the site, such as introducing new traffic systems and new buildings. Care must be taken to ensure that whatever benefits the site does so as well to its surroundings, as Urban Development is all about the site and its context.
A B C D E F G H I J K L
New Dry Market New Info Center New Hydroponic Lifestyle Center New Wet Market New Police Station New Cinema New Hawker Center New Children’s Activity Center New Backpackers’ Retreat New Apartments New Youth Creative & Lifestyle Center New Public Library New Rent-A-Bike Station
Parking Taxi Stand
BUS ST OP
Bus Stop Monorail Train Station Monorail Track
TAXI S TAND
New Green Belt Existing Trees New Trees
To nurture and instill a sense of pride amongst locals whilst further positively exposing Chow Kit to the general public To direct Chow Kit towards a selfsustaining future that caters to the locals, and, with time, is capable to attract and cater to the growing public.
Introducing new proposals and developments that are engineered to benefit the local community. Emphasizing the importance, obligations and responsibilities involved in injecting greens and foliage into the site, hand-in-hand with the intent to create a linkage that bonds the segregated zoning of the site.
IMPROVED PUBLIC AMENITIES AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
NEW BICYCLE SHARING SYSTEM
The new bicycle sharing system will: • be promoted as intermodal transportation, a simple contribution to Chow Kit’s socioeconomy. • reduce carbon footprint. • enable residents to be healthier through excercise. • diminish traffic congestion, noise and air pollution of Chow Kit.
year 3: final project
issues the goal
To create a movie theatre that lives and breathes, adding vibrancy and life to it’s surroundings. To create a building that does not impose upon it’s surroundings physically, but instead integrates itself with its environment, standing out just enough to make it notable.
The cinema is to be located at the park that forms the upper right corner of the Greenbelt. Chow Kit is riddled with a dilapidating buildings and a dying economy. Despite its colourful history, Chow Kit is falling apart at the seams, hardly thought of by many today.
Case Study: Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, Manhattan, New York, USA
BRINGING THE OUTSIDE INSIDE
The gaps between different zones are filled with greens, following the flow of the human traffic. Coupled with the large volume of the atrium, they give the place a very airy and fresh feel.
The curious sloping form of the cinema allows it to fuse in gradually with its site, bringing the garden up onto the roof. The rooftop garden also serves as compensation for the ground that had to be excavated to allow for the tiered seating of the cinema, which slopes gradually into the ground and out into the basement carpark.
Never having designed a cinema before, a lot of time was dedicated to researching the fundamentals of movie theatres and how they worked as well as the experience of the moviegoer. The rest of the time was spent on finding the suitable form and space arrangement that fit my concept.
Having gone through what I have for the past three years, I’ve come away from college with a broader perspective than the one I started off with earlier. It also made me realise that there is so much more left to explore and understand, and that this process will continue as we go along. I came across a quote that stated Design is invisible, until it fails*. To me, failure doesn’t have to be the measurement with which to gauge the success of design. Design succeeds when it is subtle and used so regularly that it blends into the blur of everyday life. Thing is, just because we tend to take the good things in life for granted, it doesn’t mean we don’t notice and subconsciously appreciate their existence. And that, to me, is how successful design really works. Silent, but spectacular.
*Massive Change by Bruce Mau
©2011 Nur Lisa bt Azhar