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I.M. Pei, an architect who had just celebrated his 100th birthday.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2017 by vincentloy

I.M.Pei, a renowned Chinese-American architect has just turned 100 years old few days ago. A lot of major architecture websites do share news of his centenary birthday and a glimpse of his architectural projects under his career that spanned over six decades. He defied the typical saying that ‘architect do dies early due to the stress, heavy workload and constantly being all-nighter’.

Born on 26th April 1917 in Guangzhou, China, I.M.Pei moved to USA and studied architecture in University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was inspired by works by Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer during his years in architectural education. He was particular fascinated by modern architecture and International Style.

I.M.Pei’s design style is described as modernist with significant cubist themes. He is known for combining traditional architectural elements with progressive designs based on simple geometric patterns. He has designed over 70 projects across the world and has received multiple awards and honors such as the Pritzker Prize (known as Nobel Prize of architecture) in 1983, AIA Gold Medal in 1979, Royal Gold Medal in 2010, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992, etc.

Here below are 10 of his most iconic works:

131 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, USA (1949) – I.M.Pei’s first project.

Luce Memorial Chapel, Taichung, Taiwan (1963)

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, USA (1973)

OCBC Centre, Singapore (1976)

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston, USA (1979)

Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, China (1989)

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, USA (1989)

Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France (1993)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, USA (1995)

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar (2008)

Looking just at 10 of his works above, you will obviously notice that he applied strong geometrical shapes into his design. It has become his signature approach in architecture. He designed a variety of projects ranging from community centers to highrise towers. He is no doubt one of the greatest living architects of our generation.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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Titanic Belfast by CivicArts and Todd Architects

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2012 by vincentloy

Titanic Belfast is a maritime museum built in dedication to Titanic, the ship that is popular for its sinking on April 15th, 1912 after hitting an iceberg which remains now as one of the deadliest maritime disasters in history. The location of the museum is similar to the location where the ship was built over a hundred years ago. The museum is completed and is opened to the public right on time for the centennial commemoration of the sinking of the ill-fated ship this month. I have read the article regarding this museum from Dezeen Magazine and I wish to share it here (below) as well.

The world’s largest ever Titanic-themed visitor attraction and Northern Ireland’s largest tourism project, Titanic Belfast is the result of a successful collaboration between the Concept Design Architects and the Lead Consultant/Architect Todd Architects. Located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the site where the famous ship was designed and built, Titanic Belfast’s six-floors feature nine interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the city and people that made her. The building will also house temporary exhibits, a 1,000-seat banqueting suite, education and community facilities, catering and retail space and a basement car park.

The 14,000 sq m building took three years to complete – the same length of time as Titanic itself – and is designed with the potential capacity to accommodate up to one million visitors annually. A five-storey-high glazed atrium is positioned at the centre of the building, giving visitors access to each of the nine galleries contained within the four wings. Acid-stained steel plates line an 18-metre-high wall inside this atrium, intended by the architects to reference the metal panels that were used to cover the body of the Titanic a century before. Elsewhere in the building is a banqueting suite containing a replica of the Titanic’s iconic wooden staircase, as well cafes, restaurants and shops.

Eric R Kuhne, Founding Partner of CivicArts / Eric R Kuhne & Associates, commented: “CivicArts / Eric R Kuhne & Associates has worked for seven years to conceive, design, and create an international destination in Belfast that celebrates five centuries of its maritime legacy including the building of the RMS Titanic. As Concept Design Architects we have created an architectural icon that captures the spirit of the shipyards, ships, water crystals, ice, and the White Star Line’s logo. Its architectural form cuts a skyline silhouette that has been inspired by the very ships that were built on this hallowed ground.”

“Behind this shimmering crystalline façade, four dynamic ships hulls hold nine galleries. Glass balconies overlook the shipyard, drawing office, slipways, and Belfast city centre. The five-storey central atrium is inspired by the majesty of gangways, gantries, cranes that filled the void between the Titanic & Olympic when they lay side-by-side upon the slipways.”

“Titanic Belfast restores RMS Titanic to these shores. Its design anchors the profound spirit of invention & innovation from a century ago in a new form that retells the epic story of the building of these great ships. The scale, location, interiors and stories within the galleries make this the largest and most authentic Titanic visitor attraction in the world. The architecture speaks of the genius of Belfast as one of the world’s great historic shipbuilding cities, capturing the essence of over 28,000 workers in the Harland & Wolff’s shipyards.”

CivicArts/Eric R Kuhne & Associates and Todd Architects have worked together with Harcourt Construction and a range of other partners to ensure the successful completion of Belfast’s newest landmark. Harcourt Developments engaged CivicArts / Eric R Kuhne & Associates as master planners for the Titanic Quarter site in 2005, with the aim of transforming Queen’s Island into a dynamic new waterfront.

(For more info and pictures: read the source here: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/04/02/titanic-belfast-by-civicarts-and-todd-architects/)

I personally don’t find the exterior design pretty much resembling or in attached symbolism to the R.M.S. Titanic ship. Perhaps I would be only able to feel that if I am there myself to experience it. I wish to visit the museum, but the place is like at another end of the globe from my home, so it seems almost impossible for that opportunity.

Earth hour was over just now, and it’s now April! It’s April Fool…

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2012 by vincentloy

Another new month arrived, it’s April 2012 now. Few hours ago, the annual Earth Hour event is held all across the globe and I do join in the global initiative. The event had been criticized for being too commercialized, but I think the message carried out behind the movement is still pure and encouraging. I see not many Malaysians are switching off their lights just now, and I’m a bit disappointed. Perhaps the reason behind it is that there is not enough advertisement over this global event here in Malaysia.

It’s over. The next Earth Hour event would be on 30th March 2013. Let’s hope for more support and participation to this global movement next year. We are now stepping into the fourth month of the year. My blog header of the month is dedicated in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage en-route to New York from Southampton after hitting an iceberg. Titanic was the biggest and the grandest ship at the time it was completed, and its sinking is one of the most terrifying maritime disasters in history.

What’s making the ship appeared so famous even until to these days is an epic romance and disaster film created based on the ship. The 1997 ‘Titanic’ film directed by James Cameron is incredibly a stunning movie that captures the attention of the world and has been the world’s highest grossing film of all time until it is beaten by ‘Avatar’. Few days later, the movie would be released back to big screen in 3D in commemoration to the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the ill-fated ship. So, my blog header’s theme for the month is very straightforward; showing the ship in the backdrop sailing over the beautiful ocean at its glory moment, with few words of memory to the ship on the right. Clean, simple yet meaningful header.  (Another copy of the header below)

Today is the first day of April, which means today is April’s Fool Day. Do you plan to fool someone today?

If yes, have fun with your pranks, but remember not to carry it out beyond the limit. 

If no, let’s have this ordinary day with joy and happiness as well.

Happy April’s Fool Day! Enjoy the month no matter how hard this month would turn out to be! All the best!

First All England title for Chong Wei

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by vincentloy

It’s been quite a tough day of final for Lee Chong Wei as he struggled to win his first All England Badminton Championship 2010 title. The tournament is the world oldest badminton tournament, and this year, it celebrated its 100th anniversary. Hence, winning the century edition’s men single title is definitely memorable for Lee Chong Wei, from Malaysia who is also the world number one player.

                       Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships 2010

Chong Wei had won many other titles, of the twelve super series tournaments and super series master final, gold prix, etc as well as the silver medalist of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. However, he had never won the prestigious All England title. This time, yesterday, he did it. He had finally won the title, which means that he had won four consecutive back-to-back titles.

The opponent, Kenichi Tago from Japan is a young player, but very talented and skillful. He gave a hard time to Chong Wei and even score higher than him in beginning of the match. However, Chong Wei’s determination leads him to get back to position and finally won over the Japanese, 21 – 19, 21 – 19, in two straight games.

It is a proud moment for all Malaysians who were willing to stay up late till 1am midnight to watch the live broadcast of the final. Even there are a number of Malaysians cheering and waving flag in the stadium. Nice to see Lee Chong Wei winning the title that he had desired for a long time. Finally, he got it, it’s in his hand! Continue your success an be a legend in world of badminton!