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Designed by SOM, Mumbai’s largest international airport terminal is now ready to open

January 6th, 2014

Mumbai is all set to get its new, large and opulent international terminal which will be inaugurated next week on Friday by India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh.  GVK, India’s leading conglomerate that runs Mumbai International Airport, took on the consortium project to build a new terminal to expand the congested and poorly functioning facility in 2007.

After six years it is ready to open one of the largest terminals in the world, beating Singapore’s Changi and the UK’s Heathrow in size, with its capacity to handle 40 million passengers each year. The airport is designed by New York’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).  GVK’s managing director Gunupati Venkata Krishna Reddy wanted something Indian which could handle double the capacity efficiently and seamlessly.

Image copyright: SOM

The design of the terminal uses the Indian bird, the peacock, as a motif while the roof gives the impression of white peacocks in the sky. The 60-foot-high walls enclose a huge museum, housing 6,000-7,000 artefacts. The four-level airport building aims to be one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country. With 226,000 sq ft of retail space, it will offer everything that most international airports in the world boast of.

Spread over 4.4 million sq ft, terminal 2 will offer everything that represents modern and global standards at large facilities. Glass curtain walls and multi-level light wells provide ample natural light, while high-performance glazing and double glazing where necessary to cancel noise and rooftop greenery will help reduce solar heat gain. The terminal is cross-shaped to facilitate the quick and organised movement of both planes and passengers.

Come and visit Mumbai, all you world travellers, a swanky airport will welcome you!

Project Information

Project Completion Year: 2014

Design Completion Year: 2010

Project Inception Year: 2007

Site Area: 105 hectares

Project Area: 450,000 sq m

Number of storeys: 4

Building height: 45m

 

George Nelson: A Retrospective

October 23rd, 2013

George Nelson Exhibition at Power House Museum, Sydney, 2013

“Design is an integral part of the business.” These are the words of George Nelson, one of the most important American designers of the 20th century. Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum is hosting an exhibition of his works, not only as an architect, but also as a graphic artist, product designer and much more, giving glimpse of his interesting career.

A model of American National Exhibition Pavilion

In some of our past blogs, we have discussed the variety of career paths some architects have chosen. George Nelson seems to be the one who has done almost everything an architect can do at the time. After earning an architectural degree, he worked as an author and journalist.

A model for the American Exhibition 'jungle gym'

In 1947 he opened his own design office when Herman Miller commissioned him to design their collection of furniture. He then ventured into business communications and corporate design of the company. His practice worked in the field of architecture, interiors, graphics, exhibitions and products.

Model of Experimental House

Walking through the exhibits makes one realise the creativity and versatility of Nelson. From miniature models of furniture to dozens of unique clock designs, the display is well curated to experience the complexity of his works.

George Nelson Exhibition at Power House Museum, Sydney, 2013

So if you are in Sydney anytime until 10 Jan 2014, do visit the exhibition.

Photographs by Vin Rathod, text by Priyanka Rathod

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens.

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens.

New York film school says ‘action’ in new Battery Park facility

September 16th, 2013

Guest Contributor – Karin Kloosterman

I live in a historical building that also serves as a music and performance hall. World music musicians, dancers, whirling dervishes, gurus from India and Kabala centers, spiritual seekers, TED talkers – you name it – have found ‘divine’ inspiration at my home in the heart of Jaffa.

There is no doubt that old buildings have personality with their nooks and crannies to explore. Ghosts to meet. Ceiling heights, room dimensions, tiles, and fixtures are from another time and they affect how we create. Once in a while the cracks and crumbling walls get to me though. No matter how much my husband patches them up, they blow open again. Sometimes I dream of moving into a condo that’s small, fresh and clean; compact and super functional. A place with a clean slate.

Turns out that the New York Film Academy is going to get the best of both worlds - a clean slate and that old historical inspiration as it upsizes its old facilities in Soho to a massive campus at Battery Park.

The new Battery Place facility just being polished off will replace the school’s NYC location, 568 Broadway in SoHo at the corner of Prince and Broadway, which was also a contemporary facility. The film school’s Union Square offices at 100 17th Street in the historic Tammany Hall will stay as the school’s main headquarters and will remain home to a number of the New York Film Academy programs.

But the new facilities are meant to inspire. With impressive views from almost every window, young film makers from far and wide who have dreamed of making it in New York will be dreaming, dancing, editing and saying ‘action’ at the new facilities.

David Klein the senior director at the New York Film Academy tells WAN METROBLOGS: “As filmmakers we recognize that our surroundings do and will impact the art we make. While our older historic facilities in Tammany Hall at Union School – which we will keep – add that certain character which helps us learn, create and grow as artists, the new facilities gives our school that contemporary edge too.

“Meanwhile our space at Tammany Hall has wonderful character and will continue to provide New York Film Academy students will a buzzing, exciting environment to learn, create, and grow as artists.”

What to expect? “Our new location at Battery Place is an improvement over the SoHo space, as it is five times the size. We will have four new shooting studios, four new dance and movement studios, larger classrooms, two screening rooms, several computer editing labs, wonderful administrative space and large new equipment room to house all of our state-of-the-art filmmaking gear.”

Rooms with a view? Klein adds: “The views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty from almost every classroom at the new space are glorious. While there, you cannot help but feel like you are in the heart of one of the most inspiring cities in the world.”

Photos of new Battery Park facility courtesy of the New York Film Academy.

Karin Kloosterman is the founder of an environment news website Green Prophet.

Archikidz! hits Sydney in October

September 10th, 2013

“Building great environments is all about learning to see the potentials of the world around us. Archikidz! is all about beginning to realise these potentials by inspiring kids to see the world as positive and full of possibilities.” These lines of Anthony Burke, Head of School Architecture, UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) capture the real essence of Archikidz!.

A decade ago, Archikidz! was initiated in Netherlands as an annual architectural workshop for children. The event is now held in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bergen, Barcelona, Buenos Aries and, since last year, in Sydney. This year on Saturday 5 October, around 300 children between age 7-12 will gather at Carriageworks and will be introduced to the world of built environment. Working by side of architect volunteers, the kids will build their models, small and big, around the theme – Building Bridges.

The event is a community initiative of Arque, with the City of Sydney and the Australian Institute of Architects as major partners and is entirely run by volunteers and supporters. From our past experience of being part of the organising team, we know that a lot goes behind making this event. Seeing those amazing large and small scale models made on site by kids, giving a sense of achievement, is a moment all volunteers, sponsors and supporters cherish forever. If you are passionate about architecture and would like to get involved, visit the Archikidz! website to find out more.

Photographs by Vin Rathod, text by Priyanka Rathod

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens.

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens.

3 x 3 x 3 Design Challenge

August 30th, 2013

As part of Sydney Design 2013, Powerhouse Museum in Sydney hosted the 3 x 3 x 3 Design Challenge where three teams of designers solved pressing problems in Sydney society – 1. Health, 2. Safety and 3. Community. Their solutions are being displayed in a 3 x 3 x 3 meter cube at the museum until 1st September 2013.

Health: Housing – By Paul Pholeros and Heleana Genaus and UNSW students

The housing element highlights the connection between health problems and parts of the living environment. Both in written charts and pictorial artworks, the display aims to spread the message of healthy living conditions and various precautions for some of the most common health issues.

Safety: Emergency shelter – By Jun Sakaguchi and Jeremy Bishop

This safety shelter was originally designed for the Emergency shelter exhibition in 2013. Made from materials that can easily be found after a brushfire disaster, the elements are designed with care to give comfort and lessen the trauma of disaster.

Community: Transportable work-shed – By Tasman Munro

The pop-up workshop cart ‘Wildebeest Workshop’ can be used for variety of community-based building projects, as a shed or for education programs. Made from recycled materials, the cart is small enough for transport and large enough to contain all the equipments needed for the workshops. This smart design can create and nurture various possibilities within a community in a very sustainable and economical way.

It is interesting to see how each team has responded differently to their chosen issue. One by building actual shelter, the other by creating the display to increase awareness and the third by designing mobile solution. Yet, they were spot-on in utilising the 3 x 3 x 3 space to display the solution for the chosen problem.

Photographs by Vin Rathod, text by Priyanka Rathod

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens.

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens.

1914 Wonderground Map goes on display in London

August 27th, 2013

MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill, the slightly less well-known brother of sculptor and typographer Eric, is to be celebrated in a colourful showcase of artworks more than 60 years after his death. Born in 1884, Gill was an eminent designer, illustrator and architect, although he was later rather overshadowed by his successful brother.

Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill (20 September – 2 November) is a free retrospective at the PM Gallery in Ealing, London, an extension to the Sir John Soane-designed Pitzhanger Manor. The exhibition will put a number of rarely-viewed original artworks on display to the general public, giving a prime opportunity to explore the streets of London some 100 years ago.

A selection of the artworks included in the exhibition were uncovered by the nephew of Gill’s second wife when he inherited their family home in the 1980s. Rolled up in chests under the eaves of Gill’s Sussex cottage were a plethora of vivid poster maps of London in excellent condition which were carefully documented by Gill’s great-niece and biographer Caroline Walker.

One of Gill’s much-loved works is the Wonderground Map, a detailed account of London’s underground train stations completed in 1914. The beautifully-finished map remains in fantastic condition and will be one of the key pieces in Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill. The images below are close-up shots of the Wonderground Map and will be coupled with numerous other acclaimed works and Gill’s personal effects.

North West

North East

South East

South West

Also included in the exhibition are:

Highways of Empire (1927) – a traffic-stopper across the major cities of the Empire, this map launched the Empire Marketing Board’s publicity campaign

GPO Mail Steamship Routes (1937) – part of a set of three communications maps, this shows the transatlantic journey of mail from pillar box to quayside

Tea Revives the World (1940) – a global view of the history and beneficial effects of Britain’s national drink

Atlantic Charter (1942) – celebrating the Anglo-American treaty which led to the peacetime UN and the cementing of the ‘special relationship’, this poster features the signatures of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, pasted in to the original artwork

Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill
Dates: 20 September – 2 November 2013
Admission is free to all visitors.
PM Gallery & Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London W5 5EQ
Opening Times: Tues-Fri 1-5pm; Sat 11am-5pm; Sundays 1-5pm.
Further visitor information: www.ealing.gov.uk/pmgalleryandhouse

Crafting a portrait of Sydney

August 21st, 2013

Sydney, the largest city of Australia by population, is a diverse mix of culture, architecture, food, ethnicity, sport and everything else. To make a portrait of such a multifaceted city is a real challenge by twin sisters, Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki have seen this as an opportunity and turned it into a collaborative art project ‘People Make Places: Sydney’.

All Sydney-siders are invited to create a piece that fits within a matchbox and responds to the theme ‘Sydney – My City’. The interpretation is open to one’s imagination. All the matchboxes are being collected and stored into large transparent boxes forming the artwork and the result is a unique portrait of the City of Sydney.

The intention for it is to travel to many places in the world introducing Sydney through the eyes of the locals, telling stories of urban life by its residents, portraying the character of today’s multi-cultural society. Click here to get involved.

Photographs by Vin Rathod, text by Priyanka Rathod

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens.

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens.

RMIT Design Hub – A Creative Shell

August 2nd, 2013

Melbourne has always been a city that promotes unusual, innovative architecture and design. And if you have been wandering on Swanston and Flinders Street here, you will understand why we are saying this. Federation square, Council House 2, RMIT Green Brain (The Storey Hall) are just a few examples. Last year yet another building – RMIT Design Hub – joined this list of atypical architecture. Located at the corner of Swanston and Victoria Street, this building has a skin made up of approximately 16,250 glass discs spanning across all 9 levels of the building. In broad daylight, the white discs seem to disappear in the sky at a distance, creating a character of unending structure.

The 60cm diameter sandblasted glass discs are fixed to galvanised steel cylinders. These units of disc and cylinder are organised into panels, each panel comprising of 21 units from which 12 are operable allowing for perimeter air intake contributing to the passive cooling system for the structure and lowering the overall energy consumption. The architect Sean Godsell has found a perfect balance between aesthetic and sustainability in the building facade.

Earlier in our article, Q&A(rchitect), we discussed the diverse nature of an architecture practice. RMIT design hub seconds this speculation by providing a ‘warehouse’ style space  for various design disciplines under one roof. Students from diverse range of design research and post graduation studies can work alongside each other, modify spaces to suit the team requirements and achieve something unusual from creative collaborations. Thus, the large uniform off-white box of 13,000 sq m seems limitless from outside and has limitless design possibilities within.

Photographs by Vin Rathod, text by Priyanka Rathod

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens

Can sound be a fourth dimension of architecture?

July 19th, 2013

A visit to the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) was greeted with chiming music, similar to ‘Glass Harmonica’. It was ‘Clinamen’ – an installation of white porcelain bowls floating like  pearls on a blue water pool.

Circulating gently, swept along by submarine currents, floating crockery acts as a percussive instrument, creating a resonant, chiming acoustic soundscape, marked by complexity, hidden patterns and chance compositions. (Source NGV) Conceived and created by French artist, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, this large-scale sound based art installation built a warm ambience and reinforced a relaxing experience for the visitors, a perfect start for submerging into the world of art.

It makes one wonder at the possibility of experimenting with sound as a fourth dimension in design. Can a sound-scape enhance, influence or add value to architecture? Out of various correlation of art forms with architecture, this one is worth an exploration.

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens

Melbourne’s Gallery of Graffiti

July 4th, 2013

Vin and Priyanka Rathod

Hosier Lane is a well-known street in Melbourne that has made it to the list of must-see-places in the city. Situated in the city centre, right opposite the National Gallery of Victoria, this narrow back lane has gained a reputation as one of the most important cultural attractions in the city of Melbourne.

On an urban planning level, this is a service lane accommodating rear facades of the surrounding 19th-century brick buildings. Bins, exhaust grills and scaffoldings; you’ll find it all here. However, the graffiti and stencil artworks, many by very well-known artists, have the power of turning it into a beautiful walkway, attracting hundreds of curious visitors every day.

The artworks in this lane are a mix of graffiti and stencils. Some of them are legal and recorded by the council. They have made the alley an unofficial art gallery; a beautiful jumble that is always changing and evolving. If you’re lucky, you may see some street artists at work. Hosier Lane is truly a fine example of how the city of Melbourne allows for creative minds to experiment and nurture a creative culture in the city.

Vin Rathod is an architect and a photographer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai and Master of Construction Project Management from UNSW, Sydney. Vin is an Emerging Member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and works in Sydney, Australia. For Vin, each photograph is a design; a design for the subject, be it an art, architecture, city, or a sculpture. He thrives on creativity and imagination and is always developing new ideas. The photographs speak of his vision to see built-form as an artwork. A collection of Vin’s fine art photographs are constantly evolving as seen on his website Through Vin’s Lens

As an architect, Priyanka is very much interested in exploring designs with sustainable initiatives. After completing Bachelors of Architecture from KRVIA, Mumbai University, she did her Master of Architecture with major in Design from UNSW, Sydney. In her professional career, Priyanka has worked on variety of projects – urban and rural; commercial, institutional and healthcare both in India and Australia. Her volunteering initiatives include participation in the event organising team of Archikidz! Sydney 2012 held during Sydney Architecture Festival. Currently, Priyanka lives and works in Sydney enjoying her time between professional work and some personal initiatives including writing for Through Vin’s Lens