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Final 12*8

December 14, 2008

The architect of the Jewish Museum Berlin is Daniel Libeskind. It is a very interesting and thoughtful design for the Jewish Museum. Liberskind has done lots of researches on the topic and input to his ideas of the museum design. The words Liberskind uses for his ideas are the organization and relationships. “One is a straight line, but broken into many fragments, the other is a tortuous line, but continuing indefinitely.” (By Liberskind) Therefore, he uses three words to identify his design: Continuity, Exile and Death End.

Liberskind views the world in order to determine the way he creates because Jewish must continue; and the time they exile; and the death end is the feeling of the Jewish. Those are from the history of Jewish exiled in Germany. Libeskind uses “Voids” to define the space between the old and the new. There are no direct light comes to the space, and the “Shalechet” on the floor represent the ashes. It gives people that the Jewish had difficulty to walk in the past. It is very interesting idea that connects the old building to the new building. Also, the Garden of Exile, the structure of columns creates the disorientation to the visitor. The idea of disorientation was created through architecture. Therefore, I think Libeskind was an artist. The creation of The Holocaust Tower is also the art. An only one light that comes from the gap and the narrow slit high above the ground that creates experience of even the visitors see the light but can’t reach it. It also connects to the history of Jewish. The location of the building is also very interesting. There are no official entrance in the new Jewish Museum, instead Libeskind design it in the old Jewish Museum and put it underground. It represent the life of Jewish was undergrounded in Germany in early century.The façade of the building is very interesting. Libeskind plotted the addresses of prominent Jewish and German citizens on a map of pre-war Berlin and joined the points to form the matrix. The idea I like the best is the axes that Liberkind created to link the history of Jewish.

The scale and proportion for the window sizes are based upon the matrix of the façade. The entrance of the buildings formed by the long stairs and on the above there are some structure connected in order to create pressure. It is a very interesting building I have seen.



November 9, 2008

Tadao Ando

was born in 1941 in Osaka, Japan. Growing up in that city as Japan recovered prom the war, Tadao Ando spent the most of time out of doors, and was raised by his grandmother, whose name was “ando”. From the age of 10 to 17 Tadao Ando worked at local carpenter, where Tadao Ando learned how to work with wood and built a number of models of airplanes and ships.

Ando – Architectural Designs

Church of Light, The space of the chapel is defined by light, the strong contrast between light and solid.


Azuma House – Ando inserted a simple, narrow concrete rectangular residence. With spaces flanking an interior courtyard, there is an attempt to return the ‘contact with light, air, rain, and other natural elements’ to the Japanese life-style.




November 2, 2008

Yesterday, I went to SFMOMA to analysis the site and see the design of the museum.

I found the design of this museum is interesting. The relationship of the stairs and the ground floor and the entry are generated by line structures.

Also, the ground floor and the walls are in the same design element (lines)

The lighting is a good design, they use natural light and it made the ceiling as a curve in order to create soft lighting and even no shadow. otherwise, it will create hard edges between wall and ceilling.

On the other hand, i found they paint gray in the photography exhibition in order to make the picture frame stand out from the wall. Unlike the painting exhibition, they use white for the walls.

Here are the Floor Plans and Elevation Plan I sktech in SFMOMA


September 16, 2008

Fibonacci, Leonardo of Pisa

Leonardo of Pisa was born in Pisa, Italy in 1170. He was considered as “the most talented mathematician of the Middle Ages.”  He invented the Fibonacci Sequence. The Fibonacci Sequence of numbers means each number after the first two is the sum of the previous precious two numbers. As my point of view, I think it creates parrtens. 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…

The higher up in the sequence, the closer two consecutive numbers of the sequence divided by each other will approach the Golden Ratio which I think is significant. The Golden Ratio can apply to any of arts. Many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the Golden Ratio. The Golden Ratio is approximately 1.6180339887.

The golden section is a line segment sectioned into two according to the golden ratio. The total length a+b is to the longer segment a as a is to the shorter segment b.

The golden section number is closely connected with the Fibonacci series and has a value of (sqr5 + 1)/2

Golden Proportion,














One of the most spectacular examples of the Fibonacci Series in nature is in the head of the sunflower.
Scientists have measured the number of spirals in the sunflower head. They found, not only one set of short spirals going clockwise from the centre, but also another set of longer spirals going anti clockwise, These two beautiful sinuous spirals of the sun flower head reveal the astonishing double connection with the Fibonacci series.

More examples like,


September 15, 2008

Here are the drawing I response to the research i did for Fibonacci

The Sunflowers are the Golden Section in Nature

The patrhenon is also the Golden Section


September 8, 2008

Hard & Soft drawings

This is Hard. I think all the materials with hard surface are considered HARD. like buildings, bridges etc.

On the other hand, like this drawing- tree. I think it is SOFT.