SCABAL Architects

I very much enjoyed this lecture as it puts us as students in the place of an architect in practice and what kind of issues he/her may face as an architect. Being involved in education design the architect puts a lot of change for the students to create a better educational environment for them. However the effect of the government takes part in this as well, the government change in the UK had an effect on the educational architecture as nowadays less schools are built and developed.

Above is a photograph of the gym out of sea containers

One of the projects that I found very interesting was the GYM design for one of the schools, how the architects thought of making it like a green house. Making glass fascade and letting as much light as possible inside the sports centre for the students. It is a building that looks like a green house and was made out of sea containers that are transported from china. The interior of the sports centre is very usable and the students can see the sunlight through the big windows and play in this sports centre.

A photograph showing the inside of the gym and how the light is coming inside the space

Review by Riam Ibrahem


ROCA LONDON GALLERY _Zaha Hadid Architects

I had the amazing opportunity to see the whole project into two different states. Which the first one was, when the project was sort of in the middle of getting done and the second one few weeks ago when it  was all finished. And these two points of views gives me the amazing opportunity to examine the project even more deeper, more complex. When I went to the Roca gallery last year I was reallyexcited. Mainly because the fact I have never been to such a thing as this and also because I have never came across Zaha Hadid’s work in real life. So my first thoughts and feelings could’ve been described only by the word..WOW.. The place left such a huge impression on my self. Not just because Zaha Hadid was the architect, but mainly because the place seemed so magical at the first place, even though it wasn’t all finished by that time.

The project is inspired by the various phases and states of water. Which sort of make sense because the space is being used as a bathroom showroom. What I like about this project is the simplicity, the clean lines and that the whole space works very well as a complex. All these reinforced concrete bits, which suppose to reminding water drops were being cast somewhere else and transported to the site afterward. So when I walked inside the showroom for the first time, I got the feeling like the water was coming all over me and I was being drag by the stream of water somewhere far far away. Far away to the sea side where everything is perfect, sun is shining from the morning to the evening and that is exactly what’s gonna make you buy a new bath tub I think.. And that’s exactly what should probably every single place selling some kind of design products, including kitchens, beds, cars..etc etc.. have. Some let me call it “know how” which is going to sell your work no matter what it is…

On the other hand you would probably start thinking…wait a moment, well designed things doesn’t have to have a perfectly shining showroom, they will be interesting for the people because they are good not just because they are placed in some nice interior. Now im starting getting to my point. We all heard how much the project costed. I cant even say the amount out lout because it would probably make me faint. And the question is…Is it really necessary to have such an expensive and over budget showrooms in a way to sell your products?…I think that’s the kind of a question everyone should think about before he enters place such this one. Whats the main reason why I am going to this shop.. Is it because of the way the place looks like or is it because of what they sell inside… Of course one could say the best option is the combination of both. I personally just think, that when you have a good work you dont need to spend a fortune on making it look nice from the street through the shop windows. But you DO have to have a clue what’s the best way of selling it your products…

And that is one of the most important things I have gained from the Roca gallery.

Review by Jakub Klimes


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