Between Silence + Light

Craft – Since the beginning of the Interior Architecture program at UNCG, we have learned that great craft still isn’t enough to please the instructors. Craft is the technical term for constructing or building things. For our very first project we were asked to use paper and construct a place for a leaf using good craft. Craft isn’t a one shot deal. It takes practice and dedication to figure out how to manipulate materials to work with you. For example, you can’t make chipboard bend, therefore using exceptional craft, cutting or scoring the board gives you the ability to create a fine and smooth curve. Knowing to score the board only comes with experience, experimentation, and practice. Nearly two semesters later, our class is learning how to manipulate more firm and durable material to our fit. To experiment we are given the chance to work with cardboard due to its sturdy similarities.

Public/Private – In infrastructure, designers are challenged to demonstrate and illustrate public and private areas in the designated location. It is important to label these areas to show hierarchy in diagrams such as plans and informational diagrams.

Technique – Along with craft, technique takes practice. Interior Architecture demands multiple techniques in a variety of situations. For example, learning computer techniques such as photoshop, autocad, and sketchup is valuable in finishing products and design. Learning techniques such as line weight, rendering, and perspectives give the designer a wide range of creativity that a computer can’t comprehend. Practicing and knowing multiple techniques grants the designer a freedom that most artists dream of. A regular artist puts media to paper and calls it a day; a interior architect can put media to paper, plot it out on a computer, make adjustments, and execute it in a grand scale.

Language – My Precedent Analysis – Burj Al Arab – is a building that speaks the language of money because of its high-style luxurious beauty it suggests. The Eiffel Tower is another structure that speaks on a deeper level. To be put in the city of Paris and have it stand as one leaves tourists speechless and amazed. The tower states that it is a unique individual in a large population.

Virtual – Virtual is computer based and is a distortion of reality. Computer science has given the world virtual reality, which is “a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way.”

Burj Al Arab

In architecture, designers create buildings, skyscrapers, and even sculptures to satisfy the societies taste for creativity and spark. Architects strive to have their very own landmark building that sets theirs from others. Gustav Eiffel has the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Frank Lloyd Wright has Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, and Tom Wright – no relation to Frank Lloyd – has the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Born in 1957, Tom Wright has had a knack for building exceptional and meaningful structures that stand the test of time. He is currently collaborating with the Atkins Team to help design, create, and erect valuable and eye – staggering structures such as the Burj Al Arab.
Where exactly is the Burj Al Arab? Three hundred meters out to sea on the coast of Dubai, stands the massive three hundred and twenty one meter hotel. Dubai, located on the tip of Saudi Arabia, is known for its vivid architecture such as the Burj Dubai, which is an eight hundred and eighteen meter skyscraper and the Dubai Mall, a nearly half a million square foot mall with more than a thousand stores.
The Burj Al Arab serves as a thirteen-story hotel that exceeds limitations in many ways. It holds multiple dining areas for heavy paying customers that wish to feel like royalty. Although most customers say that the Burj Al Arab is a one-time thing, they seem nothing less than thrilled departing the hotel. A guest is capable of enjoying many activities such as Horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours, and even subtle things such as golf.
Burj Al Arab is the first five star hotel and also the highest hotel today. The 321-meter giant unifies and glorifies the city of Dubai. Known for its extravagence and beauty Dubai reaches new heights and ground breaking records to be first in the race of architecture. Dubai is a country to be reckoned with due to its fast moving economy and quick creative thinking skills.
Tom Wright was given the task to design a building that speaks Dubai; a task to speak money. In the shape of a sailboat comes the design of the beautiful and luxurious Burj Al Arab. The uplifting motion and the unification of the sails create a monument that screams for attention just as it juts out of the city of Dubai. The color choice – blue, navy, and grey set the scene by using colors natural to the sky.
Burj Al Arab is a giant to modern society in the United States. It reflects how little and slowly or design process is compared to international countries. I selected this goliath because it’s form and beauty is set apart and is a landmark in design.