[one_half] Design and Implementation Excellence
Maintaining a disciplined regime once the best solution had been obtained which ensures that the final product will be what is to be achieved. [/one_half] [one_half last=”true”] Conserving and Adaptive reuse
Jimmy Lim Architect formerly CSL Associates, is strongly committed towards conservation and is active in many areas related to public awareness. Conservation of the old built environment in order to enhance and celebrate the new and continuous living heritage. Adapting the old environment to modern usage hereby giving old buildings and environment a new lease of life. [/one_half] [hr]
APPROACH TO ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Our approach to architectural design is very simple. [one_half]
- Architecture is about People.
- People are about living.
- Living is about Life.
- Life is about enjoying the things provided for you by the Environment.
- It therefore follows that architecture has a lot to do about Enjoying.
It is to understand your context and from understanding of your context you create the architecture that is suitable for the environment that you live in. In this respect you need to look at and understand a lot about all that you see around you. [/one_half]
There are two aspects of Architecture that influenced our thinking as architects. One is what I term ‘Architecture of Humility’ and the other, the ‘Tai-chi’ of Architecture.
In any case architecture is always about people and what people want. [/one_half]
4-point approach to conservation
- A heritage building or site no matter how derelict or fallen into disrepair can be restored rebuilt and rehabilitated for some useful adaptive reuse.
- Working on heritage and conservation projects requires dedication and sensitivity and therefore eliminating the need for it to be expensive or economically non-viable.
- As we are the direct living descendents of a continuous living heritage follows that whatever we do within the context of good architecture and built environment that goes towards sustaining and continuing our heritage has to be acceptable as part and parcel of the living culture. Therefore it is a fallacy to insist that everything we recreate in the spirit of and for the present living heritage must be a repetition and copy of the old tradition.
- All heritage buildings should be able to generate elf supporting income without making it a burden and therefore economically non-viable or sustainable.
Preservation of Natural Environment
Safeguarding the natural environment through sensitive and innovative planning and balancing between built and natural environment thereby providing development without sacrificing nature.
“Tai-Chi” of Architecture
Turning a disadvantage into an advantage is to capitalise on the foreign force with which you are up against.
Frugality in Design
Using sensitive and innovative design principles and building techniques, frugality in usage of energy and building materials is practised, causing the project to be cost effective.
Using, by choice, local and indigenous renewable building materials that are easily accessible as well as the fact that they can be reused. This extends to include the use of re-cycled building materials.