Architects are not just designers of buildings; they are designers of environment.
It is very seldom in contemporary designs of interior spaces where architecture and furniture merge as one and the same. Architecture is instinctively treated as the immovable built volumetric space, while furniture is regarded to be those movable articles that give life to the space.
Most often unrealized is the potential efficiency and responsiveness of the interior space through the harmony of architecture and furniture – attaining a double function.
The goal of the team is to exploit such potential. A Filipino businessman, a co-founder and director of a multinational corporation that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronic software and hardware, is a perfect fit to the envisioned space. The architectural components, such as the ceiling, walls, floors, and other built-in furnishings will designed to blend with the interior articles, such as the desks, tables, chairs and other accessories. Each portion of the condominium unit shall be customized to suit the personality and characteristics of the owner. The behavioral pattern, routine, as well as the anthropometrics of the owner shall be taken into consideration.
“Harmony in disparity, a paradoxical composition”
Perfecting the execution of the design concept for the unit is the use of plastics as the featured material or finish. Plastics, while perhaps existing in their nascent stages of understanding in terms of their potential application and uses, are actually considered as the most deeply engineered building material as at today. Contrarily and surprisingly however, plastics are hardly used as a material or finish for an interior space.
In this particular project, plastics will be an ideal fit. Walls and floors fluidly transforming into chairs, tables, storage, ledges, and ceiling accents- all of which, requiring high tensile strength and low bending stiffness, yet highly durable and sturdy- will be executed through the use of glass-fiber reinforced plastic (GRP). Fabrication can be done locally using traditional GRP moulding techniques and other conventional procedures. Contrary to general beliefs, plastics (or GRP) are execellent in weathering and water resistance, requires little maintenance, fire retardant, extremely strong and durable, vandal resistant, available in clear or wide range of colors, and can go well with any other materials or finishes, such as marble, granite, stone, and wood.
The design may however be far from traditional, but it explores new possibilities not only for the material but for an active design – an analog approach to user movement.
This is a novel translation of achieving harmony in disparity (or, a balance in paradox).