A Pilot project with a fibre, pulp & paper manufacturer When we were working on HAN, we were approached by a Fibre, Pulp and Paper Manufacturer to investigate and explore on one of the by-products in our designs. It was the company’s vision to collaborate with the design industry to REUSE, RECYCLE AND RE-INTERPRET these wooden cores to create more awareness to the general public in their efforts to return back to the environment. It would otherwise have been processed as wood chips, packaged and sold to other industries e.g. MDF Board Factories. This is the PILOT Project to use these wooden cores to create the essence of the Restaurant Interior. CONCEPT / CORE The concept was to use a small element to create a greater whole. The Acacia wooden core are (arranged) in various heights and quietly partition the space.
Each wooden core varies from 40mm – 50mm and are around 2.6m height due to physical limitations of the Plywood Machine (1.2m x 2.4m) The aim of the project is to display the materials in its truest and purest form –applied based on the existing physical limitation and condition of the material. For example, to accentuate the singularity of the willowy wooden cores, the connection of the wooden cores is discreet, allowing the physical characteristics of the wooden core to stand out. SENSE OF PLACE Purity of a Japanese Space. Other than the wooden cores, the interior is a simple collage of materials which are minimally treated and manipulated. Materials are expressed modestly, with full appreciation of the ingenious integrity of the natural product and process. Untreated Raw steel left to rust naturally. Untreated
Arcacia Wooden Cores. Burmese Teak with its natural edges expressed. The multiple layering of these planes creates an austerity and intimacy to the users of this space with only the Copper Hood which provides a focal point to the whole restaurant. "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” form of beauty – Wabi Sabi Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. wabi may be interpreted as the imperfect quality of any object, due to inevitable limitations in design and construction/manufacture especially with respect to unpredictable or changing usage conditions; then sabi could be interpreted as the aspect of imperfect reliability, or limited mortality of any object, hence the phonological and etymological connection with the Japanese word sabi, to rust. K2LD ARCHITECTS K2LD ARCHITECTS begun as a design-base studio to provide refreshing new designs and excellent architecture to an increasingly sophisticated clientele and to provide project management services to ensure timely and quality deliveries. We approach design with philosophical empathy. We believe that design emerges from intensive dialogue with the clients, the site and the programme. We strive to investigate design solutions in line with current development in architectural technologies and expressions while capturing space and light in tangible form and to give meaning to architecture. We are driven by design intent and not a predetermined design style. Beauty is born out of the intensive process of creation and continuous refinement of ideas and structure intimately connected to space, function and context. In K2LD, we are firmly committed to providing the highest quality of architecture design that responds to its environment and aspirations of our clients. Our studios are driven by a collaborative culture, and the collective experience of our entire team enables us to provide clients with the highest level of service across a range of project types. K2LD is a boutique architectural firm committed to deliver bespoke solutions that demonstrate beauty design excellence, and sensitivity to our client’s requirements. K2LD is an international practice that was established in Singapore in 1998, and in Melbourne as in 2007. We pride ourselves on the boutique nature of the practice, which allows us to provide each project with high quality bespoke solutions with a strong client focus. Our breadth of experience enables us to deliver a range of project types- from individual houses and interiors, through to multi-unit developments and large scale commercial projects. Our design expertise has been recognized with a number of industry awards and featured in various international design publications. Our work has extended throughout the Australasian region.