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Edition29 – Housed

Edition29 – Housed, an iPad based architectural magazine interviews Kevin Lim on his design thoughts and processes with regards to Hansha Reflection House.  An audio clip of the interview is available from the magazine.

Design Exchange, Toronto

Design Exchange Toronto

Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge

13th September – 13th November 2012

Studio SKLIM’s Hansha Reflection House has been selected for an exhibition at the Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum in Toronto.

Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge exhibition, opening at the Design Exchange during the week of the Toronto International Film Festival, will feature recent cutting edge building projects from some of the most innovative architects and engineers, as seen through the lens of earthquake engineering.

International in scope, projects are culled from throughout the world, with Architects and Engineers featured including Office for Metropolitan Architecture‘s groundbreaking Taipei Performing Arts Center, their newly opened CCTV in China and others; Daniel Libeskind‘s Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco; Japan’s Studio SKLIM‘s earthquake proof House; Arup Engineering, featuring their illustrious Olympic water cube, the site of an unprecedented collection of swimming records and venue for aquatic events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, their York University subway project in Toronto with Foster and Partners Architects and other ARUP projects; a housing prototype in the Santa Monica mountains, by Los Angeles’ Predock Frane Architects; a house rebuilt on the site of a catastrophic earthquake by Chilean architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen and University of Toronto’s team of recent PhD graduates whose firm, Cast Connex, is now among the leaders of seismic technology, with projects including the World Trade Center 3 building and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. These, along with several other original projects will be accompanied by full scale seismic technology, architectural and structural models, renderings, computational animations and other multimedia platforms.

The exhibit will also feature related lectures and presentations, including Los Angeles based filmmaker Tomas Koolhaas‘ up-and-coming feature length documentary titled “REM” about his father, renowned architect, Rem Koolhaas.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics.”

The Plan

The Plan

Published by Centauro srl, Italy

#59, July/August 2012

6 Japanese Houses

“These six Japanese houses explore different lifestyle concepts in urban and rural settings. The projects present a varying weave of geometries and volumes to cater for a wide range of occupant requirements…the Singapore-based architect practice, designed this residence known as the Hansha Reflection House.  The cantilevered living area on the upper floor reaches out towards the park, its large asymmetrical picture window protruding into the room. The telescope-effect this produces brings the natural environment right into the room.”

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Frame’s Night Fever 3

Night Fever 3

Published by Frame Publishers,  Netherlands

Marlous van Rossum-Willems,

June, 2012

The Tastings Room is featured in Frame’s highly successful hospitality series Night Fever 3.

Night Fever 3 presents 129 interiors – restaurants, bars and clubs, and hotels – offering a detailed look at the cutting-edge approach of their creators. Presented over 600 pages are a variety of designs from subtle to stunning, monochromatic to vibrant and low-budget to exorbitant. Today, designers distil a venue’s essence – be it the flavours of its menu or the ambiance of its party scene – and incorporate it in the interior, often working with aspects of its setting to create a certain atmosphere. The selected venues featured in Night Fever 3, which all opened within the past three years, were created by young studios and world-renowned design firms.”

The Sky’s the Limit – Applying Radical Architecture

The Sky's the Limit

Published by Die Gestalten Verlag , Germany

R. Klanten,

May, 2012

Hansha Reflection House is featured in Gestalten’s latest architectural publication “The Sky’s the Limit – Applying Radical Architecture”.  Other featured projects in this publication include works by Zaha Hadid, UN Studio, Toyo Ito amongst others.

The Sky’s the Limit serves as a compelling and international exploration of these seemingly impossible, yet surprisingly practical structures and spaces by both young and established talents. Within the book, spectacularly formed permanent buildings mingle alongside expressive interiors and exteriors for both temporary projects and urban interventions.”

“This monolithic residence derives its striking exterior from the programatic needs of the interior. After carving out space for the courtyard, parking of three cars, and a roof deck, the mass is chiseled further to accommodate the structure, daylight, ventilation, and optimal views. With an extensive 3.2 meter wooden cantilever, the house shrugs off the formal expectations of a traditional box dwelling. A centrally-placed window nestles itself into the center of this cantilever, pulling the surrounding surfaces inward while directing views outward.”



Published by A&C Publishing Co. Ltd, South Korea

#94, May, 2012