Equilibrium House / VaSLab Architecture

first_img Houses Projects Architects: VaSLab Architecture Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/146650/equilibrium-house-vaslab-architecture Clipboard 2009 Thailand CopyHouses•Bangkok, Thailand “COPY” Equilibrium House / VaSLab ArchitectureSave this projectSaveEquilibrium House / VaSLab Architecture Year:  CopyAbout this officeVaSLab ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBangkokHousesThailandPublished on July 03, 2011Cite: “Equilibrium House / VaSLab Architecture” 03 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Spaceshift Studio+ 17 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/146650/equilibrium-house-vaslab-architecture Clipboard Equilibrium House / VaSLab Architecture Photographs “COPY” Area:  316 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Spaceshift StudioText description provided by the architects. The design of the house’s program was initiated when Dr. Sasatra Sudsawasd, the owner, who decided to collaborate with the team of architects from VaSLab, led by Vasu Virajsilp, Boonlert Deeyuen and Nattapon Songcharoen. Together, they created a state of equilibrium among different relevant issues, which are eventually reconciled into ‘Equilibrium House’. When they received the task of designing the house from the owner, a professor of economics who has a great interest in architecture, the team of architects had to carefully control the direction of the design to find the right amount of balance between functions and other relevant contexts before bringing everything gradually together under the word ‘Equilibrium’. Save this picture!SectionThe meaning of ‘Equilibrium’ is the core idea of the design, while the interpretation of such an abstract notion into something tangible had to be done under the concept of modern economy. The result is used as the tool to answer all the important questions: ‘where’ refers to the context of the house, which is a very important factor for the design, ‘when’ involves the limitation of time and, finally, the ‘state of nature’, which deals mostly with nature, mainly considering the nature of architecture in Thailand both in terms of the climate and construction budget. When the 3 things were properly combined the next step of the design aimed to transform all the abstract ideas into concrete reality on the actual piece of land. Initiating the design process using a metaphorical approach has always been VaSlab’s style of working. We can see examples from the works done in the early days of the firm such as Transverse/Convergence house, in which the architects utilized metaphorical interpretation of how three different paths are unified into one. Metaphor is brought into the picture once again with Equilibrium House underlining what Vasu once said about his concept for a house, “I have a strong belief in the principal of metaphor, because it’s the clearest approach for you to get something tangible out of an idea. If you’re talking about something, make it visible, and that is all there is to it. The ‘what’ and the ‘how’ can always be discussed later.” Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioWhen the architects were done interpreting the chosen ideas the next process involved issues related to the site, which is a key factor that helped put the house into shape. The land is rather deep and narrow, so the narrow side of the land facing the street helps create a vertical axis that lies along the overall shape of the land. The sub axis also has to be placed in consideration for it is the axis that connects the new house to the original house located on the south of the land. It also joins the entrance and brings in the garden space at the side of the house to interact with the interior space. Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioAfter careful analysis the result is an ‘L’ shaped axis, followed by the process of space allocation in which the private areas of the house are put in parallel with the vertical axis, while the service area is located in the shorter horizontal axis. Functions are added to create the final form and space of the house. The sub axis of the original house from the south side of the land is united with the space under the open wall, which is the com-position the architects intentionally designed in order to connect the whole space of the house together. The lofty 2-storey space embraces the exterior perspective from both northern and southern directions, while an airy, steel staircase is used to create a transitional space that blends the semi-public and the private spaces into one. The sub axis of the court at the south enhances the unification between the exterior and interior spaces distinctively and harmoniously. Save this picture!Lower Level PlanPeople who are familiar with VaSLab’s past works will notice that besides the spectacular space allocation, striking looking concrete mass, and thoughtful backgrounds and concepts, the team has manifested their development in terms of the scale of the work. Judging by what we see and feel, the house looks friendlier – either due to its form, the compositions or all the visible lines. We think it is a result of the different interpretations of the architects who have altered and adapted according to the different context, time, and the owner’s requirements and preferences. Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioAlthough it seems like concrete has become the official language VaSLab uses to create their own version of architectural literature, there are certain questions and remarks about the harsh and rigid characteristic of the material itself. But, after all the architectural developments in concrete that we have seen, they are the living proof of its immortality. From the last century up until present time that sees the birth of Equilibrium House, the use of concrete is a true indication of the belief that it is the most adaptable material as compared to other materials ever created. This is probably why concrete is such a timeless survivor that many of us are so passionately fond of.Save this picture!Upper Level PlanProject gallerySee allShow less4th Advanced Architecture Contest: CITY-SENSEArticlesUrban Meadow Proposal / Barnabas Laris & Adam VesztergomArticles Share ArchDailylast_img read more

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Trustee Conference to take place on 22 June

first_img Howard Lake | 15 June 2006 | News Tagged with: Management There will also be a range of updates and information sessions specifically for trustees to help them in their stewardship role. Topics to be covered include:• Effective governance policies• Key employment areas for trustees• The role of the trustees in fundraising• Full cost recovery• Contract culture• Charity accounts• Questions to ask fundraisers• Financial reports• Advice for the new trustee• Developing a sophisticated boardThe one-day event costs £180. All profits will be donated to charities chosen by the speakers. This year’s Trustee Conference will take place on 22 June 2006 at the Royal Society of Arts, London. The one-day conference is aimed at trustees and senior staff in charities who want to develop their governance to the highest standards.The annual event is being organised by accountants and consultants Sayer Vincent, fundraising and management consultancy and training The Projects Company, and solicitors Russell-Cooke, the charity law specialists.The keynote speaker is Baroness Sally Greengross who will address “Getting Governance Right”. The Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, Andrew Hind, will provide an update on current issues from the Commission. Advertisement Trustee Conference to take place on 22 Junecenter_img  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Southland’s federal funds at risk

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“He’s trying to overcome a six-year legacy of borrowing money, and I think he’s finding it difficult to have credibility on the issue.” While Bush signed off on a $460 billion defense bill, he vetoed a $150 billion bill funding the Labor and Health and Human Services departments. And he also has set the stage for rejecting a $105.6 billion transportation bill that exceeds his budget by $2.3 billion. But the two measures alone include more than $36 million for pet projects in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Chief among them: $2.3 million that Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, obtained for Needles Highway improvements; $1 million that Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, secured for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority; and more than $500,000 that Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, got for the Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush has placed himself squarely between the Southland and millions of dollars for transportation and social services, blocking two appropriations bills in an attempt to rein in spending. Congress is gearing up for a battle, with House Republicans upholding presidential vetoes and Democrats accusing their GOP counterparts of ignoring the poor while suddenly rediscovering fiscal conservatism. But caught in the middle are dozens of Southern California legislators’ pet projects – known as earmarks – for everything from roads and hospitals to job-training programs, museums and after-school groups. “I think the president has decided that politically, it’s better digging his heels in,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who is on the House Appropriations Committee. Still, every Southland Republican has backed Bush’s veto of the bills, despite the possibility of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own districts. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is among them. The congressman’s vote against the bills may mean forfeiting about $750,000 he secured for museum and hospital transportation programs, but McKeon said he can’t support rampant overspending. The Labor/HHS measure alone busts Bush’s budget by nearly $10 billion. “A billion dollars is a lot of money, and I think it’s about time we start thinking about it here,” McKeon said. But when Republicans were in the majority, McKeon and his GOP colleagues routinely voted for bloated spending bills, and Bush signed every one of them. For example, the 2005 Labor/HHS measure – the last time the House passed that appropriation – was $3.7 billion over Bush’s request. Asked what makes him more fiscally steadfast this year, McKeon smiled and noted that Democrats made unchecked spending a winning issue in the 2006 campaigns. “We finally learned our lesson,” he said. “I think the president learned, too. I thought the Democrats learned, but it looks like they didn’t.” Not that Republicans are getting the kind of cash they used to reap for pet projects. In previous years, GOP lawmakers like Dreier and Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, would issue press releases announcing $14 million worth of funding in a single bill. Now – according to a compilation of funded earmarks created by the Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense – the average Southland Republican brought home a total of $1.5 million from the 10 House-passed spending bills. But things are very different for Democrats, who for the first time in years are funding with ease projects that they had to fight for under GOP control. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, for example, secured a total of $14 million – including $3 million for Cedars Sinai Medical Center. For his part, Berman obtained $10.4 million, including money for the San Fernando Valley Family Center; and Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, brought in $9 million, including money for gang prevention in Van Nuys and the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda. And few have discovered the privileges of membership in the House Appropriations Committee as much as Schiff. In his first year on the funding panel, the Pasadena congressman brought home $9.7 million for projects in his district and helped secure another $1.9 million with other lawmakers for regional programs. They range from $1 million for California’s gang-reduction program to $350,000 for Glendale Adventist Medical Center for facilities and equipment. Some, he said, are projects that for years he was unable to fund while the House was under GOP control. “It’s nice to be able to help them,” he said. Not every Democrat is awash in funding, however. According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, brought in about $1.6 million from solo requests for funding and another $2.4 million from joint requests with other lawmakers. Similarly, Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, secured $1.6 million for her district and another $5.7 million in joint projects. Steven Ellis, vice president of the taxpayer group, said that’s because – despite GOP contentions of vastly overstuffed spending bills – Democrats actually are funding slightly fewer pet projects. “There are fewer earmarks,” Ellis said. “I’m not na ve enough to think that everything was going to change overnight. “It’s really easy to pack on the pounds, but now it’s time to work out and cut some calories and cut some fat.” The Southland lawmaker who most breaks the mold is Lewis, who secured about $126 million for local projects – more than even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who secured a total of $81 million for California. “That’s not right. You had better check your information,” Lewis said, when asked how he, now in the minority party and no longer chairman of the powerful spending committee, managed to secure so much. Yet a close examination of the earmarks – which for the first time now under House rules must be made public along with the lawmaker requesting the money – shows that Lewis is indeed the Southland’s big moneymaker. Not only did he bring in more than Pelosi, he is among the top three pork-bearers in the entire House. Only Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., and Bill Young, R-Fla., brought home more money.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Finance Minister Tables Bills for New Incentive Regime

first_img The Bill seeks to provide a framework for the new Omnibus incentive regime. Story Highlights The tabling of the Bills meets an important structural benchmark agreed with the IMF. Dr. Phillips explained that the Jamaican economy has not been well served by the existing regime of sector-based incentives. The Fiscal Incentives (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act and the Income Tax Relief (Large Scale Projects and Pioneer Industries) Act 2013 were tabled in the House of Representatives, on October 29.Tabled by the Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Peter Phillips, the Bill seeks to provide a framework for the new Omnibus incentive regime.The tabling of the Bills meets an important structural benchmark agreed with the International Monetary Fund, that involved a deadline for the preparation and tabling of legislation providing for a consolidated generalized incentives regime.In a statement to the Lower House, Dr. Phillips explained that the Jamaican economy has not been well served by the existing regime of sector-based incentives.He noted that the consensus has been that such incentives may have been partly responsible for Jamaica’s lacklustre track record of growth by encouraging misallocation of limited economic resources.The Minister said the new incentive regime focuses on the granting of incentives to the primary inputs to production.“It incentivises investment through streamlined and modernized capital allowances that more closely accord with the useful lives of assets, and it incentivises the employment of labour through the instrument of Employment Tax Credits,” Dr. Phillips explained.The Minister noted that one of the most often-cited criticisms of the current incentives regime is the extent to which the application and approval processes represented hurdles to business persons.These hurdles, he said, were most likely to be overcome by those with “access” to the government functionaries responsible for processing or approval of applications.“Currently, Jamaica’s compliance rates across various tax types do not compare favorably with peer countries. Access to fiscal incentives generally ought to apply only to compliant taxpayers.  In that regard, the system has been designed to reward only those who are compliant, and who pay their fair share of taxes,” the Minister said.Explaining both Bills, Dr. Phillips said that the Fiscal Incentives (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 sets out the reforms to be carried out to corporate tax, including the introduction of an Employment Tax Credit (ETC), changes to the capital allowance regime, and revision of provisions governing the utilisation of tax losses.He added that the Bill also deals with transitional arrangements relating to the change from the old to the new incentives regime.In terms of the Income Tax Relief Act (Large-scale Projects and Pioneer Industries) Act, it sets out provision for the designation of large scale projects and pioneer industries that would qualify for tax credit under the Income Tax Act.Other elements of the framework for the new Omnibus Incentive Regime will be covered under other legislation, namely the (Customs Tariff (Revision)(Amendment) Resolution 2013 and Stamp Duty (Amendments of Schedule) Order 2013.“These replace the myriad pieces of legislation put in place since the 1940s and that underpin a system which lacks administrative coherence and generates significant tax expenditures,” Dr. Phillips said.He added that the new tax incentives regime is only one piece, albeit an essential component, of the broader tax reform exercise being undertaken, and which is guided by the principle of ensuring growth with equity, transparency and simplicity.“By providing a competitive general tax regime that incentivises productive activities across all sectors, it has the potential to stimulate investment and improve the overall business environment.  In short, the overriding objective of this element of the reform is to stimulate business activity and put people to work,” Dr. Phillips said.He further commented that the modern framework that will govern the new Omnibus regime will bring benefits in terms of more efficient allocation of resources.“Rather than a system with a few tax-preferred sectors that enjoy negotiated concessions, while the non-preferred sectors are subject to higher effective tax rates, the new generalised regime will allow for uniformly reduced rates for all tax-compliant corporate entities and individuals involved in productive activities. This should also serve to enhance the competitiveness of the overall economy,” the Finance Minister said.last_img read more

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