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Old July 23rd, 2005, 01:58 AM   #1
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Multifunctional Centre - Lahore

Multifunctional Centre - Lahore







Lahore in Pakistan is a Metropolis, bigger then any city in Europe. Metropolises have their own charming “out of control” dynamic. The traditional top-down european approach is no longer applicable to the fast developing asian metropolitan areas. Here we have to deal with a for “old school” europeans surprising new and strong urban phenomenon, which seems much more characterized by bottom-up behavior and self-organization then by top-down control. The aim of the architect ONL [Oosterhuis_Lenard] and interior architect Mahmoudiehdesign [YM] is to capture this fresh and irresistable dynamic in the design and of the proposed Multifunctional Centre [MC] for Lahore, Pakistan.

For the appearance of the MC architect ONL rejects the architectural expression of smooth and glossy glass facades which represent the old traditional top-down control planning and architecture. Instead ONL wants to capture the sensibility of a fast rising new asian world class culture. How to represent this new dynamic architecturally? ONL has chosen to fold the facade like a loose and elegant dress wrapped around otherwise plain volumes of the building complex. The loosely wrapped dress, which is folded and wrinkled like a parchment skin, is perforated like a veil, thus blocking the strong sunlight, but allowing for looking out from the inside. This kind of semi-permeable skin is also much better suited for the Pakistan climate then the western style smooth glass facades. It saves considerable on cooling costs.

The Shopping Centre is organized like the great shopping centres from the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th Century, displaying a very clear and straightforward internal structure. Think of the splendor and clarity of the GUM in Moscow, and of the great Galeria in Milano. Internally this clear structure will host all the best brands in a rich decorated environment. But ONL and YM will not try to copy these great examples. They will put together an actual version of decorative richness using modern computer controlled production techniques to produce the variety and richness in shape and materials.

On top of the 5-storey shopping centre ONL has planned three towers and one very special egg-shaped Virtual Reality Theatre. The biggest of the 3 towers contain rectangular, straightforward and functional office floors. The second largest is a residential tower, and the third tower is a 500 room five-star hotel. The underground car parking is divided over 2 floors, underpinning the whole building. The overall volume of the MC does not cover the whole building site. The MC leaves a generous place for an urban park in front of the entrance of the residential tower.

All three towers are constructed in a basically rectangular concrete structure. The perforated facade is a made of a lightweigth composite, perforated with a variety of smaller and larger holes as to let 30% of the sunlight in. The perforated triangular panels are fixed to a tesselated steel support structure and between the panels there are large linear openings to let the daylight in and the artificial night illumination out. The light leaks out from within through the cracks in folded skin. The overall impression of the facades, especially during nighttime will be pure magic.


Design: ONL [Oosterhuis Lénárd]

Design Team: kas oosterhuis, ilona lénárd, cas aalbers, sanne plomp, christina patz, pim marsman, luna solas, gijs joosen

Site: Lahore, Pakistan
Date: 2005
Phase: project


I don't even know what to say...kind of looks weird but it is different...
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 02:03 AM   #2
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Need to change the name, but the building look interesting. Looks like something I say under the microscope once..
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 02:19 AM   #3
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Unlike anything I've ever seen. I like it!
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 02:25 AM   #4
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very original and interesting build, i hope that this structure will be constructed
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 06:05 AM   #5
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Very unique designs, but I agree that the name needs to be changed.

The buildings look like they were made using crumpled up gum wrappers.
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 12:10 PM   #6
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i really think its nothing more than some sketch on paper...
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 04:36 PM   #7
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lol it looks like it was designed in the stonge age:p
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 05:00 PM   #8
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This is how he intends it too look like

Its very unique if you ask me!
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 08:59 PM   #9
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Gack! Those are the ugliest buildings ever thought up. Maybe with some tweaking they can be made to look nice but just because it's original and unique doesn't make it good looking.
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Old July 23rd, 2005, 11:59 PM   #10
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Looks really futuristic but the design isnt that nice
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Old July 24th, 2005, 12:05 AM   #11
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I love the concept of the liquid-metal look, as the renderings at first imply, but the shape of the damn thing makes it look like a fungus... and from the description of the building given, a concrete fungus

If it had an aluminium or metallic exterior, it would look a lot better, imho

Is this an actual project, or an architect drawing?
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Old July 24th, 2005, 12:44 AM   #12
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strange and interesting building
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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:14 PM   #13
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Woah! One of the most eye-catching designs I've ever seen! Although I'll have to admit I expect it to look better on paper than in real life... unless the entire city is filled with buildings that look like this, since it'll look sort of out of place otherwise. I'll have to see a photo of it if it gets built, which I really hope it will... great futuristic and free design.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:21 PM   #14
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Wow that looks so weird. Is it possible to build something like that though?
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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:21 PM   #15
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If this building is built, Im sure it will be built with the surroundings in mind. Such a building will probably go on the outskirts of Lahore, But, I hope they make some modifications, and change the name...
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Old July 28th, 2005, 08:45 PM   #16
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It might looks futuristic, but it's weird. This is the kind of building that would be built by very developed TERMITE (from other planet)
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Old July 28th, 2005, 09:37 PM   #17
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kind of looks like its melting
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Old July 28th, 2005, 11:12 PM   #18
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They look organic. I kinda like them.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 11:38 PM   #19
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GROOOOOOVY - Buildings on acid ! I like them
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Old July 29th, 2005, 07:31 PM   #20
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...so.. is this an actual project then? The website doesn't exactly say so, and doesn't seem to give any details on location or construction...
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