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Tomonaga’s blog illustrates the voids or spaces in architectural designs that may be accidental or intentional. This is in the context of rapid urbanisation and architecture aimed at meeting the demands of growing cities and dynamic growth. The author attempts to give examples of how voids can be corrected through creation of an urban façade.

The case of the Keret House in Warsaw Poland is discussed where such an accidental void or space has been created. Voids or spaces created through architecture often lead to wastage of space and create dark and unsafe alleys. A creative solution with this particular building has been to create a temporary studio for writers who were travelling. The urban façade is popular for having hosted famous Israeli writer Eager Keret and offers a feasible solution to managing such accidental errors created by architects. Another example is the 81 Chancery Lane in London where the space between 83 and 84 Chancery lane has been transformed into an urban façade by placing five storey units constituting residential units and offices restoring the Victorian façade.

In more explorations, other examples would be realised, such as SAI Playground, which was design by Moon Hoon, in South Korea. The structure of the building plays a role as a greenhouse which was located between the existing construction site and the newly built building. This building ensures the enough light with a resting space full of greens (see Figure 1)

Figure 1: SAI Playground by Moon Hoon

Reference

Clubman, M. (2013). SAI Playground / Moon Hoon. [Online] Available from:https://www. archdaily.com/510957/sai-playground-moon-hoon

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