The Infra-Ordinary by George Perec

Week 02 – “The Infra-Ordinary at North Halls”

GROUP 7: Weng Yayu & Lau Yi Wen

Reading the article The Infra-Ordinary led us to ponder on the every day happenings at NTU. What is something infra-ordinary about the time spent in NTU, something that is neither ordinary nor extraordinary?

Since none of us have lived in the school residential hall before, we were interested to find out the facilities and space provided for the students and staff. This brought us to the new residential halls named after by the NTU heritage trees: Banyan, Tanjong and Binjai.

Phyllicia Wang

Unlike the older halls, the newly furnished hall looks fresh and spacious. Three halls are connected by the communal space that encourages interaction among students.

The open space is cool enough to hang around, though we hardly see any residents sitting on the benches throughout the day.

At night, the space is even more deserted as the light projections are shone against the greeneries instead of the benches.

There seems to be a disconnection to naming with the halls with trees that are not planted within the halls. (our classmate Grace pointed that they actually just planted the heritage trees just opposite the road) We decided to create a sculptural piece that is inspired by the heritage trees; Tanjong, Binjai and Banyan to invoke sense of belonging and togetherness amongst the residents.

Prototype Ideation

The forms of the three types of flowers are extracted to piece together.

Flowers of Binjai:

Flowers of Banyan:

Flowers of Tanjong:

Prototype model

Proposed Idea:

  • Sculptural piece located at the communal space
  • Self-efficient night lamp with solar panel mounted on
  • Perhaps integrated into the seated area to provide shade in the day and light at night

Look into the Fibonacci sequence of the three flowers.

Find the common element that ties the three different forms together.

Avoid literal forms.


Author: Lau Yi Wen

ok i'll try

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