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  • Writer's pictureQeis Muhammad

Alien Design Consultant Showcases Cutting-Edge Architectural Innovations in Barcelona

Alien Design Consultant recently had the exhilarating opportunity to share our passion for technology-driven design on the world stage. From May 24th to June 21st 2024, Barcelona became our innovation hub as we participated in a series of events culminating in the "Crossing Horizons: Cities in Dialogue" at the Roca Barcelona Gallery.

This wasn't just a showcase – it was a chance to unveil our cutting-edge approach to architectural design, heavily reliant on the power of technology. Our Managing Director, Hardyanthony Wiratama, joined Miriam Giordano, founder and director of Labóh in a prestigious roundtable discussion alongside architecture studios like b720, GCA, PDW, and Piter Gan. It was an electrifying exchange, where we delved into the exciting world of tech-driven design methodologies. 

We shared how Alien Design Consultant leverages cutting-edge tools like Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support the design process, Building Information Modelling (BIM) to optimize efficiency, and Virtual Reality (VR) to bring people for a stunning visual experience. Imagine those technologies support innovative design iterations, accelerating the exploration of possibilities!

One example of using technology is understanding the needs of clients with different backgrounds and cultures. AI technology assists us in developing foundational ideas related to the company culture we've previously outlined, resulting in a variety of interesting options that we can further develop. 

"We understand that each client has a different background and culture, which is a major concern for us and a significant aspect of our design process. This is especially true when leveraging AI technology; 'culture' becomes a key word that we need to elaborate on in the design process.” said Hardyanthony.

The Mandiri IT Center: A Glimpse into the Future

Barcelona wasn't just about talks; it was about showcasing real-world applications of our tech-centric approach. A prime example? The Mandiri IT Center project in Jakarta. This project exemplifies how technology and design can seamlessly blend. 

The Mandiri IT Center wasn't just a building; it was a testament to our commitment to using technology to create a structure that's both innovative and sustainable. The concept revolved around the idea of an "Urban Tree" , a central feature that not only served as a landmark for the city but also embodied our green design principles. Through BIM, we meticulously planned the integration of sustainable elements and optimizing energy use. Through VR, we minimize the environmental impact.

One of our visions concerning large-scale urban buildings emphasizes the availability of open space, which exerts a significant influence on human psychology. "After the COVID outbreak, we realized that one of the things people need the most is open space, which has a significant psychological impact. We know that many health issues today stem from psychological problems, and one of the solutions is to engage more in open spaces," said Hardyanthony.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) played a crucial role, allowing us to optimize construction efficiency and visualize the project in meticulous detail. But the real showstopper was the use of Virtual Reality (VR). We presented the Mandiri IT Center not just through models and animations, but through immersive VR experiences. Visitors donned headsets and were transported right into the heart of our design, experiencing the building's scale and intricacies firsthand.

Alien Design Consultant: Design for the Future

Our experience in Barcelona goes beyond one project. It was about demonstrating our commitment to pushing the boundaries of architectural design through technology, not just in Indonesia, but globally. In Jakarta, we perceive the distinctiveness that shapes the city's planning and requirements, setting it apart from those in Barcelona. "There are several differences in the architectural characteristics of Jakarta and Barcelona, one of which is due to population density. In Jakarta, the population is very dense. With limited space, we optimize buildings to grow vertically or refurbish old structures, while maintaining the cultural values associated with the city." said Hardyanthony.

We're also actively involved in the New Capital City of Nusantara (IKN) project, where we're utilizing these same cutting-edge tools to create buildings that represent the future of green architecture. Our international projects in Senegal, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Congo, East Timor, Vanuatu and the United Arab Emirates also benefit from this tech-driven approach.

We believe technology is the key to shaping the future of our cities, and Barcelona was a platform to share our vision and learn from fellow designers. We'd love to collaborate and exchange knowledge, fusing the power of technology with Bold design that shapes cityscapes, Responsible design that respects and integrates with surroundings, and Sustainable design that prioritizes a greener future for all. We are architects of the future, and we're excited to build a world that's not only innovative but also mindful of our planet.


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