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selected works by charlene chan



ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO [ noun ] finding beauty within the imperfections, rustic forms of life with the eyes of humility wabi-sabi; 侘

charlene chan huishan Masters of (Arts) Architecture


BIOGRAPHY Charlene has always been captivated with new and bold ideas – the instant spark, the ignition of the light bulb in the head; and architecture has been one of those journey she enjoys and have always been passionate about. Charlene completed her masters in Architecture in (DIA) Hochschule Anhalt, Germany, embarking on a larger scale of urban planning, understanding how different cities work cities while travelling to experience with her own eyes and their urban design projects, She believes designing is a constant process where thoughts and ideas are constantly being fabricated into design and she’s constant learning, aren’t we all?




HUISHAN ch a r le n e ch s @ gma i m

+ 4 9 0 1 6 2 5 2 0 1 0 0 9 ( G e r m an y)

graduate architect

education 2018

Masters of (Arts) Architecture Dessau International Architecture, Hochschule Anhalt, Germany


Bachelor of Science (Hons) Architecture Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

experience 2016

Asima Architects Assistant Architect - Design, Drawings, Construction

2015/6 ASEAN work-life balance conference (eHomemakers) Digital Assets & Event Coordinator - Non-governmentl organization event organization 2015 Studios Internship - Design, Drawings, Submissions

design skills & interest Adobe Autodesk Sketchup Pro Microsoft Wix

Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Premier Pro AutoCAD V-ray Word, Excel, Powerpoint Website Builder

Watercolour Photography Illustration Craft Making Brouchure Design Writting

language proficiency English Chinese Bahasa Malaysia German

Native Fluent Fluent Basic (A2)




ONE post & undergrad works 01

master thesis project KL urban commons


master year one Euro Campus


master year one Masterplanning


degree final project Community Recycling Centre

TWO competition & personal works 05

confronting informalities Mansheyat Nasir


architecture modelling Wisma yeap chor ee









master studio problems cities pose

‘Giant historical shift are sometimes symbolized by minute changes in everyday behaviour.’ – Alvin Toffler

Winter 2017

Currently moving to the third wave of economics, we are living in the age of shared information. The internet has given space to a digitally networked society, enabling citizens to play an active role in building collaborative systems. This set of methodology encourages the potential of public resources to redesign average public amenities, infrastructure, public spaces, or perhaps to rethink new sprout of project initiatives. Rethinking the urban commons in Malaysia is a mean of making full use of the potential of the collaborative network, with small changes of the power of one, but many. Perhaps then it would be true to say, “The next big thing… will be many small things.”

thesis project // KL urban commons - design portfolio 2018


KL URBAN COMMONS THE MANY SMALL THINGS a research on the doughnut effect & public commons of a city Area of study: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Studio Master: Dr. Gunnar Hartmann Second Advisor: Prof. Joris Fach

As of 2010, Kuala Lumpur urban area was the eighth largest in the south east asia region. Kuala Lumpur’s growth started ans sprawled from the river, with Masjid Jamek being the historical core of the city. Greater KL is formed when the suburban around KL has grown more rapidly and is then classified as greater KL for economic growth development purposes.

country: Malaysia climate: tropical wet and dry climate population: 7.25 million life expectancy: 74.8 years3 population of urbanization: 71% internet usage percentage: 78.7%4 project tags: urban commons, network sharing spaces project area: kuala lumpur historical city centre




(Top) Figure-Ground Diagram showing the urban sprawl from the city to the suburban year 1970-2000



(Top) Map of kuala lumpur in context to the Klang river that cuts through the city.


topic of discussion //

problems cities pose THE DOUGHNUT EFFECT the definition The doughnut effect refers to a development where the city centre becomes more hollow or empty, as businesses and people move into the suburban. Suburbans has grown and develope to a state that the residence living there would not step into the congested city centre if it weren’t for work or necessary errands to run.

causes of the doughnut effect In summary, the doughnut effect are caused by mainly a few pressing issues of the city:

expensive cost

lack of housing

safety issues

The push effect out of the city, causing the doughnut effect and rising of suburbans.

Area of Analysis: KL Historic Core

(Top) Figure-Ground Diagram showing the areas of analysis for this project in the historic core of kuala lumpur


medium cost housing high cost housing low cost housing offices


(Top) Chart graph showing the breakdown of age range of the working class in kuala lumpur


a typical young malaysian Average time spent for a young professional working in downtown Kuala Lumpur and commuting through driving within 24 hours.

1.0 personal care 1.5 leisure and sports 1.5 socializing 2.5 eating and drinking

3.0 commuting in transport

6.0 work-related

7.0 sleeping

The food culture is embedded in the Malaysian Culture. The action of gathering where there is food is embeded as part of the malaysian culture, unique to this south east asian context.

What If. ‘Lepak’ Places

‘Makan’ Places ‘Makan’ is the term to eat. When we say, ‘Jom Makan’, it means let’s go and have a something to eat.


‘Lepak’ is the term to hang around. When we say, ‘Jom Lepak’, it means is that let’s meet up and hangout.


design strategies //

rethinking urban commons URBAN KITCHENS The fact that we have the internet today changes the type of things we are able to share. What was before something exclusive to a certain household can now be a shared item to people halfway across the globe. What would this mean if this set of sharing could be taken from private asset to public amenities? Could we bring sharing to an urban scale in the city? What if places like parks, street walks, unused spaces in the city could be act upon by the collective? The production needs space to take place, tools to craft, materials to shape and knowledge of things to produce it.

human scale items bed / lamps / books

architectural unit scale bedroom / living room / bathroom / house / villa / apartment

urban scale playground / open field / parks / bus stops / buildings / community ground

What then, would be the physical consequence of the city?



Personal Spaces The necessities of a person is typically illustrated below. Spaces that are shared includes living, cooking, skills sports, and sometimes even personal hobbies. These are communual spaces where interaction happens.

What If. We explore on the idea of bringing an unusual communual space of interaction to an urban fabric?

the kitchen

Cooking together in urban kitchens in spots in the city fabric could be a new injection of activity that could retain the working professionals and local community to mingle around after working hours?


an overview on kuala lumpur //

the sites and context






Intervention 01

Intervention 02

the in-between alley

under the bridge

Location: Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur Proposal: Petaling Community Teahouse

Location: Central Market, Kuala Lumpur Proposal: Timber Micro Tearoom

Intervention 03

Intervention 04

the abandoned shoplot

the river banks

Location: Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur Proposal: The Urban Infill Market

Location: Klang River, Masjid Jamek Proposal: The Floating Kitchens


intervention one //

“The Role as an Architect�

THE IN-BETWEEN ALLEY Location: Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur The location of this site is located at the edge of chinatown, with many locals residing in shoplots, where they would carry out their busines on the ground floor and live on the first. This are has business but yet retains the locality of it as residence would still minggle around in the evening. Urban configuration: In between two shoplots, courtyard forms a closed loop from the shoplots Surface (m2): Width (m): Length (m):

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petaling community teahouse collaborative effort of the Petaling Area Household Commitee

A vision of the transformation of the additional vertically stacked teahouse and community library from the front view of the narrow in-between alley


(top) ground floor and overall context


(top) first - second floor plans

Teahouse and library mainly made of timber and zinc sheets, fitting the context of the neighbourhood.

View of the extended teahouse from the other end of the backalley facing outwards. Lightweight structure seamlessly makes the extension looks light and eye pleasing.

(Left) Axonometric drawing of the back alley, leading towards an enclosed courtyard for the community




sectional perspective with ground floor retaining the hawker stall and the stacked teahouse and library

A very localize project, involving the participatory effort from the community, from idea pitching and feedbacks to construction of the project. In hope to create a common space to improve the living quality of the area. where the old becomes new A Community project proposal of the Petaling Jaya Household Neighbourhood Community.

“New ideas need old spaces� Jane Jacobs


intervention two //

�Spaces for community sharing�

UNDER THE BRIDGE Location: Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

The location of this site is located at the heart of the cultural district in the city centre. With the rich culture of the art and craft market and Chinatown, business and tourist activities are blooming in the area. The site is of walking distance to both central market and chinatown street Urban configuration: Attached to Infrastructure Surface (m2): Width (m): Length (m):

timber micro tearoom collaborative effort of ThinkCity, a non-governmental organization

A vision of the additional timber strcuture over the existing light rail transit concrete bridge, creating mircro tearooms for the community of the context.


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(top) ground floor and overall context


Lightweight timber structure lgihtens the architecture of the heay rail bridge.

A double volume space is created, with the ground floor opened to public and the upper tearooms to the community with the designated application.

(Left) Axonometric drawing of the timber tearooms under the bridge, creating pocket spaces within the city.




sectional perspective with ground floor opened to public access as tearooms and the upper volume spaces for designated members

Taking into consideration on the timber tearooms created to complement the existing Chinatown tea culture, the proposal emphasizes on improving the quality of spaces available for the community – the life of the people. A project proposal of ThinkCity, micro tearoom under the brdige for the community

“First life, then spaces, then buildings - the other way around never works” Jan Gehl


intervention three //

“Let’s do something new on a Friday night”

THE ABANDONED SHOPLOT Location: Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur The location of this site is located at the edge of chinatown, with many locals residing in shoplots, where they would carry out their busines on the ground floor and live on the first. This are has business but yet retains the locality of it as residence would still minggle around in the evening. The site is of walking distance to chinatown but at the edge to one of the main highways of kl. Urban configuration: Vernacular colonial era shoplots Surface (m2): Width (m): Length (m):

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the urban infill market collaborative effort of ThinkCity & Tesco

A vision of the refurbishment of the exisiting abandoned shoplot coverted into an urban infill kitchen, supermarket and privately owned restaurant, yet keeping the fludity of pathway from the front main road to the back alley.


(top) ground floor and overall context


(top) first - second floor plans

The open air concept on the top floor, allowing for porousity of the building front to the back allety.

Shadow gaps are left between the new structure and the existing context to allow for a smooth transition of the old and new architecture.

(Left) Axonometric drawing of the new refurbishment, where the facade of the building is preserved.




sectional perspective proposals of the urban kitchens, digital supermarket on the second and a new wave of tech to the cafe on the top floor

The urban market infill focuses on the idea of bringing supermarket closer to its consumers, how data can promote more informed and perhaps a more sustainable consumption pattern. The urban kitchens and café complements the idea of creating new gathering spaces, all at the ease of the fingertips of the consumers. – Afterall, every product has a story to tell A project proposal of ThinkCity and Tesco for the new experimentation while creating a new urban common.

“Every product bought by a consumer has a precise story to tell” Carlo Ratti


intervention four //

“A future urban vision�

THE RIVER BANKS Location: Klang River, Masjid Jamek The location of this site along the walk from Pasar Seni LRT station to Masjid Jamek. An empty undeveloped land is on one side, and central market on the other. This river bank has the potential to connect both the sites, and make the undeveloped land more vibrant for further developement. The site is of walking distance to the heritage building area and the central market. Urban configuration: along the banks of the river Surface (m2): Width (m): Length (m):

the floating kitchens collaborative effort of ThinkCity & City Council Kuala Lumpur (DBKL)

A vision of the implementation of urban kitchens along the river banks, by providing simple kitchen structures and seatings along the water.


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(top) ground floor and overall context


Floating timber kitchens along the river banks, providing a new form of common spaces while revitalizing the river

The variety of kitchens (cooking & baking) caters for the different needs of the community. Perhaps soon enough, the river would be a spot of gathering for the city.


(Left) Axonometric drawing of the floating kitchens along the river banks, a vision of when the river would be revitalized to its potentions



sectional perspective with a single floor level with split levels in the structure of the floating kitchens

A bold vision for the future of Klang river, when the implementation of creating new common spaces in the form of kitchens comes to a success. When people start to feel comfortable and belonged to the city through the common spaces, that is when it becomes – the city for everyone A project proposal of City Council Kuala Lumpur & ThinkCity as an urban future vision to revitalize the ptential of the river

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Jane Jacobs


Urban Commons; More pilot projects would have to run concurrently and this could be one good proposal that proved to work, and then maybe an even bigger scale vision of various projects could aid in the revitalization of the city. This, is just the start of how we can look at sharing spaces in cities.


an overall vision for the rivitalization of the river through inducing urban commons of kitchen spaces





design studio learning from schools

The mountainous nature and the lush landscape is the protagonist, where the school project designs to be subtly built to the site; adding value to its context. The project promotes a new form of learning, with all three schools, kindergarten, primary and secondary all in the similar site.

Winter 2016

masters year one project // a new learning - design portfolio 2018


EURO CAMPUS A NEW LEARNING proposal for an integrated new school campus for all educatory levels Area of study: Zagreb, Croatia Studio Master: Prof. Johannes Kister

Site Plan & Context

The proposal is aligned with the concept of creating a sunken city that resonates the city of Zagreb, with elements of steps and courtyards. With the site tucked within the mountainous area, the proposal aims to appreciate and complimenting nature with the subtle built and the materiality of stones, cement and glass to add value to the scenic view of the mountains. The site terrains are mildly steep, therefore it could create a space that could sink within the site. Concept


Design Analysis

(top) conceptual add ons and changes according to function


entrance of the secondary school, overlooking the grand field

function spaces service spaces outdoor uncovered spaces indoor corridor walkway spaces ground floor

first floor

(left) ground floor plan kindergarten & elementary school


second floor

third floor


second & third floor plan secondary school & services

integrative learning - connecting all levels with one system yet catering to the needs of each level - courtyard classroom nature blended surrounding


view from balcony to the elementary school courtyard, framing the mountains

The programme of the school is unique such that it integrates all ages in a simgle huge compound, allowing all age gap to understand the idea of harmony.

courtyards as individual pocket spaces

short section A-A’ of the proposal


The public entrance of the high school is tucked subtly within the earth, allowing students to step down to enter the sunken space. The design also encourages discovery, curiosity to explore spaces and interaction within the respective enclosed courtyards.


interior skylight towards enclosed courtyards

boulevard strips as borderless feature

courtyards as individual pocket spaces

long section B-B’ of the proposal



A crafted program placement, elements of discovery and interaction within pocket spaces and sunken courtyards have come together not just a school, but perhaps it is where a child might discover the unlimited possibilities of the strongest weapon against reality – their imagination.

(left) model showing the overall structure of the proposal and its entrance (top) initial model inspired by the concept of sunken courtyards, creating openess and voids in the proposal



the view of the campus from zagreb town, subtly settling as one with the mountains





design studio community architecture

The proposal acts upon the idea to improve the humble fishing village with the simplest, most practical way possible – localized to the community and contextual to the site.

March 2015

How do you address the issue in the village yet provide that extra bit of creative juice to induce a new activity or icon for the area?

bachelors final year project // community recycling centre - design portfolio


SEPETANG COMMUNITY CENTRE RECYCLING CENTRE proposal for a community and recycling centre as a new pivot of tourism

Site Plan & Context

Area of study: Kuala Sepetang, Perak, Malaysia Studio Master: Ar. Edward Chew

A humble fishing village situated on the west coast of Perak, a 35 minutes’ drive from the town Taiping. Once the blooming centre for exporting of Tin mining, now a quiet and serene village blooming in its own way. Simplicity, calmness and just a very heartwarming feeling when smiles are being painted across your face when you see the village kids running around. The folks carrying out their daily groceries and fishing activities. The village carries its own unique vibe, even though infrastructures are lacking causing some unpleasant rubbish areas. The proposal is designed to aid the villagers to promote recycling, cleaning and boosting the tourism sector as well.

sectional perspective community recycling centre



understanding the site section & context

This proposal is a community-driven architectural programme which attempts to address two underlying and pressing issues that are currently the primary concern of the people of Kuala Sepetang.

Improper Waste Disposal

Low hygiene level among villagers, Disturbing to the tourist and causes bad odour near the rivers.

Lack of Vocational Training Platform

The talents from the local community do not have a proper platform to be upgraded and improved. Acts as a supporting for the current creative activities.

exploded axonometric watching tower, overlooking the river that leads to the sea, timber decking chosen because of its abundance and durability


Secondary Issues:

Lack of a touristic centralized platform

Tourist unable to get first hand information on Kuala Sepetang, eventhough the village has plenty to offer.

Lack of a proper urban park

Community never had the experience of being in a proper well-managed park for recreational activites.


(top) entrance of the secondary school, overlooking the grand field (top) public seatings, paved landscape connecting the public park to the centre, suitable for walks and leisure



(top) ground floor plan visitor centre, market stalls and recycling amphiteatre


(top) first floor plan vocational community classrooms, event spaces

public seatings on the watching tower, creating a new identity for the village; timber strips being used as sun shading yet retaining the porosity

mangroove timber decking as main material as it is found in abundance in the village

west elevation of the proposal


Every architecture built should have a vision in mind. The vision of the building is simple. That is to create a hub to retain and create memories as a collective that will be embedded deeply into and as a part of the community of Kuala Sepetang; retaining the essence of placemaking.


view of the community event space to the landscape that binds the proposal

viewing tower as new identity for kuala sepetang

amphiteatre as gathering for events

long section B-B’ of the proposal



Kuala Sepetang a place so rich with its own unique culture, character, and warmth

the proposal does not attempt to overpower but rather to subtly improve the place for the community of Kuala Sepetang, somewhere they call – home

(left) structural model showing the roof truss and the circulation (openess) of the space (top) site model of the area, showing the relation between the site and the river nearby





master planning studio

Once a major producer of agricultural crops, Modena is now quiet and left abandoned with many projects half complete. The idea is formed with the thought of reconnecting the northern part of Modena to the historical core and rediscovering the rich historical traces of Modena by opening up new sets of potentials and possibilities.

(exchange to politecnico di milano)

Summer 2017

The methodology is carried out though adapting similar to the book of ‘flexible cities’, where change and remodification through time is given to the proposal, and most importantly it is based on the reaction of the users to the proposal. Three strategies are being proposed along with the concept, but it will always remain an open topic in the master plan until changes are made to the actual site.

masters year one project// regenerating modena- design portfolio 2018


REGENERATING MODENA MODENA AS AN ECOSYSTEM ROOTED IN HISTORY master planning proposal to regenerate northern modena with the influence of its history & context

Site Plan & Context

Area of study: Modena, Italy Studio Master: Prof. Gabellini Patrizia Prof. Fini Guilia

This proposal is divided into two parts. One is to understand modena and develope a concept of regenration based on the context of the site. The second is to develop strategies to regenerate Modena based on the concept - Modena’s history. The combination between historical and contemporary traces and the strategies further deteminated the location of intervention and action in the masterplan. PART I - MODENA AS AN ECOSYSTEM from six habitats to one ecosystem


connecting the river to the agriculture

discovering the secchia river

Concept & Strategies

(Top) simplified diagrams showing the three main strategies rooted in the concept of discovering Modena’s history (Bottom) an overall map showing the proposal of the three main strategies when realised on plan


This proposal aims to stimulate the dialogue between habitats, connecting Modena and to understand the role of Modena in the larger river context.

Strategy One


Strategy Two

from six habitats to one ecosystem

connecting the river to the agriculture

Actual Scenario

Actual Scenario

the abandoned developement

revitalizing the hidden river

Strategy Three discovering the secchia river

Flexible Proposals: Scenario 1

The idea of the interventions proposed are adapted from the idea of flexible cities, where the interventions are able to adapt to the local community and allows space for change Actual Scenario

of degeneration or remodification.

connecting bicycle networks



(Top) an overall map showing the proposal of the three main strategies based on the concept of history, with detailed planning and realization of proposed interventions.


strategy one community puncture areas Cross showing the transformation of the skeletal structure on the open space of an ex Macello to a community garden, where the community can meet and learn about gardening.

community garden proposal

Sectional perspective of new bicycle path on viale Gramsci

Sectional perspective of new bicycle path along the railway tracks


strategy two reviving the darsena Cross showing the transformation of a parking lot to a public plazza with the opening of a water canal, from the existing Naviglio river hidden under the concrete. Exisitng bridge will also be requalified, and also the proposal of an underground carpark to keep the roads car friendly on the plazza.

piazza darsena

Sectional perspective of the canal reopened in front of the senior centre


Sectional perspective of the bicycle path connecting the school

strategy three eurocycle track regeneration Cross showing the transformation of an existing parking in Porta Nord to create an open space with a skate pak, taking into consideration reuse the abandoned railway track to promote the regeneration of the traces of Modena. A new bike sharing station is proposed along the tracks to the Secchia river. The exisitng Fonderia will also be transformed to a rest stop and public centre.

railway park

Sectional perspective of new bicycle path along the railway tracks

Sectional perspective of new bicycle path between the railway tracks and the open fields of agriculture



three strategies on the northern Modena, working as an ecosystem that binds the concept – modena’s traces of history

(top) site model of the area, showing the relationship between the three strategies, with strategy one to three in green, blue and yellow respectively, where all comes together with the same concept




confronting informalities;

preserving communities & creating public goods in informal settlements (idea competition by TU Delft)

Spring 2018



The relentless growth of cities urges for solutions that relate to the improvement of levels of comfort in confined spaces and a right to public spaces for the well-being of the living quality of a citizen. This is especially necessary for a change in the forgotten community of the garbage city.

“ Every slum is unique and regeneration would be successful only if it responds to the genius loci by collaborating with the community that builds for themselves. �

competition project // confronting informalities - design portfolio 2018


REFORMING WASTE PIPING MANSHYYAT NASIR preserving the community of mansyeyat nasir, proposing a garbage sorting system to im prove living quality Area of study: Cairo, Egypt Team members: Arise Wan Charlene Chan Kareem Nems Lee Xiao Hui Mohamed Saad Addressing informality is not just about creating more buildings and typologies, rather it’s about understanding the context and its needs while coming up with solutions that are affordable, practical and workable. Therefore, the proposal would first be looking at the site in a macro scale and categorizing buildings on the site. A reuse of abandoned buildings in the area would be dedicated to rubbish sorting, so that the people would not or lessen the amount of garbage brought back home, half or more of the rubbish would already be decreased.

Site Plan & Context


Strategies & Approach

Simplified diagram explaination of strategies and approach


The garbage sorting system using piping to segregate and sell garbage for income. Organized and cleaner segregation improves overall living quality.



Vision of piping system attached on abandoned buildings

Small Interventions






measured drawing

It was a project of 2 months, where an existing building is being measured on site and documented on papers, a physical model and personal sketches. The physical model was then exhibited in the graduation exhibition of class 2016.

a technical drawing, modelling semester

January 2014

architecture modelling - design portfolio 2018


measured drawing measuring and documenting dimensions of exisiting building, translating it into technical line drawings area documented: penang, malaysia a team of 10 students

(Top) Detailed elevation of the building (Right) Elevation & Ornament schedule drawings




an exploded axonometric view on the left, and a detailed section cut of the building on the top.


architectural modelling translating dimensions of exisiting building into a physical model made of balsa wood model created: kuala lumpur, malaysia a team of 10 students


model made concurrently with the measured drawings of wisma yeap chor ee. size of model approx. fitting the base of the size of an A2 board




facade detaileds and ornaments are carefully modelled out to express the neo-classical architecture during the period of colonization of the british





photography GO

Photography is about the;

a photography elective

Dessau & Berlin, Germany Winter 2016

Patience - to capture the moment at the right awaited time. Narrative - to find a reason and a storyline to capture the frames you capture. Expression - of your thoughts into visuals. Because every picture speaks a thousand words.

photography - design portfolio 2018


series one concept: a journey of findings area of photoshoot: hochschule anhalt, dessau elective supervisor: Laurian Ghinitoiu


she always had this wild heart; to wander, to search, and to fly off to the unknown. the wild unknown made her tremble, but she is wild too, but known. and loved.



series two concept: frame within frame area of photoshoot: bauhaus & meisterhaus, dessau elective supervisor: Laurian Ghinitoiu


what if we viewed the world through frames? every view would be a picture. what we we viewed people through the frames of their life? every person has a story to tell.





series three concept: street lights coloured area of photoshoot: east and west berlin elective supervisor: Laurian Ghinitoiu


from the yellow, to the white. from the clear, to the blurred.




The Berlin wall may have came down 28 years ago, but some things last longer than mere bricks and mortar. While we may see subtle differences in the morning between the two equally blooming side of berlin, but at night, the differences and division cannot be hidden from the orbit; while infrastructures may be blooming on the east, simple street lights have sought to be changed since the fall of the wall. Street lamps in the east are mostly still sodium-vapour lamps, producing a warmer yellow while the ones in the west are carbon and cost saving fluorescent lights that produces a whiter colour. This series depicts to capture the yellow warm setting of the streetlights in east berlin, along with the narrative of scale and intensity. The storyline of the series goes along to explore from a more developed side of east berlin – Alexanderplatz to the quieter side of berlin – Karlshorst. As the series goes along, the scale of the roads, the intensity of the people, vehicles, buildings, streetlights decreases. In the scenes of the large boulevards to the smaller scale streets of shop rows to the narrow path less taken in the public park found in east berlin, the trails and shadows of the yellow street light just seems to linger and make a point.

It leaves behind a sense of questioning,

Is the wall still in the head (Mauer im Kopf) or has it broken completely?


photography; before each flicker of the camera is taken, a photographer composes her shots properly. Because the moment you click the flicker, you’re capturing the essence of the place, to tell the story that lies behind the frames.


light and shadows on the meisterhaus, dessau





series of watercolour works compiled

If there’s one thing watercolour has taught, it’s to be ready, decisive, bold and trusting your instincts. Once the water touches the canvas, the colour has to follow closely after, which was prepared before the water touches the canvas at all. And let your instincts flow with the water, as an expression of your story.

watercolour - design portfolio 2018


sketching penang series

Location: Penang, Malaysia drawn concurrently with the measured drawing of wisma yeap chor ee. sketches documenting heritage buildings in Georgetown and also the wisma yeap chor ee itself.



floral lunar new year card series

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia drawn in conjunction to the lunar new year and the chinese valentine’s day, produced as greeting cards for the season with Chinese calligraphy writings.



miscellaneous floral & illustrations

Location: Malaysia, Germany Drawn for occasions of greetings, with own illustrations and of floral bouquets. Sketches of st.peters basilica, written in detail regarding the building.



drawing; it’s a platform of expression, using the strokes, composition and colours to express the story I’ve seen and heard and felt; it’s my way of expressing.


hand drawn and written, regarding the infamous St.Peters bascilica & its details


references Dr. Gunnar Hartmann // Registered Architect (DE) Wesite: Contact:

Master Thesis Studio Master

Ar. Edward Chew // Registered Architect (MY) Wesite: Contact:

Bachelor Final Design Studio Master

Ar. Tony Sim // Registered Architect (MY) Wesite: Contact:

Asima Architect Director


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