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CUHK application number:


2015 - 2017 18316924

For CUHK MArch admission 2018 application

Architecture is the art and science in accomodating life



Converging Hub


Sports Centre | Integrated design and systems integration CUHK, Hong Kong | Spring 2017 6th studio project in BSSc (AS) | Individual Shortlisted project for Year End Exhibition, CUHK Selected project for "Y Show" Macau Art Graduates Joint Exhibition

Parallel Living


Collective Housing | Contextual response and place-making Sheung Shui, Hong Kong | Fall 2015 5th studio project in BSSc (AS) | Individual Best Studio Project Award, CUHK Commendation, Clifford Chun-Fai Wong Prize in Housing Design

Tendo Furniture Centre


Exhibition Centre | Structural and passive design Yamagata, Japan | Spring 2015 4th studio project in BSSc (AS) | Individual

Work Experience

Nelson Chen Architects Limited


Architectural design| Upper Primary Extension, Hong Kong International School, Repulse Bay Fall 2017| Professional practice


A Day in a life


Urban planning and design| Kwun Tong | Aug 2015| Group project Climate x Innovation Design Award Organiser: Jockey Club Open Innovation Lab Best Topic Award

Converging Hub Location: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Academic project 6th Studio| ARCH 4116| Spring 2017 Jan 2017 - May 2017 Advisor: Prof. Brian Anderson

Shortlisted project for Year End Exhibition Representative project of CUHK "Y Show", 2017 Macau Art Graduates Joint Exhibition

The building enhances the overall walkability and sociability in the area by strengthening the connection between users and the building with the surrounding facilities.

Y Show exhibition panels

Sports hall for both enthusiasts and laymen This studio investigates systems integration and hollistic design of a sports centre at the Hadden Cave University sports field of CUHK. This project requires students to address most of the issues of a practical medium size building The converging hub aims to create a focal point that merges the activities for all students including sports enthusiasts and laymen, with the spatial and visual experience. Meanwhile, the building echoes with the existing sports field functionally and geometrically. -1-


Massing Strategies The hub as focal point


Two main programmes: A.Main Arena B.Multi-purpose wing

Concept: Converging to the hub Main spaces are arranged around the hub. The hub celebrates union and sportsmanship between students. The buiding located between the sports field and student residence, which aims to provide a wide range of spaces for both active and passive activities.

Atmospheric planning C'

Converging gesture Wider viewcone

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The Hub is created to connect the two wings, mediating the active and passive activities



Mediation on in and out





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Shading devices is added to create semi-outdoor spaces on the South facing facade mediating the "in" and "out"

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Outdoor activities C

Legend 1. Grand stairs 2. Atrium glass floor


3. Permanent seating 4. Retractable seating 5. Specatator's foyer

6. Squash courts 7. MTP Atrium 8. Gym

9. Multipurpose room 10. Bridge to hostel 11. Plant room

Social Steps The grand stairs welcomes visitors to get into the building and encourages them to use it as a spectator stand to the outdoor sports field.

Facade composition Facing directly to the South, the main facade is exposed to direct sunlight most of the time. A vertical sun shading device is installed along the strip of semi-outdoor space, keeping the view while shading of half of the heat. This also creates a buffer zone between in and out, a place for gatherings and encounters.

Mediation of in and out

Converging effect

One would see the converging effect of the vertical sun screen when looking perpendicularly to the facade. The facade blured the boundary between indoors and outdoors, there are buffer zones outside the changing rooms on G/F and spectators foyer on 1/F. Converging effect sketch

Facade composition sketch -3-

The Hub

Partial section AA'

Natural lighting Controlled daylight are brought into the space in different intensities to create a range of atmospheres according to the need of a specific space. Sunlight enters the semi-outdoor portion to give an energetic atmosphere before passing through the translucent glass which gives diffused natural lighting to the indoor portion, a space for relatively relaxed activities and intimate conversations.

Focal point The Hub has two floors. The G/F part is the reception and refreshment while the upper floor is the semi-outdoor atrium, which features a glass floor that brings natural light to the lobby during daytime and light up the atrium at night. It is visually and physically connected to all the main programmes.

Sports field

Connecting to everywhere The hub is considered the prime viewing point of the sportsfield. It is connected to both wings as well as student residences behind. Either passersby or sports participants will find themselves engaging in sport at different levels. The Hub will facilitate more casual encounters among individuals, making the place more sociable.

Student residence

Section CC' -4-

Main Arena

Maiin Arena from retractable spectators seating

Strategic planning for flexibility The changing room is accessible directly from the sports field. It is available for users of the outdoor sports field when the indoor sport facilities are closed. A range of viewing opportunities are designed on all sides around the main arena.

Enhanced player & users experience The foyers for all spectator seatings are shaded outdoor spaces connected to the hub. One would be exposed to the wide view of the sports field with controlled daylight. For the players, a resting corner facing the inner yard encourages players to interact aside from game time.

Student residence

Sports field


Natural light strategy Ring of skylight aligned with the spectator seating arrangement. Sunlight is diffused through bouncing onto a specially designed panel and the wall.

Systems Integration A range of structural systems are used according to the spatial requirements. For the main arena, steel truss beam with a 30m span is used to support roof of the main arena for an unobstructed space, concealed behind a drop ceiling. For the hub, tension

cable truss system with a 12m span is used to support the glass roof. For the MTP wing, reinforced concrete beams supported on R.C. columns are used. The columns help to subdivide the spaces for different programs.

Detailed wall and roof section 1



Legend :

1 Translucent glass Stainless steel frame Stainless steel tension cable truss Reinforced concrete beam 3


Metal panel Waterproof membrane C-Section support Concrete wall Vapour retartder 75mm insulation


4 Roof finishing tile Waterproofing membrane Vapour retarder 75mm Insulation Reinforced concrete slab Stainless steel truss beam 5


Detailed wall section D

Roof finishing tile Waterproofing membrane Vapour retarder 75mm Insulation Reinforced concrete slab Concrete Beam Floor finishing tile Stainless steel ditch cover Rainwater trench Waterproof Motar Concrete Sand granular fit


Load bearing systems

Parallel Living Location: Shek Wu Hui, Sheung Shui, Hong Kong Academic project 5th Studio| ARCH 4115| Fall 2015 Sep 2015-Dec 2015 Advisor: Prof. Sebastien Law Best Studio Project Award School of Architecture, CUHK

Juxtaposition of new and old The site is situated right in the heart of Sheung Shui, between the web of new commercial centres and the old Shek Wu Hui town. Making use of the contrast of new and old, busy and relaxing observed around the site. There is a potential of this site to integrate the advantages of the new and old building typologies, to make a difference and restore the lost character of the area.

Commendation Clifford Chun-Fai Wong Prize in Housing Design A housing project in the heart of Sheung Shui, in between the historic market and new developments . New types of public spaces are possible.

Place-making by social housing This studio investigates contextual response and place-making in an urban area in Sheung Shui, Hong Kong. The brief requires students to create a building housing 50 flats of different sizes and public open spaces on street level.

Development of Shek Wu Hui 1960s-1970s

Fading local identity replaced by parallel trading shops and cruciform residential towers

My proposal aims to revitalise the small industries which are fading away due to rapid urban development and to improve the sociability of private residence by connecting the private residetntial flats with an atrium. The design introduces 15 live-work studio flats connected to the public atrium. Also, door fronts of all private residents are connected by a full height natural lit atrium. Introducing lively public and semi-public communal spaces in an overcrowded urban area. -7-

1960s developments

1. Low rise residential buildings 2. Local industries in the neighbourhood 3. Family-based local shops and homes

Observed problems:

Modern developments

1. Street heavily congested by veichles 2. Over population and inefficient use of space 3. Lack of social gathering space

1. High dense cruciform towers 2. Office towers replace local industries 3. Shopping malls replace local shops

New living conditions inspired by the "old"

Natural lit & ventilated Socialise at door fronts

This project integrated public, semipublic and private zones to nurture a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood. Revitalise local small industries by providing improved Live-work spaces designed for more social interaction. Proposed Live-work condition

Atriums Both the public and private spaces are arranged around their own full height and natural lit atrium. In the private residence atrium, communal spaces are provided on each floor and door fronts balconies to facilitate interaction between neighbours. Live-work conditions of the past


Hierachy The building is divided to a lower and higher block under careful consideration of the natural lighting and acoustics of the site. Programmatically, the building is divided into


Natural Ventilation

three zones from the public/ open ground floor followed by semi-public small industries studio promenade to the private residential units from 3-8/F.

Daylighting & Acoustics


The building is split into 2 masses, each with its own natural lit full height communal space. such arrangement utillise natural lighting while minimise the traffic noise impact to programmes which requires a queit environment.

Old Town development

New Town development


Live-Work Studios

Shared spaces

Private residential units

Neighbourhood - Liveliness

Sociability Living in a typical cruciform building, neighbours are encouraged to stay in their own flats. Communal spaces are limited. My proposal incorporates social spaces right in front of every unit's door, connecting with an atrium flooded with natural light and sufficient visual connection. In the small industries studios, balconies and extension of shop spaces encourage social interaction between neighbours.

Studio shared spaces

Residence shared spaces

Section BB' showing main communal spaces -10-

Public and Semi-public G-1/F

G/F Public communal space + Local market Enhanced Walkability Street level of the building is an extension of the streets. Pedestrians are encouraged to use this public space as a passage or stay for the shops and market.




Vertical circulation

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Legend: 1. Retail 2. Local product market 3. Resident's lobby


Live work studio + Studio promenade

Passage for pedestrians

Street level entrance looking towards the shops and public communal space

"Twin" units

"Studios are designed in pairs so neigbours share balconies and studio extension spaces. Its an elevated hub for small industries culture."

Studio promenade ventilation

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Legend: 1. Studio mezzanine floor 2. Studio shared door front

Small industries studio distribution

Small industries studio B


Small industries studio promenade looking towards the public communal space

Neighbourhood 3-8/F


"The resident's communal atrium is a full height atrium having natural light and ventilation, which provides a desirable space for social activities."

Residential Atrium + Units




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Legend: 1. Resident's main communal space 2. Atrium


Residential level ventilation


3. Doorfront balcony 4. Two bedroom units

60m2 duplex units

60m2 duplex units distribution

Perspective on residential communal atrium space


Pocket social space + Units

"All units are designed in pairs. Neighbours share the same entrance area which facilitates social interaction in the extension of their own units."

Residential level ventilation 3



Legend 1. Two bedroom duplex lower floor 2. Shared door front balcony 3. Communal space

90m2 duplex units

90m2 duplex units distribution


View of the residential communal atrium

Tendo Furniture Centre

Site considerations - Climatic responses

Location: Tendo,Yamagata, Japan Academic project 4th Studio| ARCH 3114| Spring 2015 Jan 2015 - May 2015 Advisor: Prof. Bruce Lonnman

Diurnal Weather Averages

Tendo -(2000-2012) Location in Asia Koppen Map Average Rainfall

Average Temperature Graph (2000-2012)

21 Jun 8am

Surrounded by hill, sports field and hostel. The site is a prime spot for new hub for sports enthusiasts and laymans.

21 Dec 8am

Annual Wind Rose (Speed Distribution) Annual windrose speed

Annual Temperature Bins

Monthly Design Data Humidity

21 Jun 5pm

Exhibition centre inspired by furniture The wood furniture exhibition centre is set in Tendo, Yamagata. Housing a permanent exhibition hall for classic wood furnitures design and manufactured in Tendo, a temporary exhibition hall with flexible exhibition layout and events as well as educational facilities for furniture design. The design of the exhibition centre is inspired by the composition of furniture sets. Several chairs surround a table. Furnitures works best when they comes in sets. SpacDifferent modules work together to bring joys and comforts to human beings. The exhibition centre works in a similar way. Two exhibition halls and a cluster of educational space are connected by a communal space, featuring an ampitheatre that connects to the natural landscape flooded with natural light.

21 Dec 5pm

Inspirations: Centre piece surrounded by modulars


Diurnal Weather Averages

Average Rainfall (2000-2012)

Key massing development 1



Annual Wind Rosefrequency (Frequency Distribution) Annual windrose

4 Annual Temperature Bins

Furniture sets are composed by several modulars. The inbetween spaces are generally for social interaction and activities. My design incorporates the idea of having a focal point, Annualhall Windwhich Rose (Speed Distribution) ie. the central is surrounded by other programmes

Massing strategies

Long mass facing south narrow plan maximise daylight penetration

Massing split: 1. Increase sun exposure 2. Courtyard & central hall created as the focal point. -13-

Level difference introduced 1. Maximize sun exposure 2. Facilitate natural ventilation

Passive design: Wintergarden for refreshment Sunspace for the courtyard

The massing are split into three smaller blocks. Passive design strategies are incorporated in the design process while cohering with the concept of main spaces which surround a central hall.


Annual Wind Rose (Frequency Distribution)

Passive design considerations Based on the daylight and wind direction studies, the site is selected in a spot that has sufficient daylight and prevailing wind. The site was chosen because it is located in a shallow valley which is exposed to the South sunlight and protected from the winter wind.


Situated in the cold climate zone, it is important to have sufficient solar heat gain during winter and prevailing wind for natural ventilation during summer.











A 1. 2. 3. 4.

Sun & wind considerations

Loading area Temporary exhibition gallery Storage area Reception and administration

Gift shop Foyer Ampitheatre Refreshment bar

9. Media space 10. Permanent exhibition gallery

Ground floor plan

Year round natural ventilation strategies

Daylight angles and wind directions are considered in the design. They are controlled in both summer and winter seasons to minimise the use of artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation systems. These considerations are reflected in the placement of openings, the Summer condition shading devices dimensions and the orientation of the building.

Come together in the Central hall

5. 6. 7. 8.

Temporary exhibition Administration

Winter condition

Year round solar heat gain strategies


Public Permanent Exhibition


The central hall is the focal point of the building. It is a social space to draw visitors together. On top of the requirements, a winter garden in front of the central hall is an ampitheatre which encourages visitors to get close to the nature Summer Solstice 21 Jun Sun angle: 75 degrees

Winter Solstice 21 Dec Sun angle: 30 degrees -14-



Structure & Envelope Glue-laminated wooden double beams are designed to support the roof which is supported by load bearing masonary wall which gives the building strong linearality which coheres with the programs and direct the view of the interiors from the entrance to the hillside.


From exhibits back to nature

Full height glazing is used to frame the view of visitors to the hill side, engaging the interior to the surrounding natural environment while segregating the view of visitors to the town as well as the road. The greenery relates to the legendary Tendo wooden furniture and reminds visitors to respect the blessing of Mother Nature for the wood. 3

Section AA' -15-

Legend : 1 Waterproof membrane Insulation Vapor retarder Plywood planking Laminated wood beam Steel plate on brick wall

2 Waterproof wall finish 400x200x200mm concrete hollow block Steel supporting member Cavity Insulation Steel bolt tie

3 Floor finishing tile Stainless steel ditch cover Ditch Waterproof Motar Concrete Sand granular fit

Structural considerations

A system of load bearing masonry cavity wall is used to support the primary roof structure. The walls give the building a strong sense of direction pointing from the entrance towards the hillside which coheres with my concept of bringing the natural environment into the interior while segregating the view to the town and the road from the halls. Load bearing structure plan

Natural lighting strategies

The spaces are flooded with diffused natural light. The photo above showed the central hall having natural light coming from the skylights and the curtain wall. The entrances of both temporary and permanent exhibition halls are on both sides. Inside the exhibition halls, natural light passes through 2 layers of diffusers. Visitors enjoy the natural light before in the central hall and the exhibition spaces. In addition, artificial lighting tracks are installed in between the beams for exhibition lighting. Drainage system diagram

Central hall looking towards the amphitheatre

Roof & Skylight

As shown in the drawing, skylights are installed in the larger gap to provide natural lighting while artificial lightings are installed in the smaller gaps. Temporary exhibition hall -16-

Working experience Location: Upper Primary School, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong Addition & Alteration works Architectural Assistant | Nelson Chen Architects Limited Working period: From June 2017 to present Pump room facade






Exterior: Fence wall & pump room facade Two of my highlighted assignments include the refurbishment of the existing fence wall detailed design and design of the water pump room faรงade. Both tasks require detailed design for construction along with considerations regarding technical constraints. For the proposed fence wall, the red brick walls are retained and recycled timber trellis are added to match the Lower Primary School across the street. Considerations of both structural constraints and aesthetics are studied and coordinated with the structural engineers. The proposed pump room faรงade is a cladding system incorporated with various openings for maintenance and ventilation. Through working with the building services engineers, considerations of both aesthetics and constraints of the mechanical services layout are carefully studied throughout the design process.

(Drawing by me)

(Rendering by others)

(Drawing by me)

(Drawing by me, M/E layout by others)

(Drawings by me)


Interiors: Low cabinets & Lift Lobby

Lift lobby typical plans and elevations

I collaborated with the project team to design of classroom low cabinets for MacBook charging and backpack storage incorporated a hidden system of conduit, cable tray and electrical outlets allow 24 MacBook to charge at one time with tidy cables and easy to access electricity outlets. The design of the lift lobby includes the color scheme and the signage. The layout of the lobby has also complied the requirements as a temporary refuge space for wheelchairs in case of emergency. To create a joyful atmosphere for primary school children, a rainbow color scheme is used on each consecutive floors. The floor number signage on each floor is incorporated into a polygon with the same sides as the floor number which enhances the visual identity of each floor.

(Layout by others, materials application by me) (Rendering by others)





Classroom layout plan & elevation

Lift lobby sections - Rainbow stairs



(Drawing by me)

(Drawing by me)




(Drawing by me)



(Drawing by me)



(Drawing by me)


A Day in a life

1. Collective Development

Location: Kwun Tong area, Hong Kong Climate x Innovation Design Award Competition | Aug 2015 Group project Best Topic Award How urban and architecture design affects the comfortness of our public open spaces? Part 1: Part 2: Team members: 1. Eric, Chan Yin Cheung BEng Industrial Engineering and Logistic Management, HKUST 2. Henry, Chan Chu Hang BSSc Urban Studies, CUHK 3. Iris, Lee Wan Chi BSc Environmental Management and Technology, HKUST 4. Derek,Tam Dik Yeung BSSc Architecture Studies, CUHK

Original site with old development

(Drawing by me, Derek)

(Drawing by me, Derek)

Proposed collective development

(Drawing by me, Derek)

Proposed cluster of buildings

2. Building permeability and seperation

Make Hong Kong desirable to live in This project investigates ways to improve the comfortness and usability of public open spaces in the heavily polluted and overcrowded site of Kwun Tong area. The ideas are being compiled into a 2-minute video available to the public on YouTube to raise public awareness. The story narrates a day in a life of Tin Tin's experience in the urban environment. The video illustrates the problems of our urban environment of most HK people are facing. Our proposal, focuses on tackling the situation in the urban scale, aims to improve the thermal comfort and ventilation by increasing the permeability of buildings and collective urban development. Also, we suggested to improve the pedestrian usability and walkability of the area through proposing an underground veichle by-pass and replacing conventional means of transport for better street level space for the people respectively.

(Photo by Henry)

Existing cluster of residential buildings

1. Collective Development

2. Building permeability

Reducing building footprint is possible by developing land collectively. Wider building seperation resulted in more efficient landuse and increased air movement. More street level spaces could be released to increase walkability.

Air movements are facilitated by creating setbacks and sky gardens which is carved out from the building mass. More social space in the building are created to improve the living standards through encouraging people to step out from the indoor environment.


3. Utilise space for better pedestrian environment

(Photo by Eric)

Existing highway using street level

Proposed underground highway with street level communal space (Drawing by me, Derek)

4. Redesigned streetscape

(Photo by Henry)

Existing street condition in industrial area

Screenshots of the video

(Drawing by me, Derek)

Proposed street level environment

3. Utilise space for pedestrian friendly environment

4. Redeigned streetscape

In an overcrowded public transport interchange such as this space underneath the flyover, underground spaces could be utilised for veihcle by-pass in order to free up street level space for pedestrians. This increases the walkability of the area and the reduces adverse effects of veichullar air pollution.

Street conditions could be improved by replacing the use of conventional veichles which emits pollutants to electrified street cars in order to reduce air pollution and illegal parking. Vegetations planted on street level and building facades could help reduce the solar heat absorbtion. -20-

Screenshots of the video

(Filming and Video Editing by Eric) (Voiceover by Iris)

Portfolio (2017)  
Portfolio (2017)