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Ernest Ng Hiok Hoe

works

Spring 2011

Contacts

ernest.ng.hh@gmail.com + 1 646 508 7507


Ernest Ng Hiok Hoe

BA(Arch) National University of Singapore, Singapore Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (Exchange Program) M(Arch) SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

[Thesis Project]

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QuadSpace

[Design works] [Professional Works]

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Barcoding The Bench Liquid Formwork Whitebox Dormitory I Chair Stitch  Urban Stacks Excavations

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Department of Philosophy, NYU Winery Hotel Cité du Surf et l’Océan

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Students’ works Materials & Methods Sanderson Anatomy 


EDUCATION University at Buffalo (State University of New York) School of Architecture and Planning Buffalo, NY

Master of Architecture Sept 2009 Thesis Project: “Quad Space” Recipent of the 2010 UB Dean’s Medal. Winner of 2010 RSA award, London.

Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture Pittsburgh, PA

Student Exchange Program for M.Arch first year program from National University of Singapore. Fall 2003 / Spring 2004

National University of Singapore School of Design and Environment Department of Architecture Singapore

Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) July 2003

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS Mississippi State University School of Architecture Mississippi State, MS

Visiting Assistant Professor Aug 2009 - Current BARNworks 2009/2010. Chief Editor

University at Buffalo (State University of New York) School of Architecture and Planning Buffalo, NY

Teaching Assistant. Freshmen Design Studio. Fall 2008 - Spring 2009

Architectural Resources Buffalo, NY

Project Designer. Canton Athletics & Convocation Center, SUNY Canton, Canton, NY. Jun 2008 - Jan 2009 Chief Designer. Gateway Harbor Inn Competition, North Tonawanda, NY. Jun 2008

Steven Holl Architects New York City

Project Architect. Request for Qualification (RFQ), Drexel University Dormitory in Philadelphia, PA. Mar 2007 Design Architect. Arbuk Villas, Arbuk, Turkey. Mar 2007 - Aug 2007 Assistant Project Architect. New York University, Department of Philosphy. Jun 2005 - Mar 2007 Architect Assistant. Porosity House, Long Island, NY, .Jun 2005 - Aug 2005 Design Team. Busan Cinema Complex, Busan, South Korea.Jun 2005 - Aug 2005 Design Team. Cite Du Surf Et De L’Ocean, Barritz, France. May 2005 - Jun 2005 Design Team. Winery Hotel, Langenlois, Austria. Aug 2004 - Jun 2005

AWARDS Mississippi State University School of Architecture Mississippi State, MS

2010 Professor Robert M. Ford Faculty Award.

University at Buffalo (State University of New York) School of Architecture and Planning Buffalo, NY

Overall Design Excellence Award. Henry Adams Award. Graduating Class of 2009

2009 Tau Sigma Delta Honors College Faculty Award.

Robert Skerker Scholarship. Spring 2008 High Achievement Award. Fall 2007, Spring 2008

National University of Singapore School of Design and Environment Singapore

Ong & Ong Travelling Fellowship. May 2003


THESIS PROJECT

Quad Space

Blackrock, Buffalo, New York, Aug 08 - Aug 2009

In collaboration with Michael-John Bailie,Paul Dudkowski & Dan Stripp

Quad Space is an insertion of an architectural academic exercise as a full-scale constructed exploration to spatially and structurally manipulate and define the division of four spaces within a 400 sq. ft. house. The project re-evaluates the operations of architectural exercises within the academia and its role and relationship with the social, communal and economic environment that it is based within. The project critically investigates the effort and process of establishing an academic architectural research project as a fullscale construction inserted within the city of Buffalo, involving the physical manipulation and conversion of an existing derelict house into a habitable space. The house, located at 139 Howell St in the Black Rock neighborhood in the City of Buffalo, is a brick-veneered house built in the early 1900s. This house was identified after a series of field research and subsequently acquired at the Buffalo City auction in Oct 2008 for $6500. A series of studies on volumetric, programmatic and infrastructural precedents of contemporary domestic issues and spaces manifested into a strategic framework to define the division of the house into four equal parts, each entitled to an individual author of the project. The strategic framework was developed into a design executed as a full-scale architectural construction project, through the physical labor of the four authors to spatially and structurally manipulate the house, subsequently engaging the four individuals as owners, architects and builders of the academic exercise.

Volumetric research directives, strategies & analysis

Programmatic research directives, strategies & ana


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Infrastructural research directives, strategies & analysis


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DESIGN & FABRICATION

Barcoding

Hayes Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, Apr 08 - Sept 08 In collaboration with Michael-John Bailie & Dan Stripp

Inspired simultaneously by the library barcoding system as well as the metaphorical compulsion of a vertical book stack, this circulation space consists of a series of extrapolated vertical lines defining the organizational structure of both the back-wall shelving unit and the front circulation desk of Architecture and Planning Library at the University at Buffalo. This organization defines a spatial barcode and a compulsive vertical surface unique to APL through the varied alternation of vertical panels of plywood surfaces (concealed cabinets and door frame) and exposed ply-edges (full height structural bookends). Constructed using domestic grade maple plywood, the structural cabinets, door frames, drawer boxes and structural plywood bookend panels are prefabricated as individual components which are assembled onsite using steel rods and cotter pins. Not unlike the staves and metal hoops of a wine barrel, the verticality of the individual component hence becomes a vertical stack, held in compression by the fixation of the steel rods and pins, forming a balancing horizontal stitch in tension.


Back shelf structural spacers | Shelves

Back shelf steel rods | Horizontal Ties

Back shelf structural panels | Vertical Divisions

Back shelf & front desk | Assemblage

Front desk structural storage | Exterior Volumes

Front desk structural framing | Inner Ribs

Front desk surface panels | Barcoding

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DESIGN & FABRICATION

The Bench

Hayes Hall Lobby, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, Apr 08 - Aug 08 In collaboration with Michael-John Bailie & Dan Stripp

The design and fabrication of this bench was inspired by the works of Peter Zumthor. An independent study, conducted to learn about Zumthor’s architecture, includes the ‘Topography of Terror’, an unfinished project in Berlin, Germany. This bench explores this unrealized design in a different context and scale. Utilizing repetitive components with minimum customization, the fabrication process aspired to be a highly precise operation using minimum woodworking skills. Inspired by the construction system and relentless logic of the ‘Topography of Terror’, the structure of the bench is a system of repetitive wooden components that are stitched/clamped using stock steel sections. Most evident in the side elevation, the steel sections connect and lock each slotted wood piece in place. Exploiting the surface tension between steel and wood, this locking system produces a rigid structure that is held with only 16 countersunk screws.


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ACADEMIC PROJECT

Liquid Formwork

Downtown Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, Jan 08 - May 08 In collaboration with Gregory Hess

The aim of this project was to explore alternative models of casting in concrete, seeking a more complex relationship between the cast object and its formwork. The ultimate goal was to develop a “liquid formwork”, where the relationship of form and formwork was not static, and not definable by a single physical and theoretical alignment. A precedent study was conducted on the construction of Kenzo Tange’s Sports Complex (Takamatsu, Japan, 1964). One of the four main pylons supporting the structure was drawn, analyzed, and finally constructed at a scale of 1:10. The complexities of a specific area of the form served as the basis for the development of a new casting system. The form focused on in the precedent study consisted of a complex curve in both plan and elevation. To create a new formwork for casting this component, a system was developed that was composed of adjustable vertical steel members calibrated via threaded rods and nuts, and a flexible structural spine consisting of wood 2 x 3’s linked with 3/8” PVC tubing. The formwork was then lined using EPDM roofing rubber, creating an elastic, reusable casting membrane. The resulting cast was a continuous complex surface that echoed formal elements found in the precedent cast.


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COMPETITION

Whitebox Dormitory

The Central Glass International Architectural Design Comptition 2006, Tokyo, Japan Conversion of Existing Architecture for living in the City

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As the old factories along the peripheral of Manhattan dilapidate into soulless billboard infrastructure, their spatial proportions and physical prominence possess great gallery spaces and urbanistic potential. Several double volume spaces are carved out from the floor plates on different levels to create communal art spaces, germinating interaction and learning among artists from different background; while minimal private cells allows individual reflection, mediation and privacy, a personal connection to the city. The transparency of these two programs of contrasting scales appears on the faรงade as random lights, subtly revealing the activities within.

G. PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

J. DANCE STUDIO HOUSING CELL

HOUSING CELL HOUSING CELL

HOUSING CELL

J. EVENT SPACE HOUSING CELL

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H. MULTI-MEDIA STUDIO

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HOUSING CELL HOUSING CELL

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HOUSING CELL HOUSING CELL D. GALLERY

HOUSING CELL


COMPETITION

I Chair

6th Andreu World Design Competition, Aug 06 - Sept 06 In collaboration with Justin T. Allen

The design is based on a stock lumber dimension of 30mm x 30mm which is cut to a typical chair dimension of 450mm – and it is this module (28) that creates the I chair. Because each I chair is constructed of the same module – it is well suited for mass production. Using sustainable glue for the joints, the I chair, which is all wood, can be considered a sustainable piece of furniture. The design is minimal, elegant, easily understood, and stackable.

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ACADEMIC PROJECT

Stitch

New Kensington, Pittsbugh, PA, Jan 04 - Apr 04 01 Programmatic sizing

02 Programmatic height comparsion

03 Programmatic intensity

The minimum area required for all programs are tabulated according to a 1 000 sqf box. This box is either halved, or mulitplied to illustrate the area of each program, and hence a sense of the programmatic proportions can be deduced.

The minimum height required for all programs are tabulated according to a 15’ standard. This standard can be increased proportionally to illustrate specific programs which requires greater height. A similiar proportional study is shown here in terms of height.

The usage of each program is speculated acording to a pool of possible future users ( 03 & 04). This speculation is combined to create an intensity ratio of the programs according to the terms: Unique, Generic and Public.

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05 Programmatic relationships

06 Programmatic scenrios

All programs are differentiated under the 3 terms, with a further grouping of programs that link physically to one anothor under each term.

Interconnecting links are established according to inherent needs of the programs. This breaks the grouping and blurs the specific boundaries that were created from the different user groups.

The re-arrangement of the programs within a bigger area of the public zone, is tied together by their groupings as well as their individual links. The rest of the programs in the public zone could be used as in-fills for the groupings.

The site is a post-industrial waterfront town near Pittsburgh,PA. Large metal clad warehouses, saw-toothed sheds and red-bricked multi-use blocks spread across perpendicular to the wateredge. The project focused on the revival of two buildings, a red-bricked high bay building and white painted steel building, sitting parallel to each other facing the river. A sloped-roof building is placed parallel between them, forming a low ceiling space for machine room and storage spaces, like a stitch connecting the two building. This insertion emphasized the disparities of the two buildings, in terms of colors, size and language, yet, it reconnects them functionally and architecturally. The insertion building, clad in white stain concrete panels and polycarbonate panels form a neutral element within the two existing building, sitting almost indifferent to them and the site. The interior is an open plan with rows of columns across the space, supporting a sloped roof above. This roof is sliced by the insertions of the lightboxes floating above, seemingly like the parti model. The experience is one where the neutrality of the whiteness compliments the old red bricks and white steel, and the industrial space filled with diffused light peeping through the light boxes.


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ACADEMIC PROJECT

Urban Stacks

Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA, Aug 03 - De 03

The site is an existing plot of land between the busy downtown and a laid back area of weekend street market and bars. The reference of the project started from a statistical analysis of the program of a library, simplifying the quantifications into a study of various diagrammatic relationships of the individual programs. Various configurations were studied, revised and complied to create different situational possibilities, based on diagrammatic rationality and personal design intuition. The resulting configurations were then translated into a strategizing infrastructure that control the overall distribution of programs. The project consists of two separate entities: the transportation hub and the library block. The transportation hub on the ground level expands the building edge onto the surrounding and creates an open fluid space where various connections to different transportation networks are placed as external objects inserted into this collective platform. The library block itself is created from a statistical strategy that creates constant conditions that variegates with individual levels, creating flexible configurations within individual levels. Different thematic zones of the library: children’s library, popular library, business library, archive library are created as individual volumes and levels within the block. The interstitial spaces thus remain as book stacks for the rest of the collection for the system of library of congress. The two entities are connected using the vertical connectors of the library, which extend down to the ground level, creating the connecting space with a intersecting grid. This connecting space is a double atrium space connecting the transportation hub to the information mega mart of the library, where instant information of the world wide web can be obtained. The atrium also acts as a multi-media space which displays both real time information of the transportation hub as well as artistic creations.


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ACADEMIC PROJECT

Excavations

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore, Jan 03 - Apr 03

This project is used to investigate the architectural methodology of using a highly intuitive and inspirational parti model as a project accelerator to push an inspiring idea into spatial ordering principles as well as to generate sensorial architectural opportunities. The parti model have been regularly brought to the drawing table and crit reviews to reinforce and challenge the possibilities of preserving the integrity of the most initial inspiration of this parti model and yet achieve a architecture that can represents the abstraction. The galleries are seen as a removed experience from the surrounding landscape, a form of excavation from nature, where the abstracted becomes the exhibits. This intuition, first derived from Blossfledt’s works, developed into a parti model of a timber block, with portions cut out and replaced with paraffin wax. A sense of sensuousness and tactility arises from this parti model, which primarily drives the project through.


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PROFESSIONAL WORKS

Department of Philosophy, New York University Greenwich Village, New York, Dec 2004 - Mar 2007 Steven Holl Architects, New York City

Responsibilties: 1. Architectural Designer Project Proposal & Schematic Design Phase. 2. Assistant Project Architect Design Development. Furniture, Fixture & Equipment (FFE). Construction Documentation. Construction Adminstration Phase.


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PROFESSIONAL WORKS

Winery Hotel

Langenlois, Austria, Aug 2004 - Mar 2005 Steven Holl Architects, New York City

Responsibilties: 1. Architectural Designer Design Development. Furniture, Fixture & Equipment (FFE).


PROFESSIONAL WORKS

Cité du Surf et l’Océan Biarritz, France, Jun 2005 - Aug 2005 Steven Holl Architects, New York City

Responsibilties: 1. Architectural Designer Conceptual design

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ACADEMIC TEACHING

Students’ Projects

Studio Instructor, Project Coordinator, Aug 2009 - Current Mississippi State University, School of Architecture, Mississippi State, MS

The visiting assistant professor position at Mississippi State University is a one-year position with academic responsibilities including instructing a core architecture design studio and a lecture/ seminar course for foundation level undergraduate program. Teaching responsibility for the core architecture design studio includes designing and coordinating project exercises for design studios. In this case, this project introduces first year architecture students to the relationship between visual ideas and physical form and space through material and tectonic construct. The project uses two basic formal constructions: filigree and solid construction as a point of departure for design explorations and expression for a habitable space.


Blake Clanton

Hebert Huddleston

John King

Ryan Callahan

Nathan Backes

Eric Phyfer

Cody Wilson

Chance Stokes

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Sam Krusee


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ACADEMIC TEACHING

Materials & Methods

Course Lecturer, Seminar Coordinator, Jan 2010 - Current Mississippi State University, School of Architecture, Mississippi State, MS

Teaching responsibility for the lecture seminar course involves the organization of a building technology course on the survery of construction materials and methods. This course is structured around a series of hands-on material experiments based on typical constrution materials and full-scale construction projects. Students were asked to research into a variety of architectural projects that employ interesting usage of materials and to conduct material experiments and studies to test and explore the limits and potential of these materials. The full scale construction project involved the design and fabrication of a chair based on half a sheet of 3/4� plywood and the students were asked to explore the material efficiency, production and finishes in the design and fabrication process.


Scott Penman

Ariel Westmark

Matt Robinson

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George Jordan

Will Randolph Andrew Robertson

Jonathon Hooker

Brennan Plunket

Michael Moore


ACADEMIC TEACHING | DESIGN & FABRICATION

Sanderson Anatomy

Course Professor, Design/ Build Course, Feb 2010 - June 2010 Mississippi State University, Sanderon Center, Mississippi State, MS

This is a commission by the Department of Recreational Sports for a new reception desk at the front entry lobby of the Sanderson Center on the university campus. Inspired by the building’s primary function as a space for the wellness of the human body, the design for the reception desk takes on a composition inter-connected elements. These elements consist of a main structural spine, a series of ribs, tendons, muscles mass and finally an enveloping skin. A repetitive row of vertical black-stained plywood hold up a welded steel spinal tube forms the overall rhythm. Theses ribs are held together in tension by horizontal steel rods pinned at both ends. Several folded steel shelves are then held up in place within the ribs and steel robs. Finally, a skin of solid maple flooring planks are laid over the entire series of ribs to form the countertop and table top of the desk.


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Works  

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