PORTFOLIO CHI FUNG TAM SELECTED WORKS 2012-2016 firstname.lastname@example.org 852 62925760
Architecture synchronizes my experience, talent, and enthusiasm. I treat architecture as a musical symphony. My architecture is not something flashy, but with diverse elements including the structure and details "composed" and "tuned" in an innovated way. The precise and ingenious integration of architecture and engineer best demonstrates the quote "The whole is more than the sum of its parts" from Aristotle. This is what I am pursuing. TU Delft stands out from other top universities for me to delve into my own philosophy of architecture with its specific yet diverse architectural program structure. The architectural programs have a clear focus on technologies, materials, scale, integration, aside from conceptual, spatial design. Meanwhile, the program offers fourteen specializations, each with clear program goal and specific approach to research and design. My first milestone project - timber workshop, not only brings the best studio award, more importantly, the project brings me a message - Architecture is not only designing form and space, but also a "craft" with a large care of materials. The architectural Engineering program amazes me that the program guides in-depth study of the relationship between architecture and engineering through a wide range of scale. Moreover, the thesis studio is well structured with 3 topic, Flow, Make and Stock, which in line with my hypothetical thesis topics. My three hypothetical thesis topics explore the complementary relationship between architecture and engineering on inspiration, mechanism and applications. My first thesis would like to explore the possibilities and application of a new structural prototype, inspired by the structural bodies and hexagonal geometric design of an umbrella, to create transformable temporary architecture and relieve the tension of the situation that Europe is under significant influxes of migrants and refugees. My second thesis explores the possibilities promoting Biomimetic architecture in high-density cities. Closed loop system in nature contributes to zero waste production and efficiency in energy and resources. Similar mechanism should be applied in buildings to promote sustainable design. Through the "make" and "flow" topic in thesis studio of Architectural Engineering program, I can investigate how materials help in Biomimetic architecture and its application on facade of skyscrapers. My last thesis explore the possibilities of fusion of architecture and music by investigating the application of Cymatics in architecture. As a mechanism involving patterns across different mediums, it provides a potential solution to bridge the musical and architectural world and promotes multi-sensory spatial experience.
CONTENTS ACADEMIC PALM CROSS Timber Workshop | Malaysia | 2014 4th Studio Project | Individual
TRINITY DISCOVERY Community Library | Hong Kong | 2015 6th Studio Project | Individual
TREE(S)LLAGE Social Housing | Hong Kong | 2014 5th Studio Project | Individual
PROFESSIONAL CRAFT YOUR INSTRUMENT Sylvan Theatre Competition| Ukraine | 2016 Competition Project | Group work
SOUTH ANNEX BUILDING Airport Expansion Project | Hong Kong | 2015 - 2016 Company Project | Group work
LOCATION: JOHOR BARHU | MALAYSIA ACADEMIC PROJECT 4TH STUDIO | ARCH 3114 | 2014 SPRING JAN 2014 - APR 2014 INDIVIDUAL PROJECT ADVISED BY PROF. FRANCESCA MADEO (email@example.com) Best Studio Award | CUHK School of Architecture
TIMBER WORKSHOP - PALM CROSS This studio is to explore how to design a buildng concerning climate and structure. The requirement of the project is to build a timber workshop, including an archive library in sub-urban destrict in Malaysia, a tropical region with green area covered with palm trees. My project, Palm Cross, uses palm tree as inspiration for long span structure design, together designed with lighting quality. It aims to create a comfortable working environment by focusing on air movement across indoor and outdoor boundary. The process starts with massing dealing with climate and program with further development on structure and details.
Images from internet
Typological analysis of traditional Malaysia houses
FORM TRANSFORMING THE TRADITION Expansion of traditional malaysia buildings are by addition of new building blocks to the existing one, resulting an expression of touching blocks. This project makes use of the touchhing blocks as parti and addition of courtyard to promote diverse spatial quality.
Touching blocks as parti
Annual sunlight angle
Sun path Diagram showing Sunlight coming from both North and South direction. (from internet)
Symmetric design of roof
Vasari wind simulation
Vasari wind simulation
Annual prevailing wind Wind Rose Diagram showing prevailing wind comes from opposite directions throughout the year. (from internet) 6.
CLIMATIC CONSIDERATIONS 1. East - West elongated to minimize low-angled sun light.. 2. Breaking of mass for better ventilation 3. Raising the blocks to minimize heat gain from ground 4. Roof in light color to minimize heat gain from radiation. 5. Openings are perpendicular to the prevailing wind direction to maximize cross ventilation 6. Palm trees are relocated for directing wind and filter the sun light.
Ventilated Exterior and Interior
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1. 6. 2. 3. 4.
Archive and Exhibition space
Office and Lecture room
11. Book archive 12. Sample archive 13. Outdoor reading area 14. Sheltered relaxing place 15. Pantry 16. W.C. 17. Learning and spectating platform
1. Lobby 2. Guard 3. Staff 4. Office 5. Lecture and meeting room 6. W.C.
Workshop 7. Workshop main space 8. Clean space 9. Spray room 10. Material storage
COVERED OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT The project promotes diverse spatial quality and promotes outdoor activities. To stay out of the hot and wet tropical weather, one way is to enjoyed the shaped outdoor environment. This spatial quality also creates attractive environment for visitors relaxation around archive space.
COURTYARD The courtyard functinally provided outdoor exhibition space for large wood items and relaxation place for workers. It also provides place for planting trees which provide shading and reduce heat gain.
TRUSS AND ROOF PIECES For each building block, a specific kind of truss is designed. Models are made to visualize the form of the truss. By inserting paper pieces into the truss, the roof form is studied.
ROOF FORM DEVELOPMENT 1. Roof piece too big in scale, resulting in boring external expression and boring interior lighting quality. 2. With local technologies, the triangular wood panels are difficult to craft and the truss involved containes too many truss elements with different plane and angle, which is costly to construct. 3. This is the combination of the previous two options. The panels are in the width of a bay between the columns. Meanwhile it only slants towards two direction. The design is cost effective and possesses aesthetic quality.
INSPIRATION FROM PALM TREE The proposed truss echoes with the surrounding form by eliminating most of the horizontal members as there are few horizontal elements in natural plants.
1. Palm tree 2. Sihouette of palm tree 3. Simplifying the form 4. Accommodation with passive climatic design 5. Design on truss members
PRECEDENT STUDY AND STRUCTURE 1. Scissor Trusses 2. Combination of Scissor Trusses to form the structure 3. Strengthening the structure by adding members 4. Stabilizing the structure by adding tension members
The Festival Hall Eidgenossische Scheutizenfest| Bern 1910
Variations of truss
Depth of space
Partial model 1-50
COST EFFECTIVE METHOD The system is directional and modular. This method is cost effective and has the ability to expanding the building without demolishing other parts.
LAYERING AND PIN JOINTS 1. 4 layers - the truss is unbalanced 2. 3 layers - some parts of the truss have acute angle which is hard to connect 3. 5 layers - a balanced approach for size of the truss and the number of joints
CONNECTION OF MEMBERS The joints and connection method are simple. The members are joint in layering or perpendicular to each other without complicated joints. C. A.
DRAINAGE SYSTEM FOR WATER FLOW Drainage system are designed with flashing installed in between the truss members.
1. Wooden louvers, spacing 100 m 2. Sliding glass window 3. Steel mullion 200 x 75 mm 4. Steel transoms 150 x 100 mm 5. Sliding glass window 6. Fixed glass window 7. Sliding glass door
A. PVC Sheet (mehler technology B. Steel Frame 110 mm C. Watefproofing layer 10 mm D. Thermal insulation 200 mm E. Vapour membrane 10 mm F. Wood Panel 20 mm
G. Wooden floor board 20 mm H. Waterproofing 10 mm I. Impact sound insulation 40 mm J. Counter Floor 20 mm K. Thermal insulation 200 mm L. Batten 20mm M. Wood cement particle board 1
y) 5 mm
A. B. C. D. E. F.
B. G. H. I. J.K. L. M.
LOCATION: TUNG CHONG | HONG KONG ACADEMIC PROJECT 6TH STUDIO | ARCH 4116 | 2015 SPRING JAN 2015 - APR 2016 INDIVIDUAL PROJECT ADVISED BY PROF. LAW, SAI HUNG SEBASTIAN (firstname.lastname@example.org) Honored project for exhibition | CUHK School of Architecture
COMMUNITY LIBRARY - TRINITY DISCOVERY This studio is to design a thematic library on a chosen site, requiring students to address most of the issues of a practical medium size building, from conceptual design to details and interiors. My project, Trinity Discovery, aims to merge the reading process, a discovery process that includes searching, reflecting and rewarding ,with the spatial and visual experience, meanwhile echoing with the village context and the topographical conditions. The design process is in a parallel way. It addresses issue outside the building such as connection with the diverse site environment and the formal expression. At the same time it investigates the relationship of form and interior spatial quality through perspective. Structural issues and details are considered in the later stage.
Dive Tung quali and roof oppo Site context from google map
Creating Similar Experience of local context
2. View from walking on the stone bridge to the building
1. Photo of existing site by me
RGING VILLAGE AND MOUNTAIN
erse context - countryside, village and bay water makes g Chung Bay special. The design aims to bring in the spatial ity of walking through the country road and village houses eventually turns itself into part of the context.. With the flat ftop, the building meges itself with the mountain, providing ortunites walking into the mountain.
Conceptual presentation of idea
Existing village house photo by me
Existing village house photo by me
TURNING VILLAGE HOUSES INTO BLOCKS To create an expression similar yet different from the existing context, the existing village houses are broken down into different partial blocks. Extracting the elements, new library blocks are designed and combined as one complex.
PARTIAL VILLAGE HOUSE
Lobby and main library rooms These are the most important blocks and have great view to the front. Balconies are provided for experiencing outdoor environment.
Exhibition Space The interior of the blocks are combined to form a large exhibition space, which can be divided into separate isolated room if needed. Small balconies are provided.
Transitional blocks These blocks have openings on the top to bring in sunlight, creating memorable spatial experience during transition.
Supportive space These blocks hold the functions of cafe, magazine place and study room. They also provides platform and balconies for transition and resting.
Back of houses These blocks are for storage or collection, or place for staff and toilets.
Lift cores Two lifts are provided. One serves exhibition place and lobby. Another one is for library rooms.
READING PROCESS | SPATIAL SEQUENCE Three Steps in the reading process are reflected in spatial sequence. From traveling to the library to getting the books, people experience the change of space versus time. This journey becomes a memorable ''pre-reading'' process. 1. Searching for books is reflected in paths heading to the entrance 2. Thinking in mind is reflected by dynamic changes of transitional space. 3. Gain from reading is reflected by three unique rooms containing books.
1. GO .
3. WOW !
a,b,c - 3 photos from the internet
Three-step spatial sequence made up from within or across the blocks.
DYNAMIC TRANSITIONAL SPACE
STORIES OF VISITORS
The library aims to make people realize and memorize the eager for knowledge and story through the dynamic transitional space. Dynamic is made through "changes" of spatial quality.
1. " What's inside the tunnel? " 2. " Hey somebodies are down there! " 3. " Oh you have gone through the tunnel. " 4. " Oh there is a stair behind the wall. '' 5. " Someone is in the roof garden I have been before. " 6. " What have you guys discovered up there? " 7. " What a sharp drop! "
- Change of - Change of - Change of - Change of
visual angle height and depth of space brightness and darkness occasion seeing each other
THREE UNIQUE ROOMS Marking the destinations of the journey are the three unique rooms. The size and shape of bookshelves and the shape of the room are in proportion to create different visual impact. Meanwhile, the rooms are designed together with the structural walls to create diverse space.
Elongated shape with two ends
Diagonal layout making faces and screening
The design of the furniture, the layout of the room and the structure are inter-related. The room cannot be too wide as the span is too long to support the weight.
Change of width and symmetric in view
CROSS WALL SYSTEM The complex building form is made possible by load bearing cross wall system. Cantilevered structure can also be achieved to make diverse spatial quality. The span and layout of secondary structure - prestressed hollow concrete slab further make the building layout logical.
Load bearing walls
Structural hiearchy: - White - 400mm load-bearing walls and cores - Grey - bracing walls to prevent lateral collapse of walls - Transparent - prestressed hollow concrete wall panels
Roof layers (top to bottom) 1. Top soil 80 mm 2. Drainage protection mat 35 mm 3. Thermal in sulation 120 mm 4. Concrete slab 80mm 5. Prestressed hollow concrete slab 400mm 6. thermal insulation 40mm 7. Cladding 20mm
Floor layers (top to bottom) 1. Concrete slab 80 mm 2. Impact sound insulation 40 mm 3. Stressed hollow concrete slab 400mm 4. thermal insulaiton 40mm 5. Cladding 20mm
"ARCHITECTURE IS FROZEN MUSIC" With the 1-50 model, the spatial quality is being studied. The aesthetic quality of space is shown with structure and details under true light. Proportion of different elements are well coordinated to create a harmonic environment. The elements are tangible, but the power brought out is emotional.
Rhythmic expression is attributed to the form, cross wall structure and details in right proportion.
LOCATION: YUEN LONG | HONG KONG ACADEMIC PROJECT 5TH STUDIO | ARCH 4115 | 2014 FALL SEP 2014 - DEC 2014 INDIVIDUAL PROJECT ADVISED BY PROF. LEE, KWOK YAN SARAH (email@example.com)
SOCIAL HOUSING - TREE(S)LLAGE This studio investigates contextual response and place-making in architecture. In a small village site remained in Yuen Long, Hong Kong as context, the studio requires students to propose an urban design with around 50 flats for young families and provide communal places. My proposal, Tree(s)llage, aims to revitalize the image of farmlands and natural environment being engulfed by the urban development, meanwhile promoting a new living condition without disturbing the existing village environment. The design is developed in parallel direction. Massings are placed to investigate the urban condition. At the same time the living conditions are analysed and tranformed. Landscape planning is then developed to provide diverse living and interactive environment.
Elevated railway station Assigned site for 50-flat residentials Existing village
PROPOSE NEW LIVING CONDITIONS The existing village layout is not good in view of environmental design and the space for interaction is too narrow. The new proposal promotes the living conditions embracing the nature, and transforms the way of interaction.
Living condition of existing village
Proposed living conditions
Context in 1970s from internet
REVITALIZE THE RIVERSIDE The riverside, being the vital part of the fabric in the past should be well conserved. The Design echoes with the linear shape of the riverside and promotes greening.
Flow of people is directed with the gap, creating hierarchy in privacy from urban to village site
EXPLODED LINEAR FORM
The linear shape of the building complex forms a barrier to screen the village from the urbanized city and preserved the harmonic village environment. The linear shape is then exploded to provide gaps controlling the privacy to the village site
. More Private: Shared by villagers and residents
More public: Shared by whole district
LANDSCAPE PLANNING The landscape design is a sophisticated planning, 1. To differentiate the hierarchy of privacy by introducing different circulation routes. 2. To add ''nodes'' for landmarks in gardens 3. To provide diverse gathering place for people activities. 4. In a way not blocking views from flats.
Garden and large trees as "nodes"
1. River 2. Existing market 3. Existing village houses 4. Existing "God" Tree 5. Existing natural pool 6. Existing village houses 7. Cafe 8. Nursing room 9. Covered Playground 10. Playground 11. Convenience store 12. Activity room 13. Restaurant 14. Streets with shops 15. Artist Garden 16. Transformed shop fronts 17. River Side Harbour
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RECONFIGURING SPATIAL EXPERIENCE The design conserves the collective memories by transforming the existing site with similar expressions, and brings in similar spatial experience from the surrounding context. 1. Path within the garden 2. Platfrom promoting views 3. Path within the village site 4. Leisure and hawker space 5. Entrance-like expression 6. Street with shop fronts
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REVITALIZING THE RIVERSIDE The complex revitalizes the riverside by promoting greening along the river, at the same time the pavilion is in diagonal relationship across the river with another open space in the region.
Pavilion is designed in a way exposing the big trees, viewed from the riverside.
Photo showing plants in the existing village by me
REDUCING FOOTPRINT | PROMOTING GREENING There are plenties of trees in the existing site. How to build without knocking down the trees is a great concern. Meanwhile reducing the footprint and hardscape can effectively reduce heat gain, promoting a sustainable environment for people to enjoy nature.
ELEVATED GARDEN SPACE Pocket spaces are provided in the elevated level. It provides a more private environment compared to the ground level garden. The the same time it allows view to both the existing village and urbanised Yuen Long.
Preserved Village Site
model showing the relationsihp of a building to its surrouding
LINEAR FORM | POROSITY One advantage of being linear is to maximize views, one direction to the urbanised Yuen Long and one direction to the preserved village site. Porosity is achieved with maximizing openings to both direction.
METAPHOR | HIERARCHY
People are perceived as animals living around the tree. Hierarchy in privacy is archieved to create harmonic environment. 1. Tertiary service activities and park 2. Leisure and interaction with villagers 3. Peaceful living space with little disturbance
A. Three-room Flat Layout
POROSITY IN FLATS Maximizing the number of windows can also benefit the flats from adequate daylight and cross ventilation. The flats can even transformed into semi outdoor space in summer.
B. Two-room Flat Layout
C. Studio Flat
LOCATION: CHERKASY | UKRAINE PROFESSIONAL PROJECT JUL 2016 GROUP PROJECT - (Me, Tam Chi Fung | firstname.lastname@example.org) - (Wong Chi Hang | email@example.com) - (Lin Hui | firstname.lastname@example.org) NO PROJECT ADVISOR ON THIS PROJECT
SYLVAN THEATRE COMPETITION - CRAFT YOUR INSTRUMENT This is a global competition, requiring the teams to propose schemes revitalizing an existing old theatre in forest region of Cherkasy. As the choosen scheme will be built, the competition requires technical solution involved in the proposals, not only conceptual. Our theatre promotes and cherishes the spirit of Cherkasy, a place of liveliness, enjoyment and creativeness. We design the theatre as a transformable instrument. It is capable of holding diverse kinds of activities. And even more importantly, villagers can decide and move its own form. My role in the process: • With other two members, propose and investigate on conceptural design. • Bringing the concept to a buildable design with considerations on architectural elements, such as grid, and structure. • Propose a transforming mechanism and work out its detail.
(Sketch by me, Ta
am Chi Fung)
(Sketch by me, Tam Chi Fung)
(Sketch by me, Tam Chi Fung)
(Stage rendering and photoshop by me , Tam Chi Fung) (Background and peole photoshop by Wong Chi Hang)
(Drawing by me, Tam Chi Fung) 1. Existing stage 2. Natural scenes as background 3. Extended stage 4. Transformable Auditorium 5. Existing Wall 6. Secondary theatre for public.
BACKGROUND, AUDITORIUM AND PAVEMENT Parts of the existing theatre, such as the stage and parts of the wall are preserved. The transormable auditorium is the most crucial part of the theatre. Its movable location can adjust the area of the extended stage while the supporting structural planes beneath the seats act as background of the secondary stage for the public. Pavement in grass are in direction projecting from the stage and perpendicular to the main route.
Existing theatre top view (provided by competition organization)
(Drawing by Lin Hui)
TRANSFORMABLE AUDITORIUM The theatre closely relates to the leisure aspect from Cherkasy culture - diverse festivals. It evolves into an unique theatre without fixed form. Derived from the form of activities of symbolic festivals, the theatre easily achieves the 3 basic forms: -Amphitheatre - for bands show and solo shows -Cinematic form - for cinema and lecture -Park extension - for leisure, social interaction and informal performance
(Conceptual diagrams by Wong Chi Hang) (Theatre drawing by me, Tam Chi Fung) (Theatre modeling by me, Tam Chi Fung)
(Drawing by me, Tam Chi Fung)
MECHANISM IN TRANSFORMATION The theatre achieves the transformation by applying the sliding mechanism. Flowing along and consolidating the landscape, the grids on the ground acts as the tracks for sliding. The 3 sliding methods are:
1. Left and Right 2. Front and Back 3. Rotation by Shearing (Drawing by me, Tam Chi Fung)
DETAILS DESIGNED (Drawing by me, Tam Chi Fung)
OVERLAPPING AND PATTERN With the transparent properties of material, the structure and details are exposed. During sliding, different degree of overlapping will result in different reflection on lighting, creating a rhythmic expression of screen. (Drawing by me, Tam Chi Fung)
Sliding Founation and Tracks
IS FROZEN MUSIC"
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