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joel lau 刘文辉 selected work

in application for the AA spring semester programme 2014


BUILDING UP In a country where 84% of the population owns homes in the form of government subsidised public housing, staying tens of floors above the ground in blocks elevated on pilotis is a common thing. Public amenities abound, and such apartments can cost up to USD 500,000 per 100m2 flat. When public housing becomes the next investment vehicle for capital gain surely it must take on new forms. Other things bother me too. How have the planners who drew the spaces decades ago produced spatially unjust outcomes that people must deal with today? And how can I -- not just as a designer, but as an occupant take over the architecture and ameliorate them. I am terribly curious to study the Microrayons and see how others approach such space. I am a product of Singaporean public housing; I wonder how others from elsewhwere think.

joel lau mun fai t. +65 90404405 e. joellaumunf@gmail.com

刘文辉

Experience Architecture Intern, DCA Architects , 2013 Ling Hao Architects, 2013 Urban Redevlopment Authority Singapore, 2012 National University of Singapore - Student Editor, 2012 Teaching Assistant for AR2723 Sustainable Architecture, 2012 National University of Singapore - Research Assistant , 2011 Singapore Institute of Architects - Architour guide, 2010 -11 Signal Officer in the Army, 2009


Contents Y04

CLOUDSPACE

Y03

TO CATCH THE TREES

Y02

URBAN (KINDER)GARDEN

Y01

ABSTRACT. FIBONACCI TOWER

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UM-NUS SHOPHOUSE CONSERVATION AR CHAIR CHOICES. THE WOMAN


\ Continuous Street

\ Planting Verge

\ Width

\ Environment

\ Human Scale

The Essence of Landed Property Transposed

CLOUDSPACE

夊犺

Year 04 Sem 2, Singapore Tutor: Associate Professor Tan Teck Kiam Ong Wee Jin, Gwendolyn Wong, Joel Lau As hunger for real estate grows and 6.9 million Singaporeans begin to aspire towards owning private housing, a new typology bridging the condominium and the terrace house emerges. Examining how the spatial characteristics of the latter can be transposed onto the former in high-rise, medium density residences, Cloudspace questions how the third dimension - height - can become a measurement by which residential units are sold in. Variric, with residents, amenities and space tied together by a street that wraps itself around and through the building. Average Singaporean 27.2m

Ratio based on average Singaporean Number of lots

Unit Type

L1 L2 L3 number of no. of pax planar planar planar in a unit area area area floors

Floor to floor height

devt % of first floor

2

Residential Development Guideline

total develop devt % of devt % of second third floor purchased -able 3 volume area sqm floor

2

2

1+

80

80

0

3.5

0.7

0.7

0

560

112

2

1

1+

160

0

0

3.5

0.7

0.7

0

560

112

27.2 * 2 pax per unit

70 % Developable x Floor Area Per Lot 30 % Green area setback

80m2 saleable units are purchased incrementally to suit the future needs of a family

3

2

2+

80

160

0

3.5

0.7

0.7

0

840

168

3

2

2+

160

80

0

3.5

0.7

0.7

0

840

168

3

3

2+

80

80

80

3.5

0.7

0.7

0.7

840

168

4

2

2+2

160

160

0

3.5

0.7

0.7

0

1120

112

house for a young bachelor

house for a young couple

50 DU per hectare

4

3

2+2

160

80

80

3.5

0.7

0.7

0.7

1120

224

4

3

2+2

80

80

160

3.5

0.7

0.7

0.7

1120

224

4

3

2+2

80

160

80

3.5

0.7

0.7

0.7

1120

168

6

3

2+2+1

160

160

160

3.5

0.7

0.7

0.7

1680

336


UP UP UP

UP

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UP

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L4

UP

UP UP

UP

UP

UP

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L3

Y4 Y3 Y2

UP UP

Y1

UP

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UP

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1:300 L2

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Ratio based on average Singaporean Number of lots

Average Singaporean 27.2m

Unit Type

L1 L2 L3 number of no. of pax planar planar planar in a unit area area area floors

Floor to floor height

devt % of first floor

2

Residential Development Guideline

2

2

1+

80

80

0

3.5

0.7

2

1

1+

160

0

0

3.5

0.7

3

2

2+

80

160

0

3.5

0.7

3

2

2+

160

80

0

3.5

0.7

27.2 * 2 pax per unit 70 % Developable x Floor Area Per Lot 30 % Green area setback

80m2 saleable units are purchased incrementally to suit the future needs of a family

2 unit small family loft

3 unit small family loft

4 unit

3

3

2+

80

80

80

3.5

0.7

4

2

2+2

160

160

0

3.5

0.7

4

3

2+2

160

80

80

3.5

0.7

4

3

2+2

80

80

160

3.5

0.7

4

3

2+2

80

160

80

3.5

0.7

6

3

2+2+1

160

160

160

3.5

0.7

house for a young bachelor

house for a young couple

50 DU per hectare

2 unit convertible bachelor’s pad

3 unit small family home

3 or 4


multi generational

4 unit young couple’s

Y4 Y3 Y2 unit multi-generational

4 unit family home

6 unit multi-generational three family home

Y1

1:500

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TO CATCH TREES

抓树林

L1

YEAR 03 SEM 1 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Tutor: Kelly Brooks Hidden amidst the foliage, the classrooms in the woods spend their days catching the movement of the trees. As the canopy rustles in the wind and the scent of freshly formed leaf litter wafts through the school grounds, their shadows leap playfully along the walls.

45

10

B1

During fall and winter soft shadows enter along with the warm, welcomed presence of the sun, and during summer, large overhangs protect its users from scorching solar rays. Nature has entered the classroom. With an overhanging roof that serves as a public deck, the community is given the chance to enjoy the trees as well, close by but separated from the activity of the school. Paths open to all lead from existing trails, and wind above classrooms to other trails. The school has become part of the trail, and the trail flows through it.

1:1500

1: 1/64

B2

Through spatial planning the school is intertwined with the public trails of the park, whilst sitting as a private, safe space.

1:500

B3 1:2000


03

01

04

05

02 June 21 (Summer Solstice)

March 21, Sept 21 (Equinox) 23.5deg

Catch a Tree

Dec 21 (Winter Solstice)

23deg

47 deg

Y4

Scale 1: 1/16

Catching a Tree

Classroom Organisation

Y3 Y2 Solar Shadow Study

Y1

Public Access

01 Path that leads existing trails through the school - the school becomes part of the trail, and the trail flows through it. 02 Classrooms open both into the safety of the school, and directly out to the adventure of the natural environment. 03 Public roof decks amidst the foliage involves the community in environmental education. 04 Large windows that catch the shadows of the trees on the wall during fall, and overhangs that protect from the scorching summer sunshine. 05 Integrated kinder garden on the roof tended to by the children.

Public Space School Classrooms

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URBAN (KINDER)GARDEN

幼儿园

Yeary 02 Sem 1, Macpherson Public Housing Estate Community Design Studio, Singapore Tutors: Adj Prof Tay Kheng Soon Tan Beng Kiang As part of the community design process the studio interviewed members of the community living at Macpherson Public Housing Estate at Aljunied in Singapore. Their were thoughts documented during a rigorous 5 week period. The kinder treehouse is an urban insertion that enhances an existing neighbourhood kindergarden, carving out actual garden space for whilst providing residents enhanced facilities for use in the evenings - after school hours.

site.

Loft

Whilst traditional first floor “Void Deck” kindergartens are limited by column placement and block size, the Kinder Tree House challenges the typology. Expanding outwards into the surrounding garden space, security is maintained and resident circulation goes undisturbed as teachers and students access the new extension via a loft. The project was featured in a publication entitled Macpherson: 21st Century Estate.

L1, 1:1000


Y4 Y3 Y2 Y1 O


ABSTRACT 1101 抽象 Y1 Sem 1 Tutor: Assistant Professor Johannes Widodo The processes of abstraction, transformation and creation through the diagram are generative modes of production. Expressed in toilet paper, cardboard, charcoal, foam and clay.

FIBONACCI TOWER 高楼 Y1 Sem 2 Tutor: Florian Schaetz Generated by rule-based extrusion and composition, the fibonacci rock-climbing tower is an autonomous mathematical explration that brings the user through various harmonic exercises. After ascending to the top of the tower by rotating the sphere, enthusiasts find themselves descending through human-proportioned fibonacci sequences. A foothold, a railing, a seat... Proportions emerge as users navigate through the volumes.

1:4


Y4 Y3

1:200

1:150

Y2 Y1 O


Mr. Cheah Png Sou’s House Sections

Plans B

C

5 foot way

Living area

Kitchen

Backyard

A Toilet

B scale 1/8” - 1’

Toilet

C

Measured Drawing Studio (Groupwork) - Awarded the Mubbin Sheppard Prize for Conservation

N

Ground floor plan

UM - NUS Taiping Shophouse 太平

Up

Living area

A

B

2"x3" batton

C Down

2"x4" rafters Gardern

Store

Bedroom 2

A

A

Bedroom 3 Bedroom 1

First floor plan scale 1/8” - 1’

B

C

Jalan Taming Sari

Section B-B

Garden Airwell

Guest room

scale 3/16” - 1’

N

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Elevations

01. Living area

02. Kitchen

As places for congregation, the living areas contain antique wooden furniture passed down from the previous owner. The middle room used to be the bedroom for Mr. Cheah’s parents at night.

The cooking and dining area for the Cheah family, the kitchen features built-in masonry stoves and an airwell. Its rear door was the only door the tenants can access from the back building.

Master bedroom

Exploded isometric Door between living room and kitchen

Backyard Door detail Kitchen Toilet Staircase detail

Living area Front window and door detail

Front elevation

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Rear elevation

scale 3/16” - 1’

scale 3/16” - 1’

Exploded sectional isometric view

scale 3/16” - 1’

Exploded isometric Front window and door

Jalan Taming Sari

01. Living area As places for congregation, the living areas contain antique wooden furniture passed down from the previous owner. The middle room used to be the bedroom for Mr. Cheah’s parents at night.

Backyard

Section C-C

02. Kitchen The cooking and dining area for the Cheah family, the kitchen features built-in masonry stoves and an airwell. Its rear door was the only door the tenants can access from the back building.

03. Backyard

04. 4-Storey building

With the 1980s government regulation requiring a fire escape, the Cheah family was forced to demolish the rear half of its building which once housed three families.

The new building was built in 1985 for Mr. Cheah’s 5th and 7th brothers. currently houses a Malay restaurant, a lawyer’s office, and residential quarters

Rented room 2

Rented room 1

Before 1985

4-Storey building

Exploded isometric Staircase

Demolished 1985

Group:

JOEL LAU SRI ROHAYU BT RIPIN SEAH HUI LING RISHA BT RAMLI

FOONG KAI QI CHAI XIN YING MOHD AMINUDDIN BIN ZAKARIA

Amin Zakariah, Risha Ramli, Foong Kaiqi, Seah Huiling, Joel Lau


03. Backyard With the 1980s government regulation requiring a fire escape, the Cheah family was forced to demolish the rear half of its building which once housed three families.

04. 4-Storey building The new building was built in 1985 currently houses a Malay restaurant, a lawyer’s office, and residential quarters

Y4 Y3 Y2 Y1 O


OTHER WORK

其他

AR CHAIR , 2010 曲线椅 Tutor: Florian Schaetz Cai Peixuan, Wen Jun, Yi Jun, James Lau, Joel Lau built out of fiberglass reinforced concrete and moulded to the curvatures of the body THE WOMAN, 2009 美女 Tutor: Erwin Viray Rachel Pek, Shi Hao, Joel Lau Supported by recycled PET bottles and folded entirely out of recycled paper from the printer, THE WOMAN glows sensuously in pink and yellow in her anthropomorphicity. Awarded Merit Prize at the Eco - Lantern Competition CHOICES, 2006 选择 Tutor: Alan Dunn Rape. Marriage. Responsibility. Pride. Tested in the fire at 1000 degrees celcius, CHOICES is an art installation feature four ceramic pregnant women built at 1:1 scale. Awarded an A Grade for GCSE A level Art (the project is also featured on the cover page)

ar.chair, 2010. 1:1scale


“THE WOMAN”. 2009 Awarded Merit at the 2010 Recycled Material Eco-Lantern Competition.


Y4 Y3 Y2 “CHOICES”, 2004. 1:1 scale Pregnant Women in Stone

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