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2013-2016 selected works

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contents 01 this is my personal statement

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02 the splitting rock project

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03 the brickfields library project

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04 representing places: chinatown

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05 the unesco center project

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06 the rumah exhibition project

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01 this is my personal STATEMENT “Architecture is not about selling an idea. Architecture is about sincerity. Have fun with it!�, said Ar. Laurent Lim during my first semester's critique session. It was about designing with the purest intention to give a quality and meaningful space to the users while having fun working on it. It was never just about the final product but the process of it which satisfies us, the designers. Critiques! Enjoy the critiques and embrace them from another perspective to improve and innovate. To be honest, architecture was never my first choice. I've never attended any art class, drawn details nor sketched anything related to architecture. But the inspiration from the things we see and experience in the process of learning brought me further into architecture. Visuals, experiences, explorations, experimentations, etc. were used to inspire our work and concepts of our designs which I find very interesting when compared to my previous academic projects where there is only one answer where as architecture is a one to many answer. Apparently, ideas comes from everything we see, touch, feel, hear, and smell. Problems which can be solved in many unimaginable way that one can think of. Most of the time, I derive my ideas from observing the neglected or hidden narrative that are uncommon to many. Things were ignored in time but seeks attention. The little story that wants to be publicized. Architects are like investigators in a crime scene looking for evidence. The process of discovering them and the way it could be narrated can inspire a design in many ways. With that, I believe that the skills obtained from studio projects can be utilized in many other ways depending on our creativity. Creativity is limitless but only limited by how we think.

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the splitting rock project

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"THE SEA BRINGS LIFE TO THE ISLAND"

nature's love

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It was the sea and the splitted rocks by the shore which inspired the design. Praise the land for the beauty and the sea for the compliment.


Sea View

Marina Resort

Pulau Besar

Abandonment

The site of the project is located in Pulau Besar, Malacca. The Marina Resort which is located by the coast of the island is currently vacant to no owner. However, the abandonment is now bringing life back to the island. This project was to design a Visitor's Interpretive Center where visitors can experience the space related to the site context by the five human senses.

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concept diagrams

Simple Cubic Form

Splitting Rocks by the Sea

Splitted Rock Form

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Recessed Fenestration

Existing Stairs

Visitors come to center by boat

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concept sketches

Sketch Proposal of Building Location

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Sketch Design Perspective

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GROUND FLOOR PLAN

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FIRST FLOOR PLAN

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sketch ideas

Elevation

Section

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By the shore

The sea invites visitors to the steps of the centre. The split was designed to allow visitors to experince the journey of waves splitting rocks.

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the brickfields library project

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"tHE MORE YOU KNOW ABOUT THE PAST, THE BETTER PREPARED YOU ARE FOR THE FUTURE" - Theodore Roosevelt

why brickfields?

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In the past, Brickfields was developed by the last Kapitan Yap Kwan Seng who established a kiln and supplied bricks for constructions. However, after the great fire which engulfed the city of Kuala Lumpur followed by a massive flood destroying most of the wooden structures, the buildings were then built with bricks. Hence Brickfields.


evolution 1899

The evolution of topography throughout the century has helped Brickfields to be the center of attraction in Kuala Lumpur.

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2015

mapping brickfields

The road that cuts through the heart of Brickfields and acts as the division between commercial high rise buildings and low rise residential buildings is the Jalan Tun Sambanthan. The site is sustained by its main vessels of transport, Jalan Bangsar and the Federal Highway. Acting as the edge is the Klang River.

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"i just bricked my facade with perforation."

Even though bricks were used for most of the buildings after the great fire, they were all hidden behind the plaster and finishes. The idea to rejuvenate the materiality of brick was to rekindle the identity of Brickfields. The use of perforated metal sheets were to give the sense of change and merging of materials in the new Brickfields.

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capturing the space. The bridge connecting the two blocks give users views to the happenings infront and the back of the building especially overlooking the plaza where the people hang around to chill and relax.

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concept design

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Section

Alleyway

Facade

Circulation


sketch idea

Plaza Lounge Idea

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these are the plans...

GROUND FLOOR PLAN The library was designed with a linear break in the middle to bring people in from the back alley without negating the existence of it. The break is then celebrated as a plaza for users to experince the interior finishes of the bricks facade as they visit the cafe and the library. FIRST FLOOR PLAN

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SECOND FLOOR PLAN

THIRD FLOOR PLAN


SECTION X-X

SECTION Y-Y

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representing places: chinatown

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the heart of the city.

A collage of images captured in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur which brought life memories to the city.

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the essence of chinatown

Being the oldest part of Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown was the heart of which grew around the spot where 87 pioneer chinese miners unloaded their stores and supplies in 1857. From there, the chinese architecture spread and grew into the local dwellings of the people. The main source of water and transport were the Klang river and Gombak river which eventually converged as one.

chinese temples and chinese houses. They were further developed after the arrival of the British with their town house designs.

The Petaling street was the key of Chinatown where visitors and locals spend their time getting local souveniers from the street markets and shops. The red highlighted line on the map indicates the path where a visitor should visit during their The architecture styles were stay. mainly influenced by the

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The culture of Chinatown still exists till this day but many were "hidden" due to the blooming of commercial high rise in the district. However, the emergence of the new culture of murals have been spotted on old and historic buildings around the city which beautifies the remaining heritage of Chinatown.

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sketch idea

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the unesco center project

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Nolli map

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Sea View

Promenade View

portuguese settlement Jetty Walk

The Portuguese Community is an important community in the development of Malacca. The location of the site is in the Portuguese Settlement of Malacca. The proposed site is on a parking zome beside the Portuguese Seafood Restaurant.

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concept sketch

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ventilation study

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design diagrams

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01 EXTRUSION

02 blocks

The maximum building envelope forms a building volume with multiple floors and facades oriented directly towards the neighbouring buildings.

The blocks are categorized into: Settlement, Knowledge and Expansion.

03 pedestrian & vehicular

03 raised perimeter

The middle block is oriented to the Portuguese Square, allowing access to the plaza. Vehicle access and parking are highlighted in yellow.

The blocks are raised to allow more public spaces and shadings from the building.

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05 hierarchy

06 structural layout

The hierarchy of the blocks are defined by the volumes of the spaces.

The main structures of the building are the columns and beams extruding to the roof from ground.

07 sea views

08 landscape planning

The linear promenade allows a clear view towards the Straits of Malacca.

New trees are planted surrounding the building to allow more shading to the site.

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THe plans for kristang...

SECOND FLOOR PLAN

The UNESCO Center was designed for the Kristang Community to aid them in their culture and language research and development. The center provides a library and an Exhibition for the display of their work to the public.

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

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FIRST FLOOR PLAN


what's happening inside ?

sectional perspective

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in & out

SECTION

ELEVATION

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exploded axon

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translucent Allowing light, but not detailed images to pass through the space creates a softer environment towards the site context.

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in materials the light The change in materials have altered the poetic feeling of the spaces in the model. The translucency gave the model a soft blend on the facade when light penetrates from the top.

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the rumah exhibition project

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Rumah terbuka Also known as "Open House" is a common practice of Malaysians during festivities. Open House means that all well-wishers are received and that everyone, regardless of background, is invited to attend. The theme of Rumah Terbuka was meant to invite the public to visit and see the works of our graduate projects and exhibition design.

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timber and pipes

Since the theme was a Malaysian's Open House, the design of a traditional Rumah Kampung Melayu was in mind. Used timbers and pallets were designed and customized into frames to fit our presentation boards while pipes were designed into table frames and installations. Most of the timber frames were then painted with pastel colors for designated spaces.

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living room A place where you feel warm and cozy. We used warm lighting with varnished timber finish accessorized with pillows and rugs giving it a feeling of home. The name tags hung on the frames are the exhibitors, sponsors and committees of the exhibition.

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library of dreams Books were meant to bring us far away in our imagination. The idea of books flying out of the shelves represent our dreams going out in this world after our graduation. The yellow colored frames brighten up the space enhancing the shadows casted on the wall giving it a warm space to dwell in.

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work, work, work You know you are an architecture student when your table isn't empty. The sight of a table full of tools and equipments is a reminiscent of our three years as degree students in out studio

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Guest House

Located next to the living room, the Masters students were treated as Guests Exhibitors. The structure of the Guest house is specially made to adapt to the presentation boards of the seniors.

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stacking bed of pallets

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master bedroom

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gallery

From concept models to final models, the gallery accomodates all the memories of the studio process from beginning to the end.

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thank you for your time... contact/follow me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/germicide e-mail: lucaswkh@yahoo.com lucaswkh@gmail.com instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucaswkh/

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2013-2016 works

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