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Page 1…………………….………….. Client Profile & Design Philosophy Page 2………. Detailed Chart/Summary on Application of Eco-Design Page 3……………………………………………………………. 3D drawings

Client Profile: JIMMY CHOO World Renown Couture Shoe Designer

Design concept: NIRVANA In Buddhism, it is defined as the perfect peace of the state of mind, As Jimmy Choo is a devout Buddhist, this concept is achieved through the following:

Feng Shui:

In ancient Chinese philosophy, the five-element theory describes man's interaction with nature. This theory is still part of the general belief system in Chinaa, these elemets are --metal, water, wood, fire and earth-

Metal -metal roofing and components ::: Wood-timber cladding ::: earth – Stone veneer ::: Water- water features

Spiritual Wellbeing:  The greenhouse serves as a meditative sanctuary Greenhouse in the house is an ideal place to attain a higher spiritual state of mind, as it Is made of glass so sunlight bathers in, creating a luminous effect, and the plants are scented, which has been have a soothing effect

“Making shoes by hand is an important craft. If all are made by machine, shoes will

lose their lives; In the fashion world, trends always change while comfort iseternal. My father’s traditional craftsmanship taught me that a shoe’s shape changes with one’s foot. The longer you wear hand-made shoes, the more comfortable you will feel.” - JC  heavily influenced by Chinese culture when he was growing up; values such as diligence and patience  Extremely devout Buddhist (most prized possession is his Buddha pendant he wears everyday)

Chinese jasmine


Chinese perfume plant


 the focal point of the house has a lotus motif, as the lotus flower is the symbol of buddhism, it signifies enlightenment(because it grows in water, it portrays that something pure can emerge from musky muddy waters) The motif is smalti clay tile with a water feature underneath, giving the effect of floating in water

 Worked in his fathers shoe making shop in Penang until he was discovered by Vogue magazine in 1998, then His career skyrocketed when the late princess Diana ordered 6 pairs of shoes and promoted his brand

“My shoes cost 30 pounds each but few people came to buy them. I was totally focused on making shoes. Instant noodles were my daily meals. I could not even afford my favorite roast duck when passing by Chinatown!” Lotus motif on structural glass

 From humble beginnings he reached the pinnacle of international success and fame, yet remains extremely Humble, grounded, and true to his roots

“In the future I would like to give back to the community, with plans to open a school to teach students, a factory would also be built at the school. I have had so many people’s support during my career”  When not designing shoes (designs at least 10 pairs of handmade shoes per week) he runs his empire, lectures frequently at UITM, and for down time he enjoys spending time with his family (17 year old daughter Emily, and wife Rebecca)


SERENITY GARDEN(lower ground floor) is an aquatic garden where lotuses can be grown, and used for many purposes(the seeds famous for traditioal chinese cuisine). ying—yang design for decking, reprsenting balance

PHYSICAL COMFORT ::: “Shoes higher or lower than four inches will make people feel uncomfortable and are not good for a body’s balance,”-JC Jimmy Choo shoes are not only renown for their luxurious style, but their comfort, and their signature are the 4 inch heels

Design development/Zoning 4 inch heel concept of comfort is applied in the domicile, it is raised 4 meters, to maximize ventilation, the stilts symbolize “STILLETOS”


APPLICATION OF SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE IN FINAL PROJECT Sustainable architecture, also known as environmental design, it is the philosophy of designing physical the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability through the principles for reduced consumption, reuse of resources, recycling, protecting nature, elimination toxins, economic consciousness, and high quality




Conservation of natural environment

The contours of the site are left undisturbed and the building is oriented to adapt and embrace to the hilly site, placed at the peak areas to maximize ventilation and optimize the views below.



The pond is the central focus of the working block, it serves as an aesthetic feature as well as lowering interior temperature The Activities block has water walls that serve the same purpose as the ponds, and also as a nice buffer between the spaces

Evaporative Cooling  Roof skylights

Maximizing Natural Lighting  The sun is the paramount source of lighting, and should be exploited fully; the ideal window in tropical climates is one that maximizes the intake of natural daylight, yet blocking the heat gain: low emissivity windows

Double glazing for east facing windows to filter intensity of direct sunlight Slanted ceiling to enhance flow of sunlight

Light Colors for Interior surfaces to reduce heat gain

 privacy is an issue with floor to ceiling windows, especially in bedrooms, therefore vertical custom aluminum shutters(with PowerGlide® remote operation) are used; the space can be completely exposed to appreciate the views, partially shaded, or pitch dark with no light

-Maximization of cross ventilation Insulating wall and roof systems Water wall at reception to segregate lobby

Water wall in Activities block(banquet hall, event hall and gallery

Prototype of pond in working zone lobby

(eg: entertainment Interior walls are creamy white, custom floor tiles(white and light mauve stained)have cooler surfaces, and the gleam from the in pour of light from the skylight creates an enchanting effect

room can be dimmed when the cinema is being utilized, or fully lighted for playing billiards) and other activities

Cross ventilation is maximized by an open floor plan, no doors, except in private areas, enclosing spaces, just platforms to segregate. This allows for free uninterrupted flow of breezes.

Light panels for spaces requiring privacy

“cool roof “  Roofs with high solar reflectance (the ability to reflect the infrared and ultraviolet rays) Reflected solar energy allows the roof surface to remain cooler, which means less heat is transferred into the building




White ceramic tile

80 %


degree Fahrenheit

Aluminum coating



degree Fahrenheit

Light grey/brown shingle Dark red tile

20% 18-33%

Black/dark shingle



degree Fahrenheit

Netted timber panels replacing solid walls in certain areas, to allow cross ventilation, and for security in the open spaces( ex:deck between workers quarters and house)

 white ceramic tiled roof but with colored cladding, to enhance the aesthetics of a simple white roof, and also deflect and neutralize the brightness of a white roof.

The random rubble stone veneer adds an aesthetic flair as well as vertical louvers to allow breezes to enter spaces with large windows that cannot be opened, therefore all the spaces in the house are well ventilated.

Hydrotect roof tiles(Self cleansing Japanese manufactured)Titanium dioxide Is baked into the surface of the ceramic tiles. When exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it decomposes organic compounds, including soot, grime, and oil. The treated surface also becomes hydrophilic; moisture prevents dirt adhesion. As a result, rainwater washes away the dirt particles

Roof has double insulation to minimize heat gain from the large span skylights

Renewable energy Photovoltaic cells Solar cell device that convert sunlight into electricity.

Prototype of roofing style

Optimal placement of solar cells is the roof skylights, with the generator in the roof besides the water tank

62-77 degree Fahrenheit 90

degree Fahrenheit

Water Efficiency Rainwater harvesting : Accumulation and storage of rainwater for use(such as laundry, flushing toilets, washing cars and gardening, and gardening ECONOMIC WATER SOURCE THAT  introduced in Malaysia after the 1998 drought, then further regulated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in 2004 and National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM) to encourage citizens to ensure water suppy for emergencies

Used for the abundant water features, such as the roundabout water feature, ponds, and water walls and gardens Chamber (to be cladded with stone to conceal unattractive plastic tank

Low flush toilets that consume less water per flush Infrared sensors in water fixtures to reduce wastage of running water,(eg: brunching teeth and dishwashing)

Thins microscopic lightweight silicone cells easily camaflouged into building facades

Decrease Maintenance and Operation Costs

 Room Occupancy Sensor (detects motion from as far as 30 meters and automatically switches on lights for a specified time period and remains on if it sees a moving person. Sensitivity to motion time delay, and the room darkness can be adjusted, or overridden. Ultrasonic sensors detect sound, while infrared sensors detect heat and motion

Sensor with a sleek design, mounted on ceilings

Use of Eco-Friendly Materials

Purpleheart (Peltogyne) Lumber, also known as Violetwood. exotic wood (vibrant purple heartwood that turns to dark-purplish brown with exposure to light) , high decay and termite resistance(no need for glazing) among the strongest hardwoods, extremely durable and requires no maintenance. Used as cladding to give facades an striking touch

Cells glazed on skylight

Durable wood, and stone facades have maintenance levels of minimal to none, and self cleansing roof In houses, lights are often forgotten to switch off, or sometimes occupants fall asleep without switching off lights, which is a wastage and unnecessary accumulation of electric bills, therefore sensors are Instlled(especially in spaces like kitchen and bathroom that have constant motion) Fiber optic lighing main light source, especially in spaces that need to be accentuated, gives a dramatic neon glow and flair

Bridge connecting buildings

Fiber Optic lighting: a light source that uses optical fiber (a thin, flexible, transparent fiber that acts as a waveguide, or "light pipe", to transmit light between the two ends of the fiber. Its is better that fluorescent and incandescent light because it emits less UV rays, is low maintenance, consumes less electricity and has a significantly higher warrantee

Fiber optic overhead light with timer panels for aesthetic value

water fall spilling from Jacuzzi to pool Lighting to accentuate displayed shoes In exhibition gallery

Prototype lighting scheme for Glass floor in residence

More jointing rather than toxic adhesives


Reduce Usage of Toxic Substances ABUNDANT VEGETATION to absorb pollutants in the house, such as dust and other harmful fumes.

Glass panels in railings are joined wit decorative steel nut bolt instead of sealants

Wood cladding bolted to concrete walls

Low VOC(volatile organic compounds) sealants in window panels, low voc paint and finishes

Recyclable materials: Plywood flooring for all decking and balconies, stone rubble veneers for the louvers, and aluminum window and ddor frames, and railin

Greenhouse/ meditation room in domicile

the greenhouse near the kitchen neutralizes the strong odors that escape from the kitchen and float into the house, and the vegetation in the working zone lobby increases wokred productivity and increases workplace satisfactionn

-Image 1(upper left hand -Corner): domicile plus attached staff quarters (maid, driver) -Remaining -Images: Second floor - deck (with roof garden) with A void overlooking The swimming pool And Jacuzzi below, which Extend to the subfloor Garden) -Gym(space with -tilted Purple windows) Overlooks patio

Glass elevator Entrance to guesthouse Subfloor garden surrounded with glass

Sample of Work (Eco-Design)  
Sample of Work (Eco-Design)  

Home office for Renown shoe designer Jimmy Choo. Concept is Nirvana, inspired by the client's strong Budhist beliefs.