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Melissa Cheing

PORTFOLIO ARCHITECTURE + PHOTOGRAPHY + ART


1. Architectural Projects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.1. Urban Reconfiguration Plan for the Cuba Neighborhood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1.2. Park for the youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1.3. San Rafael Hotel Complex.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 1.4. Casa Moeller Martinez Beauty Academy.. . . . 14 1.5. Museum of Polish History in Warsaw. . . . . . 16 1.6. Housing Unit for Santa Rosa, Galรกpagos.. . . 20

2. Paintings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 3. Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

CONTENTS


1. Architectural Projects


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1.1. URBAN RECONFIGURATION PlAN FOR THE CUBA NEIGHBORHOOD Academic Project - Author

location: Guayaquil, Ecuador Year: 2004 Description: “Barrio Cuba” is an old neighborhood located near downtown in the city of Guayaquil. In an attempt to rescue the old areas of the city, it was clear that the Cuba neighborhood was the neediest. There was a large slum area, lack of green open spaces, no respect for pedestrians, ineffi cient public transport, and the river had no presence, and so on. Objectives: • Maintain and enhance the residential capacity of urban areas so they can receive the highest proportion of new housing demand, increasing densifi cation. • Expand recreational and green areas, parks and open spaces, improving the quality of life of the neighborhood. • Achieve and maintain high environmental quality and equipment of urban spaces, so the compact city for residential space remains competitive regarding suburban options. • Provide high quality infrastructure and public transport services to constitute the primary means of transporting people. • Integrate and restore sight of the river. • Reuse and recycle of existing buildings and infrastructure.


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1.2. PARK FOR THE YOUTH Professional – Project Design Assistant

location: Babahoyo, Ecuador Year: 2007 Description: This project was originally shaped by three main institutions: the Regional Government of Los Ríos, INNFA (National Institute for Childhood and Family) and the Kimberly Clark Corporation. The main objective was to create a new space for the youth population of Los Ríos to learn about society and community values through recreational activities. One of the purposes was to incorporate entities such as Ministries and non-governmental organizations to help fund the whole project. Local communities were asked to be involved to decide the cultural activities that were needed in the area. Design Guidelines: • Recycling of the main buildings creating multifunctional fl exible and bioclimatic spaces • The use of alternative construction materials and technology • Reforestation and recuperation of the river • Sustainability as an enabler of productivity


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The plan was divided in 3 phases and each one included multiple activities and areas: 1. The fi rst phase included the old factory and the built area. The main idea of this part of the project was to recycle the building, a big old metal structure where the paper factory used to work. 2. The second phase was the sport, camping and river view area. Surrounding this area, there was going to be a landscape intervention including endangered vegetation and species. 3. Third phase included an eco-agriculture area for the local community. The park project had a long term vision involving the people with their almost lost ecosystem and cultures. It was planned to impact in an urban and regional scale never before expected in the city of Babahoyo, or the country.


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1.3. SAN RAFAEl HOTEl COMPlEX Professional – Project Design Assistant

location: Bucay, Ecuador Year: 2007 Description: The project consists in a hotel complex that includes a train station, a traditional “Hacienda” and areas for entertainment around a plaza, recreating earlier 1900 environment from a contemporary perspective. Objective To rescue the railway traditional architecture in a contemporary hotel complex Design Guidelines • Introduction of new materials and technologies to the local area • To use the same proportions and traditional basic forms • Interaction between conventional values and contemporary architecture


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1.4. CASA MOEllER MARTINEZ BEAUTY ACADEMY Professional Project – Author

location: Guayaquil, Ecuador Year: 2008 Description: The importing company of beauty products requested the interior design for its fi rst beauty academy in the city of Guayaquil. The challenge was to create a design that interacted accurately with three different brand images: Kerastase, L’Oréal and Redken. There was also a limitation regarding space and budget. There were already built structures which we had to consider in the design. A minimalistic design was proposed, using clean lines and very few colors to integrate the three brands and to make a fresh new image for the academy in the city.


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1.5. MUSEUM OF POlISH HISTORY IN WARSAW, INTERNATIONAl COMPETITION Professional Project – Co Author

location: Warsaw, Poland Year: 2009 Description: The Ministry for Culture and National Heritage of Poland created the International Architectural Competition for a design of the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw. Design Guidelines • Since the emplacement is in a high area of the city, involving the Castle and a big forest which we had to preserve, the Museum and the urban intervention had to highlight the entire historical place. • The design responds to the fact that Warsaw was the second most damaged city in Europe after World War II. • An important road of the city went right thorough the area, dividing it between the Castle and the museum. The result was to make the museum go under the road to join with the other side. • We adapted the new building to the peculiar topography of the place, using different levels in the museum.


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1st. Floor

Underground 2nd. Floor

3rd. Floor


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1.6. HOUSING UNIT FOR SANTA ROSA, GAlÁPAGOS Academic – Thesis for BA

location: Santa Rosa, Galápagos, Ecuador Year: 2009 Description: Galápagos. The Galápagos Islands constitute an archipelago in the Pacifi c Ocean, located 1050 kilometers from the coast of Ecuador. The Ecuadorian islands are famous by its numerous endemic species and the scientifi c studies of Charles Darwin that led him to establish the Theory of Evolution. Galápagos Islands were declared “National Park” in 1959, protecting 97,5% of its land surface. UNESCO included Galápagos in the World Heritage list in 1978, and on 2001 the declaration included the Marine Reserve. The “Junta Parroquial de Santa Rosa” contacted the Catholic University of Guayaquil to investigate and help improving their lifestyle in the matters of water supply and disposal, organic waste, and the general concern of Galápagos conservation. The question was “How can we improve our lifestyle and not do anymore harm to the environment at the same time?” The thesis “Sustainable Urban Architectonic Intervention in Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz island, Galápagos, Ecua-


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dor” responds to the basic needs and services that are scarce or inexistent in many rural settlements and even in urban conglomerations of very low income families, living mostly in developing countries. In the specifi c case of Santa Rosa, a way of proposing services to this growing population was found, including potable water, grey water disposal, compost production and the reuse of organic waste. An important issue was the use of local construction materials that didn’t harm the environment of Galápagos. These are one of the most important things of this thesis and should be applied to preserve the natural environment of each specifi c area, where the transportation of common construction materials is a big problem. Another important thing is the encouragement of self construction, functional fl exibility, and climatic interior comfort to improve lifestyle. Regarding imported supplies such as vegetables, local agriculture was proposed to reach some autonomy from continental Ecuador, since most provisions have to be imported. Objectives: To create an architectural program that develops as a role model for the rest of the island, fulfi lling with these sustainable principles: Interdependence_ Uses local materials of long duration and biodegradable. The wood comes from local productions that doesn’t harm Galapagos’s environment. Santa Rosa has a large extension of land for agriculture purposes.


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The building doesn’t affect soil and adapts to the local geography. It produces more resources than its needs by properly harvesting rainwater and the plantation of trees and vegetables in site. Appropriate Effectiveness_ The house is progressively built and based on self construction. It doesn’t need water and all the pieces are easily replaced with its own local materials. Santa Rosa has a very humid weather during 9 months of the year with persistent rain. This way it collects rainwater and then disposes clean water to the ground. The building uses dry toilets so it doesn’t produce sewage and reduces the use of clean water. Natural Energy Flow_ It´s located on latitude 0°, so the sun is a very important factor. The dwelling protects itself from the sun but benefi ts from its light. It also takes advantage of the wind fl ow to keep interior climate comfort. Identity_ It accepts customs from the habitants of Santa Rosa, Galápagos bye the reinterpretation of the natural life forms of the site. The form of the building is generated from the geometry of the shell of the famous turtle of Galápagos, originally from Santa Rosa.


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2. Paintings


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Under the Sea (2001) Acrylic over canvas

Composition #1 (2001)

Acrylic over canvas

Tulip (2002)

Acrylic over canvas

Tulips (2001)

Acrylic over canvas


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No Title (2008)

Acrylic over canvas

Flowers (2002)

Acrylic over canvas

Sunrise (2003)

Acrylic over canvas

Sunset (2005)

Acrylic over canvas


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Galรกpagos (2009)

Acrylic over canvas


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Hole (2009)

Acrylic over canvas


3. Photography


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Self Portrait (2009)

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Drunk Man (2009)


Architecture + Photography + Art

Chinese Girl (2009)

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Hiding (2009)


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Suffering Woman (2009)

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Bote in El Morro (2009)

Cajas National Park (2010) Danger, city ahead (2010) Cajas lake (2010)


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Melanie (2010)

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Architecture + Photography + Art

The Dance of life (2010)

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Academic and Professional Architectural Projects. Art and Photography.

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