Professional + academic works 2017-2020

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Michelle Sze Yee Leong MArch 4th year University of Greenwich

Academic + professional works 2017-2020

I cannot think of my work as entirel y my work . I’m onl y a transmitter, I simpl y bathe in energy. The ar tist must preser ve this intense receptiveness.

The real ar tist you cannot touch.


The Memory Capsule: An Archaeology archive, experience and research centre 2019/20 | MArch 4th year project

NEOM City-in-the-Sky

Masterplanning competition Saudi Arabia 2019 | Work experience: T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Malaysia

Bible College Malaysia

Architeectural design Malaysia 2019 | Work experience: T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Malaysia

NITTE University

Masterplanning India 2019 | Work experience: T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Malaysia

Home for the homeless

2017/18 | Undergraduate final year project

Pasal Pasar

2019| Sketch for wet market archive

City Utopia Sketch

Model Making

Kunsthaus Bregenz The Memory Capsule



The Memory Capsule Hunstanton Cliff, Norfolk 2019/20 | MArch 4th year project

“ Sometimes, the old is more radical than the new... Some architects conceive a building for the present, some imagine for a mythical past, while others design for a future time and place. Instead, conceiving a design as a history and a novel and a monument to a ruin envisages the past, the present and future in a single architecture.�

Who am I without my memories?

I probably have no life at all.

What is this place look like 50 years ago?

Jonathan Hill

We don’t have the record of the Hunstanton Cliff history beside knowing it retreated for estimated 30m since 1885. Hunstanton Cliff will leave to erode by itself, memory of the cliff will be recorded through architecture; giving it a new form while remaining its past.

PAST Future is an accumulation of the past memory, nothing is new, we are only improving from the past.

Present Memory is created every second. Past and future are just a matter of a second.

Future Imagining future is a form of memory

In my project, I suggested that architecture as part of the landscape components may play a role in preserving memory in a more controllable way following the rather inconstant natural phenomena.

Memory as the currency of this trade. In the case of Hunstanton cliff which is eroding at a rate of 0.3m to 0.4m per year for the next hundred years, the memory of the town is at the verge of disappearing into thin air. With the introduction of the memory mechanisms into the site, local communities who are the future memory holders able to involve in the memory preserving process.


Site history

North Sea and Hunstanton Cliff

16, 000 b.c. 8000 b.c. 7000 b.c. after 7000 b.c

Doggerban k

Doggerlan d

North Sea


Doggerland is a land with a series of gently sloping hills, marshland, heavily wooded valleys, and swampy lagoons. Mesolithic people populated Doggerland. Doggerlanders were hunter-gatherers who migrated with the seasons, fishing, hunting, and gathering food such as hazelnuts and berries.

108 MYA - 99 MYA

Around 6, 000 b.c., the glacial ice and rising sea levels resulted in a tsunami that engulfing Doggerland over a thousand years. Around 5, 000 b.c., Doggerland became Doggerbank. Mesolithic people were forced onto higher ground in what is today England and the Netherlands.


Hunstanton lighthouse



Legend proposed phase 1 boundary Hunstanton cliff face erosion rate (m/10 years) mean high water level mean low water level buildings along the cliff


Core concept Time and weight

Calculating weight equilibrium

The equilibrium concept

L1 (35m)

L2 (40m)




Stable state (default)


T2 > T1 *taking F1= F2 , length of track is 150m

L1 (25m)

L2 (40m)


F2 Stable state (30-50 years) T2 > T1

Lightweight structure


Heavy structure L1 (25m)


L2 (12m)

F2 Unstable state (100-150 years) T2 < T1

Conceptual model

Coastal erosion information is collected from the data receiver centre. Buildings that sit on the track will react to the data and move backwards by the levitation system. The drilling system is to be sit on top or within the buildings to create a detachable concrete foundations. Towards the end of the track is the interaction and process hub which visitors can have an experience of the climate change and the idea of the memory of Hunstanton Cliff. Concrete is also process in this space where the raw materials are from the cliff’s eroded chalk.

The Memory Collector



The Memory Reactor


The Memory Receiver


Conceptual images

About the hunstanton cliff

Hybrid of memory and machine

Cliff formation and erosion factors

drilling system

mega structure

the catching net

levitation track memory pole

building guide way

Recording memory

The relationship between the rigid architecture and the delicate landscape is explored Collage idea: Recording memory

The relationship between the rigid architecture and the delicate landscape

The new memory lane [The cliff memory quietly fade off, but a new form of memory arise, continuing the story of cliff.] The reaction of the cliff and the concrete piles will create an interesting outcome which shall be the new memory of the cliff. People is allow to read the story from the higher level while letting the nature to work at it’s pace. The interaction between the moving buildings will be further explored.

The memory palace [Time is ticking, nature is evolving, cliff is eroding and memory is losing.] A new space/ memory theatre is create for the local community to save their collective and individual memory that might be disappeared into thin air in no time.


Exploded diagram



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1 Transporter 2 Public link bridge 3 Deployable private link bridge 4 Lighthouse scaffolding steel structure 5 Retractable canopy with steel frame structure 6 Precast concrete facade 7 Existing lighthouse


8 Visitor information centre 9 Hanging structure 10 Inflatable cushion & roller blind connect to control panel 11 Laylight fibreglass panel 12 Fibreglass square tubes structure with fibreglass grating 13 Retractable railing 14 Archive

15 Archive working area 16 Public corridor 17 Private corridor 18 Exhibition hall I 19 Lighthouse tower observatory platform 20 Exhibition hall II 21 Main entrance/ multipurpose outdoor space 22 Maglev track

Movement: 2020-2300 A never ending process

2020 Default

Transporter system

Retractable bridge

The archive process

2060 First docking





2150 Final docking 5 6 7



1 Excavation 2 Returning 3 Docking 4 Delivering 5 Receiving 6 Research 7 Packaging 8 Storing

Archive shelve unit Summer



The movement: A day in memory capsule

Past, present, future

The building is not a constant; it moves, it reacts, it interacts with time and nature.


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Legend 1 Deployable link bridge 2 (public) 2 Cafe 3 Corridor (Public) 4 Archaeology receiving area 5 Research offices 6 Packaging area

First floor plan 1-250 @ A2

Through the spaces




The concordance of memory capsule


The excavation platform

The lighthouse tower

The main entrance

Multipurpose space

Visitor centre (L1)

Visitor centre (GF)

Exhibition hall 1

Exhibition hall 2

Link bridge

Temporarily landscape

Archive (GF)

Archive (L1)

Archive working area


Archive entrance




Component II - the dancing queen Crown level +26.5m

Lighthouse roof level +20.0m

Exhibition hall roof level +7.5m

Component I The servant

Component III - The silent gentleman

Archive roof level +6.5m

Control room roof level +4.0m Component IV the moving track Track level +0.0m Detail 3

Detail 2

Wheel level -6.3m

Detail 1

Detail sections 12


Section through bifold wall Scale 1:20





1 Motor/ Gearbox 2 roof construction: 8mm toughened glass + 14mm cavity with argon gas + 8mm toughened glass + 14mm cavity with argon gas + 8mm toughened glass with low-E coating, aluminum frame Uw = 0.7 W/m2K 125/70 steel I-beam 3 Prefab window casement and flashing 4 Steel gutter 5 Manual latch 6 Bifold door by SCHWEISS with triple glazed glass 7 10mm white terrazzo 100mm heating screed vapour barrier 150mm rigid insulation Water barrier 250mm precast concrete slab 280/250 steel I-beam 8 Prefab fibrous cell




Section through wall Scale 1:20 1 2-layer bituminous seal 2 sheet aluminium, coated, bend to shape 3 Sealant 4 10mm stucco finish 112mm existing brick wall Vapour barrier 20mm air cavity 9mm plywood 150mm thermal insulation Water barrier 112mm brick wall 10mm stucco internal finish 5 glass door: double glazing in aluminium frame 6 500/300mm/25mm L-shaped steel tray 8mm diameter bolt 7 30mm wood decking 100mm wood docking 350/250mm I-beam 8 50mm diameter bolt with bracket attachment connecting to the maglev arm 9 10mm existing timber flooring 50mm concrete screed with underfloor heating water barrier 30mm impact sound insulation 80/30mm battens 150mm thermal insulation vapour barrier 500mm pre-cast concrete connecting to the maglev arm

Delivering channel to engineer’s detail



Mechanical shelving system

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Section through precast concrete modular Scale 1:20





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Expandable floor to engineer’s detail

1 Precast concrete wall 300mm concrete with reinforcement steel bar 200mm high density polyurethane insulation 700mm exposed concrete Uw 0.18 W/m2K (product from O’ Reilly)

Plan Scale 1:10


Detail 1

Detail 2

2 Soudaseal 240FC Mastic 3 Expanding foam to seal join for grouting 4 Thermomass fiber composite connector 5 Pfeifer loop by O’ Reilly with H12 bar. Recess filled with 60N non-shrink grout

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NEOM City-in-the-Sky, Saudi Arabia Masterplanning competition proposal Work experience | T.R. Hamzah & Yeang

Masterplanning today must be designed with nature - not just in its materplanning but in all aspects and components of society including mobility, lifestyles, built systems and all the various aspects of human society that makes life meaningful, happy and salubrious. Why is the 'city in the sky' relevant for Silver beach? The natural identity of Silver Beach is its unique terrestrial ecology, hydrology and unique aquatic coral ecology. Silver Beach is one of the most ecologically important locality on the Planet. To intensively construct a city and all over the site is simply a travesty to Nature. It might even raise the world's public outcry if designed and constructed callously. An ecological approach to the masterplanning and construction on the site is crucial. Whereas in the past 10 to 20 years, ecological design had been ‘preventive’ - to prevent further degradation of the planet, today with the extent of impairment to the Planet, ecological design is ‘race and rescue’ mission. We need to remind the world of this reality. What is the best ecological solution for Silver Beach? Proposed here is a Masterplan that reconnects Nature and protects where it had been fragmented into 3 parts by the existing regional highway. All construction and activities are constructed above the non-elevated regional highway, and where here it sits on less than 5% of the land to allow Nature become Nature and repairs its ecological nexus. 14

// I was involved in the masterplanning design discussion alongside with Ken Yeang and project architects. Assisted in creating the masterplan, prespective renderings and preparing presentation reports and slides. We presented the project proposal to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia in Tabuk during June 2019.

Legend 1. Residential towers (cluster of 6 towers of 30 storeys at 6 units/floors) 2. Authority building 3. Convention center 4. Elevated football stadium 5. Elevated nature boardwalk (horse path) 6. Vertical circulation 7. Marina 1 8. Multi-story Park and Ride for conventional vehicles to exchange for electric vehicles 9. Marina 2 10. Luxury mansion 11. Ramp to the elevated highway 12. Regional highway 13. Iconic golf course 14. Interchange to elevated highway 15. Community library 3.0 16. City hall 17. Camel racing track 18. Religious building 19. Elevated Formula E 20. Retail & workspace 21. Elevated boardwalk & activities/ interactionzone with canopy over 22. Hotels 23. Elevated tennis stadium 24. Beachfront boardwalk 25. Terraces connecting the elevated boardwalk to the beach 26. Clubhouse 27. Road to palace 28. Existing community housing to be reused 29. Flood mapping 30. Ecological movement on ground 31. Permissible sea area 32. Coral viewing tube 33. Pleasurable resting platform 34. National event square 35. Public swimming pool 36. Suspended space 37. Medium rise housing 38. Low rise housing 39. Covered walkway 40. Verti-stop 41. Heritage sites



Bible College Malaysia Architectural Proposal Work experience | T.R. Hamzah & Yeang

To create a pleasurable and happy college environment within the minimum budget. It is a project to propose a new extension to the traditional college and chapel that will be able to accommodate new prgrammes: new chapel, classroom, admin offices, dining hall, kitchen, library and staff hostel. Also to design a new accommodation block. The design is aimed to inherit a few christian metaphors which highlighting “God is Light� and also to bring contemporary design on sire.

// I was involved in project managing under supervisor of project manager. I prepared D.O. submission drawings, budgeting documents, meeting minutes and presentation reports. Also attended client meetings.



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Legend 1. Auditorium 2. Existing chapel block 3. Sport field 4. Teaching block 5. Sceptic tank 6. TNB 7. Hostel 8. Institute 9. Existing library 10. Extension block 11. Accommodation block 12. Pleasurable space Traffic flow Main drop off point Entrance to building

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Ground floor

First floor


Second floor


Third floor




NITTE University, India Masterplan Proposal Work experience | T.R. Hamzah & Yeang

Indoor sports facility -Swimming pool -Basketball court -Volleyball court -Badminton court

Cricket Ground Viewing stand & retail

Football and athletics

Freshwater wetland park Business School

Engineering School

Riparian Corridor

University Hub

Medical Hub & Crisis centre

Commerce School

Student accommodations

Stream mound with walkway & pocket space


Offline Seasonal ponds

Existing Stream

Possible Stream Expansion

Green fingers in between buildings

The client would like to see the outcome of a master plan for the entire 125 acres, to be phased over duration of about 15 years in roughly 5 phases of development. When fully built, it is envisaged that about 25,000 students will occupy the facilities of this campus with a rough built-up area of about 7.5 million sft. of academic space for higher education. Additionally, built-up area will include student and faculty housing, space for student recreation, sports, convention center, superspecialty hospital, and other ancillary supporting services and roads.

The master plan should have flexibility for Nitte to start different academic programmes in specialties depending on the requirements from time to time. Keeping in mind futuristic ways of delivering high quality education, planning should be nimble enough to enable and adapt to such change of ideas that may occur over time.

The super-specialty hospital will be a holistic treatment and healing center of the future that should have easy connectivity with the existing hospital campus, and medical and dental schools. It is envisaged that about 20 to 25 acres of land may be reserved for this high-end facility closer to the southern tip of the property. It is felt that the users of the academic programs should have a separate identity from that of the hospital, with no conflict of ingress and egress.

// I was involved in masterplan design development and presentation slides and concept masterplan report preparation.


“As we enter a space, the space enters us, and the experience is essentially an exchange and fusion of the object and the subject.� [Pallasmaa]


Project concepts

Home for the Homeless Belfast, NI 2018 | Undergraduate final year project

Balance of privacy and interaction After observing their daily activity, I come to a conclusion that homeless people are often alone, shy, afraid to interact with others, and having low self-esteem. Thus, there are several spaces create in the building (e.g. canteen, landing of the stairs, corridor) to encourage the occupants to interact with each other. In the meantime, there are also some semi private spaces designed for the rather shy occupants.

This is an exploration of the relationship and boundaries between public, semi-public and private spaces, and study its effects on human behaviors. The proposal is to tackle the homeless issue happening in Belfast, creating a shelter and assistance to the homeless community. The building consists of 31 single bedrooms, 9 apartments, consultation rooms, social space and some other functional spaces. The relationship between public and private spaces is defining according to the characteristics and needs of the users (the homeless). The tower scheme is proposed which one side of the building is double the height of another side after studying the height of the surrounding buildings. The building appears to be two separate massing to create a distinctive facade to the junction of Lisburn Road and University Road while retaining the internal space as a whole. 20

Sense of protection The main purpose of the home is to create a shelter for the homeless in Belfast regardless the race or gender. Allowing them to stay away from cold and have a place to rest and settle down.

Sustainability The building facade is designed to reuse the on-site material (bricks) mixing with the cigarette butt bricks. Energy generating footpaths are placed in the building to create a self-sustaining home.

Thrift shop

Single bedroom

Exhibition area





Public corridor

Link bridge


Entrance 1

Entrance 2

View from central atrium

Central atrium

Entrance 1

North elevation

Entrance 2

South elevation 22

Typical single bedroom floor plan

Typical apartment floor plan

Ground floor plan

Basement plan 23


Wall flashing Drain rock Wood edge Composite timber Timber batten Cement screed laid to fall with maximum thickness of 50mm Drainage layer Waterproof membrane Rigid thermal insulation Gutter Protection layer and roof barrier Vapour barrier membrane Concrete roof slab

Detail roof section 1 1 9.525mm diameter rebar handrail 2 12.7mm steel 1. 9.525m diameter rebar 3 10mm timber pallets 2


2. 12.7mm steel 3. 10mm timber pallets


1 1 9.525mm diameter rebar handrail 2 12.7mm steel 3 10mm timber pallets 3




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Home for homeless 280 10



Tower A stair detail




Home for homeless

Typical stair detail


1-20 Tower A stair detail

Key Plan


Detial section BB 4

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Legend 1.Load bearing concrete wall Bricks cladding Wall tie 50mm residual cavity Waterproof membrane 150mm polyurethane rigid thermal insulation 215mm concrete slab Interior brick cladding painted white 2.Concrete up-stand railing 3.Non load bearing wall Bricks wall painted white 80mm service void Bricks wall painted white 4.Curtain glass wall

Plan A



Pasal Pasar Sketch archive

Drawing pasar (wet market in malay language) started with the simply idea to archive the presence of stalls and trades in pasar, in drawings. We always been facisnated with how stalls owner arrange and decorate their stall, with freedom creativity, their ‘this way sell best’ display, preparation process, ownership and belonging. Some of the trades and stall owner facing challenges on their livelihood and business, and some of our pasar friends has slowly moved out from their trades. 15 illustrators will be recording 15 stalls in Pasar Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia



City Utopia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Imagine Malaysia city center (where the historical buildings located) in the next fifty years, when utopia become reality. Increase in sea level, increase in air traffic, increase of high rise building, changing of the transportation mood... Where the city has getting nearer to the sky. “Don’t compare your country to a better country, believe it is improving,” says a Malaysian artist.



Kunsthaus Bregenz Peter Zumthor Model Making


09 The Memory Capsule Model Making



Photography Human & Space

“Relation of human and space is the fundamental design consideration.”

“I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.” [Zaha Hadid]



Photography Natural & Synthetic Nigara fall, USA

Jogja, Indonesia

Saudi Arabia

Norfolk, England

“Can architecture develop analogously to the way forests do?� [Sou Fujimoto]



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