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Architecture Portfolio 2013

Morris Yip


“[...] The ‘cave’ is just a raw space, which people need to explore and find their own comfort within. This is a situation where people can use space creatively.”  - Sou Fujimoto

1.  Fujimoto, S. (2011) Sou Fujimoto: “Primitive Future”, Presented at Princeton University, Princeton University


Architecture Portfolio 2013

Morris Yip


Morris Yip

Three Mills Green


Content

Content

Profile  02 High Street: a city room  03 Legacy  17   Urban site strategy  19   The generic urban building  21 Private house renovation  37 The generic urban building: revisited  47 Professional work  51 Curriculum vitae  57 Project index  58

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Morris Yip

Representation of a city room Team: Anothony Elvin, David Hall, Jay Ruparelia, Jostein Vikanes, Morris Yip


Profile

Profile

Born in Manchester, I have seen much redevelopment over the years, this was what sparked my interest in architecture. I saw how buildings could bring positive impact within the community and I hope that one day, my work could do the same. After graduating from Kingston University London, I did my part one professional experience in Hong Kong. The city having undergone large scale redevelopment over the years, I felt it was a good opportunity to learn about high rise projects. During my time in Hong Kong, I worked on mainly high rise projects, but varying in use. These ranged from office, residential and retail to large master plan developments. Although majority of my time is spent drafting, I managed to learn from shadowing others. The first project I could really stamp my name on was a renovation project for a house in Hong Kong. Thanks to the client, I was allowed to freely express my creativity and design a modern interior space that satisfied the client and many potential tenants. I am due to start my postgraduate (RIBA Part 2) at London Metropolitan University in September 2013, hopefully after my studies I could once again go abroad to experience architecture in a different culture before returning to the UK for the final stages of my architectural studies. Address.

Telephone. Email. myip91@gmail.com Website. morrisyip.com

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View across Birkbeck Road


High street: a city room

High street: a city room

“Studio projects have addressed the linear urbanism defined by these streets, both in terms of their depth and their length, questioning their spatial character beyond the crust of commercial frontage and, on occasion, following them out of London altogether.” -Daniel Rosbottom High streets was the focus of this year’s project, exploring beyond the facades and understanding the social effects it has on cities. The studio focused around a stretch of road along the A10, Kingsland High Street. The A10 itself is a long stretch of road with London Bridge at the south, reaching to King’s Lynn in Norfolk. Kingsland High Street is situated in Dalston, having intersections with Dalston’s main community hubs, such as: Ridely Road Market, Gillett Square and Dalston Lane, where a newly developed, high-rise residential estate is housed. The brief was to propose a building - that stems from the concept of a city room, or salle de fête - that will become the centre of the community, a place where people can gather and interact and share the moment of the happening event.

Year. 2009 Location. Dalston, London Project type. Community Tutor. Nicola Read, Fergus Fielden

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The site is located behind Kingsland High Street, within Birkbeck Mews, to the east is Clovenstone Primary School. The site was previously a collection of warehouses and factories, it is currently a storage facility for the adjacent market and houses public sanitary facilities.

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1. Plant room, refuse and recycling storage and public toilet facilities. 2. Cafe 3. Management office 4. Gallery

5. Garden 6. Main function room 7. Gallery space 8. Storage 9. Kitchen

The forms are derived from using blocks, which are a reinterpretation of warehouses that once stood on the site, utilising the areas industrial heritage. The building is clad in concrete panels to further enhance the industrial, brutal feeling.

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High street: a city room

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Building A Smaller function room Cafe Basement art gallery

Service area Bicycling parking lot

Plant room Refuse storage and recycling facilities Public toilets

Connection to high street

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Connection to high street Connection to high street

Back-of-house Back-of-house Toilet facilities Toilet facilities

Building Building B B Larger function room Larger function room Main de fete Main sallesalle de fete

Garden Garden Place of gathering Place of gathering

Main gallery Main art art gallery

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East elevation

All facades facing outwards consist of two types of windows, the height of each window opening remains at 1600mm whereas the width is a multiple of 1200mm. Window Type A is a operable window to promote natural ventilation, whereas window Type B is fixed, mainly used for window that touch the ground.

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High street: a city room

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Analysis of possible use of each room, different colours represent different events

The main gathering area is sunken into the ground, to isolate the users from the noise generated from the market, and high street. The large windows that sandwich the garden can be fully opened to remove the barrier between interior and exterior creating one complete usable space for parties and events.

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High street: a city room

Elevations either side of the sunken garden

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Interiors are clad in rendered white walls to make maximum use of the natural light that enters the building, the flooring is then made up of reclaimed timber and white-washed to give it a brighter, modern look.

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High street: a city room

top:  Reception area bottom:  Large function room this page:  Art gallery

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Massing model of the proposed strategy within it’s greater context Massing model: Gavin Chan, Ethan Ly, Morris Yip, Demetri Zacharia Site model: Studio 3.3


Legacy

Legacy

“The built spaces we remember with affection have, in their genes, something known and deeply felt. They are an emotionally scientific response to a place, because architecture is not the result of the result of trying too hard to be different, but comes from a genuine and thoughtful appreciation of things. With this in mind students are invited to design city buildings with a subtle and understated expression. Situated in a large urban quarter divided by canals and some existing buildings of merit, these new forms will accommodate a combination of working or dwelling spaces.”

the building be structurally and aesthetically durable and lasting to allow the building to survive the test of time.

The theme throughout the school this year was “Legacy”. The aim was to explore the Olympic legacy and the regeneration it brings to the surrounding boroughs. At the start of the year, the studio looked at various competition entries by Diener & Diener to explore the concept of “generic”. With this knowledge the studio took a field trip to Berlin to look at various building of this nature. Upon return; we were set a task of proposing an urban site strategy within Three Mills Quarter. Then using the proposed strategy, we individually designed a building that could potentially be used for many purposes. Utilising the idea of “generic”, the focus was to create a shell which will allow future tenants to be the custodians for future generations. It was important that Year. 2011/12 Location. Bromley-by-bow, London Project type. Masterplan, mixed use Tutors. Jonathan Woolf, Ben Wright

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Conservation area as allocated by Newham Borough Council

buildings of note chimneys of note

Mapping the Lea Valley

Urban site strategy

The site is located in the London Borough of Newham accessed by Sugar House Lane and Hunts Lane. The area is bounded by the River Lea navigation and Three Mills Wall River. It sits in a prime location between the 2012 Olympic Park and Canary Wharf. Some areas of the site have been listed as a conservation area by the local council, thus keeping some distinctive historic environment, which make up much of the Lower Lea Valley’s lost heritage. The buildings and chimneys have a significant

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relationship to their strong industrial aesthetic and their retention is a key aspect in our design strategy. The initial approach was to utilise the existing footprint of the area, in an attempt to incorporate its existing heritage. Then, by using the zones created, urban blocks from other cities were placed into these footprints to generate an idea of scale. These forms then became the stepping stone to the final master plan. Total site area: 104 641.680 sq m


Legacy: urban site strategy

Final proposed master plan

Design concept, from left to right: Berlin influenced proposal Proposal focusing on paths and open space High density proposal 20.


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View across Three Mills River

The generic urban building

Carrying on from the proposed urban strategy, this project challenged the idea of flexibility of space. With the success of the London Olympics, regeneration will begin to transform East London. The chosen massing to manipulate and develop is adjacent to the retained Sugarhouse warehouse, therefore incorporating this monument became a challenge due to the difference in scale to the brief.

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Section through a typical floor to show the building services through the steel frame

he space with partitions, reducing the number of columns further enhances the creativity given to the tenant.

for mechanical ventilation. The cores are connected directly to the exterior allowing natural ventilation.

The typical floor allows a variety of change, firstly dividing the plan into office, then further dividing them into residential flats. The external corridor not only allows easy access, but it allows the flats/offices to have windows on either side, therefore bringing in more natural light.

Air ducts are located above toilets and kitchens, areas which require mechanical ventilation to prevent the build up of moisture. Additional air extractions can be installed in the future.

Exterior windows open like double doors, allowing air flow therefore reducing the need

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Hot water Radiator Cold water Electric Waste

Gross external area per floor = 3655.1 sqm Net internal area per floor = 2997.65 sqm


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External corridor

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Potential office area = 182.46 - 338.20 sqm Potential residential area = 116.03 - 211.61 sqm

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Residential Office Circulation Toilet Exterior space Courtyard 1. Proposed typical office layout 2. Proposed typical residential layout 3. Proposed typical mix-use layout

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Keeping to the concept of legacy, the motive was to use reclaimed brick from site, this allows the existing site to play a part in the new development, and help keep Sugar House Lane’s warehouse heritage. Fletton Bricks were the ideal brick to be used, as it has a distinct characteristic. This will hopefully give the proposal a more warehouse like appearance. There are two different colours of Fletton bricks on site, one a shade of red and the other a shade of orange. With the idea of “two” building

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proposed, each building will be constructed using a different shade. For the existing warehouse, the brick will be slurried to modernize the building.


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From the exterior the windows aim to hide what lies within, giving a sense of mystery to passersby. The windows are design like doors, each “door” is 1125 x 2600 mm; this means it fits perfectly between the pilasters. The large windows will not only allow a large amount of light to illuminate each room, but with the opening mechanism, it will allow the room to be naturally ventilated. The building is supported by steel frames, due to it’s durable and long lasting nature. Also,

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by using steel, the spans between columns are much larger creating the possibility of a column free open space which is easier to manipulate.


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top: Plaster cast of the exterior envelope Concept model of the courtyard envelope

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An elevated communal garden on the second floor provides social space for tenants of the building, while also acting as a connection point between the proposed buildings and the retained warehouse.

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The theme across the whole year was legacy, the studio focused on “generic�. From the start, the studio looked at various Diener and Diener projects, which are generic in their own way; after studying these projects one can understand the adaptability of a building. The site strategy proposed was conceived as a link between the islands. The proposed strategy incorporates elements of legacy from the existing site, retaining the industrial feel of the area. This was done by keeping the same typologies, materials and programmes

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as the site itself. The site currently is undergoing redevelopment for the Olympics. The Olympics was focused on the idea of legacy, where the Olympic Park would eventually create many opportunities for businesses and living, and I believe the proposed site strategy could emulate that vision.


Legacy: the generic urban building

left:  View from River Side Plaza right:  Proposed new river bank

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Exterior with new glazing units and European influenced balustrades


Private house renovation

Private house renovation

This project is located away from the busy, fast pace urban areas of Hong Kong, located in a small town near the sea. I was asked to propose a layout that could modernise the village home and consult on various interior design matters. Drafting for demolition and renovation plans for builders to work with were also required. The client described the house as “haunted, dull and boring� and wanted to turn a compact two bedroom house into a modern family friendly living space. The difficulties lied in the way the existing home was arranged, rooms were too small and space was wasted. The house lacked natural light, making it a test of using colours and materials to maximise the brightness of the building making the user feel more at home.

Year. 2012 - 2013 Location. Sai Kung, Hong Kong Project type. Interior

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Main entrance

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Private house renovation

top:  Existing lounge bottom:  Staircase to the second floor

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The difficulty with this project was that the existing layout was hard to manipulate, after consulting with the client, we agreed to remove walls to open up the area. This itself posed another problem, as many walls were structural. The existing staircase to the first floor proposed much difficulty, therefore it was necessary to find an area for a new set of stairs, due to limited space, the new proposed staircase would intervene into the living room area allowing access from the double height

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space into the study room.


Private house renovation

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Proposed section

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Private house renovation

top:  Newly fitted sanitary fitments bottom:  Demolition of the existing wall

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top:  Terrace view towards the harbour with new glazing units bottom:  Open plan kitchen and living room space

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Private house renovation

Living room space

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The generic urban building: revisisted

The generic urban building: revisited ongoing

During the latter stages of my year out, I decided to take everything I have learnt and incorporate the ideas into my third year thesis. Since the majority of my projects were high-rise and masterplan developments, I felt this would be a good opportunity to test my skills at reworking my project. Rather than develop, I saw this as an opportunity to tackle the project from the start and utilise the ideas and way of thinking, that I have picked up. Looking back, I felt that the identity of the proposed masterplan lied with it’s “large mass�, all the buildings were large, with deep plans. I feel my initial urban building proposal moved ajar from this idea. Therefore, while working on my new proposal I felt the need to keep this in mind to retain the initial identity.

Year. ongoing Location. Bromley-by-bow, London Project type. Mixed use

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Sugarhouse warehouse

Looking back, I felt I began to neglect the retained warehouse near the end of my project, Therefore in my new proposal, I wanted to physically incorporate the Victorian building into my design. Firstly, I wanted to incorporate the existing Sugarhouse warehouse into my project, as it is such a focal point within the site itself. The sugarhouse warehouse forms a corner piece of the newly proposed building and would be completely renovated to modernise the interior.

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During my time abroad, I noticed many projects adopted a podium and tower type building. I decided to try and incorporate this idea into my project. I wanted to create a design that could allow public and private interaction, the podium acts as public space, while the towers are private, yet interaction can happen between the two groups within the central courtyard.


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Professional work

Proposed redevelopment at Des Voeux Road

Two high rise buildings, located within Hong Kong’s busiest business districts; either side of a 25-storey edifice with a faceted glass prism façade, currently referred as “Wing On Life and Wing On Central”. Wing On Life consists of twenty-five storeys, with a gross floor area of 7593 sqm. The first three floors act as a podium for retail units and the other nineteen floors for catering use with three floors for mechanical and service use. As of June 2013, the building’s foundation is being constructed on site. Curtain wall and main contract tender is under preparation. Wing On Central consists of twenty-six storeys with a gross floor area of 8587m2. The first three floors act as a podium for retail units and the other storeys for office use. As of June 2013, the current building occupying the site is being demolished and undergoing a lift tender. The design is also under going development as there are difficulties accommodating the building services within the building. My tasks include drafting drawings on AutoCAD for tender documentation and design development for building approval.

Year. 2013 Location. Central, Hong Kong Project type. Catering, office, retail

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Professional work

Residential development in Hangzhou, China

This project consists of five land lots, three of which are undergoing a residential development. In total thirty-seven high rise apartments will be built on site, with one land lot also containing a kindergarten, all of which with underground parking facilities. This residential project started as a bid, which I played a small role in. However, once DLN was commissioned to design the project, I was brought in to help with drafting, presentational drawings and distribution of flat mixes. The Chinese government and client have specific requirements as to how residential flat mixes had to be distribute across the site. I was asked to help calculate the potential percentages of flat mixes and report to the architect if anything needed to change.

Year. 2013 Location. Hangzhou, China Project type. Residential, educational Co-designer. Zhejiang Province Institute of Architectural Design and Research

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Professional work

Retail development in Hangzhou, China

Adjacent to the residential development, there are two land lots, both of which will contain a shopping mall, along with a clubhouse designed to facilitate the residential development across the road. Tasks include drafting and collaborating with other team members to create a design and access statement for building approval.

Year. 2013 Location. Hangzhou, China Project type. Retail Co-Designer Zhejiang Province Institute of Architectural Design and Research

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Curriculum vitae

Education

Professional experience

2013 - present London Metropolitan University Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part Two)

September 2012 - July 2013 Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd. Architectural trainee (Part 1 professional experience)

2009 - 2012 Kingston University London BA(Hons) Architecture (RIBA Part One)

August 2010 AEW Architects Summer work experience

2007 - 2009 Altrincham Grammar School for Boys 2003 - 2007 Hulme Grammar Schools, Oldham

Skills Languages English (native) Cantonese, Chinese (fluent in speaking) Computing Proficient in AutoCAD 2D, Google SketchUp (+Vray), Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign Basics in Vectorworks 2D, Dreamweaver

Full UK driving license

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Construction Industry Safety Training Certificate (Green card) Construction Industry Council (HKSAR) Validity: November 2012 to November 2015


Curriculum vitae

Project index

Personal projects

Participated professional projects

01. A city room 2010/11

01. Redevelopment of Wing On Life, 22-22a Des Vouex Road Central, Hong Kong Retail and catering

02. Urban site strategy and the generic urban building 2011/12 03. Private house renovation in Hong Kong Completed April 2013

02. Office building (Wing On Central), 26 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong Retail and office 03.

Comprehensive development at the CBD Centre in Xiamen, China Masterplan: Retail, office, residential and hotel

04. Interconinental Hotel in Taiyuan, China Retail, office, residential and hotel 05.

Development of land lot No. 13-1 B and D, southwest of Nanjing River, China Masterplan: Retail and office

06. Residential development in Hangzhou, China Masterplan: Residential estate and education 07. Retail project in Hangzhou, China Retail

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Morris Yip | Portfolio 2013

Morris Yip Architecture Portfolio 2013  
Morris Yip Architecture Portfolio 2013  

Architecture portfolio, as of June 2013, from Kingston University London

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