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AHMAD SAFRI B. SHAMSUDDIN Master of Architecture // Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Bachelor Science of Architecture // Mara University of Technology (UiTM) RIBA//LAM: PART 1&2 ARCHITECTURE
P R E FA C E
an introduction This portfolio consists of some of many valued works within 7 years of pursuing architecture and practice beginning from the year 2009 to 2016. The selected works includes projects during undergrad, postgrad, competition and practice. I pursued studying abroad and graduated with Master of architecture in July, 2016 at Manchester Metropolitan University. Studying under the MSAp atelier led my research and attempts to connect architecture and the social in the most plausible way; by linking architecture and society. These projects I curated suggest the nature of architectural practice in the context of the ideology of sustainability and â€˜the big societyâ€™ and the facts of increasingly urbanized and aged population; but also in terms of changes to the profession itself. Through a series of creative collaboration & social engagements, I personally have worked with people from different ages and background within the two major urban projects concerning the Manchester housing crisis and a response towards the refugee crisis. Whilst formerly attaining my Bachelor at UiTM in 2013; design projects were particularly different in each new semesters as it evolves progressively with different themes, scales, detail studies, designs and construction as shown in the portfolio. Endless process and progress are thought through the whole period of designing and critic sessions. It has been 7 great rewarding years of journey and preparation into the real world to become an Architect.
C U R R I C U L A R V I TA E
F I L M I C A R C H I T EC T U R E: E S C A P I S M, S O L I T U D E & T E M P O R A L I T Y
T H E N EW U R B A N A S Y LU M: HOUSING FOR TRANSDWELLERS
C O M P E N D I U M O F S PAT I A L I N C LU S I O N: H O U S I N G R E A R R A N G E M E N T & R EC L A I M AT I O N O F P U B L I C S PA C E
E M K AY G R O U P: IPOH CONVENTION CENTRE
T R O P I C A L E N C L AV E: A M U LT I S TO R E Y H O U S I N G
A S Y M B I O S I S: C E N T R E F O R T H E S T U DY O F A LQ U R A N & L A N G UA G E
F U R N I T U R E D E S I G N: MORPHOSIT
A R K I T E K A S A S E N I: P E DA S T R I A N WA L K WAYS & B R I D G E// I S L A M I C S C H O O L//M I L I TA RY C O M P L E X
EC O-B U S S H E LT E R: B A M B O O D E S I G N C O M P E T I T I O N 2011
B R E AT H I N G G R E E N: 2N D G R E E N T EC H H O U S E C O M P E T I T I O N 2013
H AW K I N S B R O W N/ R EC O G N I S I N G T H E S O C I A L AWA R D: THE NEW URBAN ASYLUM; HOUSING FOR TRANSDWELLERS
RIBA//LAM; part I & II
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citizen expert. designer. storyteller “Architects design for various different reasons. Some want to make iconic buildings or statements expressing political stance, others experiment new technologies or complex structures; all those things are valid, however for me, architecture is fundamentally about people. I aspire to be an Architect of a citizen expert; to understand and identify people’s needs and the environment, a designer; to design opportunities and create impact and a storyteller; to share stories and to spread awareness through architecture”.
Arkitek Asaseni, Sunway, Selangor (1 year 2013/14’) Architectural Assistant Part 1
Helen Aston Senior Lecturer (Master of Architecture) Manchester School of Architecture Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
Arkitek Asaseni, Sunway,Selangor ( 2 months/2013) Architectural Intern A+I Design, Puchong, Selangor (2 months/2012) Architectural Intern
E D U C AT I O N Manchester, UK (2yrs) 09/14 - 09/2016
Master of Architecture (MArch)(Part 2) Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Graduated with Master of Arch. with Merit
Perak, Malaysia (4yrs) 09/2009 - 09/2013
Bachelor Science of Architecture (Bsc.Hons)(PART 1) Mara University of Technology (UiTM) Graduated with First Class Honours
Selangor, Malaysia (5yrs) 2004-2008
Sekolah Men Keb Subang Utama (SMKSU) SPM: 8A1B
EXTRACURRICULAR // ACHIEVEMENTS M a n c h e s t e r, U n i t e d K i n g d o m HB/Hawkins Brown Recognising the Social Award 2016 (Winner) Co-Housing Age FriendlyWorkshop MSAp Atelier & Satchel Network 2014 Malaysia National Level PAM Annual Architecture Student Exhibition 2013 2nd GreenTech House Competition 2013 (TOP 10) 25th Architectural Workshop ‘DUALISM[A]’ 2013(UM) 23rd Architectural Workshop ’TERANG’ 2011(UTM) Department Level ‘Eco Bus Shelter ’ - Bamboo Design Competition 2011 (Winner) Studio Level Bizworth Green HomeOffice Design Competition 2011 (TOP 5) Editorial Background The Housing Crisis in Manchester: A Compendium of Spatial Inclusion 2014-2015 First Yr thesis project // Studio Group Compilation Gemala 2007-2008 Editor // Secondary School Magazine
Tel: +44(0)161 247 6963 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ar. Amran Abd Rahim Senior Lecturer (BSc. in Architecture) Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying Mara University of Technology (UiTM), Perak Tel: +05 374 2176 // +6012 620 2686 Email: email@example.com
Izwan B Rosli Part 2 Architect RSP Architects Sdn. Bhd.(Kuala Lumpur) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(previous supervisor at Arkitek Asaseni Sdn. Bhd)
ARCHITECTURAL SKILLS Autocad 2014 Google Sketch-Up Pro V-Ray Lumion Adobe Softwares Adobe Indesign Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator
Microsoft Office Sketches & Drawings Graphic Presentations Verbal Presentations
LANGUAGE PROFICEINCY ENGLISH BAHASA
OTHERS & INTEREST Photojournalism.Design.Editorial. Food Enthusiast. Travelling. Sports
filmic architecture :
â€œescapism, solitude & temporalityâ€? This introductory project addressed the oft-discussed relationship between film and architecture. As a design methodology, this study became particularly useful to the relationship between the two disciplines and arts can be expressed as one of space and of time. Based on the three films I selected (Her, Being John Malkovich and Where The Wild Things Are) directed by Jonze, he predominantly examines the idea of escapism. Escapism describes the state of having wandering and imaginative thoughts in order to escape from reality that enable one to avoid having to deal with reality as such in the state of solitude or temporality in phase.
Overall view of the environment
The design spaces are elevated above the ground in a looped circulation with primary(house) and a series of secondary(observatories) spaces. In a metaphoric circumstances within city blocks, the platform is designed as such to be in solitude while illustrating the idea of disconnecting with actual human interaction as this series of spaces exist in the real world but at the same time no instantaneous interaction setting the habitual boundary. The spaces created are transparent, blank and at a vista perpetually to escape into abyss of mind and soul.
KEY 1 - house 2 - observatory 1 3 - observatory 2 4 - observatory 3 4
Overview of the design interpretation and design drawings
Storyboard sketches of the piano scene from the movie “Her” Diagramatic plans derived from the film notations
Images of the looped circulation & series of secondary spaces
One of the interesting process developing the design was creating movement notations based from the scenes as I was referring a methodology by Architect Bernard Tschumi deriving, plans, sections, and diagrams outlining spaces which indicates movements of different protagonists intruding into the architectural or “stage set” into interpretation of reality.
Sectional view of the platform projecting towards seaside
Abstract image of the interior (primary space)
Urban Asylum: housing for transdwellers
This project explores the idea and metaposition of transition which revolves in the context of post-capitalism whereby cities and dwellers are at constant change. The unprecedented migration crisis poses an interesting question to our cities. The New Urban Asylum project essentially explores the possibility of accommodating transdwellers(asylum seekers) in Manchester in developing a housing project. However, through this scenario, various consideration has to be taken in account. The main idea is to make possible the prossess of transition, reintegration and assimilation of transdwellers while acknowledging the available infrastructures to sustain their new life in a foreign place. In developing a holistic approach to this issue, the project cosiders four key aspect as such: 1) policy reintegration 2) transpersal 3) breaking the boundaries 4) economic interindependence
Photograph taken by author at Pireaous Harbour, Athens; refugees arriving in Athens being companied by missionary groups before departing to their next destination.
madvertifesto advert; an advertisement manifesto; a public declaration of policy and aims,especially one issued before an election party or candidate; policy statement, platform, programme,declaration,pronouncement, announcement, publication, notification;
Video link: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttxOEMnvXLE&feature=youtu.be Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/146339694
“ temporary adrift ”
Using the same design methodology based from filmic architecture, one of the given tasked is to make a four interrelated short films with spatial and iconic content and expression. I turn into this to expressed the intention of the 6th year project into a hopeful interesting narrative of a journey depicting the issue, an awareness campaign, a trance story of a journey to a promising land and finally the “Transition” - setting out preliminary parameters, assumptions and questions of the project which I chose.
Photographs above are taken by author during a Manchester during a rally ; activist supporting refugees & migration amidst of war taking place in Syria
beyondborders project scenario Currently Europe is experiencing an unprecedented migrant crisis. However, it must be acknowledged that there have been a number of similar migration processes in the past century and that there probably will be new migration waves due to new conflicts, economic issues, climate change and the fact that global population is predicted to reach 11b by 2100. Considering the aforementioned factors, it can be suggested that in the near future migration will turn from a rather dirty word, a crisis condition to a standard form of operation. This poses very interesting questions to our cities and to us as architects. How do we manage that migration? Will cities be less and less static and architects will need to respond to the new transitory nature of cities. Can capitalism can be better than it is? Now, architects create spaces for economic actors like rich people and bankers. How can architecture be formed for different actors and the key thing in which we assume that they have a legitimate economy in which they exist.
Illustration of the statistics of people have been internally displaced within Syria and neighbouring countries and project proposal of the next accommodating transition.
passport to manchester project appraoch
For over twenty-five years, Manchester has promoted and invested in equality through innovative work with minority communities. Manchester is also one of the most diverse cities in the country and have a national reputation for its equality and diversity of people from different background as this suggest a positive change and chance for Syrian/refugees becoming more socially inclusive and acceptable. As part of attempting to dissolve some of the boundaries between [TRANS]dwellers and the local community, this project explores an urban master plan retrofitting existing infrastructure through relocation of functions, development of new public spaces, new housing scheme and creating street connections producing an adaptive yet culturally specific new small district for a pre-mixed community within an existing community: a city within a city.
Change in policy framework and reintegration program for transdwellers to enable to seek better life while advocating choices in ahead living in the UK.
Complete disperse into empty dwellings and spare bedrooms
Allocation and distribution based on available infrastructure in Manchester such as support group, existing community, ethnic diversity, etc.
Break the boundary between the transdwellers and local people. The initiative to help assimilate transdwellers into the local community which is further explored in the masterplanning.
To enable transdwellers to also use their ability and skills to sustain their new life in the new foreign place.
Form of network. Forming premixed community in an existing community.
The diagram above shows a summary of mapping and analysis collated data in developing the dispersal areas for transdwellers. Through the analysis, 4 specific sites were determined to develop pre-mixed communities which are focused in Cheetham Hill.
A complex of diversity, forming composed neighbourhood within the pre-mixed community.
migration// gentrification Athens, Greece; Oct 2015 Images and sketches on the right describes the environment in Eleonas Refugee Camp and Pireous Harbour in Athens. However, based on the visit, 3 main discussion can be described to support this project: (a) Gentrification - sitting and allocation for better process os assimilation (b) People - typically families living in Syria live with their extended families (c) Change in Economy - mass migration may cause change in economy; whereby may be seen as an opportunity to boost local economy or economic interindependence
Image illustrates the spatilization of immigration/ gentrification from the urban walk
Photograph of maps and location of refugees temporary living in Athens and plans of their next destination.
Photography of drawings and illustrations by children of the refugees currently living in a refugee camp at Galatsi Olympic Hall, Athens.
Preliminary illustration of design intention using urban decay spaces to develop temporary housing.
Preliminary illustration of design intention/approach.
Preliminary illustration of design intention on site (Cheetham Hill)
cheetham hill Cheetham Hill, Manchester, as a ward, has a population standing at 22,562 according to the 2011 census whereby it is one of the culturally diverse district in Manchester whereby nearly half, an incredible 48 per cent, of all residents in the district, which has historically been home to migrants across the globe. English was not their main language. Home to Polish delis, Irish pubs, Arab sweet shops, Pakistani markets, Jamaican hairdressers - and much more besides with the colourful shop fronts and aromas from the many cafes, restaurants and delis in the area, itâ€™s a place where our senses can really come alive.
Illustration of the merging; Syria & Manchester
masterplanning Dissolving existing boundaries: The key masterplanning idea aims to break the boundary between the transdwellers and the local people to help assimilate transdwellers into the local community better. The masterplanning approach are taken in consideration based on existing site condition and previous site analysis while acknowledging the available infrastructure. Key masterplan interventions are: (a) relocation of function (b) new public connection/social space (c) continuous economic relationship (d) housing scheme Illustration from preliminary site study
figureground (a) relocation of function (b) new public connection/social space (c) continuous economicrelationship (d)housing scheme
masterplanning Through the change and relocation of function the continuous relationship between the sites can be achieved along with the open square in front of the mosque and rearrangement of retail shops at adjacent will create a more interesting pedestrian/human experience through space with a continuous human activity along the path. By disrupting the existing boundary allows the environment to breathe and becoming less rigid while creating an interlocking urban pattern through these spaces.
Proposal of the masterplan
Aerial view of the square & continous circulation connecting the shousing schme and jamia square.
cheetham hill library
Sectional illustration and front elevation of space activity with new building mass
The illustration on the left describes the possibility in change of function and the refurbishment of Cheetham Hill Library. The idea is to regenerate the abandoned building fitting by relocation of function from site into the building while reactivating its original function as the library. The mixed use of function will allow it to be used back by the local community and the new transdwellers.
Jamia Mosque Square
The images above are case studies developed in places or historical landmarks in relation with religious building. It can be seen at these significant infrastructures typically are connected to a square or a souk/bazaar/market; places of worship are easily connected whereby social and economic activity occurs. A similar approach is developed to create a similar environment that changes the rigid structure/ boundary along Cheetham Hill road. With the intention to break the existing boundary, helps to improve the physical environment which could create an open space for common use, social interaction, recreational space, improving pedestrian experience as well as new informal economic activity in Cheetham Hill. The drawings on the right also illustrates the possibilities of new economic activity that can be arranged and take place around the square by the locals or holding a larger events benefitting themselves and the transdwellers. Illustration of site economic opportunities
key characteristics // housing identity Based on stories and background data collected from previous portfolio, the idea was to identify the key characteristics and the essence of life in Syria while trying to bring back these characteristics and identities into the â€˜new urban asylum: housing for transdwellersâ€™. The characteristics are divided into social activity/ interaction, economic activity and housing. This key characteristics are applied as housing programs and to build up the environment into the scheme. Social Acitivty/ Interaction plays football grows flowers & vegetables
Economic Activity bakery/pastry teahouse & hookahs possible new economic activity/ employment Housing Housing area with roads, playgrounds, big trees and view Living with extended family Possible extension for growing family / customization Houses varies at 1 to 3 floors. Typically 2-3 bedrooms each floor source of information: (1) source: interview with Dr. Haytham Alhamwi, Mananging Director of Rethink Rebuild Manchester_syrian community (2) Refugee Republic source:http://refugeerepublic.submarinechannel.com/intro_en.php?o=o
housing scheme housing for transdwellers Site 01 was selected to design the housing proposal. The site is a parking lot adjacent to the Jamia Mosque and residential houses. It is located between Woodlands Street and Woodlands Road. Adjacent to the parking lot, located a row of retail shops which also has vacant spaces in between the shops.
Illustration of sectiona study on environmental response, housing arraangement and structures
cheetham hill, manchester
housing for transdwerllers Based on the data and background study collected, the strategies addresses the idea regarding adaptation while bringing cultural influences into site at Cheetham Hill. What is then created represents/resembles a small district of a pre-mixed community within an community; “city within a city” or “street within a street”. The courtyard arrangement idea is based on the traditional Islamic influence in typologies. Forming shared courtyards to creates a holistic environment encourages communal living while its other function providing ventilation, maximizing sun light and a place of gathering or social interaction as to create intimacy in space while increasing visual security. Site Plan
Gorund Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
Initial illustration of the housing environemnt and housing programs
Second Floor Plan
View from courtyard towards new internal street
Defining Rules: Setting parameters for a controlled design and arrangement
addition & subtaction
The typologies are design in grids in multiple of 3000mm to have a controlled dimension of spaces to maximize the number of dwellings and to design units affordably to the number of residents per unit. Based on the condition and number of people per family member, the housing expansion typology is considered as family members may arrive at different times from Syria. The idea of expansion enables the family to add a new floor or extension when needed.
The typologies can be divided into 4 types: a) Single people or Newleyweds/Couples b) Family (3-5 people) c) Family living with extended families (6 - 8 people) d) Mixed Unit with retail
View of the courtyard environment within the play area
Typology Section (Type B) Section scale 1:50
Sketch study of spatial experience through the courtyard and site planning
Elevation at West facing inside courtyard
Elevation at North facing inside courtyard
street within a street The rear elevation:the street within a street is developed through the new internal street at the backs of retail shops on site facing the housing facade. Similar approach is developed as the double frontage at the Jamia Square. One of the key idea is to make the back lane/new street lively with activities rather than only changing of rear elevation of the retail shops.
Section A - A
Illustration of the new internal street
site program Below shows a diagrammatic image of the site plan. The key strategies are achieved as such creating new street connection between Cheetham hill road and woodlands street and new internal street connection towards the public square, housing in courtyard arrangement for communal purposes and introducing new economic opportunities on site. The circulation boundary can be divided into two main layers as such public at new internal streets and more private circulation in courtyards.
facade materials The main idea is to have elements that resembles a natural physical finish with modern implication/design. The materials also relates in respect to the building surrounding on site.
ACADEMIC WORKS Housing Area
View from road intersection at woodlands road and woodlands street
timberstructures The project design is build up of modules/ units in a grid system through the site. Based on its repeated facade treatment, typologies, structural principle and size of units, timber frame structure is used as construction method. Timber frame structures principally (platform) framing is a light wood frame having studs only one story high, regardless of the stories built acting as a structure on its own transferring load, each story resting on the top plates of the story below or on the sole plates at foundation.
roof structure (primary structure)
Structural components and diagrams
internal wall (secondary structure)
external wall (primary structure) floor structure (floor joist) (secondary structure) exterior facade (secondary structure) (face brick/timber cladding)
Daylight summer and winter solar sectional drawing
ventilation & daylight Ventilation and daylight resolution are controlled through window openings, stack effect with mechanical ventilation and roof lights at certain typologies to provide natural lighting and natural ventilation. All windows are double glazed to reduce glaring. Image below is a sefaira analysis based on preliminary model massing. Through the analysis, some of the areas are under lit. Measures taken are through reducing the middle building mass and implementation of roof lights.
Preliminary daylight analysis (Sefaira)
Ventilation and daylight sectional study (Type B)
thermal control and comfort
Mineral wool insulation
Thermal control and comfort are achieved by ensuring insulated materials are placed in perimeter of building to ensure reduce heat flow out of the building. The insulation material is placed in perimeter of the building envelope and openings where typically heat loss occur. The design thermal comfort is also achieved through continuous ventilation and daylight/ double glazing materials at all windows. Air tightness is also controlled through vapour control layer membranes.
Typical insulated ares in typology Type C
Party wall sections based on fire requirements
View of the internal courtyard of the housing scheme
compendium of spatial inclusion
manchester housing crisis
Cover image of the booklet
The report’s objective is to attempt to expand the definition of the Housing Crisis, by quantifying the problem on a much smaller scale than it is normally characterized but with a wider scope of what is relevant to its study. Rather than taking a national scale perspective, our stance is to take Manchester as a case study, in order to do in-depth analysis on neighbourhoods, communities, streets. Critically, we hope that this level of detailed analysis will result in a recognition of the need to engage in specific responses to individual problems, rather than blanket solutions.
Glance of the report
We also looked at a number of texts that focus on a variety of issues and suggest different ideas and philosophical views. such as MSAP Discussion Paper Translation from Drawing to Building By Robin Evans, Creating Capabilities By Martha Nussbaum, Doing Disability Differently By Jos Boys and All This is Solid By Danny Dorling. We are producing this report to understand the issues working with partners in Manchester’s regeneration teams and housing providers such as City South Manchester Housing Trust, Southway Housing Trust, Northwards Housing and Manchester City Council.
Our presentation to the Manchester City Council and other Manchester’s Regeneration Team
housing rearrangement & reclaimation of public space In the current situation where there are issues such as shortage of housing, demolition of houses to built new ones and increase of new housing price, the project aims to re-use the existing stock to diversify and reorganize to create a longevity of the existing housing for now and future purposes. As previously described, the design strategy input undertakes to address an issue of a failure in a neighbourhood by making minimal changes and reorientate the existing housing layout and reclaiming a public green space for the benefit of the neighbourhood. With the new layout and public park, the design also aims to encourage people to take pride in their area, keeping areas nice, generate a sense of place and well presented as a way of preventing crime and preventing the area from being targeted. This will hopefully increase the social sustainability of the housing area with the new active housing layout arrangements. Initial illustration of the public park regenaration
Issue & Place
Addressing the failure of existing neighbourhood whereby the housing estate at Moston Vale, North Manchester is currently experiencing current issue of crime and anti-social behaviour. The project takes in consideration of improving the physical environment of the housing estate while discussing the issue of natural surveillance, permeability, legibility and zoning of the area.
Based on the detail study from studio 4.2, demographically, in majority people in living in Moston Vale are families with dependent children and people of age 65+. Evidently in the current situation in Moston Vale, in an area that population growth is increasing as there is high percentage of families with dependent children and dealing issue with crime and anti-social behaviour, rather than just economic investment, input in social investment into social housing and the social sustainability of the area could be done.
Preliminary planning of the housing estate rearrangemnet .
active fronts// private rears
The idea was to orientate the house with active ‘fronts’ to streets or main human activity and public spaces and inactive ‘backs’ to private the spaces. Thus activity will be more concentrated at fronts/streets and security is maintained at back spaces. Re-orientating the house would resulted in changes to internal layout. The strategy considers a minimal change to the internal layout while also necessary changes to the front facade of the house.
COmmunity engagement with school children and thier illustration of ideas in regeneration of the public park
Preliminary housing study , design and arrangement of existing housing estate public parks
Abstract illustration of rearrangement from drawings completed by the school children
Possible changes of re-orientating the houses and marking boundaries by adding landscape or new vehicular access. private backs
Heirarchy of housing composition
What makes a housing sustainable ? Moston, North Manchester
Lewis(2005) discusses that sustainability is more than houses with solar panels on the roof and maybe wind turbine in a garden. She describes that it is more about combining the poetic and material, the qualitative and the quantitative, the imaginative and the functional to create a quality environment for us now and the future and perhaps strands from four major elements such as design(aesthetics, architecture, a sense of place), environmental concerns, economic and consideration for the individual and society.
Site location in Moston
By identifying the hierarchy of activity and reorientating the active fronts of the house this would create a better surveillance and movement of people. This would make a clear delineation of zones of public , semi private and private zones.
design implications areas for arctivities
vegetation// green space
overall compostion Master Plan of Mostan Vale housing estate
a new public connection With the intention to connect the residential area with a transitory space and develop a place of gather for common activities and hopeful improving to a more lively, vibrant community at Moston Vale. Design position in response to build a stronger community, age friendly and pro-behaviour. Sketch study of housing estate
Illustrations 01 of before and after of the public park
Illustrations 02 of before and after of the public park
facade refurbishments The idea for the facade treatment as part of refurbishment of the re-orientated houses and new additional houses was to apply mixed use of material and giving more visual variation towards the houses as a single facade and also as a more interesting facade as a row of houses. The application of using this mix materials is only shown on a single row of elevation facing the park, meanwhile it could also be part of a way of applying this method to all the houses in this housing estate as a refurbishment programme or redevelopment (face-lift). Sectional drawing of the public park
Facades and types of refurbishment materials
Sectional perpective of the housing estate
ipoh convention centre
A task was given to design a convention centre. The project duration requires almost 3 months of designing. The project compromises of precedent case studies, long span structure study, site analysis, model making, schematic services, a design report and a final presentation board of the design. The site chosen was at Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin shah in Ipoh, Perak. amazingly the site is backdrop with a beautiful scenery of lushes green of mountain range. A design was to be proposed based on the client chosen and directly or indirectly portray their identity and portraying Ipoh itself. A detail study was done based on the site analysis and case studies to come out with a design. A timeless design approach was eventually produced based on the idea of translating humble, reflections of nature and the element of verticality and horizontality of mountains. Many design process was taken in consideration and a final design was produced.
timeless city of ipoh
Site illustrations and images
Ground Floor Plan
A modern town of many characteristics, Ipoh is also known for its rich history as a mining town. It is a fast developing city of high potential in economy. Beautiful backdrop of hilly tops, peaceful environment and panoramic views allows new exploration for a designer to design. In reflection towards Ipoh. A task is given to design a convention centre to fit locally and internationally. The convention centre is will complete with exhibition halls, auditorium, meeting rooms and cafeteria. The design has to respond with the local and site context. The design must also represents its client.
Basement and First Floor Plan
design intention The main idea is to reflect the serenity of Ipoh, an iconic image of Ipoh whereby it is landscape with beautiful terrain and lakes from mining waste land. Imaging the atmosphere that is Ipoh is translated into the design by emphasizing the horizontality and verticality of terrain. Water element also plays an important role, it projects a reflection or humbleness which in away respecting the nature and surrounding while adding cooling effect to the building.
case study photos
Passive Approach Free ventilation at cafeteria area
Central point of circulation
Free ventilation at cafeteria area Hozirontality and verticality directions
Water feature// Rain water havesting
Free ventilation at reception lobbby and courtyard
Sun shadding louvers Mockup Model Study
Interior view of courtyard//lobby reception
design approach The design approach is divided into 3 different zones of public, semi private, private and services. The circulation is clearly divided by the separation of free ventilation reception lobby. A central control will equally divide the transition of spaces. Besides that, an approach of inside-out is applied to enhance the interior atmosphere which gives a a sense of belonging in the spatial quality. The facade design emphasizes on vertical and horizontal elements. The idea is to reflect the fluidity of the plan. Furthermore, the elements also functions as a shading device.
Along with the building conceptual study and designs, other key important part of building was the building services and its anatomy. As part of the final academic year assessment, we needed to showcase our understanding towards building regulations such as fire requirements, air condition systems, electrical supply and systems, plumbing and sewerage systems.
Electrical//Air Condition Systems
Fire Fighting Requirement
building constructions Together with the building construction classes coordinated, major part of the studies incorporated designing with steel structures. Detail drawings and illustrations shown demonstrates detail understandings of using steel constructions. Mixture of building material palette were used for facades & structures such as double glaze curtain windows, rain screens, brick layering, steel frame structures with I beams as well as horizontal louvers for shading.
3D details and illustrations
â€œtropical enclaveâ€? Walk up block elevations
Tower block elevations
Lumut is a timeless town of many possibilities and creating a sense of linkativity is the idea. A linkage is important in developing a community in terms of communication and relationships of the housing with the surrounding. The continuous linkage is seen in the continued pathway of the building to the site boundary connecting to the existing pedestrian walkway. The design also incorporates a centralized community living whereby the facilities is concentrated in the middle as a transition space of interaction among the residents. Besides that, the building treatment is subtle and humble which respects and blends in with the surrounding to complement the concept design of linkativity of building and the environment.
Location Plan, Lumut Perak
design approach The site planning is divided clearly of zones. It is vertically raised in increasing hierarchy and a centralized green area with community facilities is created. Being able to view at central green brings up the sense of surveillance for the community and use as a transition space of communication. An axis line is created as a continuous linkage of building Towards the outside. Planning of the parking is located along the site and under the building on ground floor. Input on green passive design is clearly seen of stack effect which happens between the apartment blocks. Besides that, the building is orientated facing north-south to prevent from direct sun light. The site planning represents the horizontal and vertical linkage of the surrounding into the site.
Green design strategies
First Floor and Typical Floor Plans
Blow up floor units
typologies & spatial functions The housing scheme is developed with 3 different typologies Type A being the intermediate units, Type B on corner lots, Type C with walk up units and accommodating units for the disabled residents on first floor level which are nearby to retail units. The typologies are typically house for 3-5 members of people. On the ground floor the housing scheme includes facilities such as musola, nursery for children, community hall, office from administration and green areas for multipurpose activities. Ground FLoor Plan
construction and environmental strategies The building construction applies the industrialized building system (IBS) whereby it is a method of construction process utilizes techniques, products and components which involves prefabricated components or on-site installation. It includes the process which components of building are conceived, planning, fabricated, transported and erected on site. Whereas green strategies are focused mainly on passive designs such as orientation of building, sun shading louvers and raised courtyards creating stack effects for better building and unit ventilations.
IBS construction built up and components
Sun shading devices at walk up housing units
06 â€œthe symbiosis of man, religion and natureâ€? The design intention is to create the right environment tahfiz students in an urban context by creating a different kind of atmosphere. Basically the idea is to achieve seclusion having tranquility and living in serenity of belonging. The strategy is to break the boundaries between the inside-out by interplay of nature and landscape. Having a sense of discovery, boundaries of tahfiz and hafizah, linkages of courtyards, implementing technology and using bear materials completes the honesty and humble of design.
N Enlarged ground floor plan
The design thus brings awareness and educates the students and community on design and living in sustainability which then explain the concept which in cooperates three elements of man, al-quran and nature interrelating between the elements functioning as one.
Overall view of the environment
View of the cafeteria and class Front elevation
Furniture display in campus
Multiple seating positions
furniture designs 07 furniture designs After working through our design and manufacturing process, we noticed parallels with the WikiHouse concept of open source design intended for global mass production. We created a set of drawings and kit of parts in the style of a WikiHouse project in the hopes that our design could potentially exist within their catalogue.
Components of the furniture
We then focused on creating a multi-functional unit and started experimenting with different shapes. The most efficient way of rotating the movable unit around a central pivot is by using a semi circle shaped disk. It can be adjusted to a number of different angles for a back seat or a table as chosen by the user.
Section and elevation drawings
For the prototype we decided to try a number of different materials such as plywood and perspex. For the Final product we used plywood as it can placed for both outdoor and indoor uses when treated. The design however can be manufactured using other materials as well depending on the location. Our final design managed to meet the criteria we set ourselves in initial design discussions in terms of function whilst also developing aesthetically into a product we thought looked visually appealing in the environments we had considered. Furniture assembly
assistant archiect (2013/2014) at :
08 arkitek asaseni sdn. bhd. This section of the portfolio comprises of 3 main projects I had the opportunity to handle and assist working at Arkitek Asaseni Sdn. Bhd. These examples of 3D images and working drawings produced are mainly some of the important assigned task I managed about a year of practice. Through this experience, I have understood the body of work and the thoughtful process of architecture in philosophical, theoretical and technical manner within various stages of these projects.
quartermaster complex project: TDM //Terengganu Task: Design amendments from original design proposal Produce working and detail drawings Produce 3D modeling and renderings
Experience in practice @ beginner - intermediate level
Produce working and detail drawings Produce 3D modeling and renderings Assist architect throughout tendering process (produce and print drawings) Managed CCC certificate for projects
Assist architect in project presentations Managed consultations with QS, M&E, C&S and contractors Assist architects at site and consultant/coordination meetings Produce minute meetings Edited company profile Managed EOT schedules Other office works
pedestrian walkway & bridge project: DBKL //Jalan Pahang Task: Produce working and detail drawings Produce 3D modeling and renderings Prepare project for open & selective tendering Design amendments of structural elements Assist architect in a presentation with the mayor at DBKL office Attend meetings and consults with other consultants throughout working out tender drawings Managed setting out site meetings
sekolah rendah agama al-hidayah project: JAWI //Putrajaya
Task: Design facade amendments from original design proposal Produce working and detail drawings Produce 3D modelling and renderings Attend multiple site meetings and inspection, authorithy and consultants
pixelate bamboo Bamboo Design Competition 2011
Pixelate Bamboo Eco-Bus Shelter is a design based of modularity. The main intention of the design is of its compactness and packable or knock-down concept, prefabrication of the modules of cubic shapes makes it easy to construct with speed and easy to handle. The modules are connected together with a 6-way timber fittings. Besides that, since it has a cubic form. The design is flexible and are able of dismantling which allows the design to fit with surroundings to fit local and international market. In consideration with green design, solar panel, motion sensor and led lightings are fixed in together
Modular components and connections
Bamboo shelters can be implemented at various places
future bamboo construction model// self-built 01 Modular designs by customer 02 Design uploaded to website server Propose 3D design 03 based on modular cubes by client 04 Payment & posting Installation by 05 customer
Green and environmental strategiy and technology
Project marketing through website server
kampung baru, kuala lumpur
breathing green 2nd GreenTech House Competition 2013
Located in the north of Kuala Lumpur City Centre bounded by Jalan Raja MudaMusa in the North East, Jalan Hassan Salleh in the South West. A town is a dissipative system that needs to exchange with the outside natural world to get a level of dynamic balance. To become self sufficient entity, where there is waste is absorbed and the energy and materials are constantly produced and renewed, a continuous exchange with the system of nature must be included in the planning. Thus the idea of Breathing Green which is a symbiosis of building design and the surrounding is introduced.
Landscape and retail areas between the housing scheme
Kampung Baru To upgrade the standard of urban malay living while maintaining its lifestyle and culture
Site Planning A site planing that respond towards malay urban context and enriching malaycommunity by having elements of characteristic of kampung melayu
Unit Designs Unit design that has flexible spaces of free ventilation and interlocking neighbourhood environment in vertical manner
Unit modules // typologies
Building programs and site considerations
IBS building components and structures
Green building startegies
Hawkins Brown //
recognising the social award
Photograph at award acceptance during MSA Degree Show 16’; Harbinder Singh (Hawkins Brown Practice Manchester) and Prof. Tom Jefferies (Head of Manchester School of Architecture)
In response to the statement that Architecture is fundamentally a social art, Hawkins\Brown is launching an annual Prize for BA3 and M.Arch2 graduating students. Hawkins\Brown works hard to interrogate programmes, engage in research, and getting into the mind set of clients and users. As final year undergraduate and postgraduate students you are invited to submit your project, which you feel meets the following criteria: • a strong social agenda • show innovative use of engagement • show an in depth understanding of actors and agencies apparent • show active collaboration, be it with peers, other disciplines or participants • address and respond to social complexities on a number of scales • be accessible, both architecturally and in their representation • express existing values, ethos and physical context of where they are situated
Manchester School of Architecture
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