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photograph: SIKA office in renovation

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KUCHING, MALAYSIA

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habitat

dreamhouse theatre

the pipeline

SIKA renovation

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BG pavilion

assembly

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abell road hotel + office epilogue


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ST PETER’S CHAPLAINCY

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THE HOVER-ARK for the dove-keeper:

OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER

rainwater collection for bird’s bath

That which is transient, that hovers around like the doves! water outlet

A self-sustaining mini home,

A HABITAT for white doves:

one which the doves recognize; for Nathan the dove-keeper to travel, to stop,

That which welcomes daylight,

and to meet.

that of a fairly low altitude. A tailored little haven solar panels

overlooking an open space -

mini water reservoir

one for interaction; with their kind, and with us.

hovercraft system

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Design 1 introvert space (timber)

CYCLE PATH

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A COMMUNITY CENTRE for all:

INTROVERT // EXTROVERT

ambivert (threshold) extrovert space (glass)

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That which reflects Nathan; his introvert-extrovert nature. A social place on approach, a contemplative place deeper in.

Design 2

A gather space for the community, a stop for the doves to join, and a rest place for all minds.

glass timber

foamboard massing of that which involves timber 1:200

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OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER

Design 3 design 3 favoured: more distinct difference between the two natures, with a linkage as connection.

Design 3 developed first sinous curve for a heightened sense for each space introvert and extrovert

Design 3 developed second sinous curve for a gradual transition from extrovert to introvert

Complementary design addition

the threshold as a gather-place for white doves architecture

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entry guided by curves additional sinous curves for a unified design theme

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access to site

DON QUIXOTE

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THE SITE: WYTHENSHAWE PARK, MANCHESTER accumulated rainwater in winter - a temporary scene Just as Don Quixote’s challenges and stories are unreal, the chosen site possesses a similar trait of unrealness, i.e. the very temporary and rare rainwater collection in winter season. Similarly, the site is for a temporary pop-up theatre, showing the play Don Quixote. The theatrical spaces are lightweight and temporary, non-theatrical heavyweight and permanent. Key concept: lightweight vs. heavyweight (analogy: Quixote’s illusions as what is temporary and light)

A POP-UP THEATRE site analysis: access to site

scene backdrop concept: trees and ‘village’ as backdrop of a scene in Don Quixote

2 choices of backdrop, each with spatial exploration

towards final design backdrop 1 favoured for a nearer & better theatrical experience

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lightweight (hay bales, timber) heavyweight (reinforced concrete) 1:200 penultimate physical model lightweight vs. heavyweight // temporary vs permanent

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circulation for visitors and performers, the temporary pool boundary as the lightweight-heavyweight threshold.

The heavyweight frontage and entrance in relation to the lightweight theatrical space beyond.

The semi-open waiting space before entering the theatre, housing tables and seatings.

An top view of the theatre stage area, featuring the central long staircase essential for the play of Don Quixote, as he is to be coming down as a ‘hero’ at a time of the play.

The exit of the theatre, moving out from the temporary water ponded area.

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INDIVIDUAL WORK: BEING A BEAST // OBSERVATION AND SENSES HYDROPONICS SYSTEM

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INDIVIDUAL WORK: being a beast; observations on spiders along a transect

Along a transect in the city of Manchester, observations on spiders and their habitat provide new perspectives on natural living. This becomes a source of inspiration for my studio design project.

GROUP WORK: TACKING POLLUTION WITH EVERYDAY NATURE

GROUP POLLUTION:

150mm x 150mm INSECT PIPELINE

pollution and everyday nature

moss cork soil

render of interventions: pipeline system + green wall / green space (personal contribution to group)

nutrient water

ISSUE: POLLUTION Pollution level increases with urbanization in Manchester. Wildlife is driven out. There occurs separation between urban and nature.

... that leads to a tale

AIM: EVERYDAY NATURE Our intention is to reduce impacts of pollution on wildlife, particularly insects, bats and plants, besides raising awareness on the issue among school children. We aspire to celebrate ruderal everyday nature and ultimately dissolve the urban-nature polarisation. PROPOSAL: INSECT PIPELINE & GREEN FEATURES We proposed a linear insect pipeline that runs along the transect, accompanied by a series of green walls and green spaces. The pipe protects small plants and insects from pollution and provides a better habitat in its micro-ecosystem. These interventions bring everyday nature to school children and the public.

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n a t u r e - i n s p i r e d

C H I L D R E N ’ s L I B R A R Y

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culmination point: INSECTS CENTRAL

PIPE-END

inspiration from spider webs

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CHILDREN’S LIBRARY: TALES OF THE PIPE-END With an insect-attracting steel mesh façade, children’s library Tales of the Pipe-End is the culmination point of the insect pipeline. As in the Theme Pollution group project the impact of the intervention on wildlife and young people is being considered, the focused users in my project are also the young. Inspired by nature - particularly from observations of spider webs, this library aims to foster a strong intimacy between people and nature through its underlying designs.

Piccadilly Point Student Accommodation

Main issue of site: noise pollution due to heavy taxi traffic on Baring Street

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E Reference: LIFT-OFF: WE ARE ALL ASTRONAUTS (ROMANYSHYN, 1989) ‘…the message coded in our genes is to journey in search of home.’ (Romanyshyn, 1989, p.25)

The inspiration is to design a series of reading spaces that accommodates for the different needs of users. They can keep searching through the library until they found their favourite reading space, or ‘home’. architecture

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BARING STREET

reading/relaxing nets over purple horsemint field RIVER MEDLOCK

INSPIRATION: SPIRAL/SHEET WEB

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GROUND FLOOR PLAN Mayfield Station

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This central courtyard of shallow water and vegetation aims to create a serene ambience for the reading spaces surrounding it, while promoting an ecosystem. During dryer seasons, water is released to the courtyard from the cistern, above which is a green roof that filters rainwater. The cistern also supplies water to the rest of the building.

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Water cistern (above: green roof) Boiler room Gas meter room Plant room Substation

biodiversity: BLUE PICKEREL WEED & DRAGONFLY

THE BUFFER ZONE

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Noise pollution is significant due to busy traffic of taxis at Baring street. As quietness is favoured for a library, the impact of noise pollution is minimized by a ‘green belt’ that absorbs noise. Spaces that require less quietness (cafe, kitchen, storage, etc.) become part of the buffer zone, while reading spaces the quiet zone. Calmness and serenity is enhanced with a central water courtyard.

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‘INSECTS CENTRAL’ The pipeline culminates at the... INSPIRATION: DEW DROPS // WEB

READING NETS Here children can enjoy relaxed outdoor reading (with their parents if they wish!). They can walk around or lie on the nets, which hover just over the aromatic purple horsemint field. The purple horsemint helps in relieving anxiety and promoting relaxation. Apart from providing ample seating area for children to read, this structure also allows children to observe and interact with the mint plants in an unconventional way. architecture

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INSECT ATTRACTING FACADE

ART STUDIO

This steel mesh facade is the culmination ‘central’ of the insect pipeline. Inspired by dew drops on spider web, the ‘shiny droplets’ are tiny containers that grow small plants. Insects gather here, forming a little ecosystem around the facade.

Encapsulated is the studio where young people create art from children’s story. The facade acts as a layer of protection, and also encourages children to draw inspiration from nature.

PEOPLE PURPLE HORSEMINT

biodiversity: PURPLE HORSEMINT Maximum interaction with the aromatic and soothing purple horsemint is possible without posing harm to the plants.

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the cafe - mingling of young and old

C H I L D R E N ’ s L I B R A R Y an overview

READING AS PROGRAMME There are many ways one choose to read a book, from being in total silence to drawing and acting out the stories within. This project aims to provide these different spaces to accomodate for creative reading styles, for children mainly, and even parents!

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May the architecture itself be as ‘dull’ as the grey of concrete, let the young ones ‘colour’ the spaces, and bring alive the architecture.

SOLITUDE TO MUTLTITUDE SOLITUDE INDIVIDUAL NOOK

reading nook - the safe space

solitary reading

MEDIUM NOOK small group reading

COMPUTER CLUSTER e-reading / AV style reading

That’s just too much for me! I want a quiet and reflective read.

I love story-telling from mummy! And there’s cake!

ART STUDIO drawing from stories

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READING NETS relaxed outdoor reading over mint field

Witch of Narnia..! You are condemned!

READING STEPS & MINI STAGE

Entrance

reading and acting on stage!

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Renovation Works to SIKA Office at Level 3 Shoplot 42, Saradise.

NOV ’17 - FEB ’18

A contemporary sales office of 3 spaces.

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NEW BRICKWALL W/ PAINT G E NEW CEMENT PLASTERED BRICKWALL W/O PAINT

DIMENSIONS OF NEW SHELVING: SELECTED STEEL RAIL TO BE INSTALLED OTHER N E R A L NEW WORKS O F F I C(TOTAL E = 24 UNITS) L O U OMITTED WORKS

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BREAKING DOWN INTO THREE CORE SPACES EL EXISTING EMERGENCY LIGHT TO BE REMAINED

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This SIKA sales office lies on the third floor of Shoplot 42, Saradise. The design was so to divide the floor into three main spaces, i.e. the general office, the lounge and the meeting room. K

EXISTING KELUAR SIGN TO BE REMAINED

These spaces are divided by steel framed glass panels. Most reinforced concrete works are for the new pantry, while new brick walls were constructed to create the filing room. Most furniture will be brought in from the old office, but new plywood shelvings are to be installed on vertical steel rails.

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Schematic Design for The Brooke Gallery Pavilion (souvenir shop & office) A pavilion - lightweight and humble - that does not overshadow the integrity of the historical colonial building: Fort Margherita.

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to maintain part of the existing structure

SITE: FORT MARGHERITA (HISTORICAL COLONIAL MONUMENT), KUCHING

PROPOSED PAVILION entrance

exit Fort Margherita

EXISTING BUILDING: WC + STORE

THE DESIGN PROJECT INVOLVEMENT:

The pavilion sees a conformity in its form to that of the fort. The use of glass renders its sense of lightness. The foyer leads to either the souvenir shop or the gallery, depending on the user group. Services and storage lie at the middle where the existing structure is, being the enclosed.

- on-site measurement & analysis - schematic design - design presentation (CAD drawing & 3D model) HUMBLE ARCHITECTURE

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SEMI-SEE-THROUGH: Glass is one significant material utilised in the design so to contribute to the overall lightness of the pavilion, as well as openess. LIGHTWEIGHT ROOF: One single-piece lightweight roofing tops all spaces. NEW LINKWAY: A footpath with simple steel structured translucent roof makes the new linkway between the fort and the pavilion.

The lightweight and semi-see-through design is so to uphold the integrity of Fort Margherita. The form of the pavilion follows that of the fort. The height sees about a quarter of the fort’s. This is a humble architecture as an auxiliary building, instead of one that overshadows. S I O W

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Hotel and Office Blocks at Abell Road, Kuching

MAR ’18 - PRESENT

A mixed development on the long narrow site of Lot 9 Abell Road, at the heart of Kuching city.

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OFFICE BLOCK Left : Initial design ideas and development for the budget hotel room layout.

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Floor areas are ‘cut out’ to form voids that rises diagonally, improving natural lighting and ventilation on each floor, besides reducing floor area to reduce demands for parking spaces. This is due to limitations of the long narrow site.

HOTEL BLOCK Left : A view at the hotel buffer zone - the grating walkway for servicing

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The brief is to achieve more hotel rooms per floor without sacrificing the comfort of users. The final design sees a simple layout with basic hotel facilities. Each room offers an unobstructed walkway towards a good view of the outside.

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The long narrow site poses challenges in designing; consideration had to be made carefully regarding setbacks, building heights, floor areas as well as parking spaces. Yet with all these constraints, design creativity is allowed to flourish with cut-out spaces for the office block, and powerful simplicity for the hotel. Materials proposed are those locally sourced.

OFFICE BLOCK Left : A interior view featuring the core staircase and the cut-out spaces, with office rooms behind. Right : A perspective of the front facade (brick fins, ventilation blocks, glass louvres and vegetation) S I O W

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PAMSC INTERSECTION architecture magazine

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Architect’s statement by Siow Ping Goh (Amber) A Dynamic Journey Across a long pool, the dark steel box entrance protrudes from a concrete wall, silently inviting people to experiences beyond the calm façade. Past the threshold, daylight shower from floor-to-ceiling glazing on both sides quickly makes up for the cold entrance. Interior-exterior connection is established, yet privacy is not all lost with concrete fins lined up against the windows.

For my hometown Kuching, Borneo Island, Malaysia:

Openness surges while travelling from the first pod to the second. Following the concrete pod is a light airy one which space is encapsulated by steel lattice screens. This is the pavilion. It feels almost like being outdoors as tropical plants grow lusciously like those of the wild. Sat gently by the pavilion is the meeting room, and perhaps it is comparable to gazebo in a secret garden.

Featuring: The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly The Golden S Bridge The Sarawak River

Across the pavilion, the rear off-form concrete wall from the first pod faces a rustic barefaced brick wall, beyond which is where the offices are - the third pod. There is a shift from rural to contemporary. Bright and modern, this is the space most frequently used and where creative ideas are conceived. Again the expanse of the outdoors is merged with the indoors through a series of openings framed by concrete fins. Exiting this third pod sees another shift from the enclosed to the outdoor. With steel roofing atop, the fourth pod houses the private carpark and utility rooms, of which its layout holds resemblance to that of the second pod. And by now this dynamic journey is nearly ending, having traversed through a hierarchy of spaces from public to private. Ultimately it culminates at the final and largest pod - the private sports hall which is a composite of materials, recalling and uniting all experiences of materiality from the previous pods. The lightweight and the heavyweight amalgamates harmoniously; corrugated steel cladding fills up spaces framed by concrete columns and ventilation blocks, while the recycled portal frame and steel roofing lie above at a lofty height. By the exit, a series of cast in-situ reinforced concrete fins stand tall along the promenade – its grandeur is sure to leave exiting patrons a striking memory of this space.

Dynamic yet not uncomfortable, contemporary yet not excluding beauty of the rustic – these are the traits of the new Benta Mewah office. This, is a space for cultivation of creative thoughts that seek to enhance the lifestyle of many through innovative works of development.

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: MNSC Architects in collaboration with Design Network Architects Sdn. Bhd. : Ar. Lau Ming Ngi Kong Yean Wei : Benta Mewah Sdn. Bhd. : Perunding J.L. Maju : Perunding Dynatech Sdn. Bhd. : Golden Rich Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (Phase 1) Pembinaan Leyan Sdn, Bhd. (Phase 2)

Thank you - for your kind consideration.

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