Kwok Chi Yin portfolio
Selected Studio Projects 1. Circular Housing
3. The Hangover
Other Works Work Experience Curriculum Vitae
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High Density Housing Design with variety of typologies Tutor: Olivier Ottevaere 2013 This project explores a high density housing design with variety of typologies at a difficult site. Situated at a challenging sloping site, with cable car track above the site and facing the Yangtsz River in Chongqing, a hilly, energetic, chaotic, and the biggest city in China, the housing complex has embraced its landscape and engaged with the urban quality of the city. With rapid urbanization, intricate urban fabric on the mountains are flattened and replaced by big blocks. In response, I also propose one big complex on the site, which its building massing maximizes sunlight and avoiding the cable car track. The complex is lifted by pilotis, as a grounding strategy to sit on the sloping site. The freed ground is designed as public space which is commonplace in Chongqing. It also connects subtly to the surrounding neighbourhoods. By proposing a grid regulating the structure and geometry of the mass, it provides unity of the housing complex yet great variance in itself. from a pencil radial tower transforming into individual circular units and terrace typology.
cable car station
site sections and site photos
1:500 & 1:200 Massing Development I was initialy interested in the mixing of typologies with connection in a much larger scale in 1:500 massing models. Under further investigation and study did i found the massing as agglomerates of room scale merged as a whole gives more potential to the design.
series of plans: program
indoor public space
landscape retaining wall
main roof garden
radial tower unit
sided tower unit terrace unit public round house unit shops
series of plans: program
35/f plan: radial tower
13/f plan: corridor typology
7/f plan: public space/ transfer lobby
6/f plan: terrace and circular houses/ underground landscape
plan E: circular houses/ public platform
render/section A: the overall concept: typologies, landscape, context
cascading slope for landscape/ houses typology roof gardens and public space/clubhouse (accessed by core)
section C: 90 degrees slope accomodate straight cores/ vertical circulations and lobby transfer allows traffic efficiency
visualization: public spaces: roof gardens
visualization: public spaces: underground
model photo: circular houses against the slope
model photo: public platform in between circular houses
model photo: unit typology with strip facade
Concrete Formwork Design and Research Tutor: Olivier Ottevaere 2012
This project investigates concrete formwork that could be utilized on a sloped site for a possible housing structure. After a straight extrusion, we consider the walls splited for floors and shift to create balconies for pleasant living space. Three units for each floor and gaps are void for light and ventilation. Circulation are spiral stairs along the slope and lift core anchored inbetween units, to provide efficient yet site-reponsive circulation. Geometry of units and arrangement of openings are carefully constructed with systems designed as learnt from previous design process for ellipse construction and hexagonals openings. We tried hard to incoperate the goods of our design into the final model.
Plans and sections show the shifting of balcony, efficient vertical circulation for units and aperatures for respective program and function. Graduation of the cut line on successive plans shows the interaction and the respect of topography for the structural system. A common corridor is created at the back for a back-up route/alternative circulation which two spiral stairs runs along the slope to the ground floor.
plans and sections
decreasing sizes of circles for a converging void from top to bottom
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geometry/ process diagram
shifting of circles to create balconies
spiral staircase & lift
Shear wall itself is served as pile cap - It is casted on piles that fix the structure on slope.
2. Slip Formwork Shear walls are divided into unitized panels, at the same time, side walls and circular parts are divided into equal parts for the ease of fabrication.
3. Precast Circulation Core Stairs and lift core are precasted and installed floor by floor during casting procedure. 3. Precast Circulation Core
4. Casting Procedure The structure is casted floor by floor for each floor, wall is casted, where precast slab is firmly connected to the wall before the cast continues for upper floors.
2. Slip Formwork
4. Casting Procedure
Precast floor slabs
Shear wall on piles
number of openings
to stairs to lift to balcony
Aperatures for program/ in concrete casting Apertures are opened on the closed shear wall to attain sunlight and ventilation for units. With different sizes of apertures, different sizes of windows for program, entrances are defined. Aperatures in casting as solid also acts as both voiding and spacers in the casting process, counteracting the pressure of concrete.
core circulation to units
balconies allowed by shifting
stairs circulation in between units
cross the road to sky
to theater life + relax
to fountain to tunnel
info ground + art
A proposal for Basel Tourist Centre for Arts Competition Entry with Sam Ki, Jason Yeung 2013 Situated in a condensed yet vibrant urban context - forming a tight triangle on plan with Tinguely Fountain and the Basel Theater, with dramatic topography across the site. Instead of a traditional visitor center sitting directly on the ground, we propose an unequaled vision: a hanged floating surface above a freed ground plane, forming an ephermeral pavilion space both in the air and under ground. The design is an extrusion of the site plot. The roof is inclined to arrive the around. This roof terrace becomes a social space with views to fountain. The complex surface that comprises all the programs of the visitor center is hung with wires anchored to the roof, which is supported by columns on the periphery. Since the structure is supported from above, the space on the ground floor can be freed. Paper, a material with cozy translucency is chosen for the ambience of the space, as basel possess one of the finest paper museums in the world that produces its own local paper, making it a decent material with respect to the context of the site and the architectural qualities of the space.
roof/ public space
pavilion/ interior space
ground/ public space
exploded axonometric drawing
activate opera house
create a cultural experience liberated from work through sequence of spaces library + book market + music school
edges mismatch context for layers
music school access:
transparency and programme
east/west facade translucent: screen from adjacent
north/south transparent: connection to programme spatially, visually
programmatic sequence and privacy deeper in space, more private the programme privacy : market >library > music school user specificity: music school > library = market general reading
reference/ general reading
digital library/ circulation
design of a mixed-program building/ development of the market analysis Tutor: Wang Fei Spring 2012 It locates at a site with Shanghai Opera House at the back while facing high density residential zones and vibrant street with a huge office tower at the front.
street side and commercial centre
To deal with contradicting program market and library with an additional program of music school, the design approach is adapting interlocking boxes giving spatial layers with respect to program, depth of spaces. Public and private is also considered into the design, by screening and movement in spatial layers.
we read space as layers
total boolean of spaces (public/shared space)
material (literal transparency)
partial boolean of spaces (privacy)
space (phenomenal transparency)
dimensions of spatial units
can be noisy
layers created by boolean
must be quiet
go to one you feel comfortable with reading < exhibition read
diagrams: constructing layers in space
general reading +3.3
general reading +3.8
study room/new books
reference/reading +11.8 reference/reading +14.3
cafe market +12.4
referemce reading +9.3
Through each layer in the space, the spatial frame changes through movement, as if a series of floating box hovering around the main lobby/ market space, but when any frame is captured, the space slows down and become sharp, acute and deep as the percipient slows down.
photo essay Tutor: Christiane Lange 2011
An urban scenario resembles the excerpt “City and Desire” in the by Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”: “In the center of Fedora, that gray stone metropolis, stands a metal building with a crystal globe in every room. Looking into each globe, you see a blue city, the model of a different Fedora. These are the forms the city could have taken if, for one reason or another, it had not become what we see today. In every age someone, looking at Fedora as it was, imagined a way of making it the ideal city, but while he constructed his miniature model, Fedora was already no longer the same as before, and what had been until yesterday a possible future became only a toy in a glass globe.” The mirage of industrial building behind the glass facade has a reminiscence of the inextricable and paradoxical relationship between the cities old fabric and the isolated island of new construction.
The Invisible Cities and the photo essay
handdrawing, mapping and installation with Sam Ki, Kevin Huang 2010
In this project we think about how to map and record space through exploring the possibility of arm movement, through strectching, bending and twisting of it. For strectching, we devise mapping points at 3D coordinates through plumbeting arm position to a grid on the ground, so that we can gain corresponding x, y, z coordinates through time. Twisting, which is more invisible, reveals through a layer of tight fit skin composed of tapes and plastic, which is unfolded to suggest a twisting through striation patterns.
plumb line = z coordinate grid = x, y coordinates
Bending is measured through projecting a grid onto photographs with changing degree of twisting.
concept/ mapping of 3D coordiantes in space
body-skin making for unrolling
mapping of strectching and twisting movement
movement mapping by projection of grid
left: installation of bodymapping in Detour HK 2010 right: elevation of bodymapping installation
smart twisting modules
kinetic facade study
with Jack Lai visualMID communication, 2011 TERM RENDER
with Anthony Chu, Benedict Lee, Jack Lai visual communication, 2012
other works in school
with Anthony Chu, Benedict Lee, Jack Lai, Tim Tsui visual communication, 2012
with Anthony Chu, Clarence Fong, Tim Yeung 2012
with Anthony Chu, Clarence Fong, Tim Yeung, Kit Yau structure design, 2013
parametric design digital media, 2012
Daxing Mixed-Use Development, Beijing mixed-use development, GFA: 365000sqm Year-Out at Aedas 2013 The huge GFA required for the project on two plots of land is resolved into six office towers with a megablock of retail space which is divided into smaller parts for illumination and ventilation, with plenty of green spaces resulted from massing arrangement. In the project, I participated in the concept, schematic and detail design stages. I contributed in 3D modelling and geometry study, CAD drawing and renderings. image from aedas.com
other works in school/ work experience
input: main entrances 3D detailing and rendering
Allmetropolis urban research
Internship at Go West Project Summer 2012 A research project examining the possible consequences and urban implications of a special economic zone, a chinese model, establishing in Europe.
By comparing the special economic zone Shenzhen and Flevoland in China, with researches in political, economical, social aspect of different cities, the project tries to extrapolate qualities from the Chinese model. It aims to address and pose question about the current international development, fully aware of the gradual power shift from the west to the east.
DENSITY per km
GDP per capita (USD)
METRO Length (km)
CBD Green Airport Residential
Airport Residential 2 KILOMETERS
Commercial 2 KILOMETERS
Airport Residential 0
scale and data comparison of major cities to Flevoland
Jiaxing island, Jiaxing
mixed-use development, GFA: 10000sqm, under construction Internship at Go West Project+AIM Architecture Summer 2012 It is a mixed use project with multiple program with great connectivity through bridges connection, a open space and high ceiling underground garage/event space in a courtyard setting. I took part in early concept stage to schematic design stage, including massing development, models, facade design, drawings, renderings and presentations to clients. I am excited about this project, for the great participation of a design which is getting built, and the tremendous speed of china urbanization.
Education 2010-2013 Jan 2012- May 2012
University of Hong Kong, Bachelor of Arts (Architectural Studies) Shanghai Study Centre, Study Program
Work Experience July 2013-now July 2012-Sept 2012 July 2012-Sept 2012
Aedas, Hong Kong Go West Project, Shanghai AIM Architecture, Shanghai
-As one of the selected third year project exhibited in the Annual Degree Show of HKU 2013
Basel Pavilion of Culture Design Competition -Competition Entry Other Activities
Kwok Chi Yin (Stephen) +852 96239536 email@example.com
2010-2013 2011 2013 2013
Conductor/ Pianist/ Chorister at Starr Hall Choir, HKU:
Chorister/ Designer at The Greenerâ€™s Sound(Choir):
2011 2003-now 2009 2009, 2010 2010 2010 2011 2012
-HKU Interhall Choir Competition Champion -HKU Interhall Choir Competition 1st-runner up -HKU Interhall Choir Competition Best Accompanist Award
-Logo and Booklet Design -Hong Kong School Music Festival 2011, 2nd Runner Up
Chorister/ Soloist at Wah Yan College, Kowloon Boysâ€™ Choir: -Friendly Concert at National Theatre, Beijing -Hong Kong School Music Festival Senior Boys Choir(Chinese), Winner -Vocal Master Classes at Castel Viscardo, Italy -6th World Choir Games, Xiaoxing, Gold Medal Award -3rd Hong Kong International Youth and Children Choir Festival, First Prize -7th World Choir Games, Cincinnati, Gold Medal Award