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MELISSA TANG

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Architecture + Design Selected Works 2011-2013


MELISSA TANG SELECTED WORKS: 2011-2013 t.melissa713@gmail.com 1(647) 924 1090 (Canadian) (852) 91239989 (Hong Kong) 1701-37 Grosvenor Street Toronto M4Y3G5 Ontario Canada


TABLE OF CONTENTS/ PROJECTS


PHILOSOPHER’S WALK 6 MOVEMENT AND ARCHITECTURE 12 COLLECTOR’S HOUSE 16 ORGANICISM 22 PHOTOGRAPHY 26

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PHILOSOPHER’S WALK SKYPODS AND GLASS ATRIUM

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Course: Architectural Design II Project Name: P2

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Project Type: Academic Studio

Instructor: Maria Denegri

Year: Dec 2012


Philosopher’s Walk

GLASS ATRIUM

This design solution proposes a glass canopy that maintains the temperature and weather condition of the greenspace. Not only can people access it anytime, the canopy effect also brings together people, promoting a sense of community. The glass canopy is supported by huge hollow steel columns, which allow for rainwater dissipation, watering the vegetations underneath the canopy. The sound produced by the storm water within the tube further enhances the user experience. This proposal only focuses on the design aspect, therefore, it may not be physically feasible at this stage.

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Philosopher’s Walk

SKYPODS

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Skypods are installed on the columns to allow full engagement with the park. These pods give a good view of the park, and they also allow for quiet activies for indivduals or groups.


Philosopher’s Walk

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MOVEMENT AND ARCHITECTURE PREFABRICATABLE CANOPY

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Course: Architectural Representation II

Project Name: P3

Project Type: Academic Studio

Instructor: J. Enns

Year: Dec 2012

This project emphasises the movement of chopsticks and the user’s arm when it is in motion. It combines the pivoting motion of the chopsticks and the 90° rise of the arm from the table to the mouth. The final product is a canopy constructed of timber and steel columns that could be prefabricated, which allows for easy maintainece and installation at any site.

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Movement and Architecture

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COLLECTOR’S HOUSE MINIMALISM

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Course: Architectural Design I

Project Name: Collector’s House

Project Type: Academic Studio

LOGITUDINAL SECTION A

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Instructor: Prof. D. Lieberman Year: April 2012

This design provides an engaging living environment while allowing the user to collect wine. This minimalistic concept provides one bedroom, one bathroom, one kitchen, shelves for wine bottles, and an interior greenwall. The glass flooring panels exposes the user to his collection at all times, emerging himself in the art of wine. This project challenges us to think about how to built for the basic needs of an individual while maintaining the aesthetics.

FLOOR PLANS

THIRD FLOOR

SECTIONS

SECOND FLOOR

FIRST FLOOR

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Collector’s House EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC VIEW

Skylight

Interior green wall

Bedroom Bathroom

Wine shelves

Kitchen

Glass facade

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Collector’s House THIRD FLOOR INTERIOR GREENWALL

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Collector’s House SECOND FLOOR

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Collector’s House SECOND FLOOR

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ORGANIC ORGANISM ORGANICISM ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE

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Course: Architectural Representation I Project Name: Fold, Transform, Unfold

Project Type: Academic Studio

Instructor: K. Ljubanovic

Year: Dec 2011

This design attempts to produce architecture using nature as a precedent. Architecture began in nature. Today, some organisms still resemble those of million years ago. Their preseverance in shape and physicality prove to us its durablility and, thus, we can extract elements from them into our desings today. Sometimes, designs don’t have to be ground breaking, rather, we can use nature as a model and learn from their powerful, self-sustaining natural elements. In this case, I have chosen to analyse Ammonite fossils, where the process of iteration is emphasised in its structure. The tectonics of this fossil is analysed and reinterpreted to produce this folding and unfolding sculpture. The final model is constructed entirely out of paper. MODEL

AMMONITE FOSSIL

Mountain fold Valley Fold Bring together

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Organicism

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“Beauty can be seen in all things...but seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph� - Matt Hardy I have a passion for photography. It is an important medium for me to express myself, to explore hidden gems around the world, to raise people’s awareness regarding important issue, to percieve and compose a world entirely of my own - and to be able to share that with the world. Sometimes, photographs speak louder than words.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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Photography

Have you ever wondered about the lives behind the individuals captured behind lenses? Despite being exposured to the diverse culture in our world today, we are still mesmerized by the individuals in photographs and their familiarity of their cities that seems so alien to us. Not only do I want to capture the texture and flavour of the different cities, I also want to capture the citizens’ candid moments. This triggers the audiences to realise that what seems to be ordinary in their own everyday lives are actually facinating for others. This creates an acknowlement of an implict connection between different cultured people that is neither bounded by time nor space.

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Photography

Daeyeon-Dong Busan, Korea

Financial District Toronto, Canada

Soho Hong Kong SAR, China

Historic District Macau SAR, China

Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Lens: EFS 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6

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Photography

There is unspoken beauty in empty streets because that is when we are able to pause for a moment and appreciate the coexistence of nature and the urban fabric.

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Photography

Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4

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Being captivated by the exquisite sewing of this vintage jacket, I wanted to capture its design. I played with light and darkness by using a torch as opposed to the camera flashlight to accentuate the contrast between the gold and black, and to communicate to the audience the physicality of the fabric.

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Photography

Camera: Canon EOS 450D Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4

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Thank you for giving me this oppotunity to share my works with you! Born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong, I have always been drawn to cultural diversity, which has influenced my journey of traveling to many foriegn countries and cities so I can experience, first hand, cultural richness. Despite the unfamiliar languages, there is always one common language that speaks to me: Architecture. That is why I am passionate for it. Architecture allows me to understand and connect with others regardless of ethnicity, culture, time, and space so I can better understand their needs and aspire to make a positive impact on their lives. I believe a good architect designs for the problem, but a great architect designs for compassion and solicitude.

Melissa Tang



Melissa Tang Selected Works 2011-2013