PORTFOLIO ARCHITECTURE DREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS ACADEMIC AND PRACTICAL WORKS WONG TING-HONG, CHRIS
WONG TING HONG, CHRIS Born in Hong Kong. Studied and graduated from St. Stephen's College, Stanley (2001-2009). Studied BSc (Hons) of Architectural StudiesStudied and graduated from City University of Hong Kong (2009-2012). Worked as Research Assistant at the City University of Hong Kong (2011), Architectural Assistant at the Oval Partnership Ltd (2011-2012) and Hsin Yieh Architects (Int'l) Ltd (2012- 2013).
DREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS This portoflio outlined my concerns, design approaches and philosophies about architecture. Varied from research, experiments, speculations to narrative architecture, exploring the potential of architecture in both theoretical and practical analysis.
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The selected contents include both my academic assignments, practical works and my architectural conjectures. Most of them started in personal but delivered more than a self-fulfilling sentiment. The reconciliation between idea, core skills and common well-being can be found in my work, which is joyful and sustainable in my ongoing journey for this profession. The broad range of fields like film, literature, historical context and cultural concerns were also included in my works as I believe that such appropriation of the ideas could no doubt refresh and reinvent the preexisting ways of architectural thinking.
Practical experience in the one and a half year after graduation allows me to develop more core skills from architectural representation to bridging gap between the unreal and the actual constructs, searching for a common ground to respond in the established language. I believe, this consciousness of critical making, is my craft in everyday practices.
A Mall: Shelter Of Reality ~ Stacked Bazaar ~ The Programmes: ~ Still Lifes ~ Suit-Jump ~ A Moveable Feast ~ A Farm ~ Family Bar ~ Moneyballs ~
Religious Space Of Museum Design ~ The Provocation Of Senses In Spaces ~
Enhancing City Image By Visual Perceptive Composition On Residential Building Facade In Hong Kong ~
T h e S e c r e t C h a r m O f T h e P r ox i m i t y ~ Couplings: Fractal Coherence ~ Anatomies ~ Scenarios ~
Fragments Of Youth: Along Island Eastern Corridor ~ Dream, See, Play And Work ~
From Idea To Concept ~ Hybridity ~ Natural Artificial ~ Discovery Of Sensations ~ Event Spaces ~ The Indexical ~ Beyond The Grid ~
HETEROTOPIA I & II
Heterotopia In Building Scale: Hospital ~ Aura ~ Tectonics: Crafting The Forms, Crafting The Spirits ~ Crafting "The Thing": The Inpatient Units ~ The Urban Police Project ~
Chernobyl: Af ter Humanity ~ An Open Air Botanical Garden ~ Reactor Zoo Cages ~ Artificial Pipescape ~
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The project data included in the section of ' Practicum ' were credited to Mr. Mung Siu-Hei, Vinco, the Oval Partnership Ltd and Hsin Yieh Architects (Int'l) Ltd . I've been assisting to these projects as an architectural assistant during 2010-2013 respectively.
A MALL: SHELTER OF REALITY The situationists foresaw a city constituted of grand situations, between which the inhabitants would drift, endlessly.1 Situationist's Unitary Urbanism
The idea of Situationists can be considered as the opportunists to revert the everyday ordinary. It is no doubt that making profits is the first priority for the mall design, in the times of consumerism. But what if the profits can be made through providing the programmes which consumers really need in this generic typology of architecture?
‘Events only belong to chance if one does not know the general laws of their category.” Jean-Luc Godard Semester B 2009/10 BC 3648 F Architectural Design: Program, Typology and Urbanism Tutor: Mr. Yeung Wai Keung, Gary
1. Strategy: Stacking of Social Condensers. 2. A Farm For The Underpriviledged To Trade For A Meal. 3. “Dining With Strangers”, A Restaurant With A Human Conveyor Belt. 4. “Still Lifes”, A Drawing Lounge To Do A Portrait Drawing For The Smokers Outside The Glass Entrance. 5-6. Programme of “Suit-Jumping” , A Boutique With A Pool For The Unhappy Office Workers To Reinvigorate With A Sense Of Reborn. 7. The Basketball Vending Machine Makes A Ball Court Into Mall’s Event Space.
STACKED BAZAAR AND ITS FLATTENED PROGRAMMES BA
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Bazaar's Programmes: The axes were amalgamated with different kinds of socio-commercial, open and semi-public space. The nature varies from sacredness to profanity, or from institution to entertainment, succeeding to couple and compensate among the programmes.
The formation of bazaar was not predetermined but in spontaneous evolution. It is both functional and directive to the pedestrian users.
The Flattened Programmes In The Imaginary Streets.
Main Circulation (The Tubes):
Since the mall is basically composed of rectangular social condensers and interaction is everywhere, linear space is treated as a main "circulating node" , directing the the events to flow from one place to another.
After the formation of the main circulation routes, other social condensers evolved in different morphologies: cantilevering, offsetting and suspending, in order to detach with each other and to "look more different" to become noticeable and increase their exposure.
PROGRAMME RELATIONSHIP Chapter 4 The Farm
Chapter 2a Suit-Jump
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Circulation Retail space Event space Utilities
Chapter 3 A Moveable Feat Chapter 2b Jumped
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Chapter 1 Still Lifes
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Roadside: Family Bar
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Chapter 1 Still Lifes When the painters meet the smokers...
The first chapter took place at the shopping mall's main entrance, where lots of smokers standing inside a curvilinear glass created by the facade. The smokers are just the passersby but they already became the consumed target for the painters. There are Art rental equipment in L1, near the drawing lounge. Every 20 minutes, there would be a new group of life models arriving there, posing for free and the shop could always make a profit on nothing.
Chapter 2 Suit-Jump
Chapter 2 took place across two floors, where the platform on L2 would be opened when any unhappy person want to jump off from there to swimming pool on LG1. After sublimation, they cooled down and got a new outfit with a positive outlook towards life.
T GE T E W
BUY A NEW!
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jumped off from L2
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Chapter 3 took place in a restaurant which houses a conveyor belt to transport diners to change seats from time to time, and, of course, there is no free lunch to move the seat in a desirable location.
Chapter 4 The Farm
The final chapter ends in primitive way, along with nature. Every day a group of unemployed workers including immigrants and underprviledged, will go to this farm to pay by their sweat, havesting for the farm owner and get a lunchbox in return.
Bonus Space 1: Family Bar
The additional chapter was subjected to simultaneous consumption for two shop programmes or above. It took place on an inclined road, along with a roadside ice-cream car. Food and drinks thereby provided a good "parents' comfort zone" for opening dialogues with their kids easily.
JU N K
LETâ€™S TALK !
OUT Bonus Space 2: Moneyballs Sports is popular when it is paid to do so! Another additional chapter often took place after office hours, where white collar workers does't need to bring and change anything , but just paid and played.
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"...the frantic abolition of all distances brings no nearness; for nearness does not consist in shortness of distance...What is incalculably far from us in point of distance can be near to us. Short distance is not in itself nearness. Nor is great distance remoteness." 2 Martin Heidegger
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This writing on shrinking distance in space and time stated the nearness (proximity) requires not reducing the distance but presencing (existing being-here). Like a jug of water, the proximity comes only when the water is poured out. People as if they were water, permutating through to the streets. Such secret charm can be observed in many high-density neighborhoods in Hong Kong like Kwun Tong, where it is not mere action but also interaction.
Speculation On The Site Of Kai Tak Airport (Site A: Kwung Tong District). Semester A 2010/11 BC 4649 F Architectural Design: Materials, Technology and Tectonics Tutor: Ms. Ho Ka Yan, Helen
COUPLINGS AND FRACTAL COHERENCE
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To permeate the flow of human circulation, strategy of programmatic couplings and fractal coherence were used to interact with people and designated programmes. Three major hubs addressed three typologies of architecture, weaving a network among different groups of users,they are: a) hospital hub for the marginalized group; b) educational hub for the undereducated and c) food hub to meet the food demand and price increase in the district, both constructing the architectural landscape and pursuing a sustainable way for the problems in Kwung Tong District. Left: The Interstitial Space Between Architectures In The Educational Hub. Upper: The Bird's Eye View Of The Piazza Which Couples With The Hospital Hub. Lower: The Bird's Eye View Of The Fractal Space In Educational Hub.
ANATOMIES I. Couplings
III. Urban Structure
Outdoor Education Urban Farmers Highway
General Learners Families Teaching
Education For Undereducated
Tourists Attraction Inpatients
General Public Piazza
FOOD DOME 2 3
HOSPITAL HUB 4
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SCENARIOS 1. Decameron: A Tensile Structured Space Which Encourages Story-telling For The Citizens 2. Food Dome, A Collective Which Comprised Of Farm Factories And Crop Production Units. 3. Education Strip, The Land-form Architectures To House For Learning Programmes And To Provide Casual Space For Learning Activities 4. Hospital Hub, The Culstered Built Form Which Links To Piazza Through Escalators. 5.The Piazza Which Visually Connects To The Hospital Viewing Platform, Performing A Global Orchestra To Care For The Needy And Marginalized.
HETEROTOPIA I IN BUILDING SCALE (HOSPITAL)
Heterotopia, the metamorphosis of Utopia which corresponds to the suspense created in many "inaccessible architectures." As Foucault3 suggested that prison was one of the heterotopian examples which exists around us, there are other kinds of analogue, like hosptial and institutional architectures, which are always kept distance from us, and being forgotten to us. But once visitor have entered to such heterotopia, its tectonics is that you will never forget. In Transtrรถmer's word, the visit is forgtten with time and life continues, but the suit is made quietly.4
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"THE THING" IN-PATIENT UNITS
Drop-off Bike Parking
Outpatient Units Therapy Chambers Consultation Operation Rooms
L2 & L3
Inpatient Units Sky Bridge/ Linkage
Connection To Piazza
CONNECTION TO PIAZZA
QUIET SPACE (BIKE PARKING)
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La Chose, as a tectonic strategy in constructing the hospital, with the use of repeated inpatients units, literally gathering the units into an integrated complex of building shell.
Common corridor enables the limited movement patients to alleviate anxiety by interacting with the people and space outside their bedrooms.
Quiet Space Because the space is seldom used and apparently ghosted, introduction of public programmes (bike-parking) could help demystif yl the heterotopia.
TECTONICS: CRAFTING THE FORMS, CRAFTING THE SPIRITS
CONNECTION TO PIAZZA
CASUAL SEATINGS & FOOD
OPERATION & SUPPORT
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CRAFTING "THE THING" : THE INPATIENT UNITS Heterotopia is no doubt constructed by forms and materials. Undulating walls, steppd ceiling, glass roof that flooded with daylight, protruded brise soleil and amorphous entrance canopy all crafted the interior complex. If heterotopia is need to be ongoing speculative, it must be concretized, tangible and revealed its sensuality for interpretation, and constructing the unforgettable visit.
HETEROTOPIA II THE URBAN POLICE PROJECT (Self-created Work, 2012 Winter)
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The Urban Police Project is the extended idea from Foucault's Heterotopia, which corresponds to the existence of police. According to his remarks on this governing apparatus of public authority 5 , the police, which mainly caters for the citizens' wellbeing rather than just "being". The well-being is achieved through the intents as follows: a) Circulation Of Wealth (People); b) Food Scarcity Preventive Measures and c) Conduction (Of Policy) Without Sedition By Poverty Or Discontent. Like the nature of police, we could hardly know their existence, as if the permanent ephemerality in our minds. The political function of police aims for prudent manner, training citizens to serve for the stronger state powers.
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HETEROTOPIA Left: Foucault Suggested Police As A Political Apparatus That Governed By The Public Authority. Upper: Circulation Of People Brings Wealth To Different Districts In Hong Kong Through A Territorial Expansion Measure. Above: Food Scarcity Preventive Measure: The Dispension Of Food As A Mobile Twilight Market. Right: The Prevention Of Seditions: An Open Platform To Communicate With The Authority.
PSYCHO SPACE RELIGIOUS SPACE OF MUSEUM DESIGN The embodied spaces at religious museum are always associated with the metaphysical meanings, which requires visitors to both internalize and externalize from the architecture itself. Through retaining the imperfections and vulnerability of architectural space, emotions are expected to be evoked through our sensations. MArch Application page 23 PSYCHO SPACE
The Exhibition Hall With Its Vulnerability And Imperfection. Semester A 2009/10 BC 3647 F Architectural Design: Space, Idea and Process Tutor: Mr. Kwok Wing Chun, Michael
THE PROVOCATION OF SENSES IN SPACE 1
PSYCHO SPACE 1
1. Second Exhibition Hall With A M-Shaped Circulation To Bring In Daylight, As A Welcoming Gesture To Lead Visitors Towards To An Outdoor Area At The Middle 2. Semi-outdoor Exhibition Space Which Contains High Vulnerability For Its Overall Attribute. 3. Undulating Roof Caters For The Prayer, As An Iconic Space Found In Common Religious Architectures. 4. Archive Of Collection With Limited Of Daylight To Exhibit Documents In A Cylindrical Colossal Space. 5. Outdoor Steps Allow Visitor To Rest And View In Another Perspectives. 6. The Little Sacred Space For Exhibiting Colossal Sculptures.
Vestibule Entrance e
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Section Of The Transitional Space Between First And Second Exhibition Hall
Side Section Of First Exhibition Hall
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Section Of The Vestibule
Section Of Second Exhibition Hall And Cylindrical Archive Exhibition Hall
FRAGMENTS OF YOUTH: ALONG ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR Semester A 2010/11 BC 4649 F Architectural Design: Materials, Technology and Tectonics (Competition) Team Members: Lee Mung Kee, Luk Ka Man, Wong Ting Hong Tutor: Ms. Ho Ka Yan, Helen
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DREAM, SEE, PLAY AND WORK When sea view is only accessed to the rich but not for the public, real public realm is only feasible by building on the no man's land. Meanwhile, insufficient living space makes local youths drifted. One of them mused, " North Point can be a lonely place on Saturday night, and this is only Friday ! " As nothing ever happens to them, can we turn the conflicts into opportunities? If building one youth centre cannot solve the problem, how about building the fragments of youth, multiplying and dispersing across Island Eastern Corridor as an urban strategy? The repeated fragments of youth are designed with the considerations of youth nature, which are: Dream, See, Play and Work. They were expected to be the new ingredients, though the outcome is unknown and experimental.
Among The Crowds
The Old Man And The Sea
Book Exchange Centre
Lucid Dream Chamber
Free Wi-fi Louge
An Unending Burrow
Time Conscious Place
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Punk / Musicians
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TRAUMA SITES CHERNOBYL: AFTER HUMANITY (Self-created Work, 2012 Summer)
Trauma site is everywhere. Some are expected to recover while some are in irreversible changes. Revisiting Chernobyl af ter 25 years has inspired human to ponder the land after humanity (or before humanity). Places were silenced and mutants were found. What we could do is to see what the new Eden will breed. MArch Application
The imagined oasis in Chernobyl will serve as an open air botanical garden, constructing an artificial platform in the new emerging natural landscape.
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REACTOR ZOO CAGES
Sterilized reactor storage units were recycled and used to construct the road in the oasis, forming streets (routes) for visitors in this short-term visit.
Since water pipes were contaminated in underground, the relocated pipes formed a new artifical landscape as well as a territory to strengthen the protection in this red dense forest.
DISSERTATION Semester B 2010/11 BC 4517F Final Year Project Tutor: Ms. Fung Wai Man, Virginia
ENHANCING CITY IMAGE BY VISULAL PERCEPTIVE COMPOSITION ON RESIDENTIAL BUILDING FACADE IN HK
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High-rise, high density living form the city image of Hong Kong. To remove the dullness and enhance a better city image, a design strategy matrix is developed for residential developments with interpretation of visual and programmatic concerns based in perception studies- sensory-based and informationbased perceptions. Through the adaptation of these visual and programmatic strategies, hybrid schemes are synthesized, searching for a better perceived built environment. The interpretation of the two is not hypothetical, but existed in real cases, which provides an integration proof to demonstrate the feasibility of the design strategies.
PART 1 : PERCEPTION THEORIES Perception is easily considered as a subjective issue. The judgment between good or bad always falls under the aesthetic evaluation. However, research in the field of environmental cognition proved the preference might not necessary a personal taste but represents some general perceptive similarities. As stated by S.Kaplan6 (1988), "preference judgements are neither arbitrary nor idiosyncratic, but reveal common patterns of aesthetic values". Either the perception due to sensory or information category, they have certain tendency in general.
PART 2 : PROGRAMMATIC CONCERNS Other than providing a shelter for residents, perception of architectural programming determines our ways to predict and to use. The B.Tschumi's term of "Violence in Architecture" not only exists in terms of interactions and events, but also can be portrayed on the building's facade. This chapter discussed the visual impact of residential programming on the building's composition. PART 3 : CASES STUDY (HK) The chapter focused the case study analysis for the integration between visual and programmatic composition. The significance of the case study was to demonstrate the application of strategies that have been discussed in the previous two chapters, which relate to sensory-based and the informationbased perception respectively.
PRACTICUM FROM IDEA TO CONCEPT
Concept is considered as a method for architectural development in terms of tectonic composition, material realization and atmospheric experience. As David Chipperfield told, architect can decide whether the architecture to be flamboyant or conservative. 7 Through concepts, idea is fulfilled and followed with the actual construct and materialization. So we see here concept is more than a theme or inspiration, but a system for design.
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Design Strategy Inspired By Ceramics Design (From David Chipperfield).
HYBRIDITY Project: Design: Role: Location: Typology:
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Intime Haining The Oval Partnership Ltd Architectural Assistant Haining, China Master Layout and Facade Design
The idea of public realm were achieved by the introduction of street life and piazza in a new shopping complex. The concept of hybridity were approached with similar size of blocks, along with a major public piazza at the heart of this little city. The building height and the facade were adopted with similar sizes of openings and volume of mass, giving an attribute of streets and avoid unwanted repetition.
PRACTICUM The Featured Piazza Is Embedded And Contrasted With The Attributes Of Stone-Cladded Facade, Without The Disruption Of The Overall Coherence.
NATURAL ARTIFICIAL Project: Design: Role: Location: Typology:
Intime Chengxi The Oval Partnership Ltd Architectural Assistant Chengxi, China Interior and Landscape Design
The man-made construct was considered as the artificial, whereas the landscape and interior settings were considered as the natural part. This soft part plays an important role to attract, to direct and to provoke thinkings in space.
As Tarkovsky's Stalker (1979) mentioned, "When a tree is growing, it's tender and pliant. But when it's dry and hard, it dies." Therefore, the idea of life was intended to inject to the rigid shopping mall layout.
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Fusion Between New And Old , Natural And Artificial Landscape
DISCOVERY OF SENSATIONS Project: Design: Role: Location: Typology:
Intime Hefei The Oval Partnership Ltd Architectural Assistant Hefei, China Facade, Interior & Landscape Design
The idea of subtle beauty were considered as the secret charm of this shopping project. The sensation of materiality and its embedded features were delivered from its facade to the interior layout, including the adjusted angle of golden aluminium fins, vertical suspension found in the upward landscape (green wall and suspended ceiling), as well as the use of different glass patterns for different zones.
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The Subtle Movement Is Discovered Through The Architectural Journey.
BIRD CAGE ENTRANCE
JOURNEY OF EVENTS Project: Design: Role: Location: Typology:
Intime Hubin The Oval Partnership Ltd Architectural Assistant Hangzhou, China Interior Shopping Arcade Design
The idea of journey was created with a series of events. Thereby four major spaces in the mall were used as both the anchors and catalysts to promote events in a designated route. They are: 1) Bird Cage; 2) Skylit Arcade; 3) Suspended Landscape and 4) Events Void.
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THE INDEXICAL Project: Design: Role: Location: Typology:
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St. Regis Li Jiang Resort Hotel Hsin Yieh International Architects Architectural Assistant Li Jiang, China Hotel Villa & Master Planning
The idea of simulacrum was applied to the new hotel design, as to minimize the modern attribute of the new building complex, retaining the historical context at the same time. The indexical elements include the pitch roof, mosaic glass patterns and strong geometrical forms on the facade, used to remind and to associate with the context of this traditional prefecture.
BEYOND THE GRID (HKIA ANNUAL AWARD 2011 SHORTLISTED PROJECT)
Zhengdong Kindergarten, Chongzhou (Operation Concern and HKSAR Trust Fund) Design: Mung Siu-Hei, Vinco (Architect) Role: Visualizer and Design Assistant Location: Sichuan, China Typology: Kindergarten MArch Application
The colors, and the playful details such as openings in the railing, footbridge ahead of the cylindrical music room, corridors that connects programmes across the long and irregular site, are the concepts to realize the idea.
The plenty of "moving spaces" for students there are the merits of this project, due to the challenging site topography, making good use of space with site constraints.
The idea of reconstruction was intended to give a new attribute for the damaged kindergarten on 12 May, 2008, earthquake, as well as to forget the shadows of the disaster, recreating an joyful learning atmosphere to the students.
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