Lodge on the Lake Design Competition 2013

DEMOCRACY IS LIVING. It is not static; it is a fluid, free and changing system. Nothing is permanent and everything adapts and morphs itself in time according to its circumstances. The same is true in the growing nature of landscape, people’s changing values & behaviours and the infinite possible interaction between the two. Our roles are less to predict, pre-program or represent the building’s performances but to facilitate and enable changes to take place . In the light of democracy, the idea of control is dispelled . Circulation, activities and spaces are defined by users within the built landscape inside and outside. Landscape design emerges as the mediator between the need for public’s accessibility and residence’s security by creating intentional […]

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Imbathe

Space is a living embodiment. It hosts our body and the environment, constantly changing, always dynamic and never static. The assumption that space is a permanent entity and that our presence do little to affect space needs to be re-evaluated. Space has to be perceived as more than an image. Space needs to be a mediator that enables us to relate to our environment through new lens of perception and engages our body with the world in a tangible manner. Such phenomena requires a process of renewing and cleansing of the mind, body and perception. It is like that of bathing. The space that facilitates bathing therefore becomes a space of transition and of change and has the potential for […]

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Design for Dementia

  Dementia and allied disorders is a topic constantly in the news. It is the third leading cause of death  (after heart disease and cancer) and is forecast to be the leading cause of death by 2050). Every 7 seconds, somewhere around the world, someone finds out that they have dementia. That equates to 4.6 million new diagnoses a year. In total an estimated 30 million people around the world live with dementia and the world-wide cost to governments is one per cent of GDP. The project is divided into 3 main zones for different types of dementia residents. The severity of their cognitive impairment determines the zone in which they will be living; varying in proximity from the main […]

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Vision Sunshine 2032

The Sunshine Youth Hub provides a creative community meeting place for young people in Sunshine, in the western suburb of Melbourne. Located just south of the railway station, well serviced by bus routes and with good pedestrian and cycling access, the hub incorporates a gallery, studio and classroom spaces, library, council and community facilities. The site is equipped with solar panels to provide most of the energy required, and water recycling and treatment is made visible through the prominence of urban wetlands. A project in three phases, the Sunshine Youth Hub responds to an immediate issue before expanding to incorporate a focus on food culture and addressing a need for diverse housing options. Sunshine is turning into an aging community. […]

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Penang Eco Retreat (PAM Student Ideas Competition 2010)

The site is situated on the North East of Penang Island, in the National Park which lies desolate yet rich in biodiversity. Envisioned as a popular tourist attraction in the near future, the design brief requires an eco-friendly and sustainable entity to generate public’s interest ;by introducing a program that  conveys the importance of appreciating nature while  remaining  relevant to the economy’s demand  in the vicinity of Teluk Bahang. Hence, preservation initiatives are of utmost importance in the design proposal. Visitors could either approach the site by land or by sea. The design intends to be as transparent as possible to avoid disrupting visitor’s view of the island from afar. This is to ensure that the built environment does not […]

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Body’s Garment

The garment is an abstraction of an idealized dynamic personality that could be worn like a new skin. Fabricated by strips of compressed foam sheets which vary in width, the technique of weaving them together allows for flexible composition and movement of the body. […]

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Submerged Pavilion

The town of Sungai Lembing is engulfed by thick clouds and is intensely humid throughout the year. Its livelihood depended on mining activities until a massive flood submerged the town and their main resource-based economy came to a standstill. Designing the pavilion was a speculative process to encapsulate the Genius Loci (spirit of the place) of Sungai Lembing, a place born of water and was severely changed by its presence. The pavilion is designed to embrace the rise and subsidence of water in the river. Reusing salvaged timber slats, the pavilion is formed to choreograph the river flow while allowing visitors to spectate the dynamic changes, giving affordances for them to move from base level to a higher landing.   […]

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Urban Sprout

The dwelling is situated in an urban gap; a space in between built and enclosed spaces and often times, an underutilized laneway. The project brief requires a space for contemplation and meditation amidst the busy streets and livelihood of the city. Inspired by the juxtapose between the program and site, the concept that drives the design  techniques came from the idea of an oasis- an unexpected fertile growth in this concrete chaos. The dwelling sprouts from the ground to elevate the dweller to a higher place, a place that gives room for reflection and imagination.The intensity of the enclosure’s surface varies. There are spaces where one can fully immerse in their own thinking and there are also those that extend […]

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