Previously Published Projects (2015 Jul to Dec)
     
Nov-Dec 2015
Ribbon Chapel

From the outside, the chapel looks more like a giant sculptural installation than a building. Heavily driven by symbolism, the intertwining ‘ribbons’ that make up the chapel represent the design team’s idea to signify the act of marriage in a tangible architectural form. To create a free-standing structure, the architects joined two spiral stairways so that one supports the other, and are connected at the summit to form a single ‘ribbon’, much like the process of bringing a couple together in holy matrimony.

   
     
Nov-Dec 2015
Pani Community Centre

The Dutch foundation Pani commissioned the architecture firm to design an educational building in the north Bengal town of Rajarhat. The architect couple embraced this pro bono assignment via an open call on the Internet. They took up the project to realise an environmentally friendly building that contributes to the community in a significant way.

   
     
Nov-Dec 2015
100 Walls Church

“What should a sacred space look like nowadays? How should it work? Is there such a thing as a contemporary idea of the sacred?” These were the first questions asked by the architects who designed this church in Cebu. They chose a form that defies the conventional notion of church architecture and sought to reinforce the experience of searching for spirituality beyond the walls of the church.

   
     
Nov-Dec 2015
Institute of Mental Health New Administration Building

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) New Administration Building is a contemporary office development that provides ample breakout spaces for relaxation, recreation and socialisation in the form of link bridges and roof gardens. The building provides users with the opportunity to momentarily detach from work and engage in brief activities of ‘play’ for a quick recharge.

   
Nov-Dec 2015
Erber Research Center and Lecture Hall

The Erber Center is the brainchild of Erich Erber, the founder of several companies in the agro-food business. It is part of a research collaboration between Biomin—Erber’s animal nutrition company—and Kasetsart University, focusing on how to commercially grow healthy chickens without the use of pharmaceuticals.

   
Nov-Dec 2015
Community Green Station, Sha Tin, Hong Kong

The Community Green Station located in Sha Tin, Hong Kong has a site area of 0.18 hectares. It was a pilot project to implement the government’s ‘reduction first’ waste management strategy, consisting of an education centre, a workshop, an office and ancillary facilities. The station supports recycling efforts at the community level. It provides collection services for recyclables from housing estates and schools. 

   
Nov-Dec 2015
Secondary School in Roong Village, Cambodia

If the classroom is a place of teaching, the corridors and hallways represent a place of encounter and sociability, which, in modern pedagogy, is gaining more importance. Hence, this project was an opportunity to assess the spatial hierarchies within a school building—a classical structure of a linear block with six classrooms distributed along a hallway/porch.

   
Nov-Dec 2015
Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne

Melbourne-based John Wardle Architects collaborated with Boston firm NADAAA to design Melbourne University’s School of Design for an international competition organised in 2009. The new building for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning enhances the existing open spaces within the historic core of the Centre Precinct of the Parkville Campus, and incorporates a number of creative structural and services systems.

   
Nov-Dec 2015
Lantern House

The architects were presented with a challenge in designing the Lantern Hotel. They needed to maximise the space of an original monolithic building to fit in as many rooms as possible within the lowest budget; ensure the highest comfort for guests; and also take into consideration the impact on its surroundings, in particular the heritage and history of Petaling Street. Furthermore, construction had to take place with two lower floors of operating tenants, which include Hong Leong Bank and hawker shops.

   
Nov-Dec 2015
Cam Thanh Community House

A community house has been built in Cam Thanh—a tourism destination located in the south-east of Hoi An, Vietnam—which is known for its ancient quarter, seashore, criss-crossed waterways, mangrove forests, coconut forests and small villages. Despite having natural resources and local businesses, the area remains underdeveloped with low living standards. Cam Thanh is also affected by the consequences of climate change: heatwave, typhoons and rising sea level.

   
Nov-Dec 2015
Country Report: Hong Kong
This report will review Hong Kong’s current state of play in 2015 through three particular aspects—fundamental steps to implementing effective and direct energy-saving measures and decarbonisation; an emerging trend to promote not only harmless but ultimately healthy, well-being- and productivity-enhancing designs; and considering sustainable design in larger scales and broader contexts—and conclude with upcoming possibilities and challenges ahead.
   
Nov-Dec 2015
Country Report: Malaysia
Within 45 years, the population of Malaysia has increased by 187 percent, from 10.44 million in 1970 to 30 million in 2015, creating more demand for building and infrastructure development. Its urban population continues to increase rapidly and the statistics department projects that, by 2020, 70 percent of the population will be living in urban areas.
   
     
Sep-Oct 2015
Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom

This factory-built, energy positive portable classroom provides a high-performance and healthy learning environment, whilst minimising energy use through careful daylighting and natural ventilation. With the use of photovoltaic (PV) panels, the classroom is able to substantially generate more power than it consumes.

   
Sep-Oct 2015
Queen Alia International Airport

In 2005, Foster + Partners was commissioned to produce an airside master plan and a detailed terminal design for the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. An airport is a gateway to a country and the client sought a design that would not only expand operations, but also evoke Jordanian hospitality and offer a paradigm of ecologically responsible architecture. The new design explores a vision of what the airport could be. 

   
Sep-Oct 2015
New Media Tower

Universitas Multimedia Nusantara (UMN) is the first low-energy campus building in Indonesia. Its New Media Tower, consisting of a series of five egg-like metallic structures aligned along the north-south axis, has been lauded for implementing passive technologies that promote Green initiatives. It won in the Energy Efficient Building category for both the National Energy Efficiency Award (2013) and ASEAN Energy Award (2014).

   
Sep-Oct 2015
The Star Vista

The Star Vista is the first mall in Singapore that relies on natural ventilation in its common spaces. Does it work? Is comfort here deemed equivalent to other air-conditioned malls in Singapore? This article offers feedback from users and tenants of the mall, which has been in operation since 2012.

   
     
Sep-Oct 2015
Cyberjaya Mosque

On the surface, this office may look like any other. Delve a little deeper and one will discover why it has been LEED v4 Platinum certified and is well on its way to becoming the first project in Asia to be Full Petal Living Building Challenge (LBC) certified. This is Glumac’s headquarters in Shanghai, which is targeting to meet one of the world’s most stringent environmental certification requirements.

   
Sep-Oct 2015
Solar in Australia

The Australian energy market is a hot topic—or you could say cold—depending on whom you talk to. Currently the Australian government is winding back incentives for the state-owned Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) with a direct order to cease investment in wind and small-scale solar projects. One-third of CEFC funds is directed to solar projects, the majority of which are small-scale solar.

   
Sep-Oct 2015
Termitary House

Architects from local studio, Tropical Space, refurbished an old house in Da Nang, a coastal city in central Vietnam. They added a perforated grille of brickwork to an existing concrete slab structure, while referencing sacred sites in the region, and the communal nature and spatial configuration of termite mounds. The Termitary House is built to be cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and able to withstand typhoons—it is designed to be a naturally ‘breathing’ home.

   
Sep-Oct 2015
Urban Mountain

Urban Mountain is a proposal for a refurbishment and extension of a 50,000-square-metre, high-rise office building in central Oslo. The project introduces new ways of reducing energy consumption and the building’s carbon footprint, employing cradle-to-cradle (C2C) principles and targeting at a BREEAM Outstanding certification.

   
Sep-Oct 2015
Zero Energy Demonstration Building, Taisei Technology Center

Innovation and technology play a key role in the energy sector. Ever since the 2011 tsunami, Japan has changed its outlook towards nuclear energy. Reliance on nuclear power is now reduced to half since the Fukushima accident. The Japanese government has aggressively developed renewable energy resources to meet the target of net-zero for all new public and private buildings by 2020 and 2030, respectively.

   
Jul-Aug 2015
Workplace Wellness

As we spend most of our waking hours at the office, it only makes sense that where we work should not have a negative impact on our health, but instead display a positive influence, for healthy employees make for happy employees. While the aspect of health is often addressed by means of technology, the concept of wellness also refers to a broader notion of how occupants feel, which addresses questions like do they have views of the external natural landscape, are they comfortable with the lighting and temperature, is there natural lighting or ventilation and how conducive is the environment to social interaction?

   
Jul-Aug 2015
Glumac Shanghai

On the surface, this office may look like any other. Delve a little deeper and one will discover why it has been LEED v4 Platinum certified and is well on its way to becoming the first project in Asia to be Full Petal Living Building Challenge (LBC) certified. This is Glumac’s headquarters in Shanghai, which is targeting to meet one of the world’s most stringent environmental certification requirements. 

   
Jul-Aug 2015
Sandcrawler

In George Lucas’ legendary Star Wars films, Sandcrawlers were large mobile fortresses. In Singapore, the regional headquarters housing Lucasfilm, which has been christened with the same namesake, looks like a fortress indeed. Only this one is made of glass and steel with a lush courtyard in its belly.

   
Jul-Aug 2015
Aoyama

The three-storey office and retail complex in the Minami Aoyama area of Tokyo is an interplay of multiple green triangles, a smart way to address the tight site constraint. The intermediate spaces created between the interior and exterior of the building help bring in light and give the impression of space and depth.

   
Jul-Aug 2015
Same But Different

Two offices in the same state of Gujarat could not be more different as both serve different functions and needs of the community and/or occupants. While one is in an ever-changing state with no specific completion date, the other was built and done. However, both share similarities in their aim to bring diverse functions together in a collective space, and taking ecologically sensitive steps in the process.

   
Jul-Aug 2015
Office

Although provisional, a transitional building does not have to look dowdy or lacking in character. This was proven true for the temporary office at Alexandra Hospital, which sits on a site with a three-year renewable lease. The building contains offices, training rooms, staff cafeteria, changing rooms and locker facilities. It is a user-friendly and energy-efficient building that responds positively to its surroundings. The layout was conceived with the idea that the structure is ‘woven’ into the fabric of the site’s natural environment.

   
Jul-Aug 2015
Ventus

The brief sets the first office building design for MKPL Architects—Ventus—as one that can be an exemplar of development through passive design. The Office of Estate and Development (OED) of the National University of Singapore essentially consists of a few departments that oversee the planning and development of buildings within the university. The project team wanted to explore how their building can test out certain ideas to inform their future decisions related to their scope of work.

   
Jul-Aug 2015
Malaysia’s Green Offices
Staff costs, including salaries and benefits, typically account for about 90 percent of a business’ operating costs. It follows that the productivity of staff, or anything that impacts their ability to be productive should be a major concern for any organisation. Research suggests that by making even small improvements to factors such as productivity, health and well-being, businesses can experience greater financial benefits than they would from more efficient resource use in building operations.
   
 
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