Previously Published Projects (2016 Jan to Jun)
     
May-Jun 2016
New Lawuga School

Lawuga Village is a remote village located in a plateau area. The village school, Lawuga School, serves children from the local minority nomadic families. After an earthquake in 2010, two brick buildings that consisted of classrooms were deemed unsafe. This resulted in the children having lessons in the temporary relief panel houses. The New Lawuga School, completed in August 2015, was put into operation soon after that. This building not only serves as a landmark in the village, but also as a showcase that explores a new possibility for buildings in the plateau.

   
     
May-Jun 2016
Earth Village

Nam Dam is a village that is located in the Quan Ba District of Ha Giang, the most northern province in Vietnam. Situated on the mountain top and covered with rich forests and terraced fields, this place is inhabited by the Dao ethnic minority and recognised for its cultural characteristics: traditional costumes; festivals; brocade; cuisines; herbal baths; and rammed-earth buildings.

   
May-Jun 2016
Toigetation

Likening the project to a large tree with wide canopy giving shade for the space below and within, Toigetation blends into the slope at the foot of Phja Da mount. It includes a thick layer of vegetation (trees and herbs) on four sides and the surrounding terraced garden. The vegetation layer helps in regulating the indoor climate, reinforcing the load bearing structure, supplying food, and at the same time, creating an implied boundary between the inside and outside.

   
May-Jun 2016
Cornwall Gardens

The site plan enabled a series of voids and crevices to be carved out on the structure, breaking down the building mass for daylight penetrations, ventilation, tropical undergrowth and aquatic lives. The front of the house reveals layers of greenery, merging and blending with the plants and trees on the street. The front fac╠žade is cladded with charcoal for solar insulation, absorption of air pollutants and the cultivation of wild orchids.

   
May-Jun 2016
House No. 10

Eco-friendly and energy-efficient residences are becoming more common in the Philippines. There has been an increasing awareness of building sustainable homes recently. Designers usually specify solar panels as a common solution due to a rise in the number of suppliers in the past few years. However, this needs a big investment. There are still a good number of basic solutions that designers can adapt to make houses eco-friendly. This house is a good example.

   
May-Jun 2016
University Library Extension, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The University Library Complex consists of three independent buildings that were built decades apart—the original main library in the 1970s, its annex in the 1980s and the latest extension. This project involved the construction of a new extension and a spatial reorganisation of the two existing buildings to merge and transform into one coherent whole. This extension features a minimalist design that integrates nature with respect to its history, and seeks to preserve the existing spatial quality and ambience of the University Mall. 

   
     
Mar-Apr 2016
Conserving Energy

Designed for Frasers Property and Sekisui House, stage one of The Brewery Yard project—formerly Irving Street Brewery—integrates the plant equipment for a precinct-wide tri-generation plant into the historic Carlton and United Brewery building on the fringe of the central business district in Central Park, Sydney, Australia.

   
     
Mar-Apr 2016
Building Blue and Green Spaces

An increasing number of cities in Asia are engaging in efforts to develop and integrate water networks and Green infrastructure as urban planning strategies that also provide for public spaces. This can be achieved through the protection of natural habitats within urban landscapes, while providing adaptive measures that are responsive to the climate.

   
     
Mar-Apr 2016
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Terminal 3

Terminal 3 (T3) of Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Guangdong, China, has been in operation since 2013 and plays a key role in boosting the economic development of Shenzhen—one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. The terminal—the largest single public building to be built in Shenzhen at the time of its completion—encompasses 63 contact gates, with a further 15 remote gates and significant retail space.

   
     
Mar-Apr 2016
Seoul Skygarden

The Seoul Skygarden hopes to build on the city’s ambition to be more eco-friendly, more attractive and more user-friendly so as to inspire a process of change for the entire neighbourhood. The design populates the overpass with 254 species of trees, shrubs and flowers to create an arboretum of local species, a library of plants that can be enjoyed by Seoul’s public, and a nursery for the city’s other Green spaces.

   
Mar-Apr 2016
Taiwan High Speed Rail Changhua Station

The main design feature is the large, petal-like steel columns in the high ceiling lobby and maintenance area of the concourse floor slab, which are inspired by the shape of a calla lily. The skylights at the top of the pillars, which protrude out of the roof, funnel natural light from the outside to the inside. The columns reflect the indirect light to illuminate the lobby and allow natural breezes into the station. 

   
Mar-Apr 2016
Regeneration of Taoyuan International Airport, Terminal 1

The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 1 was built in 1979 and its design was influenced by Eero Saarinen’s Washington Dulles International Airport. Featuring a prestressed structure that was considered advanced at that time, the old Terminal 1 was serving an estimated number of 5 million passengers annually. The goal of the redevelopment project was to create a sense of continuity with the past while accommodating change.

   
Mar-Apr 2016
Diu Bicycle Infrastructure

The Union Territory of Diu is a beach town located on the western coast of India. The number of tourists it attracts every year is 16 times its population due to its landscape, environment and rich colonial heritage. The administration felt the need to change the current trends by envisioning Green and people-friendly development as opposed to being car-friendly. The idea was to project Diu as an important tourist destination. 

   
Mar-Apr 2016
Onagawa Station

In March 2011, the Great East Japan earthquake spawned a series of massive
tsunamis that claimed thousands of lives and damaged many coastal areas of
the country. Onagawa station, a terminal along the Ishinomaki Line, was among
those affected. The station and nearby railway tracks were destroyed. Four years
later, the reconstruction of the new station, built approximately 150 to 200 metres inland from the old building, was completed. 

   
Jan-Feb 2016
Kki Sweets and The Little Dröm Store

The two brands share a storefront at the School of the Arts (SOTA) building in Singapore. Although the design brief was simple—they need to retain their distinctive identities while not looking like two completely separate entities—the main challenge was to create something that would meet the standard of the award-winning school building and to make something new despite the influence of such a commanding piece of architecture.

   
     
Jan-Feb 2016
The Old Block at Ipoh

The Old Block at Ipoh was previously an old bank building and has been repurposed to become a hotel, serviced residences and a gallery. As a conservation project, the main challenge was to work within the structural capacities of the existing building. Lightweight materials were incorporated into the overall structure through the use of lightweight concrete blocks as walls and partitions, and corrugated polycarbonate sheets as bathroom partitions for the interior.

   
     
Jan-Feb 2016
Automobile Design Studio

The client wanted to create a cutting-edge design studio where the designers would style their latest vehicles, and which needs to have an emotive quality that could energise and inspire thoughts; while modern, it should also maintain a sense of its origins. The site for the studio is within Mahindra and Mahindra’s (M&M) 64-acre vehicle factory in Kandivali, which consists of five existing low-lying sheds.

   
     
Jan-Feb 2016
Shops in a Park

The linear building site for the Visitor Center lies in the park, between the main parking lot and a curved boardwalk that leads to the waterfront and other attractions. Visitors will see a curved structure that is akin to a wall—99 metres long and 7.75 metres high—lying along the entire north side of the parking lot. However, this is not a simple solid wall.

   
Jan-Feb 2016
Tony’s Organic House

The main purpose of the building is to showcase the products of Tony’s Farm by introducing a more natural way of living to urban dwellers. The existing building was initially constructed to be part of the Pudong landscape, but it had fallen into a poor condition due to lack of use. Substantial structural changes, namely the addition of an entire floor and the introduction of an additional split-level, were necessary.

   
Jan-Feb 2016
Kurve 7

It was immediately decided that this 9,600-square-metre site was to be an outdoor shopping arcade in order to respond to the lifestyles of the locals in the neighbourhood. The architectural team carried out the owner’s vision by creating a community mall with a public garden and recreational area.

   
Jan-Feb 2016
Dilli Haat in Janakpuri

Located in the western part of New Delhi, Dilli Haat Janakpuri is a space that celebrates and sells diversity. The complex is planned on a northwest-facing 6-acre piece of land that turns southeast towards the end. It has the main bus terminus on one side, the national prison green on the other and a commercial road in front. 

   
Jan-Feb 2016
Reviving Local Cultural Heritage

Schemata Architects has completed the refurbishment of two minimalist retail buildings in Tokyo that enhance local character and revitalise the surrounding neighbourhoods. The first is a traditional rice store, while the second is a modern roastery/coffee shop. Both integrate with and serve the needs of the community, while taking into account Green building concepts.

   
Jan-Feb 2016
‘Recharged’ Kilang Bateri

Kilang Bateri is an excellent example of how adaptive reuse and Green architecture can be used to revitalise urban neighbourhoods, and as a springboard for economic growth among the local community and to create an attractive place to draw people into the area.

   
       

 


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