Previously Published Projects (2011)
       

4Q 2011

Stacking Green

Wandering around Saigon, one can easily find flowerpots here and there, crammed in balconies, courtyards, and on the streets. This custom has become characteristic of buildings in Saigon—the people living in the city love having a large variety of tropical plants and flowers...
 
 
 


4Q 2011

Rumah Baca

Rumah Baca was designed in a way that it functions as an ‘interface’ with its physical and social environment. Achmad D. Targiyana, or better known as Pak Apep (read more about him in the sidebar), designed his own house in such a way that he could maintain the everyday kampung (village) life...
 
 
 


4Q 2011

The architects were commissioned by a young couple to rebuild their parent’s 30-year-old, two-storey semi-detached house. The decision to rebuild arises partly out of their wish to take advantage of the planning guidelines to increase the built-in area to cater for the growth in their family size...
 
 
 
 


4Q 2011

Green Village

Set within a rural landscape along Bali’s Ayung River, the Green Village is a residential development not unlike the famous Green School (which is a stone’s throw away)—its design concepts and sustainable principles are established by the artisans and craftsmen who built the school...
 
 
 


4Q 2011

Corporate Office for India Glycols Ltd

The office design for the corporate office for India Glycols embodies the issues concerning the workplace today, and explores the paradigm of the office as a space for social activity. Sited in a non-contextual suburban area of Delhi...
 
 
 

4Q 2011
 
Green Residence
The project involved the refurbishment of a 220-square metre Hong Kong
apartment, located on the third floor of a 35-year-old building which was originally
designed as government quarters for civil servants...
 
 
 


4Q 2011

Panyaden School

Strongly influenced by Buddhism, the owner’s goal was to produce hardware for a school that seeks to educate children to be mindful, to take care of themselves and others; and to have a connection with nature—to not only be unafraid of the...
 
 
 


4Q 2011

Purple Cane Tea House

The Purple Cane Tea House is located on the ground floor of an existing three- storey historical colonial building in the heart of Ipoh which used to be occupied by a famous ‘dim sum’ restaurant. Appreciating the history of the venue, the designers sought to preserve the value and character of the place...
 
 
 


4Q 2011

DenimDenim

Denim is a fabric that is versatile, tough and durable. Although denim will generally fade over time, this is considered a desirable trait as they make jeans look more rugged. Also, jeans are regarded as a fashion staple in that they don’t go out of style...
 
 
 


4Q 2011

HSBC Corporate Fit-Out

The client wanted to create a workplace that embodied the company’s global brand and values as well as its work principles. The key requisites of the brief were to increase efficiency and effectiveness, improve engagement with clients, create a better life work balance and grow a workplace that was not only...
 
 
 


4Q 2011

A Sustainable Brief

The first design office in Asia to be granted a World Wildlife Fund Green Office Label, OUT-2 takes its sustainable goals seriously, embedding environmental first principles within their projects and employing ongoing R&D. This, along with their unusual approach to the design brief, has given them particular success in...
 
 
 


4Q 2011

Hub Madrid

The architects at ch+qs have succeeded in transforming an old car repair garage into a popular, friendly everyone-wants-to-work-here shared office co-op with a cool vibe. Located in central Madrid, Hub Madrid is a hive of activity where professionals come together for meetings and group collaboration sessions...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Headquarters

The project aims to explore Green building development by focusing on low cost soft technology, and to achieve the goal of maximising the efficiency in resource utilisation, environmental protection and pollution reduction throughout the building’s life cycle. The headquarters is located in a sub-tropical climate zone...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Pearl Academy of Fashion

The Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur is a campus, which by virtue of its design, is geared towards creating an environmentally responsive passive habitat. The institute creates interactive spaces for a creative student body to work in multifunctional zones that blend the indoors with the outdoors seamlessly...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Fivelements Puri Ahimsa Healing Center

Dedicated to the inspiration, support and implementation of ‘positive’ projects, Fivelements wanted a multi-functional facility specially designed to foster positive lifestyles according to the Balinese philosophy of Tri Kaya Parisudha: of clean body and mind; clean speech; and clean action. In line with this, the design team...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Redevelopment of Lam Tim Estate Phase 7 and Sau Mau Ping South Estate

Lam Tin Estate and Sau Mau Ping South Estate are two public housing projects that are part of the redevelopment plans launched by the Hong Kong Housing Authority—the former represents the last phase of the Lam Tin area...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Al-Irsyad Mosque

A mosque is a place of worship for Muslims—a place to kneel, lower one’s head and pray solemnly. Oftentimes, it is also used to carry out various other religious activities. The architecture of the Al-Irsyad Mosque is unique in that it is cubical in form and it uses stacked concrete blocks to create a ‘tectonic’...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

The Redevelopment of Lo Wu Correctional Institution

The existing Lo Wu Correctional Institution, originally housing 182 inmates and 119 staff, and the existing Lo Wu Saddle Club, were redeveloped into a complex with three separate security zones to hold a total of 1,400 inmates and 495 staff...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

HSBC Data Centre at Tseung Kwan O

The HSBC Data Centre sits on a flat piece of reclaimed land flanked by industrial estates and the mountainous areas of Clear Water Bay Peninsular. The centre comprises a data block which houses equipment, and a technology block which accommodates regular office functions and staff amenities...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, GH Podium Annex

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a major university in Hong Kong with a student population of approximately 15,000. In order to cater to the demand for additional academic spaces within its urban campus, the University decided to...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

A 'Hanging Garden' with a Creative Facade Design

Located within the prime area of Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD), the 10-storey high 158 Cecil Street (the original building completed in 1984) was designed to be environmentally responsive. With floors receding inwards approximately 1.5 metres at each floor, shading was naturally provided...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Bourbon An Hoa Green Schools

The primary objective of the Bourbon An Hoa Green Schools was to replace the existing schools which will be demolished to make way for new industrial facilities within the Bourbon An Hoa-TransAsia Industrial Garden...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Bottle School

The Bottle School, as its name suggests, is literally constructed out of bottles. This unique form of architecture and the use of recycled bottles as a building material could be said to be borne out of necessity. In the aftermath of typhoon Katrina, many schools in the Philippines...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Samwoh Eco-Green Building

Samwoh Eco-Green Building is the first building in this region to be built with concrete that contains up to 100 percent recycled concrete aggregate (RCA). RCA is formed by processing and recycling of construction waste from demolition of concrete structures...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

WORA

A further feature of the condominium—which the team says it’s never been done before for such a project in Thailand—is a ‘natural’ swimming pool, i.e., one with a chemical-free filtration system. This proved to be another challenge...
 
 
 

3Q 2011
Energex Headquarters – Newstead Riverpark
The Green Building Council of Australia has awarded Energex Newstead the first 6-Star Green Star – Office Design v2 certified rating in Queensland. The design has achieved its sustainability largely through good passive design strategies rather than application of expensive technology...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Tabung Haji Hotel and Convention Centre Sepang
This mixed development in Sepang is designed to realise the client’s objectives to offer comprehensive and comfortable amenities that are suitable to perform Hajj, and the daily needs of the organisation to cater to the increasing number of Hajj pilgrims...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Suzlon One Earth
Suzlon One Earth is the corporate headquarters of Suzlon Energy Ltd, one of the leading wind power companies in the world today. As such, it was designed to reflect the values and vision of the company and its patrons. Among other criteria, LEED and GRIHA (a Green building rating tool in India)...
 
 
 


3Q 2011

Taiwan Tower Conceptual Design International Competition

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the founding of Taiwan, R.O.C. and celebrate the merger between Taichung County and Taichung City, the government decided to erect “Taiwan Tower” as a landmark in the new...
 
 
 


2Q 2011

Queen Victoria Building Refurbishment Project

The Queen Victoria Building is a 19th-century sandstone and granite, heritage retail centre stretching over an entire city block in the heart of Sydney’s central business district. Originally this site was on the outskirts of town and, according to a 2004 heritage reference statement of significance, was the market within...
 
 
 


2Q 2011

Environment Protection Authority, Victoria 

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Victoria—a champion for balance between human activity and environmental protection—sought a fit-out solution for its head office that is sensitive to the environmental envelope. The EPA took the opportunity to redevelop a pre-loved building into one of Melbourne’s most...
 
 
 


2Q 2011

More with Less

Mies spoke about less is more. He puts forth an architectural expression of minimalism in which technological means are exploited to create what looked ‘less’ and at most times, the resources that went into the effect is certainly more. Evident with the ubiquitous glass boxes in the tropics are certainly doing more...
 
 
 


2Q 2011

Plaza Vads

Plaza VADS, formerly Plaza IBM, is a 24-storey office building that was completed in the mid 1980s. It was designed and built as a bioclimatic tropical tower with naturally ventilated elevator cores and staircases at the hot east and west sides of the floor plate.
 
 
 


2Q 2011

(Re)Crafting Daylight
It is not often that a retrofit is commissioned with the primary objective of improving occupant comfort. The retrofit of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila, which commenced design in 2003 and was completed in 2006, is unique for two reasons. First, it was an enlightened initiative by the building’s...
 


 
 


2Q 2011

Upgrading of Chiller Plant at The Galen

For a typical tropical country like Singapore, a centralised chiller plant operates round the clock throughout the entire year to provide cooling for human comfort as well as process operations...
 
 
 


1Q 2011

Stadium Mass Rapid Transit Station

Most stations dotting Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines are pragmatic, no-nonsense buildings that speak of speed of construction more than the esoteric pleasure of movement. Built in the 1980s and 1990s, they dealt with the challenge...
 
 
 


1Q 2011

Bishan Park-Kallang River Redevelopment

Increasing development as a result of growth in the urban population is exerting competing needs on the landscape. Single use standalone type design is outmoded and inefficient. This increase has necessitated the need to explore multi-functional approach to the design...
 
 
 


1Q 2011

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge: Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities

Serving to connect Hong Kong, Macao and Zhuhai, the proposed dual three-lane Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) is strategically significant in bolstering economic and social integration in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) Region...
 
 
 


1Q 2011

West Kowloon Terminus

The West Kowloon Terminus (WKT) is an underground railway terminus that is part of the Hong Kong section of the Express Rail Link (XRL), a cross-boundary transport infrastructure project which will provide high-speed rail services between Hong Kong, Guangzhou and a connection to the National High-speed...
 
 
 


1Q 2011

Down to Earth Matters: Environmentally Responsible Sewage Treatments

We have treated the oceans as a “supermarket and a sewer.”i Sylvia Earle, a prominent oceanographer and conservationist, was recently quoted as saying in Time magazine. As a result we put at risk Earth’s capacity to balance carbon...
 
 
 


1Q 2011

District Cooling System for Solaris Dutamas

A district cooling system (DCS) distributes thermal energy in the form of chilled water or other media from a central source to multiple buildings through a network of underground pipes for use in space and process cooling. The cooling or heat rejection is usually provided from a central cooling plant, thus eliminating the...
 
 
 


1Q 2011

The Red Line Mass Transit Project (Bang Sue - Rangsit Section)

Deemed one of the major transportation construction projects, the Bang Sue Grand Station is regarded as the main central transportation terminal in Thailand, connecting other transportation systems and almost all the routes and networks in the country. It is part of The Red Line Mass Transit Project (Bang Sue...
 
 
 


1Q 2011

Northern Busway - Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Station

With Brisbane’s population expected to reach 2.6 million residents by 2026, the Queensland Government is developing an efficient bus network that will eventually span Brisbane and the greater South East Queensland region. The busways...
 
 

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