VILLAGE HOUSE PROTOTYPE
Located in Louna Village, XingYi, China, the project as a prototype explores a new alternative way of living at suburban sloped terrain sites. The ground design in concrete is to peel off the slope from one side as stairs and to stop as a vertical wall on the other. Flat slabs are created above the peeled surfaces at different heights and sizes. The roof in timber follows the gradient of the slope, with a series of structural supports separating private and semi-public spaces. Series of concrete casting models, 1:20 models and exploratory drawings are produced along the design development of the project.
WHITBY AFTERLIFE CHAMBER
Whitby Afterlife Chamber holds funeral ceremony where souls of the deceased depart their bodies to the afterlife dimension. The crematory service is a sorting process of the souls either heading to heaven above or Dracula’s ruins of pain and darkness within Whitby Abbey. Families and Friends meditate, witness the soul separating cremation and confess their sins within their journey inside the building. The architecture acts as an amplifying instrument for the town of Whitby with each funeral transposing the souls and commemorating the late citizens.
WHITBY REMEMBRANCE RETREAT
Whitby Remembrance Retreat extends the graveyard to the edge of East Cliff for the commemoration of the deceased that are buried in the mountain as a retreat/meditation process. Chimes interacting with the wind that communicates with buried souls inside the mountain by beating the cliff. The librarian records the pitches and movements of the chimes and decodes them for counselling visitors of the construct. Walking around and hearing the acoustic qualities of chimes meditate the feelings of visitors and they connect to and understand the past/future dimensions by the decoded messages from the buried souls while looking at the sea view in front.
PILGRIMS & THE MISSING BISHOP
The group film and collage piece explore the narrative methodology of approaching architecture design. The project is set at Lincoln where a group of Pilgrims is within a journey of finding a missing Bishop. The Bishop is hidden in an unknown dimension because cathedral members think his acts of finding truth and scientific knowledge stop people from worshiping God. This is a story of pilgrims beginning the move on knowledge because of tracing the history of missing Bishop. Stepping from the medieval old time to a whole new dimension of future and a mysterious fantasy.
SOUTH ESSEX NAVAL ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL
South Essex Naval Architecture School is set with a newly proposed dry dock next to the Tilbury Port of London in Essex. The port operation as the major business of the area is isolated from the people in the town. The site at the threshold and intersection of the town and the port is to develop schemes that act as the catalyst to bond the connection. River Thames and ships are the mutual elements that characterize Grays and Tilbury Port. A naval architecture school that offers long term impacts on education and job opportunities can perfectly fulfill the linkage that is not present in the current situation. The skills of ship design and technology could boost the identity of the area.
Located at East Tilbury where BATA shoe factory was established previously in 1932-2005 for over 70 years, the new housing development responds to the vast expansion of London capital. The design of housing units emphasises the sense of community with prefabrication considerations and linkages to the industrial past.
Located in Nottingham Lace Market, the architecture offers a journey of contemplation within the building. Visitors meditate in urban gardens, counselling rooms, viewing platforms and so on. The building emphasises the view down the cliff and is surrounded by water elements. Roof lights are all over the building and the building features roof gardens.