Sunday, July 27, 2014

Thinking Architecture (ARC60603/ARC2323)

Thinking Architecture (ARC60603/ARC2323)
Module Synopsis
This is a reading/looking/listening/thinking module aimed at raising a student’s consciousness to direct processes to analyse underlying premises, form general philosophical attitudes and promote experience in design which are consistent with basic worldviews and personal values.

Module Teaching Objectives
The teaching objectives of the module are:
1. To explore interdisciplinary modes of thinking that can contribute to a greater awareness of Design.
2. To encourage cross-fertilisation of inclinations that can elucidate implications of general philosophical
attitudes towards Architecture.
3. To engage students in a transformative learning process that will lead to a structural shift in the basic
premises of thoughts, feelings and actions.

Module Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Identify one’s values and ways of looking at the world to form “calm and considered solutions”.
2. Utilise a wider range of design influences in architectural theory.
3. State specific self-capacities to encourage a lifestyle and pattern of lifelong learning that will enable a
continuous growth of creative problem-solving capabilities.
Download link of my Thinking Sheets:
Think Sheet 3
Think Sheet 4
Think Sheet 5
Think Sheet 6
Think Sheet 7
Think Sheet 8
Think Sheet 9
Think Sheet 10

Link to my PVS : 

The Final Project :
Summarised PVS from Mr.Tony, which to be convey through a personal dwelling

I've chosen a imaginary site where My dwelling will be sitting right on top of a hill, overlooking a busy city square below. Therefore there is these fins design where I could be stalking people in the city without them knowing ;) k just joking

Rooftop poetic self indulgence area

Description = An attempt to dissolve all of the conventional architecture elements such as column, beam, walls and ceiling into one whole, a little more organic and nature-like and also a representative of a kind of personal spiritual faith.

A place to embrace the nature surrounding (feels the air, sun, views, winds while having own little space) and also rethink about architecture by looking downhill towards the city square.
I come out with this section diagram where there is these fins structure that protect the home and provide a 24/7 sunshading for the internal area while provide maximum opening for the good Views, adequate light and air ventilations. The Rooftop will be the main personal area for self indulgence and to include no fence as there are swimming pool below all around the ground floor slab, while serve as a Total Cooling System too. 

All in all main idea is to present a really eco-green design, having an iconic form to leave a heavier impression to people, while contribute in beautify the skyline of the urban with the building sitting on top of a hill, overlooking a busy city square. 

The plans of the dwelling. Square is an indicative of 10m x 10m, according to the project brief.

The elevation -
with iconic sphere outline and very open while viewing on the side elevation.

Side View of the project

Entrance view of the project


If there is a name for this project, it would be "World View"
Welcome to my world view :)

I am grateful that I've taken this module and I've learnt way too much within this module. Hopefully my ability in write up has improve and I enjoyed throughout this great adventure thinking deep into the endless field of architecture. Definitely recommend this to anyone who curious of what elective module to take and wanted to sharpen your thinking ability and have a chance in reading more about architecture.

Thanks for viewing :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Asian Architecture (ARC 2234)

Module Learning Outcome:

- Describe the historical development of the main strands of Asian architecture
- Identify a broad range of issues related to the historical and chronological transitions of Asian architectural history
- Analyse and discuss the relationship between architecture and its social, cultural and intellectual context within the Asian region
-Differentiate the way in which many varied factors contribute to the development of Asian architecture
and urbanism
-Produce, orally and in writing, a critical interpretation of Asian architecture and urbanism in relation t
relevant issues within the contemporary architecture and design.

    Project 1: Case study paper
    Learning Outcome:
    - Analyse and discuss in depth on the selected research area based on the assigned building, within the framework of sustainable design.
    - Identify significant elements of sustainable design through investigation on the assigned building.
    - Produce, orally and in writing, a critical interpretation of sustainable design of the assigned building.
    - A paper (3,000 to a maximum of 4000 words, double-spaced).
    - A power point presentation (10 minutes) – which contains an outline of the paper covering key issuesand themes explored, as well as bibliography.

    The link over to my study paper :
    Case Study Paper

    Project 2: Case study - An Asian Street
    Learning Outcome:
    - Describe the historical development of the main strands of Asian architecture
    - Identify a broad range of issues related to the historical and chronological transitions of Asian architectural history
    - Interpret architectural language in relation to the development of Asian architecture and urbanism based
    on theme of tradition, modernity and globalization

      the A2 3D board

      Photobook link over:


      Wednesday, July 16, 2014

      Design Studio 4 : Nature Appreciation Center

      welcome to the NAC - The nature appreciation center

      *Right click any images for the maximum resolution

      For my design studio 4 this time round, we are assigned to design a Nature Appreciation Center within the area of the Malaysian Nature Society Environmental Interpretive Centre in Sepang, Selangor. Located approximately 75 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, the Environmental Interpretive Centre (EIC) is dominated by landscape of mangroves and rivers. It also acts as a sanctuary to many species of flora and fauna. 

      Throughout the weeks of design process, the main idea that I really wanted to express and appreciate is how organic and edgeless the nature is. I wanted to create an architectural object which doesn't show much humanism. I took out the six-direction-plus-center of human being design and dissolve all the architectural element such as the usual column, beam, ceiling into one whole, where it eventually turn into an almost perfect sphere form and arranged in a way to show the beauty in nature could be combined with architecture to create a unique experience for the visitor.

      I come out with this Eco-Pod design where all of the architectural element melts and form into one whole, and with all the little articulated fins which tilted at certain angle to provide a full time sun shading into the internal area while still allows full wind and light ventilation into the structure.
      Eco-Pod schematic cut section

      Furthermore, the little little eco pod pavilion structure glue together in a manner where it resembles the little pods of nature.

      Work in progress for the fins structure
      The fins 

      With the little little fins enclosure of the building, both north-south elevation has absolutely no obstruction in viewing across the building, very open while on east-west elevation the building almost blocking everything in his path in term of visual.


      The journey into the building are arranged in a way where you are welcomed by the outdoor open plaza nodes, into the NAC introductory gallery nodes which is almost totally enclosed first. Then towards the semi-open community lounge nodes, and end up at the very open observatory interactive learning nodes at the side of the water streams.

      Below are the boards for the presentation panel :

      Board 1 - main external perspective, concepts diagram, left elevation
      Board 2 - more concept diagram n sketches, site plan, right elevation and section b-b
      Board 3 - ground floor plan and front elevation
      Board 4 - First floor plan and seciton a-a
      Board 5 - second floor plan and third floor plan, rear elevation

      Board 6 - Perspective

      Overall view of the combined boards
      6A1 board on presentation day
      Below are all of the progress drawing that were produced for interim and tutorials, the semester starts with a precedent study, with a site visit to the place for the second half of the precedent study, and continued with several progress check in between towards the final presentation day.

      Work in progress and mid crit presentation materials :

      Case study board 1

      Case study board 2
      unused isometric for the case study :o

      case study board 4

      case study board 5
      Site analysis the full board
      Site analysis main site plan 1
      site analysis main site plan 2

      I am the one responsible for the board compilation of the site analysis and the one who render both of the site plan above.. due to the lack of the content and real analysis I've tried my best to cover it up with putting a little bit more effort in the rendering and the board layout, but apparently the tutors pin point the weakness and lack of content of the site analysis and bring it up to everyone.

      I really like how the way the tutor approach us and the emphasis of doing real design analysis. By far I would say I've learnt much more things and skills in design within this semester much more than the past few years of my life in architecture. The tutors are brilliant, sincere and are really top notch, if only I could have the same tutor for my next semester.... It's something that you could only wish for but are rarely available. Really are grateful and appreciate for all the effort from my tutor in his sincere effort in really teaching us how to design. Malaysia really needs more of these teaching to push the boundary of education further into the top-tier architecture learning...much thanks to my main tutor, Ar. Alvin Lim Hai Seah for all of the attention care, efforts and critiques, you made my journey in Taylor so far a really valuable and unregrettable one.

      First NAC progress check

      The first ever schematic proposal presentation board 1

      second part of the board

      third part of the board

      last portion of the board

      overall view of the presentation

      Second NAC progress check

      Main perspective board

      The whole board

      interim crits:

      Concept baord
      Board 1

      Board 2 and 3 - plans

      Main perspective - section aa

      all the elevation and the section
      Overall view of the interim crit panels

      Post interim progress tutorial presentation:

      main perspective seen from far, building looking too open and are not refined yet. A little bit too noisy.

      Overview of the fins structure and the planning

      Section showing the eco-pod climatic concept and the openness of the site elevation

      Preview render of the NAC


      I am glad that I've learnt so much in this semester in design thinking and so much about design.. though I am not super happy and proud for the proposal as I do not do my best for this semester.. I could've done so much more, but i do hope you guys enjoy it.

      More update coming up soon, thanks for viewing. :)