Touch the Valley

A 3D topographical puzzle designed for the visually impaired community to assist them in learning about the physical environment with the sense of touch. Winning Entry for the Lexus Design Awards 2023. Unlike traditional puzzles where players use their vision to map out the pieces, this 3D topographic puzzle relies on the sense of touch to match adjacent contouring pieces. The process of piecing together the puzzle helps them to perceive the physical world through touch.

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Two Fold Encounters

A physical installation at Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) for Tijuana Design Week 2024. Designed to be a two-fold storefront, the space invites visitors to engage with a series of 3D topographic puzzles of San Diego and Tijuana, with an intent to bring people together, to have a conversation without biasness, and to foster a closer knitted community without borders. 

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Harlem Housing Extension

Steel housing extension atop the Riverton Square development in Harlem. Winning Project for the AISC Forge Prize 2022. In our proposal, instead of restocking new housing by demolishing the current building from ground up, existing estates should serve as scaffolds in building new communities. In addition, the project will revitalize community life by creating a series of flexible common space of all sizes in between the new and existing. We call this the ‘common-sky’ typology.

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Incheon Museumpark

In collaboration with Otherprojects (Nicolas Lee and Kelvin Ho), Incheon Museumpark is an amalgamation of a new Art Museum and City Museum, a restored and updated OCI Factory Building, and repurposed Missionary Houses for cultural uses. The proposal also provides a wide range of creative indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces and public spaces with various programs. The project seeks to connect and bring Art and Culture to the surrounding community while celebrating the site’s unique industrial past.

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Common Sky

In our proposal, instead of restocking housing by demolishing the current, existing estates should serve as scaffolds to building new communities. Existing community density and building proportions will guide the new housing density and structural composition respectively. The proposed housing attachment will revitalize the community life by creating a flexible common space in between the new and existing in the sky. This space aims at recalibrating the social programs relevant for revitalizing the shared community between current estate’s residents and future tenants. We call this the ‘common-sky’ typology. Alton Estate in Roehampton will be used as a testing bed for this new typology. 

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Outside In

Inspired by Cambodia’s traditional Khmer housing, this remote hut reinforces the significance of the gable roof with a uniform roof erected around a raised platform for living. The potential of the hut on stilts not only prevents flooding but also threads lightly onto the landscape. Central to the design is the courtyard, unifying all the living spaces around a central tree. Sleeping, mediating, exercising, reading or washing revolves around this central piece of nature. Now, the commonly known relationship between nature on the ‘outside’ and living on the ‘inside’ is now inverted. The new hideout hut serves as a reminder that all life forms breathes and starts from our care for nature.

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Water House

Situated in a tropical area of heavy rainfall, the Water House is a healing space that is inspired by ancient bathhouses. Though most dwellings are built to shield inhabitants from rainwater, we have designed the Water House to embody the philosophy that water should be embraced. In the Water House, water permeates the inhabitant’s daily, lived experience, symbolizing the acceptance of and connection to nature as the most intuitive healing property.

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Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge

This redesign of the Brooklyn Bridge is designed based on the principle of balance. The new architectural insertion balances the safety and efficiency of pedestrian and bikers' paths while creating new public spaces to honor the structural wonders of brooklyn bridge. The congeniality of this proposal sets a new precedent to the significant twinning of historic preservation and transportation efficiency. To preserve this historic monument, newly expanded bike lanes and pedestrian paths are introduced minimally around and within the bridge structure, resulting in a criss-crossing meandering spine. In addition, two new features- observatory deck and circular meditative pond are introduced above and below two bridge towers respectively. These newly added vantage points encourage visitors to explore, learn and meditate on the ingenuity of Brooklyn Bridge structure.

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Ritual of Cleansing

Living in isolation during this pandemic has led to many to rethink the notion of communal spaces and importance of self cleansing spaces. In a residential setting, communal amenities such as multi-function activity rooms, gym, swimming pools, etc. will be closed off to stop the spread of the virus. Hence, what are the alternatives for inhabitants to live to the fullest during this isolation period? What is the hierarchy of cleansing spaces such as toilets in the apartments?

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