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Cheung's Residence

The residence is designed with simplicity, openness and natural light in mind. The footprint of the building shall reflect the constraint of the existing site and the formal expression shall be clean and simple. An atrium and balcony are located on the north side of the building illuminating the entrance and the dining area. Sliding windows are provided at the south end of the building where the living room and kitchen are to maximize natural lights and provide spatial flexibility. Skylights are proposed throughout the building to further reinforce the design ideas.

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Wafra Wind Tower

Wafra Wind Tower introduces a new concept to urban living that adapts to the evolving lifestyle of the 21st Century Contemporary Kuwait. With the increasing demand for land in the city, the idea is to transform the single family-home living typology vertically where the tenants can enjoy the privacy of their own home, yet benefit from the tower’s amenities and prime location. The tower is raised on a plinth which is comprised of 2 levels of above-ground parking, and one level of the buildings’ public spaces, including a swimming pool and gym area.

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Saint Francis Chapel

The Saint Francis Chapel does not meet the conventional principles of the design of a chapel. It is a small cubic room inviting to pause for a moment of remembrance. The relationship with nature associated with Saint Francis is not what the design of the chapel shall convey, but it is the simplicity and openness, the reduction to elementariness and the restraint of symbolism. A room of meditation was created: a room of possibilities which is open for everyone. The open ceiling shall guide the view beyond the everyday. Small candle niches link to the traditional mysticism in this sparse room.

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Busan Opera House

The opera is designed to connect the sea and dry land. A reminder of sea waves but mountain slopes as well. It is the boundary between the two elements. The building functions as a performing arts center. It is a shell that will shelter all the facilities that constitute an opera. The services are placed beneath a huge “umbrella”, organized in order to function. Both the auditoria are designed to house high-class events and the associated auxiliary spaces are capable to host smaller art events. The single shell idea is ecologically friendly as it allows it to function as a sustainable entity.

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TAXI

Grabbing the attention beneath the urban fabric, TAXI station is designed in an iconic way that uses graphic elements both visually and structurally at the same time. The station communicates with urban people perceptually and stands out as almost as a signage. Design uses a universal language and symbolizes ''taxi'' metaphor to a public station. With a modern and dynamic identity that suits contemporary urban life, the characterized building adapts to physical conditions with two different sizes.

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High-Rise Structures: Porto Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is going through a crucial moment in the international scenario. The World Cup 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 requires several changes throughout the country but particularly in Rio de Janeiro. Aiming at the requirements of these events, the project presented is originated from the mixed use: a convention center, a hotel, a business center, shops and apartments. All the aspects are very well integrated by the public square wich is the main feature of this project inviting the public space into the private building and so it becomes an open block.Unique within a chaotic environment.

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