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Gregory Apartments
Wall Corporation Rwanda (2022-)

May 03, 2024
The project is located in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, located in East Africa. Located in the Gacuriro area, the plot is located on an alley that connects to the main road. There is an level difference of 7.5 m on the land. The building is designed as a block. The reason for the block is to try to maximize the use of the land.The building has 2 different entrances. There are open stairs on one side of the building. The open staircase is designed for the tenants in the building. On the other side of the building, there is a second staircase and elevator, which is entered through an opening 3 floors height. This staircase and elevator are designed for the owner's apartment.A semi-open car park is designed on the ground floor, accessible from the road. There is a vehicle capacity of 12 vehicles in this area.There are 2 apartments on each floor. On the side where the open staircase is, the stairs are gradually formed on the facade of the building. On the front facades, the building protrudes as a 50 cm console on each floor.The slab extending over the open stairs is carried by 2 columns. The slab on these columns defines the area with open stairs as semi-open.The total construction area is 1487 square meters. There is a villa on the top of the land and an apartment was designed on the area left from this villa. The total land area is 2162 square meters.2 apartments on each floor, a total of 6 apartments are designed. There is a balcony in front of each flat, and the balcony dimensions increase towards the upper floors.

G 3 floors
12 car parking
Total area 1487 sqm
Selim Senin
Cemil Pamukcu
Kubra Mutlu
dEMM arquitectura Portugal (2021-2023)

Jun 04, 2024
Beach house, located among the pine forests and rice fields of Comporta, set in sand dunes, in a place of great natural beauty and strength of fauna and flora.
The center of inspiration was the deserted and wild beaches of the region and the reproduction of this environment, with dunes and vegetation.

The project is composed of 2 pure volumes with great transparency, around which you can appreciate the complexity of the nature that surrounds them.
A wooden volume on the ground floor and on top of it a concrete volume on the first floor.
Patios were created on the ground floor, allowing the sand and dune vegetation to also inhabit the social area, creating the feeling of the outside inside, which can be completely enclosed.

To emphasize transparency and taking the purity of this intention to an extreme, the concrete volume of the first floor is supported only on two points on the volume limits, with no central support, leaving the entire living room and kitchen without interference from structural vertical elements, being able to open totality for both the outdoor space that communicates with the pool and the interior patios, making the boundary that defines interior and exterior almost imperceptible.

The extensive use of vegetation outside is a biophilic approach bringing nature indoors in all areas, bedrooms and social areas, providing an important contact with nature, with a careful choice of several local species that merge with the architecture.
The exterior spaces of terraces, balconies and gardens were designed to emphasize the natural beauty, for permanence and as a complement to the interior, with continuity between materials and design from the interior to the exterior, which gives a sensation of depth to the pine forest that extends along the dune vegetation that was carefully designed to embrace the pool.

The oversized interior height of the spaces, and the full-height windows with full opening, provide harmonious entrances of light and a perfect visual relationship between the interior and exterior, bringing all the natural surroundings of the place to the home.

As for the materials, exposed concrete was chosen because it is a material that allowed us to create weight and visual lightness where and when desired, in addition to the uniquely textured wood designed for this project that was applied to the exterior and interior, corten steel, and large sand- colored natural stones with pieces of incrusted fossils that resemble the beach.

Project Type: Residential | Single Family
Built Area: 400 sqm
Architects: Paulo Fernandes Silva | Diana Fernandes Silva
5 Star Eco-Hotel
Noor Taha Jordan (2023-)

Feb 27, 2023
Environmentally Responsive Architecture. The purpose of the project is to design a sustainable 5-star hotel, for a leading chain, that maintains a green footprint, and at the same time offers a level of luxury for guests. The project investigates a specific building typology (hotel) that has the ability to apply for an eco-label. This is to be achieved through:
− Integrating green and passive design strategies.
− Exploring vertical and horizontal circulation systems in hotels.
− Understanding needs and requirements of 5-star hotels.
− Exploring efficient structural systems and construction materials.
− Producing diagrams, orthographic, reflective, analytical and technical drawings, in addition to physical models.
This project was built on several keywords that focused on details to embrace the concept of sustainability, including:
- Urban Bridging: The site is located in an area of varying architectural contexts, therefore, it was necessary to bridge connections between people. By orienting the masses, an axis was generated as an inviting tool towards the site. Doing so will allow people of different generations, mindsets and cultures to integrate within the site, experiencing all the different zones while also connecting visually and verbally with one another regardless of being inside the building or out.
- Place Making: Working on the orientation creates several focal points in which the main interactive zones are located.
- Social Interaction: This was established in a number of ways using several senses, including interacting visually as well as verbally. The visual interaction helps people connect through the many voids created in the design along with the transparent facades.
- Orientation: In order for the building to interact with the two opposite sides of the site, the form was oriented on the axis created from the urban bridging.
- Hierarchy: Defines the importance and sequence of elements within a composition. It influences the order in which people view the elements of the building.
- Solid and Void: Masses were designed in a way to create voids through the solid form for a more light structure and to enhance the interaction between the users.

The area of the project is 14,000 square meters, consisting of: a parking lot in the basement with 100 parking spots, a main lobby, a total of 200 rooms, 3 restaurants, 2 main lounges as gathering spaces for hotel visitors and business gatherings, a gym, 3 interior courtyards to help regulate the temperature inside the space, and 2 ballrooms with a total area of 1000 square meter.
Designer: Noor Taha
Supervisor: Dr. Amer Jokhadar
A Kaleidoscopic Symphony
Dylan Baliski United Kingdom (2024-)

Jun 03, 2024
Every neighbourhood is a sum of its cultures. Some are mono-cultural, with one dominating heritage providing the character of a place. Others are multicultural, with different backgrounds of people throughout the area. Berlin’s neighbourhood Kreuzberg is a clear example of a multicultural neighbourhood containing cultures from across the globe. This multiculturalism is typically known as a “melting-pot” where a bunch of different cultures melt into one shared visual and communal identity. This doesn't quite apply to Kreuzberg though, as each culture is so heterarchically distinct within the architecture. Kreuzberg is instead a kaleidoscope. In Lawrence Fuchs book ”The American Kaleidoscope”, he uses a “kaleidoscope of cultures” as a metaphor for the voluntary multicultural pluralism within American history. This more accurately describes the distinct nature of these ethnicities within the architecture of Kreuzberg.

The building takes the German, and Turkish cultures (the two most prevalent in the area) and expresses them as two distinct strata: the convention, and the abstraction. The convention houses the solid elements stemming from the urban block: the recording studios, multi-function rooms, and back of house spaces. The abstraction houses the interstitial foyer space, sloping above the private plinth and into the kaleidoscope, the intersection of the two forms, housing the kaleidoscopic auditorium. The architecture reflects the two dominant cultures in Kreuzberg: German, and Turkish, with contrasting forms interweaving together like a symphony.

This theatre is for everyone, no matter the ethnicity, background, or taste in music. It will all be accommodated within the intersecting confines of the building, creating a kaleidoscopic symphony of culture and music.

Technical Section

01. Kaleidoscopic (Auditorium) Roof Buildup
a. Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete panels
b. Panel attachment frame
c. Waterproof membrane
d. Plywood
e. Thermal Insulation
f. Acoustic Insulation
g. Vapour Control Barrier
h. Mass timber truss system
i. Reverberation chamber ceiling

02. Abstraction (Interstitial) Glazing Buildup
a. Triple glazing
b. Intermittently accentuated mullions and transoms
c. Secondary structure steel connections
d. Glulam building support beams/columns

03. Kaleidoscopic (Auditorium) Wall Buildup
a. Perforated timber panels
b. Servicing void
c. Glulam building support beams/columns
d. Dynamic lighting
e. Plywood
f. Acoustic insulation
g. Timber frame auditorium support
h. Acoustic panelling
i. Interior plywood cladding

04. Abstraction (Indeterminate) Flooring buildup
a. Mesh Flooring: The mesh flooring doesn’t interfere with the concept as it doesn’t exist in the planar dimension.
b. Glulam timber frame
c. Steel connection plates

05. Convention (Plinth) Flooring Buildup
a. Screed
b. UFH pipes
c. Ashcrete structure

06. Convention (Plinth) Wall Buildup
a. Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete panels
b. Waterproof membrane
c. Rigid thermal insulation
d. Ashcrete structure

07. Foundation Buildup
a. Subsoil
b. Waterproof membrane
c. Foundation thermal insulation
d. Ashcrete foundation structure
e. UFH Insulation
f. UFH Pipes
g. Screed

08. Water runoff


The urban blocks’ morphing towards the public foyer allows a clear view and vision towards what is public. The perforated GFRC panels play a key role in uniting the architecture within the urban block, signifying a presence of publicity. The perforated GFRC panels are parametrically modelled with a custom grasshopper script calculating the alpha values of the graffiti on the site which translates into different sized perforations. These panels as well as the rest of the building facade will change over time based on the street art continuously being erected on the site. The site elevation will clearly express the distortion of the original urban block, connected by the abstraction. The diagonal journey upwards is reflected in the arrangement of the abstraction, promoting movement throughout the public circulation. The facades four distinct elements represent fragments of a bitter memory to many in the past; correlating to the location of the previous tenements, but a view to a new future of Kreuzberg in the present; correlating to the studios, auditorium, back of house, and residential spaces.
Designer: Dylan Baliski
Supervisor: Douglas McCorkell
David Chow Indonesia (2024-)

May 21, 2024
The site is located in Indonesia, Ketapang Regency, Labai Hilir, that dominated with plantation, forest, and mining. Climate destruction causing wildfire often occur caused by peat, global warming, and human intention for personal benefit such as plantation, mining, and site clearance. The large amount of ex-ilegal mining site in Ketapang, with no one taking the responsibility because complex bureaucracy, law, and regulation making ex-mining site can’t be recovered or taking reclamation back into forest. The existing condition is just a dryland with heavy metal pollution that make plant and vegetation really tough to grow with excruciating condition. The ex-ilegal mining site also near protected Mount Palung National Park conservation forest. A cluster of neo-vernacular tourism, forest conservation, plant soil conservation industry, can be a new magnet to socio economic and environmental conservation for the past and the future. It will affect other vilage economy circulation such as Kuala Labai, Sekucing Kualan, and optimizing the government plan to create a train rail and station in Borneo. The site seems quite a far from city, it acts as the new magnet or hub for city development (on par with airport and harbor) architectural implementation must be able to create a new hub for society. The neo-vernacular implementation is the acculturation of Dayak (Radakng and Baluk), and Melayu. The tourism theme is well-ness, cultural, and forest. The can be adventure tourism if the tourist taking harder route to reach the tourism destination. Every component of forest restoration, animal and plant conservation, fire forest mitigation, ex-mining site (inside and outside site), and tourism have integrated each other and support each other. The cluster can work seamlessly in parallel way and also can support as facility each other even though the location is quite far from city. It requires more than 20 years and some stages to create the cluster into final form.

Site size: 50 hectares

Labai Hilir
Simpang Hulu, Ketapang Regency, West Kalimantan
-0.538627, 110.016853
David Chow, Adrian Hudoyo Putra, Dearren Alvado Glendyap, Nicholas Septian Anelka hutapea, Alden Xavier Iddo Frandhansen

Mentor/ Supervisor: Ar. Nicolaus Nino Ardhiansyah, S.T., M.Sc.
instance: Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta