INTERIOR MAJOR PROECJT
The PERMA Center is a community space that aims to promote mental health. It is a space that provides a wide array of activities that ultimately promotes overall wellness. More importantly, the center also encourages conversation and attempts to educate the public regarding mental health so as to destigmatize the topic, debunk common misconceptions, as well as to raise the people’s awareness about it.
As such, it can cater for a wide range of people – children and adults alike. Afterall, mental wellness is for everyone. Strategically located in a sports complex, the PERMA Center works hand-in-hand with the site as overall wellness is achieved when both physical and mental health are in good condition.
Design: Space, Design, Atmosphere
The Karmic Journey
The Karmic Journey is an exhibition and experiential mall installation. With the current situation in Hong Kong regarding death, burial, funeral and cremation procedures, there is a clear need for change in practice and mindset.
The design is inspired by the concept of “karma” in Buddhist philosophy. Simply put, “karma” is intentional action, which can either be good or bad. In Buddhism, having good karma would mean being rebirthed into a heaven realm and of course, racking up bad karma would mean rebirth in one of the hell realms.
Through design, the project aims to reintroduce death as a topic of conversation rather than a taboo. It hopes to encourage people to reflect on their lives and make them realize the power of their actions through experience.
Leaf-imprinted Thermochromic Resin Tiles
The promotion of overall well-being is the objective of my Interior Major Project. To foster this idea, biophilic design is the main concept of the project’s interior. Biophilia is more than just a philosophy—biophilic design has been found to support cognitive function, physical health, and psychological well-being. The heightened connection between humans and nature promotes wellness.
Due to this, the first inspiration I looked into was nature. I wanted to pay respect to nature and somehow even glorify it by introducing some of its lesser explored properties. The first exploration I did was on fallen leaves. Delicate, intricately patterned and unique - just like humans. The goal of the experiment was to transform the leaf from something solid into something more transparent and then eventually develop it into a hanging system for my IMP.
After my exploration with the leaf, I became really interested in the organic patterns that it has. While thinking more functionality this time, I wanted to make a material still based on this idea of leaf and transparency. To add depth, I also wanted the material to be responsive and transformative. Through research, I was able to conclude that resin casting and thermochromic paint would make this idea possible. When the thermochromic paint is applied to the resin tile, it would turn clear and show the leaf-patterned resin tile in its full glory. Located in the exhibition zone, the flooring of the area would then vary depending on the flow of users, essentially creating a transforming space.
COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY
This module is a very well-integrated subject. It exposed me to real life situations, for instance, a practice visit, the mock interview and so many more, that I will be facing after graduating. Through this course, I was able to discover myself more deeply, essentially developing another level of understanding of my strengths and weaknesses as a designer. I feel that that my design, creativity, research, analytical skills and knowledge has immensely improved after completing this degree.
History & THEORY: Dissertation
The Application of the Theory of Phenomenology in Architecture
With technological advancements, recent years has shown the emergence of globalization,
whereby there is a dramatic integration of economies and cultures worldwide
through the flow of people, information, goods, services and capital across borders.
A very direct implication of this on architectural development is a pronounced
loss of intimacy and the undermining of human-centered design where “the loss of
tactility and the scale and details crafted for the human body and hand, (has made)
our structures become repulsively flat, sharp-edged, immaterial, and unreal” (Pallas
maa, 1996, p. 29). Today’s modern architecture has focused on creating generic
solutions that are successful in market economies. Fordism promoted experimentation
with generic structural solutions – for instance, Unite d’Habitation – to solve
global problems such as affordable and hygienic housing. (Casanova & Hernandez,
2013). These solutions were then cloned around the world despite conflicting with
their locality. As a result, global architecture produces similar cities all around the
This paper aims to tackle this issue by attempting to develop an understanding of the
theory of phenomenology in architecture as a design approach by investigating the
following key inquiries. What is modern architecture in the global age? What are the
concepts of human sensation and perception? What is phenomenology in architecture?
By addressing these questions, this study attempts to provide an insight on
how to reinvigorate humanism in architecture