design drawings (use of material)

view of the kitchen

gentle and soft lights on kitchen units

both the internal walls and kitchen units are covered in cobblestones

stainless steel kitchen tops and large extractors are fitted 

concrete flooring 

Revised details: cobblestoned kitchen units are covered in glass panels to avoid contact with water or juices of food 

Reception desk inspired by the Chinese lantern

Concrete flooring with several bamboo lumicor glass panels 

Semi-transparent glass ‘windows’ on cobblestoned walls, enabling visitors to peep into the rooms 

The space is fitted with soft and gentle lightings shown in the kitchen

Sections and materials

2 Other key elements to a real ID designers’ world


something I have attempted in my first project although i have failed. 

Here’s my 2nd attempt on sections with the use of materials and the mood (melancholy..Cheers to Adam Khan)

(please refer to my dropbox page for full resolution:

downs: people aren’t in scale

            minor mistake on stairs

Cobblestone is majorly used in my space to give a sense of China. During my crit, I have been told that the material is not suitable for kitchen units as bacteria would grow on them when damped or is in contact with food; it is difficult to be cleaned and maintained. Instead I should have it glazed to avoid the material from direct contact with food or water.


(So far) Planning has been a real challenge for me this year as I felt regulations have really constricted my creativity. After several changes I finally came up with this plan (for the crit).. although there’s still a bit to be changed for my portfolio (with already 5+ drafts in hand). After all I was pleased with the progress I’ve made since the last project..

A step closer to the real I-D designers’ world

Adam Khan architects

An inspiring talk by Adam Khan, director of the Adam Khan Architects

The New Horizon Youth Centre

The shape of the building reminds me of a house, which symbolizes ‘home’ to many of us even at a young age. The idea is very clever as the youth centre wants to give a sense of home to teenagers who are homeless

Brockholes Visitor Centre

This is another very interesting project as the buildings are actually floating on the river! I like the way how he got his ideas from ancient floating architecture. Revolutionizing the old technique and making it contemporary are both big challenges for designers.

Contemporary Asian design..

As I have discussed in my last post, I am not too fond of the traditional Chinese architecture/ design. Patriotic design can often look tacky, cheap and overdone; luckily I have found some interesting contemporary bar/ restaurant design with traces of the far east. 

Nisha Bar Lounge by Pascal Arquitectos

Chinese architecture..

As I am working on a project based upon the Chinese culture, I started off my research on Chinese architecture/ design. Being born and raised in Hong Kong, I’ve had the advantage of seeing both the modern and traditional (Chinese) architecture although I have never been a fan of the old.

Wang Shu (Pritzker Price winner 2011) was the first person that appeared on my research; He has cleverly picked out the esthetic elements of Chinese architecture using the common (local) materials and incorporating them into a modern and slick building.

The Ningbo History Museum was one of the most interesting ones of all; the ‘history’ museum was built with the Chinese cobblestones, bamboo and tiles (commonly used in local barn houses). I like the connection between the 2 how the ‘new’ is almost made with just the ‘old’. The idea appeals to me as a designer although creating something new with the significant elements of the old can often be a a challenge!

Some interesting facts about Yum Cha..

- Yum Cha has a history that’s as rich as the food itself

- Drink tea, practice of sipping tea while sharing petite handmade delicacies with family and friends that began the Yum Cha revoultion

- Bite size treats, Dim Sum

- Teapot lid reseting on it’s side next to an empty teapot handle, sign of tea refill

- The tradition has been practiced for centuries, originating in the Chinese teahouse along the silk road to refresh weary travelers, farmers and laborers 



Manchester claimed to have the largest Chinatown in the UK, and possibly in Europe. It has a constellation of Chinese restaurants and take aways; however, there is a sufficient lack of cookery schools specialized in Chinese cooking. There is only 1 (Sweet Mandarin) in town based on my research and it requires booking in prior which isn’t necessary the best for those who are new to town. 

My space aims to provide a welcoming atmosphere and accommodate those are keen to learn about the making dim sum from experienced Chinese locals. The space also offers demonstrations of tea making and the use of chopsticks; enabling the enthusiastic general public to get a flavor of the Chinese culture.