Building Science 301 Radiance Assignment

It is usual for me to put up some of my works in past semester into my blog here right after my holiday break begins. For my first semester of third year which began on March 2011 and ended recently on June 2011, there are a total of five modules I have taken; Architecture and Culture 301, Building Technology 301, Building Science 301, Furniture Design (Option), and the core module, Architecture Design 301. For the culture module, it’s all about writing report and essays, having presentation and taking exams, while for Building Technology module, I have written a post on the assignment before with picture of the final model, emphasizing on construction systems.

For this post, I would be writing on the only assignment for the module of Building Science 301 which concentrated only on lighting and sound systems in architecture. The lectures thought are not very technical and are mainly basic with simple and straightforward theory with some calculations involved. This module is by far the easiest of all, with more marks allocated for examination which I prefer. There is only one assignment as mentioned before and it’s using the rendering software of Radiance.

To complete that assignment which costs 30 percent of the whole semester, I need to attend two sessions of workshop on using the software of Radiance which is very much on programming with many codes and test and trial methods applied in creating impressive images. The lighting visualized from the software is very good but it is just too hard and complicated in using this software. After the workshop, we are given an assignment, which we were given a ‘gallery’ with existing displays and lighting, but we need to improve the lighting by having adequate light to each exhibit, using different light materials or in different positions. Then, we need to have 6 views of 6 exhibits in the gallery. Sounds easy? Not really, this assignment took me over 8 hours to complete. Facing the computer for such a long time is definitely unhealthy to my eyes. Here below are the 6 views I captured which are all compiled into two A3, which are not perfect or really impressive, but still are satisfying for me.

Anyway, one assignment which can be completed in less than half of a day and costs 30 marks of the whole module of the semester is considered easy to be scored. Of course, we won’t get full marks for that, but once you did as what the requirement wanted, then it’s okay already. Besides than this assignment, there is only two tests to cover up the whole semester for the module. Actually, for previous year, there is another assignment on calculation of sound/noise level, but for this year, it is canceled which is so good to us. Less one assignment means quite a lot to us.


My works for Design 202

This is the most important and crucial module for every semester. Design is the essence of architecture study. Hence, this is the hardest and toughest with most works to do, most time to spend on, most money to waste on, most energy to fill on, most effort to pour on.

For the semester, there are basically three assignments. First one, is to create 3 A2 boards manually, each with one perspective, plan, two sections and description regarding the space. Hence, there are three spaces, to be exact, three rooms as required for the assignment called as Imagining Rooms. I need to design three linked rooms with no exterior skin, with much focus on the interior. First room is to be related to an element found in Siem Reap Province, which I selected the electrical wires which are a lot in the town. Every pictures I researched from internet regarding the town, will definitely has those wires that are complicated. Second room is to be related to element found in Siem Reap River, which I selected the floating village at the north of the river with keywords on floating and reflection. The third room is to be related to Angkor Thom, which I selected the Causeway of Divine Spirits and Demons, with keywords on axis and distinction between light and dark sides.

Second assignment which costs the most of the semester is designing a guesthouse for journalists in Siem Reap Town, Cambodia too. We had been there few days for site visit. As usual, precent study is done, site analysis is done, then it’s time for design development with all the ideas put into sketches, then presented in tutorials and pin-up sessions. Finally, design is finalised and there are a lot of works to do (board and model). The board I created is 10 A1 landscape long with all the drawings, pictures, sketches and some descriptions. The final model is in scale 1:150 (reduced from 1:100 due to huge size of it).

Third and last assignment is the portfolio as usual, which I need to compile all my works of the semester into A3 landscape format. For the last two assignments, I am not showing the boards due to extreme confidential issue with it, but for portfolio, I can post the power point show of the folio for reference purpose. Hope you enjoy! Click the link below to check out my folio in power point show:


Have to present my design works especially Project 2 by next Tuesday during the external design review. A bit nervous but have been going through that several times previously already. Hence, not much problem. Hope everything would be fine and good that day.

B.Science 202: Assignment 2

Assignment 1 of this module, Building Science 202 is about writing a report covering literature review of all building services studied for the semester (ventilation and air-conditioning, water supply, drainage and sewerage, fire safety and electrical) with exception of vertical transportation. Then, case study which a giant-complex building is chosen for research and analysis on its building services.

The building me and my group mate chosen is the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, situated right beside the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. It is an international convention centre with auditoriums, plenary theatres, conference halls, meeting rooms, cafe and even an Aquaria at the basement. Of course, our part does not covers the Aquaria KLCC. The services of the building is very complicated after we have checked out the building’s technical drawings provided by the asset manager there. Finally, our report is done and it is almost 200 pages thick, the thickest report I have ever created with my group mate. Since the file is very big, I can’t upload it up here.

Assignment 2 had just been recently completed and submitted and it is about creating and summarizing the appropriate systems of services I used on my particular design project, which is my final Design 202 project, the Guesthouse for Journalists. The format is in 2 A2 sized paper, with description on each services on my guesthouse. Here below, you can check out my work (only for reference purpose).

Page 1

Page 2

I preferred this module for last semester rather than this, covering topics on sun shading, ventilation, solar heat gain, and thermal comfort which are not technical unlike this semester, covering on all those building services. Anyway, building services are very essential in keeping a building to function.

Another assignment done; Building Technology 204

Building Technology is the module that I dislike the most among all for every semester. Too bad, this module is very important as it deals with how our design works in construction and detailing. Hence, we can’t escape from this module every semester. Furthermore, I dislike the assignment too…happily, it is completed and submitted just now…Hurray! No more assignment for B.Tech!

The assignment is basically a group work of five students, designing a small information station, by using a cladding material chosen from a so-called lucky draw. Our group chosen the profiled steel sheet. There are many type of profiles, then we choose the typical corrugated ones from a large steel sheet company in Malaysia, Lysaght.

What we have to do is basically to produce the design, which shows many detailing and connection of the profiled steel sheet to other different materials; timber, glass, steel, and concrete by drawings like plan, elevation, and the most important, a section. Next, it’s time for each of us to produce a specific detail, totalling up to 5 at last. For our group, the details are on the raised concrete floor system, glass skylight system, timber railing system, steel trusses system and the steel sheet louvers system.

Besides that, the whole drawing sheets are enhanced with a 3D view of the whole information station, and the last page of embodied energy table with some photographs of the model. The table with all the calculations really made me sick!Yes, we did a sectional-cut final model at scale 1:50, which is small, like a size of an A4 paper. Previously, we had a did a sketch model for preliminary submission few weeks ago. Everything are put into a box and submitted. Done! Now, what’s left for the module is the most unwanted ones, exams!!! This time, both sections (construction and structures) have their own exam too….haiz….need to revise a lot for that!!! Anyway, felt relief a lot after this big-scale assignment completed! Time to rest and chill a while!

Architecture Design 201: Portfolio

Portfolio is basically the compilation of all the works done throughout the whole semester for the most important module, Architecture Design 201 for this semester. Compilation does not mean we need to compile ALL we have did into the A3 portfolio, but to choose the best and suitable ones to be included into the masterpiece.

Portfolio is the only stuff, important for job interview in future, and even important when going for higher level of study…it should be neat, clean, and everything shown in there is self-explanatory. It should be well organized and planned too. It would be good to have a suitable same structure for every pages…

Here shown, is my portfolio…only for reference purpose, copyright reserved….this is definitely not the best, but it is the thing that I can came up with in one day time, for the last assignment of the semester:

There it is, the end of posting of my valuable works throughout the whole semester….

Architecture Design 201 (Project 2: Riverside Ensemble)

The title of this post above is the title of the final project for the first semester of year 2 of my study in Architecture Science. Basically, the task is to choose a suitable site at Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak, Malaysia and design a cafe on it. The building should have different spaces like observation deck, ramp/stair, washroom, kitchen, boat drop off and pick up point, etc.

First of all, we need to go to the site to understand more on the lengthy waterfront, inclusive of 1993’s built Phase 1 and 2009’s built Phase 2. Then, we need to choose our own site, by considering the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (can be summarized in SWOT), which is a good technique for site analysis. Next, it’s time to do the presentation board and booklet for site analysis as well as a large site model of scale 1:250.

Next, we need to create a series of postcard, which combines as a whole, depicting what you understand on the site, and translating it out abstractly on the postcard. My idea is on the water reflection, which the intensity of hardscape is blurred and the reflection on the Sarawak River unites both sides of the land.

Next, time for idea and design to come out. Slowly developing and progressing, many sketches were done, and it took me two pads of butter paper to do that. Messy, but sometimes it is interesting to look back at the developing sketches in it. The process is very important in design. Don’t take it lightly.

Finally, design is finalized. My design concept is basically tropical modern, to suit my cafe in hot and humid climate of Malaysia which is in face of modernism too. Hence, my cafe’s unique name would be ‘Tro+Dern’. I stressed on the whiteness of architecture (when white is the purest form of light in nature), usage of water (circulation throughout the whole cafe, cycle from the Sarawak River, aesthetic and for functional purposes), and levels (play of hierarchy and serial progression). It would be of different experience of sightseeing in my cafe which is of closer distance to water, lower level, as well as close-up detail view, which is very unusual compared to typical observatory.

Here, is my final presentation board, which is in 4 A1 (landscape format): (only for reference purpose, copyright reserved)

As well as some pictures of my final model completed in four days:

Thanks myself for going through all these hard days completing all these crazy stuff…design is forever challenging!

Building Science 201 Project 2:Passive Design Integration…

Building Science 201 is a new module introduced this semester (Year 2, Sem 1). However, I feel that this is a continuation of previous module of Ecologically Sustainable Design module which is taught by the same lecturers too. This module is all about building systems, like passive design strategies, energy-efficient principles and thermal performance. The other aspects that would be studied in future under this module is lighting, acoustic, etc.

Project 1 is about recording temperature and humidity outdoor and indoor of a selected house, then research and analyse on the findings, tabulate the results in proper way, explain on the problems, calculate U-value and OTTV, and suggest passive design strategies to it…which concluded in a over 100 pages booklet for it….and it costs only 15 percent.

Project 2 is individual work, which we have to select one of our design project and suggest at least five passive design strategies with sketches, diagrams, and explanation. This work of 2 nos of A2 size boards cost 25 percent. The percentage seems a bit weird and imbalance, right? The worst thing is that the final examination costs 60 percent of the whole semester…that’s a lot and too much….but it is okay…we managed to answer it well….

I took the current design project ‘Riverside Ensemble’ for passive designs to be integrated. This is the two boards: (Only for reference purpose, copyright reserved)

It is very important for passive design strategies to be implemented into our designs, which would be real in future, as we step into the career of architect…it is our responsibility to design energy-efficient, environmental-friendly,effectively-green building for future….