Keiren Cheung (He/Him)
I am a recently graduated Bachelor of Architecture RIBA Part 1 student, seeking for a year out placement. My architectural intents are in restoring buildings and their development environmentally and sustainably into a convivial and modern space. I also find the juxtaposition of existing buildings and contemporary space creates a unique atmospheric realm, these transitional spaces co-function as an interlude against the pre-existing fabric backdrop. Out with architecture, I am a keen musician playing the violin, viola and piano as well as participating in the local university orchestra.
‘Sistema’ Music Retreat | Landscape
The design is very much influenced by the notions of the landscape surrounding the site. The residential retreat is developed as a cranked building mass that folds in and out to reveal internal landscapes and meandering along the water edge of the banks of Loch Lomond. More importantly, the roofscape plays a vital part as a raised platform to take advantage of the views of the mountainous terrain. Also, to celebrate the waterscape of the merging between two key waterways; River Leven and Loch Lomond. The residential retreat building recalls nautical qualities docked lightly on stilts by the water edge of the landscape. The ground floor presents an open plan communal space with a practice hall and service rooms at opposite ends of the long narrow internal walkway demarcating the ends of the building. On the upper floors, residential bedroom clusters occupy most of the space penetrated with balconies to break up the configuration and allow passive daylighting to enter the interior. The balconies also act as various breakout spaces to allow for social interaction, more so musical experimentations. Each of the spaces is unique in size and shape to encourage music collaboration and interaction. The roof offers a hidden and adventurous, open terrace for a large fruitful playground.
Pier Performance Hall | Energy
The performance hall building focuses more on the energy aspect of the design; the depression of land into the earth contrasts against the raised gentle platform. The sustainability impact of thermal mass allows for greater cooling and heat storage. Key spaces of the hall and foyer are denoted by the separation of an inhabitable wall serving as service and rehearsal rooms. It is these in-between spaces that create an acoustic sound buffer zone against the music and noise.
This project was a collaboration project with the University of the West of Scotland, Civil Engineering Department and Glasgow Caledonian University School of the Built & Natural Environment, completed through a five week design challenge working with a variety of students from different institutions.