Client : Confidential Chinese Developer
Location : Guangming, China
Program : Community Center, Cafeteria, Conference, Offices, Dining
Built Area : 2165 sqm
Site Area : 3900 sqm

Year : 2018
Status : On-going

Despite being situated about 26km from Shenzhen, Guangming has a surprisingly agrarian village-like character. This project is intended to kick-start the creation of a park designated for the education of both agriculture and ecology. The first building to be constructed within this park will be a 2165m2 multifunctional visitor’s centre. The double-height structure contains a multi-use space, a couple of small enclosed rooms on the ground floor and a cafeteria on the second floor.

The main building is conceived as a 10 meter-tall polycarbonate box. The materiality of the polycarbonate panels allows for fast construction but also refers to the agricultural character of the greenhouses found throughout the park. The circulation is conceived as a covered corridor running parallel in front, along the whole of the structure. From this corridor one enters the main building, but walking further along there are a cluster of dining rooms placed over two floors. The corridor also takes the visitors to the  decks in front of the building leading to a pond and the further onto other areas of the park.




Client : Oranda-Jima Foundation
Location : Yamada-machi, Japan

Program : After-School House, Community Center

Plot Area : 713 sqm

Built Area : 210 sqm

Year : 2011-14
Status : Completed
Photography : Josh Lieberman
Winner of “Silver A’Design Award 2015” in the category of Architecture, Building, and Structure Design

Yamada-machi is a town located on the central coastline of  Iwate prefecture in the north of Japan.
After a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the town on 11 March 2011, a foundation called Orandajima Foundation was established which offered to design and build a facility where children would have a place to play, heal and come together. Following extensive consultations with the local authorities, it was proposed in February 2012 to establish an after-school house and community centre.
The Foundation is named after the island where in 1643 a Dutch ship, called The ‘Breskens’ landed in the Bay of Yamada. This island was called 'Oranda-jima ('Holland Island')  350 years after the  ‘Breskens’ stranded there.
The program asked for a flexible building of approximately 200 square meters to accommodate about 60 children.

Located on a hill, safe from future tsunami’s, the wooden building stands as a simple, silent structure. We have designed building from the inside out aiming for an immersive experience by the young users.  Through the use of contrast in scale, a variety  in textural materials and other subtle detailing we believe that there is a certain depth in the space  that goes beyond the visual. Great care has been given in the way natural light enters the interior spaces.  On the west side of the house we have placed another polycarbonate window. Behind this window are trees and the setting sun will cast play-full shadows of these trees on this translucent panel, not unlike a Japanese rice paper screen.
Through this window, during certain periods of the year, the light of dusk will bathe the main room in hazy orange for a short period of time. The hope is that this harnessing of light will stir a contextual sensitivity within the users.



Client : Confidential Client
Location : Suburbia of Tokyo, Japan
Program : Cafeteria
Plot Area : 1100 sqm

Floor Area : 230 sqm

Year : 2019
Status : Design Proposal

This is our entry for a design competition for the redevelopment of a series of coffee shops throughout Japan.

Under a large roof that looks like a floating leaf of paper, not unlike the paper filter used in making coffee, and forms the basis for this design.
As the brief called for a nation-wide implementation, we suggest slightly different variations in the shapes of this roof to give each pavilion its own identity.

The interior is arranged around a central courtyard, in which a garden will be planted featuring plants specifically to the locality of the coffee shop.




Client : UBER Japan
Location : Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Program : Greenlight Hub + Regional Office
Area : 380 sqm

Year : 2018-19
Status : Completed

Photos : Josh Lieberman

The reception is entered directly from the outside and the delivery bikers can park there bicycles inside within the reception space. The main waiting and on-boarding space are designed as a plaza around which support spaces are placed. A wall which includes a hidden door is created out of cement board panels which are installed to provide good acoustics. Expanded mesh panels are used to close-off a storage room.

The mesh is also placed in front of glass partitions in the main room. The frosted sheet on the glass behind the mesh provides privacy while making sure the depth of space is not lost. Space has a 3.5-meter ceiling which is painted black. The work area has a break-out space with picnic-style tables and chairs in front of a dry-kitchen unit.



Client : UBER Japan
Location : Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
Program : Greenlight Hub + Regional Office
Area : 460 sqm

Year : 2018-19
Status : Completed

Photos : Vincent Hecht

Split over two floors, the ground floor contains a reception, waiting areas, sign-up, and training spaces. The basement floor is accessible via an internal staircase where a break-out space, toilets, and workstations are located. Most of the enclosed spaces have a double skin of expanded wire mesh panels attached to a partition with frosted glass. The combination of glass and mesh offer privacy while maintaining a visual connection with the main space. The wire mesh panels have also been used as a decorative feature in the basement to clad a back-lit wall.

Wood cement boards are clad on many of the walls to improve the enclosed rooms as well as open space acoustics. Due to heavy foot traffic within the venue, a durable grey Marmoleum is used as flooring. A variety of Japanese stuccoes that are normally used as a spray-on exterior cladding of wooden houses have been used to bring accent texture and colors on a few walls and columns. Careful lighting accentuates these different textures of the space.