CONDITION /
HONG KONG VILLAGES


S1 - BRICK & COOKING KILN
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S2 - MARTIAL ARTS CENTRE
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S3 - FESTIVAL WORKSHOP CENTRE
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S4 - CHILDREN’S CENTRE
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S5 - ARTS & DECORATION SCHOOL
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S6 - CRAFT CENTRE
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S7 - CEMETERY & RITUAL CENTRE
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S8 - RICE WINE FACTORY
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S9 - MONASTERY SPIRITUAL RETREAT
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S10 - SALT CENTRE
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S11 - HAKKA LANGUAGE SCHOOL
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S12 - MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY CENTRE
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S13 - ENVIRONMENTAL CHILDREN’S SCHOOL
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

S14 - RETREAT
05 Strategy & Concept
06 Technical Study

This is an Advanced Design Studio by Prof. Peter W. Ferretto, connected to the Masters in Architecture program at CUHK.

The aim of the Studio is to rethink the meaning of rural villages in Hong Kong and make a series of propositional projects that could suggest different future rather than see this rich heritage disappear and forgotten.

2nd Progress Review 11 February 2021

1st Semester Final Review
3 December 2020

1st Progress Review

22 October 2020




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BRICK & COOKING KILN
06 Technical Study
Brick - Study and Effects
How the design of bricks alters the sense of sound and smell


Sound

There are two main concepts about sound: Resonance and Reverberation. Resonance is about the intensification of sound produced by sympathetic vibration, while reverberation is about the collection of reflected sounds from the surfaces in an enclosure.
Both resonance and reverberation can be achieved by the building form as well as building material. In the study of sound in architecture, arches and domes are often used to create resonance and reverberation. The curved surface increases the surface area for reflection of sound, so that the sound will bounce in the area for longer time.
Concrete Bricks
Considering the wanted effects and the concept of the building, concrete bricks are considered as façade material. Concrete Masonry Units (CMUs) provide a durable structural and non-structural partitions. Compared to bricks, concrete hollow bricks are more durable and can carry heavier loads. They are lighter in weight and are easier to work with. They can be manufactured to provide a variety of surface appearances. They can be colored during manufacturing or stained or painted after installation. Concrete hollow bricks have several advantages. They create the visual connection between inside and outside, and the beauty of ambiguity. They provide daylight and fresh smell of nature. Seven types of concrete bricks are designed for smell and sound absorption.
Smell

The sense of the smell allows us to perceive and to differentiate the odours. It is highly related to the sense of taste and the sensation of flavour. The smell provides extra information and enjoyment to the eating process.


Design with Bricks
How the study of bricks informs and generates design


Program

The design of brick modules allows freedom in arrangement according to the programmatic use of the space. For Food and Pottery workshops, where performance is displayed, more concrete hollow bricks can be utilized for the façade. For areas where river rounds through, or more enclosed areas like exhibition or dining area, sound absorptive bricks can be used. The amount of lighting admitted can also be considered. Other than for the purpose of smell,
the concentrator brick can also act as a lighting control device, to admit favourable lighting as desired. On the other hand, mystery brick provides sufficient ventilation while protect privacy visually.

Flexibility in Pattern and Orientation
The arrangements of the bricks can cater for the wind direction and the level of sound/smell desired to absorb. The proportion of hollow bricks and solid bricks can be adjusted freely. The bricks can be placed sticking to each other, or with space apart.
Absorptive Brick Pattern Type 1-4

Transitive Brick Pattern Type 1-4
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