Background: H3 is a new China brand which specializes in wood products by well-known timber flooring company, Isable. This design exercise will attempt to emphasize H3 as “The Wood Specialist” and set a store identity for the brand's countrywide expansion. Site: The site is located in one of the prominent building products retail park called O-Park in Kunming, Yunnan. The 3 storey building has a gross floor area of 858 square meter. Design Brief: To create a new kind of shopping experience for the consumers in a highly competitive building materials market. To create a strong and memorable store identity with maximum visual impact. To enforce the brand's push to be the “expert” for timber building products (such as timber floor boards, build-in furniture, timber doors). To portray the brand's effort in it's constant push for sustainable process and products. To capitalize on Isabel's success in timber flooring. Design Concept: Exterior - The Recycled wood is being used as a primary material for the facades. For visual articulation, the building consist of 2 layers, the “outer shell” and “inner skin”. “Inner skin” consist of 2 different depth with timber boards laid vertically. “Outer shell” also has 2 different depth and is expressed as angled folded planes with timber boards laid horizontally. These are intended to create a stark contrast between the “Shell” and the “Skin” with the use of a single monotonous material. The primary material used are recycled timber planks from the surrounding demolished housing in this fast-developing city. Each facade serves a different primary function at the street-level. The north facade consists of showcase windows, The east side serves as the outdoor stage backdrop with a giant outdoor LED screen, the south east facade is the main entrance while the south facade has a giant back-lit poster board. The design hopes to create a landmark for this sprawling building-materials cluster which consist of worn-down industrial-looking shops and showrooms, hopefully becoming a portal which draws customers into the building with the transparency of the first storey. Interior - The first storey consists of the timber flooring sample zone, door sample zone, wardrobe door sample zone, discussion area, and window showcases. The second storey consists of 7 sample rooms and the washroom. The third storey consists of 5 sample rooms and 2 offices. Connecting these floors is a skeletal structured staircase with glass railing and a custom-made acrylic pendant lamp links the floors visually.
Society of Interior Designers, Singapore - President Yunnan Interior Design Industry Association - Honorary President Singapore ID Accreditation Council - Chairman (2013-2014) Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, China - Visiting Professor Southwest Forestry University, China - Visiting Professor University of Central Lancashire, UK - External Assessor Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore -External Assessor Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore - External Examiner Singapore Polytechnics, Singapore - External Examiner I-Ding Award 2015, China - Chief Judge Natâ€™l Ter Instn ID Yunnan Competition 2013, China - Chief Judge Nippon Paint Y D Award 2011-13, Singapore - Chief Judge Aâ€™Design Awards & Competition 2013 -14, Italy - Jury Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards 2014, Hong Kong - International Judge Singapore Design Awards - Asiaâ€™s Top Designers 2014 Perspective 40 under 40 Award 2015 - Recipient (Architecture)