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Revitalization of Lui Seng Chun

Adaptive reused a Chinese tenement house as a Chinese Medicine Centre with minimum intervention and preserve authenticity of the old character of the building. New additions are hidden as much as possible to let the old element to be appreciated by the public. Glass enclosure is introduced to improve the clinical environment while the character of open veranda is maintained. Major façade of the building is preserved with the new exit stair put at the less obvious location. The interior design of the veranda can be seen from outside which becomes part of the façade design.

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Less

Deep consideration on our actual needs was the starting point for the research that led to the definition of an extremely basic eco-friendly chair. As universal as traditional chairs, Less Chair is an anti-diva we may have to look for, but that is never pushy. In Less Chair the inclined converging lines of the legs create an easel that firmly supports the body of the chair seat made even more comfortable by its rounded shapes that are also functional.

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EcoCurve

EcoCurve is an intelligent, environmentally friendly hand dryer developed to minimise energy consumption and noise pollution. The super-efficient digital brushless motor dries hands within 11 seconds, equating to a cost saving of 99% compared to paper towels. The patented compression and heat recover system generates warmth without additional heating elements. The intelligent inbuilt energy monitoring systems wirelessly reports to a building management server providing crucial real time information to further minimise consumption and manage energy allocation.

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The Lost Wall

Creating a formal intrusion to the historically important site, the project is not a revival of what’s been demolished but a reiteration of the historic preservation effort. The contrast between the architectural intervention and the surrounding is an allegory of modern China and its destructive treatment of Beijing’s historic buildings

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Talk2Me

Talk2Me is a Smartphone app that aims to bridge face-to-face communication gap between deaf/hard of hearing and hearing people. Take2Me provides a specific feature—Rotating for Showing Messages—to prompt nonverbal messages such eye contact and facial expressions into communication because nonverbal messages is the most significant part of face-to-face communication and it is the main difference between Computer-mediated Communication (CMC) and face-to-face communication. Take2Me also provides various ways of inputting messages as well as a specific mode for the elderly.

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View Dynamic Glass

View is the pioneer in large-scale architectural dynamic glass, a new generation of glass that intelligently changes tint levels in response to external and internal conditions, providing enhanced occupant comfort, control, and energy efficiency. View’s glass changes tint over the course of a day based upon latitude/longitude, sun angle, cloud cover, and where people sit. View Dynamic Glass also enables new building designs with larger glass areas. View is the only company able to manufacturing dynamic glass at sizes of 5 feet by 10 feet, a critical size to reach widespread adoption.

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