William Chew

Chew Wei Loong William



P1 – Observatory

The project is mainly driven by history, history of telescopes and of the area around Higger Tor.

The building is catered for astronomy hobbyists and stargazers to learn about the history of telescopes and be able to loan them out to use at night. Although these telescopes are not of current professional standards, it allows the viewers to see the stars the way people in the past did.

In order to respect the site, the building is designed to emulate the Higger Tor experience, by being climbable and scattered around like the stones.

The proposed materials are concrete with varying degrees of gritstone aggregate to match the texture of the stones surrounding the building. Naturally occurring millstones will be used on some parts of the building as well.

The freeze thaw effect will set in on pure gritstone structure and that is intended. In the future, the building will break down and turn into ruins, leaving only a trace of human intervention as a reference to Carl Wark.


 P2 – Theatre

Kitchen sink realism – A movement in theatre to depict the lives of the working class, usually in anger

The theatre is designed with the intention of calming the audience before the play, this calmness would enhance the anger in the play, framing the anger in its own way.


P3 – Housing

This project aims to explore the possible ways of work live environment to pique interest in the people of the area. Especially the youth in Burngreave, for they are often spotted loitering with no aim and or doing drugs. The work live housing could provide workshops on woodwork and bicycle repair to the youth which would allow them to expend their time and energy on more meaningful and productive activities.

Having children in work live environment creates an odd tension. On the one hand, it is seen as risky in terms of health and safety, but on the other hand, it exposes the children to how things are made or how businesses are run at a very young age. Even if the children are not made conscious of these topics, they will have the idea at the back of their mind.


Teratak Semai

Teratak Semai is an on going project by Wansrihani Wanmohammed in Malayisa. The project aims to provide shelter for the Semai tribe in their village. Unlike most charity building programs, this project doesn’t impose construction methods upon the villagers, but instead work alongside the villagers with methods they are familiar with, in turn we learn about how they build, and in time of need, suggest modern methods to aid them.

Zinc roofing on traditional houses are often picked on by outsiders, we often question its impact on the environment. However, after speaking to the locals, they made me realise that to make a thatch roof is a luxury in current times because of time constraint, it would take the owner about a year to make the roof were he to do it part time whilst collecting and selling fruits.