MSA Stage 5 School of Architecture

Keiren Cheung


Keiren Cheung is a RIBA Part 2 architecture student with Diploma in Architecture (DipArch) and Bachelor of Architecture with Honours (BArch Hons) from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art.

My main interests in Architecture is interdisciplinary design through working and developing on adaptive reuse projects through sustainable architecture. In addition, I also have a particular interest in the development of spaces through Sound and Acoustics, to influence and complement my architectural design work.

GSA Showcase 2023
THESIS: Water Institute of Marseille
ELECTIVE: Music for Picture

THESIS: Water Institute of Marseille

The arrival of water in 19th-century Marseille was embodied in all aspects of life: hygiene, agriculture, and industry. It was celebrated through the construction of the Water Fountain spectacle and Palais Longchamp. Today, water security in the region is dominated by the evolving climate crisis, bringing extreme weather changes that lead to droughts and water scarcity across the region.

My thesis centralizes around the precious management of water resources, particularly through the establishment of the Water Institute of Marseille, which facilitate public discussions and debates to address water security. Additionally, two public exhibition galleries showcase the sensory experience and historical context of water in the region. This presents an opportunity to showcase the scale and appreciation of water infrastructure intervention historically built for Marseille. Contextually, the strategic location of the Longchamp basin infrastructure is being re-adapted and utilised to function as additional storage during periods of dry weather.

Région Sud

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Marseille Water Infrastructure Diagram

Marseille Diagram

Park Site Diagram

Longchamp Basin Diagram

Contextual Section

Members' Chamber

Water Sensory Gallery

Exploded Axonometric

Location Plan

Site Plan

0/F Plan

-1/F Plan

-2/F Plan

Atrium Structure

Members' Chamber Structure

Structural Junctions

Model - Atrium

Sectional Model

Model - Members' Chamber

ELECTIVE: Music for Picture

The Music for Picture Elective consisted of two assignments; a show reel (6-8 minutes) of original music scored to film and a 35 second theme tune based on a set brief. The selected visuals are; Landscapes of Iceland and An Empty Home. All the music was composed with the music notation software Sibelius.


“Mallinson” Theme Tune “Mallinson” – a character based drama. Brian Mallinson is a fire insurance investigator with a chequered past. Divorced, estranged from his kids, borderline alcoholic, Mallinson is the classic loner who holds his peers in utmost contempt. His obsessive nature means he cracks the insurance cases that no-one else can handle, but sometimes he has to use rather unorthodox methods. Producer’s brief – “the music has to be like A Touch of Frost – sad, soaring, searing and etched into your head. The tune will evoke dark corners, depression, despair and lost opportunities. Mallinson must be a noble yet tragic figure.”

Iceland - Score Preview

Mallinson - Score Preview

An Empty Home - Score Preview