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ARCHITECTURE DESIGN

PORTFOLIO

Xinyan Cao Apply for The University of Edinburgh

ADDRESS:No. 327 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui, China TEL:+8615056950391 E-MAIL:xycaomail@163.com

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CAO XINYAN E-MAIL: xycaomail@163.com TEL: +8615056950391 ADRESS: No. 327 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui, China

Education History

Academic Research

Sep. 2012-Jun. 2017 Hefei University, China

Analysis Report on Indoor and Outdoor Wind Environment Simulation of Marina Commercial Street in Yuanshan International Tourist

Bachelor's Degree Expected

Resort

Major: Architecture

Real Estate Credit Risk Analysis and Prevention Countermeasure Research (Graduation Dissertation of the Second Bachelor’s Degree)

Durrent Average Score: 85.11%

Dec. 2015

School and Social Activities

Internship Experiences

Offered photos of architectural heritage in Hefei to a teacher of Tsinghua University for his published book “Maps of Anhui Ancient

Jul. 2014-Aug. 2014 Hefei Shanghua Engineering Design Co., Ltd, China

Constructions” (ISBN 978-7-302-41534-3)

Occupation: Intern

Participated in the 5th China Green Architectural Design Contest, taking charge of designing and composition, serving as team leader

Learnt to operate sunshine analysis software and assisted architectural designers to conduct architectural lighting simulations

of the green technology research project of Yangzhou Mangdao River West Bank Contest and mainly in charge of design, later checking

Responsible for simple entrance designs

and final layout

Witnessed the real works of architects and acquired abundant experience with the senior designers

Jan. 2016

Joined in School of Architecture and Engineering Architecture Festival, mainly responsible for designing and building model Served as a volunteer in Hefei Station during Spring Festival, guiding and answering questions for passengers Volunteered in the 8th Freescale Smart Car Contest, receiving attendants, sorting out documents and arranging participants

Honours and Awards

Computer Skills PS/AI/ID/Rhino/SketchUp/Vray

The 1st Prize in School of Architecture and Engineering Architecture Festival in Nov. 2015

Interests

The 2nd Prize in the 3rd “The Most Beautiful Campus” Photography Competition in Sep. 2015

Photography, pen drawing,collecting pens, travelling, roller skating, piano (Grade Nine for piano amateurs)

The Honorable Title of “Excellent Volunteer” in Spring Festival Transportation

The moment when I realize as difficult as architecture school is ,it is also the best times of my life.

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Personal Statement of Cao Xinyan Goethe said “Architecture is frozen music”. A good building is like a piece of fantastic music, bringing people marvelous emotional experience. Architecture is never a frosty construction, but an enchanting story with the glint of inspiration, rational wisdom and humanistic feeling. Aspiring to write the fascinating stories of mine, I decide to go to the UK to pursue my master’s degree, for it’s well known that British stands ahead among all countries in the world for its education reputation let alone these famous universities in which I could be cultivated into a professional with advanced theories and enhanced practical skills in design of architecture. The good prestige in architecture researching and teaching as well as delicately designed course contents convince me that I will be best educated in your noted university. My bachelor study started at Hefei University in September 2012 and I indulged myself in the ocean of knowledge in Architecture through persistent academic endeavors and selectively appreciating of classic and modern works, which set a firm systematic foundation for my future study. Under the edification of my mother, a construction engineer, my interest in and curiosity towards drawing was deeply rooted in my heart. I displayed special love for and was quite good at drawing, although at that time, I had no idea about creation. Frankly speaking, I felt puzzled about my specialty in the first two academic years and could only remember the principles stiffly. In university, I was just a good student being earnest to complete academic tasks. Thanks to my teacher of Architectural History, who set high standards on students’ homework, my drawing, composition and materials collection abilities were greatly improved. I kept myself a leading student in my class with GPA 85%. Things changed when I came to contact with many brilliant peers and began to realise their more in-depth exploration through their learning methods and design works. I attempted to practice with the methods suitable for me. Especially, after my travel to Europe, I attained a different understanding on Architecture and I could not wait to share my ideas with fellows in the way that they could understand. Since then, in addition to finishing class works, I have buried myself in the study of design concepts and techniques of the renowned architects of different factions and enjoyed the fresh and fascinating world that I had never dabbled in, which sometimes involved me into more complicated and complex thinking but ensured me continuous enhancement in design methodology and innovative ideas. In my mind, the philosopher’s thinking, the historian’s profoundness, the scientist’s rigorousness, the traveler’s experience, the religionist’s piety, and the poet’s feelings, all of these made an excellent architect. To be such a brilliant architect to present my architectures with my own methods and to influence more people, I think I still have a long way to go. Leaving academic study aside, I have developed wide range of hobbies, including photography, travelling, and painting, all of which have best interacted with my specialty study. As a lover of photography, I like to find and record the beauties in life. Especially, I took photo for many heritage of ancient buildings in Anhui province and my photos have been used by Mr. Wang Nan, a lecturer of Tsinghua University, in his published book of “Maps of Anhui Ancient Constructions”. It was really an amazing experience that cultivated my strong passion for ancient buildings and encouraged me to try more challenging things. Besides, I am fond of travelling because I could admire the different architectures and landscape designs alongside the trips. During my travel to many places in China and European countries, I have feasted the architectures of various kinds of design styles according to the local cultures, geographic features and other factors, which is the most interesting part of my visits. Furthermore, training of sketch and gouache has helped to cultivate my taste of colour and structure, meanwhile, exercises of pen drawing has made my architecture sketches lighter and more ingenious. I have devoted full enthusiasm and energy to make my life diversified and colourful and I will do so in the future. The opportunity to build models are limited for undergraduates, therefore, I valued very much the chances to involve myself in Coin Modelling Contest, Architectural Design Contest, etc. In the 1st School of Architecture and Engineering Architecture Festival, my teammates and I won the championship with our building model made of wasted corrugated boards. We conquered a good number of difficulties in the process and the words most excited me in this experience were “team efforts” and encouraging each other for the final success. In addition, during the rich school activities, I had many contacts with green building. Firstly, when participating in the Green Architectural Design Contest, I studied on plentiful materials on green architecture and relative software and obtained a deeper cognition on the relationship of architecture and environment, which was the enlightenment of my cognition on green building. Later in the first term of my fourth academic year, I assisted my teacher in her PhD research project on green building and realised my insufficiency of insightful understanding. After that I have attached more emphasis on how to maintain buildings sustainable instead of confining myself in software study. The above activities have largely enriched my campus life and made me a more qualified candidate for the future study and career in my beloved domain. Although my undergraduate university is not a top-ranking one and my real learning of architecture began late, I am crystal clear that architecture will be my life pursuit.I hope to get in touch with more different cultures and people, embrace more thinking modes and build up my theoretical background and practical experience on the international stage by undertaking your master’s program. I am yearning for a chance to make larger changes and to become a better self. I also wish in this process, I will find what I really want and make my contribution. Best regards, Cao Xinyan

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table of contents

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One Step,One Sight

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Waterfall Resort

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Alice's School

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No Touch

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Other Works

Architectural Department Hall

Lanscape Conceptual Design

Primary School

Device Design

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One Step,One Sight Architectural Department Hall -Intro: Inspired by Jin Hao's Kuanglu painting,this one is more abstract.And it let the building contain four major parts:enterting the mountain,seeing the mountain from the inside,climbing the mountain and looking in the distance also the Metaphysical meaning. -Project: Academic work,Teamwork(Teamleader) -Category :Team work -Collaborator:Xueyang Feng,Haibo Huang,Chao Hu -Instructor:Huifang Liu -Time: 2014.5 -Key Words: interaction.communication.loci

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Avenue Teaching Building Domitory Quarters

The building will be built in the campus,so the basic routes and entrance depend on how teachers and students spend time.

Lake

The cube is set as a cuboid with a long edge facing the lake for better view,the angular excursion benefits to obtain more sunshine.

levels

Lake

Way

INSPIRATION Overlapping

SHAPE GENERATION

Based on the human thermal comfort,we need to take some measures to improve the ventilation environment,like the hole.

Tank

Lake

The aim is to create a impact:When people are in different positions,the view presents different level. The hole benefits to natural ventilation and we try to arrange functions on the vertical direction.

Each floor of the viewing platform location is staggered in space,owing to provide broader vision and better communication modes.

Plants play an important role in improving the environment.The goal of designing the basin is to adjust the micro-environment.

JIN HAO Kuang Lu Painting

GEOMETRIC GENEALOGY

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

axonometry

1.office 2.reception room 3.department office 4.meeting room

elevation

5.copy room 6.lecture hall 7.toilet 0 2

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FIRST FLOOR PLAN

1.classroom 2.studio 3.drawing room 4.pretty store

AXON SECTION

5.toliet 6.lobby

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SECOND FLOOR PLAN

1.design lab 2.workshop 3.computer room 4.equipment room

5.blueprinting room 6.exhibition 7.toliet

THIRD FLOOR PLAN

1.studio 2.reading space

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FOUTH FLOOR PLAN

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1.studio 2.work display

3.toliet 4.open resting space

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Roof Greening

Low-e Double Glass Curtain Wall

ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT Solar Panels

Double low-e coated glass Ventilation bridge

Roof structure plate

The thermal insulation layer

Integrated perforation Venetian blinds Additional inner single piece of glass (by opening and closing cleaning internal shutter)

Cushion layer

Removable cover plate Active curtain wall to extract the air filter

Summer open

Dominant wind summer

Used double-sided PV technology, sunlight through the smooth clearance between PV, reflect the roof at the back of the PV cells, this technique can improve the efficiency of 30%,which improve again on the basis of the simulated data.

Winter closed

In summer,external air inlet open and take away the heat in the building. In winter,external air inlet closed,air circulation heating up in the cavity.

Roof greening is able to protect roof construction materials and benefits to thermal retardation and insulation.

Space Radiation System & Multiple Source Heat Pump radiation refrigeration radiation refrigeration hot water

heat exchanger

cold storage tank

Transmission pipe heating/refrigeration heating/refrigeration hot water

Composite Turf

Transmission pipe

heat exchanger

cold storage tank heat pump

thermal storage tank heat pump

thermal storage tank

Accumulated energy In order to protect the whole face the appearance of the glass curtain wall integrity, we gave up the idea of using air conditioning.And the active measures to ensure a comfortable temperature conditions do not use air conditioning. 1.In refrigeration system hot sunny day night,we can open the system and then long-wave radiation heat into space, and the cold will get stored in the storage in the cold box for use or directly used for cooling during the day.In the day the system is closed.

Accumulated energy

2.In cold sunny day,we can open the system to absorb solar radiation and obtain the heat stored in accumulator or directly used for heating. 3.In the rainy day,we open heat pump auxiliary for heating or cooling.

Composite turf can combine with reservoir, when rain is abundant it can collect rainwater and use it as supplement in the lack of rain.

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Here is an important place for communication and fun.Students and teachers here realize the thought collision.

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Waterfall Resort Lanscape Conceptual Design -Intro:On this terrain,I try to keep building and environment a more special relationship, use different means of transportation, sports, and ways to strengthen the connection between the visitors buildings and environment. -Project: Academic work -Category :Individual work -Instructor:Kai Wang -Time: 2015.4 -Key Words: landscape.inspiration.interaction. 13


CONCEPT COLLAGE

CONVENTIONAL MEASURES

Outdoor seating

Step

Interaction is limited.

Viewing platform

Bridge

Mountain Road

Setting the building here is to change former models,and add more elements to arouse people's ideas or potential.

SITE CONDITION

STRATEGY

The project is located in a natural environment.

The great waterfall becomes the highlight.

The climate in mountain is cold most of the year.

Changpai Scotch Pine is a coldresistant plant distributed in Changpai Mountain.

Th e re i s a s t re a m l e t r u n n i n g through the whole land.

I c a m e u p w i t h a p ro b l e m o f communication between visitors.

There is a certain distance between the mountain and visitors.

Plank road always share the co m m on ro u ti n e, a n d v i s i to r s always see the limited views.

There is no suitable way for visitors to establish a relationship with the mountain.

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Ladder Stand

Turn the Plank Road

Display

Climbing

Vertical Transportation

Step

Spiral Stair

Go Boating

Strop


TRANSPORT

People

Cable car

Plank road

Lift

Strop

long distance

restaurant

mountain road

When visitiors arrive here,what they need most is rest and food.And the inn is a temporary demand for those who are willing to stay here for a few days.

inn for visitors who want to stay here

demand

lift

swimming

sport

short distance

sport

leisure

landscape pieces

On the special terrain,widely used means of transport is very limited.Given this, people need more ways to explore more and communicate. And we provide more creative ways.

display

visit

having a break

cater

mainly for having dinner

REQUIREMENT

LENGTH OF TIME

Different activities require different length of time, so the time people spend in these places is different, which affects the density of people in different buildings.

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When the visitors reach the foot of the mountain,there are more leisure activities.As the height is increasing, the exciting sports begin to appear.And when you reach the peak, you can experience a quiet atmosphere.

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Alice's School Primary School -Intro:The aim is to cultivate children's imagination and creativity by diversified architectural form and diversity of transportation. -Theme: Primary School Design -Project: Academic work -Category :Individual work -Instructor:Kai Wang -Time: 2016.6 -Key Words: creativity.magic.imagination.individual personality. 17


SITE CONDITION

ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2010 America Directed by Timothy Walter Burton

Factors

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful country in Oceania.Plants grow very lush, vast forests and pasture makes New Zealand a veritable kingdom of green,ecological environment is very good.North island has more volcanoes and hot springs, south island owns many glaciers and lakes.Plot selected in New Zealand Matamata,is located in the south island.Both the spring and winter, the scenery is charming.

INTRODUCTION As a primary school,the purpose of this design is to create more possibility in transportation and circulation, where children can feel fun and be more innovative under the influence of the architecture.Therefore I chose the movie called “Alice in Wonderland� as the prototype and extracted elements to design in order to inspire. Compared with the fairy tale,the movie was added more realistic social element,and the breakthrough of character is bigger,which is beneficial to inspire creativity.this to inspire creativity also to have certain help.Alice is not only a girl with imagination and bold innovation,and also owns good quality,like brave,strong.All these things contributed to the final breakthrough made by herself. I hope that when children explore more possibilities and experience deeper meaning under different atmosphere in this project, they can know themselves and get promoted as well.

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Context

Process

Chapter

Feeling

Alice fell down a very deep well and drank something to be the right size for going through the little door into the wonderland.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

The Hatter gave himself up for Alice,so she decided to go to Red Queen's castle to rescue him.

moved

curious

brave

Continuous variation of space brings different feelings.

The steps can be used as landscape pieces.

There is one or a few things will become the boundary into another space.

Children need to cross barriers to reach the other side.

00:12:32

00:17:36

00:41:49

Transform

00:55:57

01:20:28

01:30:53

00:45:16

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

calm

self-cognition

Small dimension buildings with different style will bring different visual impact.

Provide a return channel. In a large space to improve the interpersonal communication. Alice overcame difficulties and the sage gave directions for her.

Reaching spiral staircase is a breakthrough.Also can add interest. Alice overcame herself and killed the dragon.

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Activities

¡ Other than the tunnels become a bright spot at the entrance, is part of the cottage, full of fun. Differences in Other than the tunnels become a bright spot at the entrance, there are low and tall cottages height can bring different feelings. In the perspective of children, this difference is even more pronounced.¡ Other which are full of fun. Differences in height can bring different feelings. In the perspective of than the tunnels become a bright spot at the entrance, is part of the cottage, full of fun. Differences in height can children, this difference is even more pronounced. bring different feelings. In the perspective of children, this difference is even more pronounced.

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SCENCE Long wooden steps provide several paths to the central region, this height is also able to see the whole scene of most primary schools, rich in complex, fun. Holes of different shapes are available for pedestrian crossing under the bridge,the view is different from what you can see in the square.Another interesting glimpse of outdoor scenes is here.Kids can also see other kids playing on the swings in the center.

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No Touch Device Design

-Intro:It is a device prepared for those who cannot control themselves.The aim is to strain the bond between family and improve efficiency. -Project: Academic work -Category :Individual work -Instructor:Kai Wang -Time: 2015.8 -Key Words: relationship.communication


The question is...

I've got a message.

REASON FOR THE DESIGN

STRATEGY Ⅰ

The question is...

I've got a message.

Umm...

Put down the phone!

We're watching TV.

Put down the phone!

We'retheir mobile phones when they are working,or just let them give up the idea,actually the principle is the same If we attempt Put to keep people from down watching TV. as some self-discipline software,like forest.We only need to give a hint to these people with poor self-control.When they receive the signal which the phone! Umm... tells them they cannot play mobile phone,then they will give up the idea.

POSITION

A

B

Be coverd

Slide to unlock

Caller ID/Messages

④ ①

Touch ID sensor Sleep/Wake

On/Off Sleep/Wake

available area

Y/N

Y/N

Y/N

Y/N

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OPERATION ③

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MATERIALS AND TOOLS

BLINDS-THE CHOICE OF MATERIALS

paperboard advantage:hard enough disadvantage:too thick

The envelope bag advantage:thin enough disadvantage:too soft

Gift packaging plastic sheet advantage:hard and thin disadvantage:transparent

PRODUCTION

Painting

Cutting into sliver

Sliver

Heat the needle

Holing

Holes

Painting makes the plastic sheet nontransparent.And compared with scissors,the cutting knife ensure the sheets size more accurately.The flame burned needle pokes holes more easily and efficiently.

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STRUCTURAL SUPPORT

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Ladder Rope

Slide to Unlock

Analogy Open The Blind

Blinds use ropes to place the sliver, I use some fixed chips and wires to a fixed sliver.

I give up some component of the lower part to a open device.But the ways to check the messages is still not easy.So sometimes people must

SUBFACE LongFeng Sun

control themselves when they use it,for efficient work and better communication.

Practice

APPLICATION

Length of Time: 2H Time:5 Completed:52%

INSTALLATION

Length of Time: 2H Time:1 Completed:86%

It shows that when we use the device,the time we play will fall. The sense applies on another condition.When we have a meal with family and friends and the device works,the time we play mobile phones will also reduce.It is a good way to strain the bond between us.

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Other Works

My teammates and I took part in the Architecture Festival and we got the first prize.After the competiton,I leave some components as memory.

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PHOTOGRAPH & SKETCHING

Ⅰ Location:Roma,Italy Basilica di Santa Maria del FioreFlorence Cathedral Time:8,2015

Ⅳ Location:Prague,Czech Republic Dancing House Time:9,2013

Location:Paris,France

Location: Paris,France

Eacute;glise de la Sainte-Trinité

the Louvre

Time:8,2015

Time:7,2015

Location:Hefei,China

Location:Hong Cun,China

Platinum 3776

PingShan Village

Time:3,2015

Time:10,2015

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CONTANCT Xinyan Cao ADDRESS:No. 327 Jinzhai Road, Hefei, Anhui, China TEL:+8615056950391 E-MAIL:xycaomail@163.com

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