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Architecture Portfolio

ZHANG_Yunfan BArch 2012-2016


TABLE OF CONTENTS Returning Former Glory Renovation of Historic Buildings


03.2014- 06.2014

Lohas Plantation


Vertical Farm

02.2015- 06.2015

Study in Interaction Hall in Senior High School


05.2016- 08.2016

Link to Life

Landscape Design


09.2014- 11.2014


Curriculum Vitae


Motivation Letter


Returning Former Glory Renovation of Historic Buildings 03.2014- 06.2014


Groupworks in preliminary research, individual design


Dong Jiaxin, Li Huazhen


Yantai mountain district, Fuzhou, Fujian province,


The project aims at renovating the existing vacant buildings into a specialized space for public service, which will provide an affordable and comfortable space for residents in surrounding communities.


T he transpor tation in Yantai mountain is convenient because of the unique feature of geography. After the Opium War(1840-1842), Yantai mountain gradually developed the center of foreign trade business and shipping center in Fuzhou. Therefore, Yantai mountain still remained a large number of western architectures, Chinese gardens and ancient houses with unique architectural features. In this project, the most important value of the transformation lies in the re-implantation of required programes. In this context, the mission of the project is to properly arrange these required programes into the renovation project. Meanwhile, taking account of the protection of original buildings and the neighborhood styles, the design follows certain principles, so that the renovation of the district integrates the surrounding environment well.


hypo-artery in urban emergency fire lane original traditional street

Storey Height 1-storey 2-storey 3-storey 5-storey 6-storey 7-storey

Preservation State Yantai Mountain District in 1942

inferior quality demolition medium quality transform superior quality conservation

Construction Time - 1980 1980- 1949 Qing dynasty Ming dynasty

Yantai Mountain District in 1992

Fuzhou, China 26.08N 119.28E

Yantai mountain district is the center of foreign trade business and shipping in Fuzhou. In this case, a large number of western architectures in various styles rose up in the Yantai mountains with different architectural styles. These buildings are now widely regarded by policymakers as barriers of the development of city. In this case, these buildings were vacant or even damaged in different degrees.


Protection Level provincial protection uni 3 district proection uni 1 registry 30 non registry 21 other

Land-use residential Ⅰ Ⅱ Ⅲ administration supply facilities special use

school Ⅰ Ⅱ culture business religion demolition

green space

Context Analysis


children 8- 14

the aged

Port old residential area

Foochow Club

youth * women nursery center

primary school Fuzhou University

5-minute walk distance

Dodwell & Co.,Ltd.

The HK&SH Bank

10-minute walk distance

Accessibility of Site Analysis With walking reach, space occupied by old people appear to be characterized as high introverted openness and low mobility with necessary programes; while that is occupied by the children and youth having high mobility with entertaining activities and extra programs to make up the deficiency of campus. Dockers tend to efficient and comfortable living space.

St.John's Church


The HK&SH Bank -- Market Context: Built in the Qing tongzhi. As a branch of HSBC in Fuzhou, three floors (basement included) Colonial veranda style architecture, structured with brick wood. Status: Interior wall is almost collapsed, wood floor is still hard and durable.

Market Sectional Perspective

The characteristic of this near street vacant bank is the circle of porch. As it is large and open, the thick walls and the framed space enhance the desire for communication and sight. The Street And Steps Near The Bank


First Floor Plan 0 1




Ground Floor Plan

Existing Ground Floor

Atrium of Market The project removes the nonbearing walls in order to create no separate internal big space. Basement and ground floor serve as market for local residents, adding atrium and side-window aims to link leisure areas on the first floor to the market in a soft way. Also, the porch provides ideal chat and leisure spaces for the senior.


St.John's Church -- Bookstore Context:

The gothic stone church was built in the Qing Xianfeng (1856) for British. It is made by granite with cyan and white brick. The roof is wood truss with double chinese style tiles.


The east facade and walls of penthouse are collapsed.

Bookstore Sectional Perspective

The characteristic of the church is the narrow and topping roof structure, the thick walls and the framed straignt corridor create an isolated, tranquil and private space.

Existing Ground Floor 0 1





Ground Floor Plan


Bookshelf Maden Columns

The Added Space

In order to build a sustainable bookstore, the project makes the sunlight go through the original roof. In order to reduce the energy consumption of electricity. Adding bookshelves instead of original nonbearing wall creates an fancy e x t e r i o r. A l s o, t h e steel frame structure can widen the reading space after pulling down th e old west facing.

These bookshelves which are in the front of penthouses ser ve as bearing columns, following the original column grids. It can protect original historical feature of the church and also meet the p r e s e n t r e q u i r e m e n t s. The texture difference between the existing stone and wooden bookshelves creates tranquil reading space fo people.


Foochow Club -- Mall Context:


Foochow Club was built in the Qing Xianfeng (1854) and served as entertainment club for foreigners, three storeys brick (basement included), colonial land corridor style building.

Added Floor Plan

The roof is damaged completely.

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Ground Floor Plan

Existing Ground Floor

Mall Sectional Perspective

The characteristic of the building is arcades which are round the building and the missing roof. It just looks like a delicate worn box which would show a fancy charm with the combination of different materials.


Added Corridor

The east facing was destroyed dramatically during the war, which is protected by the front of glazings. In this way, residents could not only enjoy attractive historic building but also have leisure time in comfortable spaces.

Added Storey

The roof was collapsed totally. Adding the top storey is in order to meet the requirement of mall. Side-window introduce soft light into interior space which connects existing part and renovation part.


Dodwell & Co.,Ltd. -- Hostel Context: Status:

The building was built in the Guangxu 26 (1900) and served as office, three storeys, brick wood structure. The west facade of the building was obviously repaint, compared with the red brick facade. The skylight was destroyed.

Hostel Sectional Perspective

The characteristic of the building is the stairs in the middle of the buildings and the skylight. Also the original facade gives the building a sense of grace logic.


Existing Ground Floor 0 1




The added part of the hostel Ground Floor Plan

The hostel with local materials provides comfortable and affordable residential spaces for dockers and students. The added part not only meets the requirement of rooms but also creates an attractive contrast between different materials.



Master Plan

Lohas Plantation Vertical Farm

02.2015- 06.2015 Type:



Dong Jiaxin, Zhou Jiapeng


Xinzheng, Henan Province, China


The project aims at transforming traditional declining agriculture into an extensive efficient vertical farm. Meanwhile, the project combines farmers' living with high-tech agricultural zone, which will achieve a excellent lohas revolution.


Henan is the most impor tant province for agricultural supplement in China. Xinzheng has a very strict red line of agricultural land, while it is high- tech zone in Henan. However, farmers work long hours for low pay because of manual work without advanced technologies, so adults tend to leave thier hometown for finding alternative job without thier parents and children. It is crucial for agriculture in China which is a developing country with a great population of more than 1.3 billion. It is difficult for people to make family bonds as well. Vertical farm becomes an impetus for not only boosting agriculture but also actually changing traditional farmers' lifestyle .

Xinzheng city Henan Province CHINA


113.7E 34.4N

Zhengzhou city

local resident


university town


Kaifeng city left-behind children

villages 113.7E 34.4N

high-tech staff

support crew

Changge city Site Analysis visitor

Mixed Flow Line Analysis

Month 15℃

Local Climate 22℃ Sunshine Duration (hr) Percentage of Sunshine (%)

Temperature (℃ )

Rainy days(day)


The vertical farm makes the greatest utilization of natural resource. Facades for conventionally grown foods which are selected by their physical characters and local climate. The interior spaces for high profitable crops can be controlled by technologies in order to work effectively without weather effects. 17



sight line

More Interaction

public infrastructures

More Sunlight

More Facades

cozy lifestyle


More Use of Wind

central landscape

site selection


Ensemble General Overview Analysis

More Space for Cozy Life

More Recycle for Water


multiple glazing

rainwater recycling

solar panels

U-tube reclaimed water

wind turbine

facade planting










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22n DEC

SE 45°section


Ground Community Service Section

Operaion Section

school programme country fair toilet volunteer

high-tech experience exhibition reserve

NE 45°section

Marketing and Administration Section

Science and Research Section

Department Section

restaurant process supermarket warehouse transportation

laboratory lounge balcony office meeting

cultivation lounge balcony courtyard

ranch section

orchard section for farmers& researchers orchard section for visitors


self-cleaning ceramic tile with cushion pattern

structural steel ribs steel framing for facade support hinge connected to spade bracket cantilever bracket structure within spandrel thermal insulation spandrel panel with rockwool insulation and spade bracket penetration waterproofing resin

soil planting planters box irrigation piping

air vent metal plates for plant support control rod of stainless steel lever for manual control mental cap planters tube sliding steel chasis steel rollar guide


plywood subfloor joist thermal insulation concrete slab

thermal/acoustic insulation structural steel beam air diffuber metal mesh suspended ceiling energy lighting

Section of Envelope

Photo of Physical Model 21

Study in Interaction Hall in Senior High School 05.2016- 08.2016




Dong Jiaxin , Hanjie


Lianyunxin district, Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province


The project is located at Lianyunxin district in Lianyungang, China. It's aim is to transform regular campus space of senior high school to open active area for students and staff.


In this project, I want to create a vibrant campus space which would blur the boundary between staff and students, class time and leisure time. Chinese students in senior high school are always under enormous studying pressure and schools do not concentrate on programs outside of learning. There is not sufficient reasonable spaces for extracurricular activities. Besides, teachers communite with students in formal places most, such as classrooms and offices.





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6am 7am

Overhead m


LianYungang, China E118°24′ N35°7′

Analysis of Students and Teachers Daily Schedule Reorganization of time and space apart from class of both students and staffs.

The school is surrounded by streets, leaving space for playground and other auxiliary programs. Volumn is manipulated to compliment the urban fabric's visual profile. Then a large central volumn is bordered and defined by smaller auxiliary program. Leaving ground floor area open can blur interior and exterior thresholds.



main entrance laboratory entrance main hall entrance canteen playground





Exterior Space Design






Ground Floor Plan

Axonmetric Main Building Plan The organization of necessary programs provides opportunities of the intersection of different people flow. Use the roof layer mostly to meet the requirement of student activities.


Part Section Through Main Hall

Breaking the original organization limit whose borders programs are noticeably confined and closed. Different extents of open space leads to the crowd flow and visual communication.


Section A

02 4



Section B

02 4



Transitional Space

Increasing surface area as much as possible satisfies people's need for extracurricular activities. Mixed materials for ground floor blur the boundary between exterior and interior space.

Entrance Hall

Each level remains visible from other layer through the atrium constantly weaving its way through the main hall. Stairs for a speedier ascent, views and programs promotes communication towards people.


Link to Life Landscape Design 09.2014- 11.2014




Dong Jiaxin , Zhou Jiapeng


Min River, Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China


The transformation of living space along riverbank which will serve as link bonds in the city which makes citizens' life softed and intertwined.


In Fuzhou, riverbank sides throughout the whole city without any attention because of abandoned shipping, compared with the booming past. In addition, there exists a lot of negative space due to a fast-paced urban life. A typical life of residence is almost linear without any intersection. In this project, I want to create a soft urban life interface near the river whose programs decided by big data. The river will serve as a meeting place which provides required programs.

01 A More Frequent Connectivity The existing opportunities for s u r r o u n d i n g t h e r ive r s t r e t ch inside communities. The Fuzhou pedestrians live a linear lifestyle. More opportunities to be attracted increase accessibility.

02 A Less Isolated Living Communities near river have their own half-closed living circle. The urban life interface has been separated sporadically. The abandoned riverbank has potential to be re-programmed to active city life.

Riverbank Status 03 A More Customized Program Every part riverbank has specific service area. It is crucial for existing space alongside riverbank to be reappropriated and integrated into people' daily life.

Site status use a tough way to define river interface and activities interface with railings and embankment. However, riverbank’ booming in a city relies on a series of human' activities and extends from their regular working line.


2 residential buildings

4 municipal government

Mapping of Community's Life Around Min River An idea to create a customized landscape. This landscape will stretch all the way from regular daily life. In this way, the habitats near the river will be connected. On this new landscape there will have a bond of habitats housing, and a public park.

1 day care centers

7 grocery 8 grocery

5 old residential community

3 grocery

6 office building

10 junior high school 9 vegetable market

The decision on choosing site for the project is based on potential problems towards the riverbank. The main programs in the site is education, culture and residence, including junior high school, history museum, day care center and so on. Served crowd is pensioners, young couples and children. 13 culture center

11 history museum

16 groceries 14 firehouse

12 mall 18 hospital 15 culture center


17 historical sites

19 stores


Path Winding line of path deepens the landscape experience and promotes movement towards people. A series of descending along the river offer areas for visual experience and mixed program uses.

Dock Irregular seats and stairs outline a mixed program used spaces for surrounding citizens. Playing the chess with the seniors, having picnics with children and so on. 31

underground space



clearing Section and Plan



seating area

seating area



bushes and path Section and Plan

intertidal zone


Underground Applying underground space to mixed program uses which serves as a shelter in rainy and heating conditions. Also, it is marked as a semi-space between road and riverbank that attracts citizens to enjoy.


Curriculum Vitae



Address No.3, University Town, Shangjie, Fuzhou, Fujian,

Industrial Design Department of Mechanical and electrical Fujian University of Technology 2011.09-2012.09


Architecture Department of Architecture and Planning Fujian University of Technology 2012.09-present (BArch June2017)

Phone 86-15659164729 D.o.b 16.october 1995

PRIZES & AWARDS 2011-2016, Comprehensive Scholarship of the university 2012-2013, Best Debater of the second session of the University Debate Competition 2014-2015, Outstanding Student, Fujian University of Technology 2013, First Prize, the national university students painting and calligraphy competition 2014, Excellent Prize, the First Session National Urban Planning of Knowledge Contest 2015-2016, Excellent Prize, the 4th “CUC CUP” of the national students architectural design competition 2016, Excellent Prize, the First Session “Vertical Farm” of the national students architectural design competition

WORK EXPERIENCE Intern, Fujian Institute of ancient architecture Fuzhou, China, June 2015 Intern, Fuian SHENG YE architecture design. co Fuzhou, China, June 2016 Minister, Student Forum of Fujian University of Technology Fuzhou, China, June 2014 Editor, Department of history & culture of university newspaper Fuzhou, China, June 2013 Asistant Manager, Exhibition of architectural work of students Fuzhou, China, June 2015 35

Motivation Letter As a bachelor studentďźŒI am interested in renovation design, as it has the ability to demonstrate how these buildings could reflect past history and contemporary culture while improving the function to meet current demands. I find it is exciting to see how designers give the building its own identity while ensuring that it fits comfortably in the surrounding environment . It is necessary for every architect to contribute scientific and artistic thinking to build a socially responsible and sustainable future.


M a n k i n d u s e d t o ove r c o m e t h e natural elements in order to protect themselves. Sustainable design offers people opportunities to rebuild the balance between nature and modern comforts many times using, by passive technologies. I suppose architects are responsible to follow this rule in their way. Also I've learned that a project can not emerge from a singular person. Rather, it requires extensive communication with a team of engineers, architects and other staff. In China, our huge population and energy requirements have placed Chinese sustainable architecture design at the forefront of this important movement: There exists the barriers of poor awareness, integ rity of climate change and local resistance. In the meantime, many designers are working separately and can not achieve the building integrated design. Apart from that, sustainable design usually is commissioned to relevant equipment manufacturers directly. That architects can not combine sustainable technology with architectural design lead to operation inefficiently. To be successful, sustainable design ideas must be accepted by end users, designers and government leaders.


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