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Dorothy Xu Work Sample 2014 - 2016


ICP BOWERY

Area 11,000 sf Budget $3,500,000 Status Opens in June 2016 Firm SOM

Client International Center of Photography Location New York Program Exhibition spaces, event space, cafe

The Bowery, a fabled street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is the new home of the International Center of Photography (ICP). Under a lightening-fast concept and design phase, the new gallery will dedicate and incorporate a significant amount of space to the public. While maintaining the museum’s legacy of curated exhibitions, the gallery wants become a platform for digital experimentations and a meeting place adapted for work, exhibition, and gathering. The Front Gallery, which serves as the center’s public interactive exhibition space is visible from the street through the lens of three large, extra-wide, custom windows (the biggest is 16’ x 8 ½’). A floor-to-ceiling book wall traverses the ground floor plan on a diagonal, drawing the eye through the spatial sequence and dividing public spaces from the permanent exhibitions. The book wall is punctuated by irregular alcoves that accommodate a pocket gallery, a bookstore, coatchecks and ticketing. A café with its own service window spills into the gallery. The Rear Gallery opens to a communicating stair that takes you to the Lower Gallery. A principal constraint of thev project was a large amount of ceiling-hung ductwork serving the residential floors above which could not be moved. Left exposed and painted white, the ductwork becomes part of the elemental experience of the ICP Bowery. Structural columns are visible and finished in concrete. The rift cut white oak plywood of the Book Wall is left raw and unstained. In contrast to the painted aluminum of the residential facade, the center’s street level entrances and windows are collectively framed by a thick, low gauge, stainless steel frame reminiscent of the practical metal-ware found in neighboring commercial kitchen supply stores. Through its organization of space, material expression, and minimalist sensibility, the design seeks to intensify a sense of possibility and experimentation at this downtown arts venue.

Front Gallery from exterior

First floor Rear Gallery

STORAGE

12’ X 3’ FLOOR OPENING

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ICP–– 250 250 BOWERY BOWERY ICP SKIDMORE,OWINGS OWINGS&&MERRILL MERRILL LLP LLP SKIDMORE,

FLOORplan PLAN GROUND First floor MUSEUM CONFIGURATION

COAT CHECK/ GALLERY

ICP – 250 BOWERY ALCOVE GALLERY SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP

CAFÉ CAFÉ OPENING OPENING

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CELLAR FLOOR PLAN Lower floor plan

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Exterior View

Front Gallery

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Rear Gallery

Lower Gallery

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ICP – 250 BOWERY SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP

Fashion and photography on Bowery

Bookwall inspiration

Existing conditions

Total Average Daily

Testing projecting on different glass treatments

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POPULAR SHOW - Happens Once per Year - On View 1/3 of Year

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TIME: Arrival Time: 10:00 AM 10:59 AM 11:00 AM 11:59 AM 12:00 PM 12:59 PM 1:00 PM 1:59 PM 2:00 PM 2:59 PM 3:00 PM 3:59 PM 4:00 PM 4:59 PM 5:00 PM 5:59 PM 6:00 PM 6:59 PM 7:00 PM 7:59 PM

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SALGADO 9/19/2014-1/11-2015 Expected growth 20% Days on view 96

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Mapping visitor frequency in 15 min increments.

Guided tour and interviews

TICKETING

BOOKSTORE

CAFE

“LENS”

ICP ENTRY GROUND FLOOR PLAN

ICP – 250 BOWERY SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP

Design Process DOROTHY XU

ENTRY

CAFÉ

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

ICP – 250 BOWERY OPEN UP VIEW SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP OF BOOKWALL FROM STREET

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

ENTRY

ENTRY

ICP – 250 BOWERY SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP

CAFE

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GROUND FLOOR PLAN

ICP – 250 BOWERY SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL LLP

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

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Front elevation at storefront window

Unfolded front elevation at entry doors and cafe window

Storefront plan detail DOROTHY XU

Storefront section detail WORK SAMPLE 2014-2016


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MSK Koch Center Inpatient Floor

Area 11,000 sf Status Underconstruction Firm ICRAVE

Client Memorial Sloan Kettering Location New York Program Patient Room, Public Spaces, Staff Rooms

3D VIEW - RECEPTION Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center — the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center — has dedicated over 130 years to exceptional patient care. As part of their commitment to continually elevate the delivery of care, MSK tapped us to provide programming and experience design for the ground-up build of the new David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. Building on the extensive hospitality experience and research, we reimagined cancer care by creating a patient-centric ecosystem. Specifically, we designed all public spaces, corridors and patient rooms on the 5th floor. Space planning is thoughtfully crafted to simplify the check-in process, ease wait times, make treatment education more accessible, and provide diverse respite areas. The overarching goal was to deliver a campus for patients, caregivers, and the MSK staff that rethinks the patient journey, from the seamless blend between private and communal seating to interactive installations, recreation areas, healthy, locally-driven food programs and thoughtfully curated technology.

3D VIEW - SOUTH END Entry + Reception

One of the primary design components is based on creating points of interest and diversity within the longated corridors. We broke down the single nurse station into two separate stations as beacons for patients and staffs. These areas have been designed as intuitive spaces that reduce the tension and anxiety associated with traditional clinical inpatient floors. We implemented flexible work stations, nooks and privacy booths, a communal kitchen and lounge area that responds to individual and group needs for all stakeholders.

SOUTH WING - 3D SKETCH

OVERALL PLAN Benches + STRATEGY Nooks and Seating for End of Corridor THE HEARTH A centurally located hub becomes a beacon of exchange or experience.

PATIENT ROOMS

DECENTRALIZED NURSE STATION Decentralized stations create communities where access and oversight are made easier. STORAGE / BOH

ELEV. LOBBY

NURSE STATION

PATIENT ROO

MS

NURSE STATION

ELEV. LOBBY

EDDIES & NODES A place to tuck away, a place for respite or a desitination point. These are used to both facilitate program needs as well as create visual interest for the users.

HEARTH

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WORKFLOW Understanding the user groups and their varying needs throughout their days. NOT IN SCOPE

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ORRIDOR - VIGNETTE VIEW

CORRIDOR STRATEGY

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ADDITIONAL STORAGE SEATING

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NURSE TOUCH DOWNS

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SEATING BOOTHS

Curved Ceiling + Corridor Elevation DOROTHY XU

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South Corridor

Guest Lounge DOROTHY XU

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STAFF

PATIENT

CAREGIVER

Strategy Visioning

NURSE SPACE WORK SPACE STAFF

PATIENT

CAREGIVER

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T H E S TA F F I S V I TA L T O T H E PAT I E N T E X P E R I E N C E . . . FROM CHECK-IN TO CHECK-OUT THEY’RE THE P R I M A R Y P O I N T O F C O N TA C T F O R T H E PAT I E N T S A N D C A R E G I V E R S . H O W C A N T H E S PA C E W E C R E AT E B E T T E R U N D E R S TA N D S TA F F N E E D S A N D SUPPORT NEEDS?

WHAT I NEED WHEN I NEED IT A nurse’s day is long and intense. From check-in to check-out they are the primary point of contact for patients and caregivers. How can we create a space that meets the varied needs of the workday and also relieves unnecessary stress?

EMERGING IDEAS • • • •

PERSONAL SPACE

SCALED MEET-UPS

D E C E N T R A L I Z E D N U R S E S TAT I O N SEE AND BE SEEN SCALED MEET UPS T E A M U P A D J AC E N C I E S

• Decentralized workstations are easier to see and access • Breathe. It’s ok to have a place to let go • Smaller, more frequent meetings can keep patient care up to date • Free of clutter; work quietly, efficiently, discreetly • Your kit STAFF of parts to help you help others • Small moments count

SMART POCKETS

HOME AWAY

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CAREGIVER

HOLISTIC MINDSET

CLEAN WORKSTATIONS

HOME AWAY STAFF

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T H E PAT I E N T R O O M I S M O R E T H A N A R O O M , I T ’ S T H E P R I M A R Y P L A C E O F R E S T, R E C O V E R Y, T R E AT M E N T, A N D FA M I LY T I M E . T H R O U G H U N D E R S TA N D I N G T H O S E A D J A C E N C I E S , C A N W E C R E AT E S Y N E R G I E S B E T W E E N U S E R G R O U P S A N D TA I L O R I N T E R A C T I O N S ?

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S DECLUTTERED SPACE

ILLUMINATED THRESHOLDS

SPACE FOR ME

The patient room is morePthan a room, it is the primary place of rest, recovery, treatment, and family time. ThroughPunderstanding these adjacencies, we can create touch points and tailor S C interactions.

EMERGING IDEAS • W H E R E I WA N T I T / W H E N I N E E D I T • SOMEWHERE TO PUT MY STUFF • MAKE IT MINE ( PAT I E N T / S TA F F / C A R E G I V E R ) • BUSINESS CENTER

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A person, not just a patient

A place to hang my my stuff CHECK INcoat, to putCHECK OUT Clear my path, open possibilities Thoughtful moments create atmosphere

STAFF

PATIENT

HOSPITALITY MINDSET

COMFY SEATING

CAREGIVER

YOURS AND MINE

CHECK-IN, CHECK-OUT STAFF

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PATIENT

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AT M S K W E A LWAY S O F F E R A WA R M W E L C O M E A N D A T H O U G H T F U L S E N D O F F. B U T H O W C A N I BOOKEND MY TIME WHEN I’M HERE? CAN THE S PA C E B E C O M E A C T I V E LY I N V O LV E D I N M Y C A R E A N D E N C O U R A G E A M B U L AT I O N ?

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OPEN PLAN

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DESIGNING ? FOR DISCOVERY

• F I R S T D AY / L A S T D AY • BENTO BOX MY NEEDS • CHECK MY BAG • A G L A S S O F F R U I T - I N F U S E D WAT E R • BETWEEN TIME • M Y R O O M / M Y S PA C E • A N E V O LV I N G L A N D S C A P E ( 3 D S O U N D S C A P E ) • F R O M T H E H E A R T H T O T H E H U B ( A M B U L AT I O N ) • ISLAND HOPPING - NIGHT EXCURSION

At MSK we always offer a warm welcome and a thoughtful send off, but what happens in between times? By examining porosity and employing creative use of space division, we can open the floor plan, encourage exploration, and embed moments of discovery. • • • • •

TRANSPARENT PARTITIONS

THE HEARTH

Room to move - island hopping Beacons delineate my path Soft edges promote ambulation Dynamic programming denotes space STAFF An evolving landscape visually and sensibly (hearth, hubs, soundscapes)

PATIENT

CAREGIVER

PROGRAM BEACONS

THE HEARTH STAFF

PATIENT

CAREGIVER PROGRAMMED EVENTS

F O O D C R E AT E S A G AT H E R I N G P O I N T O F S O C I A L I N T E R A C T I O N . A N AT U R A L H U B W H E R E C A R E G I V E R S I N T E R A C T A N D T H AT PAT I E N T S W I L L S E E K O U T. H O W C A N W E U S E F O O D T O C R E AT E A C O M M U N I T Y C E N T E R A N D W H AT Q U A L I T I E S D O E S T H AT N E E D T O EMBODY FOR THIS USER GROUP? EMERGING IDEAS • • • • •

T H E WAT E R C O O L E R ( M Y E X P E R I E N C E T R I A N G L E ) M E E T U P / S E AT U P / S U I T U P / E AT U P T H E FA M I LY M E A L E V E N T I T ( E V O LV I N G P R O G R A M ) P R I VA T E I N P U B L I C ( A P L AC E F O R M E )

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A COMMUNITY GATHERING SPACE

INTEGRATED MILLWORK

Food creates a natural hub for social interaction. From family meals to pre-shift gatherings, it is important for stakeholders of the inpatient floor to have a flexible space that fosters the sharing of experiences. • A place to support like challenges • Everyday items in reach when you need them • A 5-min break can be productive to clear your day • Event it with evolving programs • Interactions including integrated medicine, board games, coffee table, books can all foster comradery • Everyone has a place at the hearth

SPACE TO GATHER

COMMUNAL TABLE

MULTIFUNCTIONAL

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HEBIN THEATRE PROJECT

Area 48,000 m² / 516,667 sf Status 100% DD Firm SOM

Client City of Guiyang Location Guiyang, China Program Cultural center, opera house, concert hall, theatre, cafe

The Hebin Theater Project, located in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China, is a multi-venue performance facility that anchors the Guizhou Culture Plaza development for Zhongtian Urban Development Corporation in the heart of downtown Guiyang. The building is sited on the banks of the Nanming River, with connections to Zhucheng Square, the Guizhou Culture Plaza development, as well as the planned Metro. The project is well situated to attract visitors from the neighboring public spaces and will be conveniently accessed by public transportation. The performance facilities within Hebin Theater include a 1600 seat Opera House, a 1000 seat concert hall, and a 400 seat Multi-function Theater. A central lobby is located on the east side of the site at grade, with drop-off lanes surrounding, in order to accommodate traffi c loads. The Concert Hall and Multifunction Theater are located above the lobby and opera house. They are supported by a large trussed platform which spans over the opera house and lobby, as well as the Metro tracks below grade.

View from Zucheng Plaza - Atchain

The building takes the form of several stacked riverstones, abstracted into ellipsoid shapes with large elliptical glass openings revealing the public circulation within the 演艺中心-建筑立面 building, and allowing for views out from paC-lobby building elevations the public spaces to city beyond. The solid portions of the building will be clad in a titanium rainscreen system, which will make the building one of the most iconic buildings in China. The Hebin Theater project will be a signature project, as well as a unique cultural resource for the city of Guiyang.

西立面 West elevation

南立面

South Elevation South elevation DOROTHY XU

View of Upper Lobby

东立面 east elevation

北立面

North Elevation north elevation WORK SAMPLE 2014-2016


层 面图- 7层 FLOOR PLAN | LEVEL 7 | +35.70 M 1. Office Area 2. 后 BOH 3.

剧场 MFT Control Room

4. 音乐厅大化

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地上1层 Level 9 - Roof

Fly Loft

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贵阳文化广场河滨剧院项目 DOROTHY XU

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| GUIYANG CULTURAL PLAZA HEBIN THEATER PROJECT

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曲率拼板线轴视图

外 – Axonometric View of Lines of Curvature Panelization exterior – Wall construction Exterior - Wall Construction

曲率拼板线轴视图 Plan View of Lines of Curvature Panelization

带曲率拼板线,三角划分法可实现全平板拼接 *With Lines of Curvature Panelization, it is Possible to Achieve All Flat Panels without triangulating

外 – exterior – Wall construction

Exploded Axonometric Drawing of Exterior Wall System

外 exploded axonometric Drawing of exterior Wall system Exploded Axonometric

贵阳文化广场河滨剧院项目

| GuiyanG cultural plaza hebin theater project

室外材料 primary and secondary structural steel exterior Materials

金属 板 Metal Decking, insulation and roofing

tertiary structural steel cladding + support

XXXX Metal rainscreen

XXXX stainless steel Detail

外 exploded axonometric Drawing of exterior Wall system

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金属板 METAL PANEL MP01 “雨幕表面 RAINSCREEN PANEL“

多孔金属板 PERFORATED METAL PANEL

碳素钢索 CARBON STEEL CABLE carbon steel cable

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拉丝不锈钢 BRUSHED STAINLESS STEEL

Material Selection DOROTHY XU

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外 – exterior – Glass Wall construction

Axonometric drawing of cable wall system

外 exploded axonometric Drawing of exterior Glass Wall system

外 – exterior – 贵阳文化广场河滨剧院项目 Glass Wall construction 14 | GuiyanG cultural plaza hebin theater project

exterior - Glass Wall construction

carbon steel cables

不锈钢夹 stainless steel clamps

insulated Glaz ing unit

外 exploded axonometric Drawing of exterior Glass Wall system

close-up renDer oF cable net connection Detail

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F ront view

side view

top view

Axonometric drawing of glass connection detail DOROTHY XU Glass connection Detail-axonometric view

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Glass connection Detail

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View of Opera House

View of Multipurpose Theatre DOROTHY XU

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AL AHMADI CULTURAL CENTER

Client Cultural Council of Kuwait Location Mahboula, Kuwait Program Cultural center, theatres, exhibition spaces

Area 43,010 m² Status Anticipated Completion in 2017 Awards AIA Concept Design of the Year Middle East Architect Awards Firm SOM

Evoking the client’s vision to promote art, music, theater, and dance in Kuwait, the design for the Al Ahmadi Cultural Center celebrates the country’s rich cultural heritage with a bold response to the project’s program, climate, and site. Located south of Kuwait City in Mahboula, the Center consists of two 800-seat theaters, a 400-seat concert hall, lecture hall/cinema, conference center, children’s center, as well as galleries for the fine arts and historic cultural artefacts. With various programmatic points of interest, the building called for a clear organization that is easy for visitors to navigate. Its courtyard plan is reminiscent of the inward focus of traditional Islamic architecture, which responds to the climatic conditions of the region. Serving as an orientation device, the courtyard provides the point of entry to the building, enabling direct access to the performance spaces that flank it on all four corners, as well as to the galleries that line the Center’s eastern and western edges. The desert climate, with extremely high average levels of solar radiation and temperatures, required an innovative and site-specific response for both the exterior and interior of the building.

Site plan

The design filters sunlight into the building to achieve optimal levels for the display of art and historical artifacts, while providing thermal mass to reduce cooling loads. This indirect natural light animates the courtyard, galleries, and performance spaces throughout the day, providing a shifting experience of light that is specific to the desert site. Building section

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View from exterior

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Concert hall interior

Wall type partial elevation at concert hall

Concert hall plan render DOROTHY XU

Enlarged wall type plan at concert hall

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View of entrance from courtyard

View of small sail roof atrium space

Entry wall type section detail

Partial elevation at small rail roof

Geomerty control drawings for roof sail

On site mockup of typical roof sail

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