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Reuse Portfolio 2010-2018 Zhenzhen Feng

I deem architectural reuse is to construct a contemporary space for people to rethink about life, and to listen to the history retold by the original space at the same time. A new story will come into being.

Content 1. Remember Me


2. Recreate a Park


3. Boxes in a Box


4. Renew Roanoke


5. The House


6. Rebuild a Dream


7. Suture the City


8. Other works


Renovation of the Steel Factory

Renovation of the Commercial Plaza

Cultural & Musical Center in Floyd

A Public Art School in an industrial City

Thesis: to be accompanied and to be alone

Structural Topology Optimization

Regeneration of Durban, South Africa

Professional rendering, Graphic design, Screen printing


A steel factory The site is located at Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology Huaqing College, which used to be the area of Shaanxi Steel Factory founded in 1965. The university has renovated and reused parts of the old construction of factories in the area in 2002. The site is going to be reused in the future. The school utilizes steel factories as libraries, teaching complexes, canteens and so forth. I prefer to renovate the site as a greenhouse

for new members, Landscape Architecture students, and faculty in this university. Also, the new greenhouse will keep old memories of it by allowing retired workers to take walks in it. As a result, it will be well remembered by new members. Through the rehabilitation, the old deserted factory has gained a new definition by contributing a new value.

1. Remember Me Renovation of the Steel Factory

8 weeks, individual work, third-year design, 2013

Steel Factory vs. Campus

Site vs. Greenhouse










The image shows that the area of Steel Factory was converted into campus without breaking its industrial legacy and value. Under the unique background, the school is bound to have some outstanding cultural essence and outlook features, so I decide to renovate the factory on the site too.

The image shows that the site is along the College Main Road, which indicates that the site has potential to become a significant landscape spot. Also, the students in Department of Landscape Architecture studying in a new high-rise building, have little opportunity to do some trials centering on plants. However, when the site is converted to a greenhouse, tutoring, studying, planting will be held there at the same time.


From a factory to a greenhouse The glass wall can make the sunlight go through the factory and emphasize the entrance at the same time. The glass roof lets sunlight go through the factory to guarantee that both shade requiring plants and light plants to grow and people have sufficient light for work. Besides, Follow the old column system to draw a planting grid. Glass boxes are used for Landscape Architecture students and faculties to work, study, communicate

and so forth. The ground path acts as a connection among communication boxes. The elevated path is used as a connection among working boxes.

6 Build an Elevated Path

5 Construct a Ground Path

4 Put Glass Boxes in

1 Renovate Walls

2 Renovate Roofs

3 Draw The Planting Grid



A greenhouse A greenhouse transformed from a factory, with multiple and flexible spaces, tries to construct a new space for students and faculties in the Department of Landscape & Architecture and to organize academic activities at the same time. The main goal

has been to achieve the maximum use of natural light and ventilation in the factory. Residents, as well as retired workers, may recall their memories in the newly renovated factory.


People can take a walk on the ground path in the renewed factory, recalling their memories at that glorious time in the Steel Factory.

People can walk on the elevated path to have a view from above. Also, they can enter working boxes by it.

Students can do some trials with plants on various landscape design.

People can envision the historical scene from the reserved traverser.

People can take a walk on the ground path in the renewed factory, viewing the various plants and entering to the communication boxes.

Pen Drawing

The underground commercial plaza The site is located on the axis of Xi’an City, China, which indicates that the role of the site is extremely significant for the city. Commercial buildings are gradually constructed along the axis. Thus the site is used to be an underground commercial plaza. Now, it almost closed because of the unclear aim and the inappropriate space design. Only a cinema and a few shops survive in the square, the overground part, however, is more energetic with

people doing exercises and resting under trees. The site is a commercial space but also plays a crucial role in public space.

2. Recreate a Park Renovation of the Commercial Plaza

24 weeks, final design, 2015 Teammate: Tao Qu Duty: Concept development, Computer models & diagrams, Rendering

Context of the site


Height of Commercial Buildings compared with that of Relics 1990

Bell Tower

City Wall

Small Goose Pagoda

Great Wild Goose Pagoda

2010 2020 S I T E


The site

The inefficient green space

The inefficient path and the negative closure

Unorganized parking E T I S


Fragrament of the facade

Master plan of the commercial green park

Rendering of the commercial green park


The commercial green park green space. The site can be defined as a commercial plaza with a large track of green space.

Commercial buildings near the site will be the highest one till 2020, which means the importance of site will be enhanced. Also, the site which is a underground plaza is more precious for the whole city because the aboveground part of plaza can be used as a

Concept of Renovation

1 Redesign the Entrances

2 Emphasize the Entrances

3 Restore Building Facades


4 Design the Sideways

Plan of the Creative Industry

Views of different positions in the park

The old and the new




Physical model and section drawing of the innovative book store

Boxes in a box The site is Located in the center of Floyd which is a highly small town but has a long history of country music. The buildings in Floyd just like boxes standing along the street. I would like to make another box for Cultural and Musical Center with a huge concrete musical box in it. Along the envelope of the musical box, a continuous ramp is built to create an exhibition space on the outside of the musical box. The wall of the music box is

2 feet The musical box is without the roof so that visitors can view exhibits and appreciate music at the same time. The functional boxes, like fire stair boxes, an elevator box, light & ventilation boxes and a restroom box, are plugged into the continuous ramp as a structural system.

3. Boxes in a Box Cultural & Musical Center in Floyd

16 weeks, first-year of graduate school, individual work, 2016


The light and ventilation boxes Light & Ventilation boxes are plugged into the floors and with a plant at the bottom of these boxes. They are without top level to allow rain inside to watering plants. When it is raining outside, the ventilation function cannot work. When it is cloudless outside, a window on one face of light & ventilation boxes stays open for ventilation.


An industrial city Roanoke and a public art school Roanoke is an industrial city which has a large numbers of railroads, factories, and other industrial constructions. After the industrial period, these industrial constructions have been preserved but the city is depressed. Artists and the government began to renew the city by using public arts like murals, sculptures, and new constructions. The Taubman Museum of Art is one of the new constructions to renovate the city. It has a great deal of indoor collections.

The site is at the center of Roanoke and it is next to the Taubman Museum of Art, which has an opportunity to be as an outdoor exhibition for the city Roanoke. If there is a public art school on the site, a number of public arts will come into being. Since there was a mural on one of the wall on the site, it can be a beginning for a public art school. The public art school will be built on the site, becoming an exhibition for Roanoke.

4. Renew Roanoke A Public Art School in an Industrial City

16 weeks, first-year of graduate school, individual work, 2017


The public art school The public art school is located in the center of Roanoke, next to the Taubman Museum of Art. In order to in honor of the industrial time, the materials of the public art school will be sorts of industrial materials like steel, wood, and masonry. Thus, the school is consist of numbers of different constructions by using various materials. The studio space is a yellow masonry construction. The wood shop is made of red steel shelter. The office is a gray steel construction. The auditorium is a wood addition to the construction underneath. The cafe utilizes dark gray steel as an addition. The store is located on the roof of the street store, using steel construction. All the parts are connected by bridge trusses, which are widely used during industrial time in Roanoke. Because most of the constructions are elevated, the ground space can be used as an outdoor exhibition. Students contribute structures, murals, and installments to the outdoor exhibition. In this way, the outdoor exhibition created by the public art school will gradually renew Roanoke.



The public art school The public art school is a renewal for Roanoke and the site itself at the same time. The walls from surroundings will be used as an exhibition for murals. Each building contains various materials so that the public art school becomes an outdoor of industrial materials exhibition. Each building is like an art work contributing to the outdoor exhibition. The connections among buildings work not only for the students but also for residents in Roanoke. The public art school plays a key role to the walking system in Roanoke.



To be accompanied and to be alone The house is a portrayal of life. Life is to be accompanied and to be alone.

during my summer and winter, helped me to learn how to be alone since I was a child.

I grew up in a typical three members family in China. Thanks to the strict one-child restriction, we have to be alone sometimes, at least I have to. When I was a child, I created a space in our apartment, where I can have a lovely time all by myself. I acted like a bus driver, a ticket seller, and customers at the same time. I made props for my play. I drew tickets on different colored paper with different prices; I named every stop with my favorite places. Two Chinese stools created a scene for my play. It is my favorite part when I am alone. That place makes me feel safe and joyful. It is the place accompanied me

When I grew up, I went to schools and learned how to accompany with friends, classmates, and so forth. I felt the joy, but it’s different from the one I think when I am alone. I find out that there still should be a place to be alone, where I can do daydreaming, reading, and singing.

5. The House Thesis: to be accompanied and to be alone

32 weeks, second-year of graduate school, individual work, in progress, 2018


The Site It is a site with birch woods on a 30° slope which is steep. In this way, most of the building parts can be hidden in the slope. The shrubs and grass cover the slope.


The House I designed The House. It is the house that has spaces above ground and spaces beneath the ground. The part above ground is separated into three volumes. The first space is for the owner to be with friends and family members, which is a significant part of one’s life.

The second space is the owner staying with close friends where they can work and design together. The third space is only for the owner where he can sleep, read and relax.


The Comics I use comics to express my ideas because the house is life. A comic is a movie making to tell about life stories. The comics try to show three typical and different days happening in the house. The first day is staying with friends and families in the top space. The second day is working with close friends in the middle space. The third day is taking the journey to run away like a child and finally view the sky. The typical three days are the portrayal of life, to express the way to be accompanied and the way to be alone. The narration of the thesis starts from a lot of charcoal sketches to create the feeling of being accompanied and being alone. Then, comics help me to present the life in the house to people. After comics, I do sketches again, and these sketches come into a movie to express the light and the space. These are various ways for the thesis, but they have strong relationship with each other. The whole process starts from sketches toward comics, at last, ends as sketches but is presented as a different way. So, the thesis will start from a still narrative to a dynamic one.



The Journey Sometimes, the owner feels depressed, and he prefers to run away from sadness like a child. Thus, I design a series of spaces for the owner to get away like a child. He can take a journey to get rid of sorrow by going through the underground spaces. The journey of the owner, created by a series of experiencing spaces underneath, starts from the third space. He will travel spaces containing different lights, sounds, and views. The owner can

stop by during the journey to experience the spaces. He will gradually forget sadness and sorrow by the pleasure created by various experience. The owner will hear echoes when he sings in the spaces and will notice the sound of his footsteps and will view different scenes from various light tubes. Finally, the owner will reach his destination.


A sand viewing tower When I first visited Qingdao, I had an enjoyable time playing with sand on the coast. It is an incredibly unforgettable time, so I decided to construct a building on the shore: like sand viewing tower on the beach, standing there with the specific facade and free-flowing floor. It comes from my memory, and it will continue to create different memories for other people when they are inside the sand viewing tower. People can sit on the flowing

ground, lie on the comfortable ground, and view the distant landscape.

6. Rebuild a Dream Structural Topology Optimization

4 weeks, forth-year design, individual work, 2014

Spaces formation


The tide and the viewing tower During the tide period, the people can stay on the 2nd floor and view the scenery of the tide. Also, people can go fishing during the tide period. During the ebb tide period, some of the sea water will stay in the rugged coast which is the most fun part of playing near

the sea. Also, people can view the scenery of the ebb tide on the 2nd floor and 3rd floor.


Warwick Area, Durban, South Africa Durban’s morphology is marred by a condition of fragmentation. The city was segregated by the railway spatially, the inner city and the outer city were floating apart from each other, like two big floating ice islands on the ocean. Those activities within two areas of Durban city were gathering to its own kernel, which broadens the chasm between the inner city and the outer city. The Warwick Area, the site we were pointed to intervene, is located over this chasm and includes both edges of the inner city and outer city, which

means the Warwick Area carries all the functions of both sides. Almost half a million users, from street traders to commuters, pass through Warwick Junction every day. The Warwick Junction became a fragile “linkage” between two parts of Durban city. They define this place as a “place of collide”. We are trying to transform this “place of collide” to a “place of connection”.

7. Suture the City Regeneration of Durban, South Africa

25th UIA Competition Golden Prize, 16 weeks, forth-year design, 2014 Team: Tong Niu, Mingqi Wu, Zhelun Cui, Dian Luo Duty: Concept development, Diagrams, Rendering

History of Warwick, Durban, South Africa 1824 Apartheid started 1947 Railway formed

1994 Apartheid abolished

1951 Railway enlarged

1994-Now Gap between the rich and the poor

1963 Overpass built

1976 Warwick railway station & markets formed

Context of Durban, South Africa Inner City

Warwick Area

Outer City

Durban CBD

Warwick Junction: people have already constructed four connectors to go through the wide crack between inner city and outer city. Different connectors have different utilities.


Concept of Suturing Warwick Area

1 Select the entrances of the complex with pins

2 Connect the entrances of the complex with functions

3 Construct the complex

4 Activate Warwick Area with the complex

Pins & Land Character of Warwick Area, Durban


Residential area

Bus station

Residential area Residential area

Music Bridge market

Early morning market

Herb market

Victory market

Railway station & Berea market Bus station

Brook market


English Market

Taxi pick-up point

Hotel & warehouse


Warwick Junction, which is situated on the fringe of Durban’s inner city, provides some interesting examples of how the city’s poor and disenfranchised people have used public spaces and infrastructure in ingenious ways to establish informal trading activities.



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2 1 B






2 4


1. Low-rent Housing 2. Public Space 3. Health Center 4. Activity Center 5. Shading Sideway 6. Market

8. Other works Professional rendering, Graphic design, Chinese ancient drawing, Screen printing

Seacobeck Hall renovation at University of Mary Washington Rendering, 2017


Hanbury Summer Scholar Program 2018 The project was my first experience in advertising for an architectural firm. The graphic I made is for Hanbury Summer Scholar Program 2018. It is a GIF image with a car moving towards the Apply board. It has been used on the official website and official accounts. The idea comes from the projects the firm designed, which are high education architectures and master plannings. Also, renovation projects are a significant part of Hanbury. Based on the firm logo, I created the construction scene with scaffolding for the firm to attract more talented students to apply for the summer scholar program in 2018.


0001 Project number


#4 sheet lead flashing - bend over fascia before quard angle is applied

lightweight concrete fill

Steel gard angle - 2" x2" 3/8"

6 ply felt and ballast roofing system 2" foam glass insulation

0' - 5"

structural steel fascia cut from 8" wide flange


Dr.Edith Farnsworth



top of roof framing

16' - 5 1/2"

top of roof 16' - 2" 2" 2" Cork Insulation Cork Insulation

Farnsworth House

precast concrete channel slab 15" C structural steel girder

0' - 1 3/8"

w 12 x 26 steel framing @ 5' - 6" O.C. (beyond)

3 x 6 creosoted wood framing

suspended metal lath & plaster ceiling system


9' - 6"

9' - 3 3/4"

9' - 3 3/4"

9' - 6 1/2"

curtain track

1/4" polished plate glass

3/4" x2" steel bar

0' - 1 3/8"

5/8" x 1 1/4" steel bar

main floor 5' - 3"

1 1/4" travertine floor slab 1 3/4" mortar bed floor coil location for radiant heating system



W 12x 26 steel framing @5' - 6 " O.C. (beyond) 15" C structural steel girder

Drawn by

Checked by

lightweight concrete fill

Section 4 - Callout 1 1 1/2" = 1'-0"





Wall sections1 1/2" = 1'-0"

precast concrete slab


main floor 5' - 3"


Dr.Edith Farnsworth

top of roof 16' - 2"

Project number

2 A203

lower level 2' - 11" ground 0' - 0"

Section 2 1/4" = 1'-0" 3




top of roof 16' - 2"

Farnsworth House


main floor 5' - 3" lower level 2' - 11" ground 0' - 0"


Section 3 1/4" = 1'-0"




1 A301

main floor 5' - 3"

Checked by

1/4" = 1'-0" Scale


top of roof 16' - 2"

Drawn by


ground 0' - 0"


Section 4 1/4" = 1'-0"



lower level 2' - 11"

Modeling in Revit class In an effort to pursue my professional experience, I took a Revit class and accomplished three case studies by modeling in Revit.

1 x 3 wood finish @ 3" o.c., typ., @ roof, floor and wood wall: finish runs perpendicular to framing

2.5" steel column, typ.

2 x 4 wall wood framing @ plexi wall

2 x 6 wood framing @ roof, floor and wood wall


3/4" plexiglass wall finish

peeled axon

1 x 3 wood finish @ 3" o.c., typ.; finish runs perpendicular to framing 2 x 6 wood framing 2.5" steel column, typ. 3/4" plexiglass wall finish

2 x 6 wood framing

2 x 4 wood framing @ plexi wall 2 x 6 wood framing 1 x 3 wood finish @ 3" o.c., typ.; finish runs perpendicular to framing


exploded axon



Chinese ancient drawings of Yiyuan Garden We worked at Yiyuan Garden to look at all aspects of the site. Measurements and photographs of the area will be taken to enable them to draw an accurate visualisation of the Chinese ancient buildings by AutoCAD, based on our sketches.


Everyone is blue, Screen printing, 18 x 24, 3 layers

Lyric Theater, Screen printing, 18 x 24, 4 layers


Portrait, Screen printing, 18 x 24, 3 layers

Zhenzhen Feng

Cell: +1 540-998-0793 Email: Illustration website:

Education Master of Architecture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

08/2016 — 05/2018

Bachelor of Architecture, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an, China

09/2010 — 07/ 2015

Professional Experience Hanbury, Norfolk, Virginia

06/2017 — 08/2017

Shenzhen General Institute of Architecture Design and Research Co., Ltd, China

09/2014 — 11/2014

Qinghai Province Design Institute, China

06/2013 — 08/2013

Academic Experience Art & Architecture Library, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

09/2017— 05/2018

Studio Collective, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

01/2017— 05/2018

GPA: 3.87

+ Made renderings for the team won the project, Seacobeck Hall renovation at University of Mary Washington + Made plans and Created graphic designs for Hanbury Summer Scholar Program 2018 + Made digital models and physical models, technical drawings + Created diagrams, technical drawings, and digital Models for Cultural Arts Center Design of Xining + Prepared drawing packages

+ Assisted for technical drawings, graduate assistant

+ Created animations for the official account, team member on Graphic Design

China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Summer Camp, Chengdu, China


Taiwan Shih Hsin University Magic Photography Camp, Taiwan


Survey & Drawing of Chinese Ancient Buildings, Suzhou, China


+ Collaborated with 8 group members to design a project themed “Tastes of Chengdu” + Trained Architectural Photography skills

+ Collaborated with 6 group members to create drawings of Yiyuan Garden, team leader

Awards Student Juror Award of Merit, 33rd international Architecture in Perspective Student Competition, ASAI + Rendering for the project "Remember me"

First Year Architecture Graduate Student Book Award, School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech

+ Outstanding Student

UIA 2014 Durban Student Competition,The 25th World Congress of Architecture

+ Golden Prize (Group)

2018 04/2017 2014

University Award, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology

2014 — 2015

University Scholarship, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology

2014 — 2015

+ Innovation Award

+ First Class Scholarship

12.9 Design Competition, Architecture School of Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology


Logo Design Competition of Sketching Club, Architecture School of Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology


University Scholarship, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology


+ Second Prize + Third Prize

+ University Scholarship for Freshman

Skills Auto CAD, SketchUp, Revit, Rhino, V-Ray, Lumion, Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe After Effects, SolidThinking Inspire, CorelDRAW, Microsoft Office Suite Interests Painting, Illustration, Animation, Photography

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