Academic + Professional Work
Haijing Liu Master of Architecture, 2013 Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning University of Michigan 734-776-5134
1. Arcade @ Armory
2. Interior as intermediation
3. Yongsan Housing Complex
4. Livernois Yard Outreach
5. House DBY
6. Wood Making
7. Spatial Device
1. Arcade @ Academy Hines Competition/2013 Collaborators: Yue Li, Yu-Hsiang Lin, Gregorio Avanzini Team Position: Site Plan & Diagram Drawing Type: Urban Design Location: Downtown Minneapolis
Key Description: This project was a 2-week project for the Hines Competition. The site is located in downtown Minneapolis. It is a middle point between a high-density downtown area and the cityâ€™s main stadium. It is also between a typical neighbourhood area and the river bank. The current land use in our site is mainly surface parking and office, which leaves the site dull when it is not office hours. Our strategy is to transform the site as a connection point between different spots and make this a focal point for vitality through the fusion of activities. A north-south spine shapes a pedestrian gateway which starts at the Armory with access to the Mississippi River. In consideration of the harsh weather in Minneapolis, the spine is covered with arcades to provide a comfortable environment for retail and various indoor activities.
*Project Cover Image: Fusion of Activities Diagram & View in Arcade
1. Grey Water Remediation
2. Vegetable Garden
Purified Water Storm Water Grey Water
Waste be transformed into fertilizer
Vitality Office 53%
Office Parking Open Space
Hotel Housing Retail Shopping Work Work out Day care Gallery & Cinema Restaurant & Bar
Spine Open Space
Active in Winter
Active in Summer Before
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10 11 12
01. Botanical Garden & Farmerâ€™s Market 02. Armory Plaza 03. Office & Housing 04. Recreation Center 05. Incubator 06. Incubator 07. Incubator 08. Office 09. Art Gallery 10. Incubator 11. Incubator 12. Incubator 13. Movie Theatre 14. Hard Rock & Casino Hotel 15. Commercial Plaza 16. Residential & Retail 17. Residential & Retail 18. Residential & Retail 19. Residential & Retail 20. Parking & Retail 21. Residential & Retail 22. Residential & Retail 23. Residential & Retail 24. Residential & Retail 25. Office & Restaurant
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Plaza in front of Armory
Section Across the Spine
2. Interior as Intermediation Academic/2013/Independent Instructor: Ellie Abrons, Benjamin Smith Type: Market Location: San Francisco Size: 10,000 sq. ft
Key Description: The interest of this thesis project lies in the threshold â€” the connection between two things. The project considers threshold as an architectural space in two aspects. The first aspect is the conception of threshold as network, which is primarily concerned with the integration and segregation of space at the urban scale. The second aspect is to conceive of threshold as a filter. It is a transitional space transforming interiors continuously at the scale of the individual. The project categorizes different types of networks and filters, and subsequently merges the two together to create new possibilities of spatial experience. Through the program of a market, or bazaar, the project explores in depth the relationship between threshold networks and filters by applying different networks within the system and applying multiple filters in various networks, as well as between networks, to create an engaging shopping and novel spatial experience.
*Project Cover Image: Site Analysis & 1:200 Model Photo
Types of Networks
Types of Filters
Market Netwo Space Reconfiguration
Connection to Site
Filter 1 Bakery
Bags Fruit Wine
Filter 3 Reading
Vegetable Dining Food Court
Filter 1 Plan
Filter 1 Section
The benches designed to have multiple function are urban furnitures to attract pedestrians onto the plaza. The south orientation gives the plaza a wonderful sunlight. Vegetations are planted in a spatial sequence, which give a pleasant intermediate zone between the urban environment and the market.
Filter 1 View
Filter 2 Plan
Filter 2 Section 16
A bridge is built across the market, leading customers to an open theatre.
Filter 2 View
Filter 3 Plan
Filter 3 Section 18
Connection to site and space contours are applied to the space to raise customerâ€™s curiosity to explore the space.
Filter 3 View
3. Yongsan Housing Complex Academic/2012 Instructor: Lars Gräbner, Julia McMorrough Collaborators: Mark Wright, Jungmin Yoo Type: Housing Location: Seoul, Korea Size: 360,000 sq. ft Key Description: This complex housing project is located along Yongsan River in Seoul. The project was for the competition “Vertical Cities.“ The project has two considerations: (1)To integrate the river and nearby park into the site; (2)To accommodate contemporary Korean social structures into the building. The design of common space and residential units work to bond families and neighbourhood relationships. A variety of unit types are provided to address the different needs of people at all age levels, ranging from students to young couples to families with children and seniors. Many of them are matched to meet specific needs of extended families or student groups. Designs embrace a philosophy of vitality through variety.
*Project Cover Image: Detailed Elevation & Aerial view
View from Pier
Studio Party 26
Typical Even Floor Plan
Building Plumbing System
Typical Floor Egress
Unit Layout A variety of unit types are provided to address the different needs of people at all age levels, ranging from students to young couples to families with children and seniors. Many of them are matched to meet specific needs of extended families or student groups. All these designs are oriented from the philosophy of variety brings vitality.
+ Extended Family
+ Growing Family
Communal Work/Play/Eat 2nd Floor
+ Single Family 1st Floor
Single Parent 1st Floor
Section Detail Study
Elevation Detail Study
1st Floor Axon
Interior Load Bearing Walls
Ground Level Columns
Building Heating System
4. Livernois Yard Outreach Academic/2011 Instructor: Malcolm McCullough Type: Culture Location: Detroit Size: 120,000 sq. ft
Key Description: The project begins with the idea of converting infrastructures as something positive to peopleâ€™s daily life. In Detroit Delray area, there is a vast quantity of factories, terminals, distribution centres, and railyard. Rail yards often represent dirt, noise and chaos. My strategy is to mix the flow of neighbourhood pedestrians and the flow of truckers in two building volumes and use the tower as a meeting point. The plaza acts as a receiving court for people from Mexican town as well as a remediation wetland as a buffer beyond the rail yard. A set of colourful walls cross the plaza and acts as a unifying element of form responding to the Mexican neighbourhood. Different kinds of walls are meant to create a space with the quality of both open and security using different materials. Rainwater is collected through some wall panels to make people feel the place less a brown field and more a place of life and energy.
*Project Cover Image: Site Plan & Bird View
Flow of residents
Flow of truckers
TE WA AN ST
Control Center Truck Routes Strip Market Gallery & Cafe Rail Yard Control Center
Floor Plan Axon (1st floor, 2nd floor) 36
View from Street
Dealingt with Air Pollution Plants Used on Site
Native Sedge Soil type: Grows best in clay soils. Size: up to 1’ high.
Tall Fescue Soil type: Best in cooler (down to 40 degrees F), moist soils. Size:3’ - 4’
White Clover Soil type: Best adapted to clay and silt soils. Size: Under 6”
Black Willow Soil type: Grows in wide variety of soils. Size: Up to 100’
Siouxland Poplar Soil type: Grows well in dry, moist, and wet soils. Size: Up to 70’ high, up to 40’ spread.
Hybrid Poplar Soil type: widely adaptable To many soil types. Size: Can grow to 70’ over 20 years
New England Aster Soil type: Grows best in Moist soils and Swales Size: 2.5’ - 6’
Joe Pye Weed Soil type: Grows best in Moist soils and Swale Size: 2.5’ - 6’
Wire mesh gabion
Wire mesh gabion
Side slope: 3:1
Slotted pipe inlet Plastic membrane liner or impermeable soil
Water storage 38
Subsurface hydraulic grade line Impermeable liner (PVC or eq. )
Water Management Rain Panel 1. Wire nettings to fence off leaves and relatively larger particles.
1.Rain falling down from roof
2. Rapid sand filter tube to remove taste and odour
On the top is a layer of activated carbon or anthracite coal 2.Rain water going through downspout to get some purification
3. Ornamental ditch collect purified water
Perforated laterals Cast - iron manifold
5. House DBY Professional/2012/Atelier Liu Yuyang Role: Design, drawing, model making, and rendering Type: Private House Location: Beijing Size: 5,200 sq. ft
Key Description: This is a private housing project and is located at the east of Beijing, which is in the middle of a mountainous area. The client is fond of traditional Chinese paintings and I Ching (Classics of Changes). In the meantime, he wanted a contemporary house. The process has included the negotiation with the client to determine his vision of a country villa and the architectsâ€™ aesthetics of contemporary architecture. We began our research in analysing the spatial ideology embedded in ancient paintings, and the rules in I Ching about spatial arrangements and room orientations. In our design, we used multiple strategies to integrate the ideology with an architecture that suits todayâ€™s needs and aesthetics.
*Project Cover Image: View outside Family Room Looking North & Plan
1. Courtyard 2. Dining Room 3. Kitchen 4. Servant Room 5. Room for Meditation 6. Room for Buddha 7. Living Room 8. Study Room 9. Father’s Bedroom 10. Family Room 11. Grandson’s Bedroom 12. Son’s Bedroom
Intepretion of Traditional Painting
The country villa shown in the picture is not a single house, but several volumes set accordingly inside the natural surroundings, which forms a house, as well as a garden with multiple spatial experiences.
This famous painting depicts a typical country villa in Song Dynasty. The three main houses form an axis which faces right to the waterfront and has mountains as its natural barrier in the back. Some other houses are built along the riverbank to get the best view.
Intepretion of I Ching Rule No.1: Room for the most respected one should be located east or higher up
Spatial Arrangement according to the Rules: 15
Rule No.2: Kitchen should be located east Rule No.3: Front door should be oriented to the south-east; side door can face north-west.
11 1. Study 2. Buddha 3. Living Room 4. Father’s Bedroom 5. Dining Room 6. Kitchen
7. Servant 9 8. Son’s Bedroom 9. Family Room 10. Storage 11, 13,15,16. Guest Room 12,14. Son’s Bedroom
Study of building angles
Model Photo; 1:200
Considering all the facts, we decided the building angle will be 15째.
S-W 5째 Orientation
S-W 15째 Orientation
S-W 30째 Orientation
View in Entrance Courtyard Looking West
6. Wood Making Independent Research Project, 2011 Mentor: Carpenter Zhang Location: Nanjing Type: Traditional House
Key Description: Being fascinated by the wisdom of Chinese ancient construction skills and wood joints, I attempted to make a 1:5 model of a part of wood structure of a traditional house, which we measured and documented in a class, with the help of a local carpenter.
Model Photo; 1:5
7. Spatial Device Academic, 2013 Collaborator: Shuqi He Team Position: Design & Making Type: Spatial Device Illustrator: Dawn Gilpin
Key Description: The exercise started with an investigation of a precedent study of Jean Nouvel’s Institution of Arab World. Our interest in this project is how the architect uses light as an architectural element to construct the space and how the façade is used as a responsive system in relation to the environment. The next phase is a practice to construction in real scale. In our construction project, we’re using the mechanism of changing diaphragms from the precedent project. However, we’re more interested in the pattern of shadow and its relationship to human movements.
So the project will be 48 diaphragms hanging from the ceiling. Light will be casted from the top to create shadows on the floor. When people approach a certain spot, the diaphragms in that group (48 diaphragms are divided to 4 groups) will be activated and the rate of changing is varied according to the distance from the activated diaphragm, and then the shadow on the ground will change. Also the ground will be covered with some images that will be washed away by light. When there is shadow on the ground, parts of the image will be revealed. And when the device is activated, the image shown will also change correspondingly. Thus, it will create an interesting relationship between people’s movement, shadow and pattern.
Model of the Constructed Piece
Diagrams of the Proposed Project
Model Making Process
Haijing Liu email@example.com 734-776-5134