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HECTOR SONG | selected works 2012-2018

HECTOR SONG T +1 646.944.3311 E 304 W 112th ST, Apt 2R, New York, NY, 10026 EDUCATION

Columbia University | New York, NY

May 2017 - May 2018

M.S. Advanced Architectural Design Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation,

Kansas State University | Manhattan, Kansas, USA

May 2011 - May 2016

Master of Architecture College of Architecture Planning and Design, NAAB Accredited 5 Year Master of Architecture program


LOT-EK Architecture & Design | New York City, New York, USA

Jan 2017 - Jun 2017

Junior Architect Rebuild by Design WaterHub, Waco Texas Artplace, BirkenstockBox, Governors Island - IslandOyster Oyster Bar, O+O LOT-EK Monograph

L.E.FT Architects | Brooklyn, New York, USA

Jun 2016 - Dec 2016

Design Assistant Kuwait Hessah Almubarak Developement, GSAPP StudioX Istanbul - Praygrounds

LOT-EK Architecture & Design | New York City, New York, USA

Jan 2015

Internship, Design Assistant Qiyun Mountain Camp, C-Home/C-Shop, Google ARA, West Collection, THIS-SIDE-UP

Kansas State University CSSU | Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Jan 2014

Graphic Design Specialist Posters and flyers for 2014 Spring Festival Gala Business cards for KSU CSSU faculties

Symphony Education Co., Nantong | Nantong, Jiangsu, China

Sep 2012

Branding Team LOGOs and trademarks

XinYuan Food Market Renovation Group | Tanggu, Tianjin, China

Jun 2012

Draftsman Architectural Drawings, New Fire Codes research


KSU Architecture Design Studio Travel Study Fund Award

Jan 2013

1st Prize

KSU Student Lists of Honors AFFILIATION SKILLS

2010 - 2015

National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMAS)

Jan 2011 - Present

Computer Software


Proficiency in: Rhino | Revit | AutoCAD | 3dsMax Adobe Photoshop | Illustrator | InDesign | Premiere | After Effects Microsoft Office Suite | SketchUp | ArcGIS

model building | hand drafting laser cutter | CNC Mill sketching | photography


Redoing Lanzarote • Manriquian Movement


GSAPP Studio Andres Jaque | Fall 2017


Urban Compactor 001 • Learn From Urbot 001


GSAPP Studio Jing Liu | Spring 2018


Recover New York • Infrastructural Acupuncture


GSAPP Studio Karla Rothstein | Summer 2017


Sunset Funerary Chapel


KSU Studio Robert Condia | Spring 2012


Uteplis + A1000 Stitches


KSU Studio Torgier Norheim | Spring 2014 & Spring 2016


Qiyun Mountain Camp


Project of LOT-EK | 2015 - 2017


Hessah Almubarak Development


Project of L.E.FT | 2016 - 2019


Waco Artplace


Project of LOT-EK | 2017


Google ARA Retail Truck


Project of LOT-EK | 2015


Other Projects ? | 2012 - 2018


Object Catalogue Taro de Tahiche •


01 Redoing Lanzarote • Manriquian Movement GSAPP Studio Andres Jaque, Exhibited in Lanzarote Biennale Collabrated with Adam Sun Fall 2017 Cesar Manrique’s architectural reinvention of Lanzarote, as a non-growing enclave based on a unique assemblage of art, nature and daily life, became the world model to rethink the way architecture could introduce progressive modes of living that would be both desirable and ethically grounded。 But the model faces now important challenges: - Growth control, and aesthetic success, brought the risk of turning the island into an exclusive enclave for an international elite. - The island became a base for FRONTEX, the European Union Agency controlling its borders. Making the growth-control no longer progressive, and opening the debate on the future evolution of Manrique’s project. - Notions of what the environment is about and on the politics of the relationship of the human with the non human have gone through intense evolution in the last decades, due to environmental crisis, political contingencies and architectural and artistic invention. This perspectives provide alternative ways to interrogate Lanzarote, through architectural design.


It seems like Manriquian Movement had already been spreading on the island like a religion. César Manrique’s was considered by Lanzarote people as an Icon, as the father of Lanzarote. But yet in people’s mind, Cesar Manrique was merely a name, a portrait image, a guy who made all the buildings white and green. It is time for us to reintroduce Cesar Manrique’s Ultimate Goals: - Develop High Quality Tourism - Protect Lanzarote Natural Beauty


By making seven interventions on existing Manrique Buildings we were able to show an actualization of four Manriquian Values: -

Be Inventive to Make All Natural contexts easier to Inhabit Live within Nature, being explorative, enjoy Nature Sustainable living, using Local Products, Natural Resources and Found Materials Love Nature, Experience nature from Visual to all Senses


Monumento Al Campesino, is a project in which Manrique was trying to concluded the traditional building style into a “Lanza Casa� court yard you see here. The elements or modules are separable. These elements allow us to reprogram the existing ground environment and make it Inhabitable.


Building Elements Prefabrication • Stock Farming, We propose 3D printing assembly lines, prefabricating all Manrique building elements. From a house to a chair, a building dome to a windtoy sculpture. The idea is to print Manriquian Manuals that help New Manriquians to be able make homes easier on the ground context of the island, by the same time extremely normalizing the island. Providing unified architectural elements for our other interventions. Interesting feature here, the noise of the 3D Printer will be programmed to make joyful music, which will help the local goat/sheep raising - milk producing - cheese making industry.


Valle Malpaso, originally was a shop/viewing deck, but it is now abandoned. From its window you can get a beautiful view looking over the town of Haria, and the mountain ridge. Here you are also closer to the sky and the stars at night.


Cable Car Station, We introduce multiple cable car lines, providing mobilized view access to the beautiful landscape and the sky, making connections between mountains simultaneously.


Restaurante El Diablo, In Timafaya, Manrique designed. This restaurant was built on active volcanic area. Its kitchen uses volcanic heat to cook food. Timanfaya’s stores a great amount of earth energy such as Heat Energy and Helium.


Collective Housing • Air Vehicle Transportation Hub, We want to use the earth resource to provide energy for the collective lava bubble housing unit. Helium can be used for air vehicles such as Airships and Hot Air Balloons, Providing an alternative Manriquian transportation method instead of cars.


Jardin De Cactus, A tranquil interspecies relationship can be found here, demonstrates Manriquian idea of sustainable living.


Aloe Vera Soap Factory • Local Crop Farming, A collection of devices built from Manrique’s building elements are introduced here. They grow cactus and aloe vera. Cactus flowers attract bees and other insects work in the process of pollination of zucchini farms. Aloe Vera as an important ingredient for producing Aloe soap, which will be exported aboard.


Mirador Del Rio, Manriquians Love Nature, we want to connect to nature and experience nature not just visually but also physically. Built on a cliff, Look over to the El RĂ­o, Mirador Del Rio once was a military lookout. The materialization of this project was fascinating, material differences often indicating a tendency of separation between elements.


Harbour Authority • Distribution Center, To enhance the momentum given by the cliff landscape, and the idea of materiality. We put an incline car on the cliff by making Manrique’s building slide on a track. Providing a direct access instead of only visual access to the sea. Windtoys on top of the landscape are modified for the use of delivering imported goods from the sea to all other interventions. Together they work as one import and distribution center.


Jameos Del Agua, Jameos Del Agua is part of a lava tube formed by volcanic eruption got refilled by the sea water.


Recreational Park • Water Disalination Device, Here we introduce a recreational park built from Windtoys. Here the visual experience of natural is upgraded to physical experience. The water and wind element get together to have this final celebration of Manrique, the celebration of Manriquian lifestyle in Lanzarote. The windtoys also work as a turbine, generate energy for seawater desalination plants.


MIAC, - Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporรกneo, originally Castillo De San Jose, a lookout castle during pirate attacks. Renovated by Manrique into a Contemporary Art Museum.


Civic Plaza, A port and a shipping container yard nearby give us new-naturally-found materials. We multiply the shipping container ticket booth in front of the museum to make a space for temporary events.


Narratives and Objects, A complete documentation of the narratives behind every Manrique building and a catalogue of objects he collected and created were produced. Analysiing Cesar Manrique’s identity in a different angle.


Cesar Manrique (1919-1992), Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Activist.


Model at 1/2 inch Scale

02 Urban Compactor 001 • Learn From Urbot 001 GSAPP Studio Jing Liu, The House Today Spring 2018 By the 1970 Osaka Expo, which served as a showcase for the country’s top architectural talents, Metabolism had been practically reduced to a fad, its social agenda stripped of its original meaning. Toyo Ito’s started his own practice in 1970, after left Kikutake. Aluminum House was Toyo Ito’s first completed project, it was built in the residential neighborhood of Fujisawa in Kanagawa (Japan), a wooden house entirely clad in aluminum. Totally closed, it expresses the approach followed by the architect in the 1970s: cutting off the building from its exterior environment to protect it from the surrounding urban disorder. Here, Ito placed the accent on the screen-façade, on the surface of the construction. “I designed the façades to act as artificial masks turned towards the street.” This house reveals the architect’s predilection for metallic materials, systematically utilized in his projects from the 1980’s onward.

URBOT 001 poster, showing the 4 units and original carpet pattern


Three things to learn from Aluminum House (Urbot 001): - Isolation and introspective thinking needed for information age. - Diagonal Organization of the plan, lead to a fractal system, generates partical isolations within an overall isolated space. - Material Use to create a sense of islation, distance.


Aluminum House Interior, Toyo Ito,1970


Aluminum House Model, 1/2inch Scale


Plan and Section at Pubilc Seminar Room and Library


Plan and Section at Pubilc Shower Room


Plan and Section at Gym, Public Dinning and Private Bedrooms


A symbiotic system of two entirely different lifestyles were created by the spatial organization. Inside the bedrooms with no windows, only a screen, people live a lifestyle of isolation with highly effcient information exchange with the outside world. In the larger public space, a life of openess and people to people connection is experiences, with a cost of techonological efficiency. Mirrors and reflective materials were used to make the bedrooms disappear from the outside. Visually stretched the distence between the two lifestyles to an extreme. Providing an opportunity of realizing the merits and demerits of the overwhelming information age we are living in.


Private Space was condensed to only the bedrooms. Organized on a diagonal fasion, the Narrow and Isolated bedrooms and corridors created a set of rules people have to live with. Everyday life become ritual and ceremonial. Activity and belongings have to be kept compact.


Public spaces, are larger and “released” compare to the “compressed” private spaces. providing basic needs for residents live in the community.


3‘ x 9’ Drawing

2‘ x 9’ Model

Broadway Datascape - Manhattan Brownfields Contamination and Site Locator


03 Recover New York • Infrastructural Acupuncture GSAPP Studio Karla Rothstein, Death and the City Summer 2017 Vertically extended constructions have been symbols of human ego for a long time. While chasing heights, cities expanded and civilizations developed. Simultaneously, problems emerged. Nature, the city and people themselves have been hurt – we call them casualties of the city, they are a death of the city. Ego is not to blame. The desire of possessing is not always a crime. We claim that all the casualties are not a result of ego but the abusing, indulging and tolerating when aspirations are misapplied. As members of this species, we choose to apologize. As architects, we try to revitalize the city by providing new possibilities of infrastructural acupuncture coupled with the power of death.


Vessel Collages

Vessel Collages


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B roadway






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Manhattan Datascape - Manhattan Demolition and Potential Development

Datascapes, are the result of precise, measurable data extraction, analysis, and synthesis - they convey critically abstracted logics and relationships, and distill conceptual and operative relationships in relative intensities. Relationships and interdependencies must be critically mapped with a coherent and clear notational system. Ask and answer: How the language of information instigates possible organizations and new understanding of content.


Contamination Mapping of Lincoln Center slot

Mapping after Datascape to locate 3 sites


Collage showing interventions


On the Bridge



Pod Under the Bridge



1:1 models

1:1 models


Long Section Perspective

Collage showing interventions




04 Sunset Funerary Chapel KSU Studio Robert Condia, 2012 Travel Award Competition, 1st Prize Spring 2012 For the time after death is everlasting, the time of life is but a mere moment。Above all things, it is the perpetual time that needs to be celebrated and revered。 The funerary chapel sits on a site adjecent to a public cemetery of a small town in Kansas。The chapel provides an opportunity for a conversation between now and past by creating sequential public spaces reflect one’s life path。Together with the assembly of tectonic elements, the distinctive space makes a building of profound meanings。




1 Parking lot 2 Restroom Site Plan

SW Elevation





4 5


1 2 3 4 5 6 Floor Plan

NW Elevation


Reception Outdoor meditation Meditation Preparation Outdoor gathering Memorial hall

Grid The formation of the funerary chapel is based on a 20ft. by 20ft. grid. The two major walls in the building are slanted and squiggled in certain angles to divide interior and exterior spaces.

90° 30° 60° 120°


Alignment The structure pattern of the funerary chapel is aligned with the grid, columns and beams are placed on the grid The two walls are aligned and passing through the columns.

Wall Z Squiggled wall delineates the infinite potential of life. This non-loadbearing wall works as a spatial divider, seperates indoor and ourdoor spaces and offers each of them a unique shape that both aesthetic and functional.

Wall I Long and slanted wall symbolizes eternal time after one has passed away. The linear wall works as a part of the structure system, and the slanted looking is strengthening the façade, conveying a sense of revering.








“Death is relatively minor procedure, just a small excision of life, it doesn’t even leave a scar, And after the procedure the patient is remarkably calm” - Gu Cheng


Cover page of the thesis book


05 Uteplis + A1000 Stitches • the Conversations in Complexity, Systems and Landscapes KSU Studio Torgier Norheim, In Transit KCDC Kremer Prize, Nominee Spring 2014 & Spring 2016 Collabrated with Ju Shen, Trent Richardson The definition of complexity is a function of the n umber of elements and relationships in a system。Diminishing complexity is achieved by either reducing the number of elements, relationships, or both。Complexity is seen as a rational and measurable phenomenon, where the level of complexity increase dramatically when two or more systems overlap。1he quest is to develop a theoretical framework of identifiable physical, infrastructural, cultural, and social paradigms that formats multi-scalar observations of hierarchical relations between patterns and behaviors, individually and/or collectively。 “Uteplis” and “1000 Stitches” are projeccts that re-energize the market and train station area in the heart distric of Stavanger, Norway。“PHIDA” was used in the projects as a criteria。Through an exploration of coexisting systems and their inherent relationships, Permeability, Harmony, Imagination, Diversity, and Adaptability are the concepts that PHIDA emerges from。PHIDA is a proper response to the conversation in complexity。By implementing new design into the complex series of existing systems that define Stavanger, PHIDA principles are used as a means to appropriate value and rational to the decisions made。


the Bridge

Viewing Olatform


Subway Travel


Commercial Co Commerci o ial al Culture Education C Cu ultltur ure & Ed ur E ucat a ion at Transportation Transporta t tion ta Live & Work Work

Phase 1: Uteplis Ground Level •

Urban Acupuncture: Traditional acupuncture is used as Chinese medication in order to correct imbalances in the flow of qi。Placing a needle in one point of the body will help balance out the flow of energy in another part of the body。Urban acupuncture uses this methodology for balancing and regulating flows of urban spaces。In relation to PHIDA, this response provides a sustainable infrastructure for Stavanger。It choreographs space and the human response to create unimaginable new developments and interactions that encourage a healthy economic and creative growth for the region。


Water & Light Demostration

Water & Light as directional guides


Comm Commercial C me errcial all a Culture Education C Cu ultture & Ed ducation Transportation Transp s ortatititio sp onn Live e & Work Work

Phase 1: Uteplis Underground Level •

The Urban Floor: The urban floor serves as the fabric that connects the public realm of Stavanger。As a result, the city’s nodes of activity around the market。The focus interrupt the existing environment of Stavanger。This solution produced a diversity of opportunities between various vertical dimensions。As it serves as the framework for the campanile and the cultural armature, the urban floor establishes a unity between the three elements。 The flow of energy is directed through the underground by creating a connection between the lake and the harbor which channels water through the subterranean realm。Water is used as a primary ‘sensory magnet’ that guides people into the space while light is used to pull people back to a higher strata.


Flows: Overlay the cardo and decumanus onto the city of Stavanger, the intersection of these two axes is at the bus and train station。Now, overlay with same area with the flows of people, cars, trains, buses, and bikes。There is a constant east-west, and north-south movement for all types of flows。However, these flows only further recognize the disconnect in the overall context。

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Solution: Using the theoretical platform of the urban floor, we can then begin to stitch the various areas that are disconnnected from the city。Haaving access points at various elevations, going in different directions, and even connecting two or more systems together with one formal gesture in a stitch。 Applying the laws of gravity, we add structure to the urban floor。The structure informs the urban floor of how it can be occupied with different programs and activities。The combination of the urban floor and structure manifests architecture as infrastructure。 Architecture as infrastructure, or an architectural infrastructure, is the best solution to the disconnect in Stavanger。

Phase 2: A 1000 Stitches Levels •


Art School building

Section - Art School building



Underground Facility


North-South Section Cut Through Context: Facing East

North-South Section Cut Through Context: Facing West

East-West Section Cut Through Context


Entrance Market Area


06 Qiyun Mountain Camp Project of LOT-EK Concept to Construction Phase Huangshan,Anhui,China Completion 2017 The Qiyun Mountain Camp is the largest (60 acres) extreme sports and adventure park being planned in China。 LOT-EK was commissioned by the developer of the park to design all the public facilities within the park: a 5,000SF Entrance Pavilion followed immediately by 35,000SF Market Street; a 15,000SF Restaurant Plaza on one of the park’s hills overlooking the river; a 5,000SF Aquatic Sports Pier in one of the park’s lakes。All the buildings are made of shipping containers and prefabricated at the ArchiSpace factory near Shanghai。Construction is underway and the park is scheduled to open to the public in the spring of 2017。 Construction Process All the buildings are made of shipping containers and prefabricated at the ArchiSpace factory near Shanghai。Construction is underway and the park is scheduled to open to the public in the spring of 2017。It was said to be one of the most complicated construction process in the history of container buildings, regarding the structural and extreme site conditions they were facing。


Entrance Pavilion Under Construction

Entrance Pavilion


Container Block Modules


Container Block Modules Construction Drawing


Restaurant Area Drawings


Restaurant Area

Rendered Restaurant Area


Watery Area

Rendered Water Area


Rendered View Promenade, Credit: Neraluce 76

07 Hessah Almubarak Development Project of L.E.FT Concept, Schematic and Design Development Phases First Place in Competition Al Kuwait,Kuwait Estimated Completion: 2019 Hessah Al Mubarak Residential District – is a comprehensive real estate mixed used development project situated in a prestigious location within the urban agglomeration of Kuwait city. L.E.FT won First Prize in the competition and was commissioned to design and plan the business district area.




Rendered View Promenade, Credit: Neraluce


Section Perspective Drawings

Rendered View Exterior


Analytical Diagrams


Rendered View - Little Theater


08 Waco Artplace Project of LOT-EK Concept, Schematic Phase Waco,Texas 2017 Waco ARTPLACE is an arts education center devoted to youth and community programs. Based on the success of their annual festival, Waco Arts Fest has decided to create a permanent home with year-around programs and events. The project is centered around an existing 4,000sf brick building at the corner of Elm Avenue and Dallas Street in east Waco with a 3,500sf addition made of shipping containers. The existing building will serve as art workshop and lecture hall, while the addition will provide reception, cafe and additional space for gatherings/classes.


Rendered View - From Street

Rendered View - From Street


Plan Drawings


Rendered Views - Interior

Rendered Views - Interior


Plan Drawings


Setting Up Procedures


09 Google ARA Retail Truck Project of LOT-EK Concept, Schematic Phase 2015 The Google Project Ara team will launch an open hardware platform and marketplace to enable a new category of customizable devices that will serve as an alternative to today’s smartphone。 LOT-EK was partnered with Google to instantiate a brand-new, truck-based retail experience for Project Ara’s market pilot in Puerto Rico。



Setup A

Setup B


Quantification/Efficiency Study


+01 Advanced Curtain Wall GSAPP Technology Elective Instructor, Robert Heintges Spring 2018




PLAN 3/8”=1’ 7’- 6” TYP.

3’- 4”


DIA. VARY: 5”, 7-1/2“, 10”


DIA. : 12” +


DIA. VARY: 5”, 7-1/2”




7’- 6”

7’- 6”



SECTION 3/8”=1’





+02 Studies in Tectonic Culture GSAPP History and Theory Elective Instructor, Kenneth Frampton Research and Model, Professor’s Permanent Model Collection Collabrated with Adam Sun Fall 2017

Sainsbury Center, Norman Foster, 1974

Sainsbury Center, Structure detail

Sainsbury Center Model

Model _back

Model _Detail


Model Side Elevation


+03 Narrow Space/Compact Space Instructor, Laurie Hawkinson Independent Seminar Spring 2018

Booklet Pages (In Progress)

Booklet Pages (In Progress)

Shelving system in a kitchen ware store, New York

+04 This-Side-Up Exhbition by LOT-EK


+05 Praygrounds • GSAPP Studio X Istanbul Exhibition by L.E.FT


+06 Design Build KSU Furniture Making Seminar, PVC-Paper Tube Joint & Bending Plywood


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hector song portfolio 20180519  
hector song portfolio 20180519