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Yun-Ting Hsieh 2011-2016 Design Portfolio


Major Work Distribution Residential / Urbanism

Major Work Contribution


Detail Study

Curriculum Vitae 01. Urbanising The Royal Docks London, UK, 2015 02. Tainan Public Library Tainan, Taiwan, 2016 03. Publication of ‘Details’ London, UK, 2015

London, UK

04. Residential Tower in Lima Lima, Peru, 2013

Mianyang, China

05. Associative Terraced Housing as a Solution to Contemporary Living London, UK, 2015


06. Chung-Tao No.36 Logistic Warehouse Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2012 07. Resort L Mianyang, China, 2015

Lima, Peru

Recife, Brazil

08. Corridor Flat Taipei, Taiwan, 2011 09. Zhongshan Terraced House Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2011








Yun-Ting HSIEH

Architectural Designer | 4 yrs’ work exp. MSc in Architecture, MA in Housing and Urbanism

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January 2016 - Present

Architectural Designer Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners Taiwan • Competition • Design development • Coordination with design members and professional consultants • Construction drawings


Contact September 2015 - January 2016 (5m)

Designer Architecture With London • Production of the Journal ‘Details’


Yun-Ting Hsieh is professionally trained in Taiwan and London. He first received a BSc in construction engineering and then obtained an MSc in architecture in Taiwan. After three years’ work experience, in 2014, he accepted a place on the Housing and Urbanism programme at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London), and graduated in 2015 with an MA degree.

24/03/1985 Mandarin, English

In his more than four-year work experience, he participated in a variety of types of project. His work included interior design, housing, workspace, complex architecture and town planning. He also worked with different stakeholders in private investors, developers and governments. His overall ability involves concept development, detailing, structure study, passive design, architecture design and site planning.

Taipei, Taiwan


MA in Housing and Urbanism Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) London

August 2013 - July 2014 (1y)

Project Designer O.J Hung Architects Taiwan • Site Planning • Detail design • Site supervision


Yun-Ting Hsieh has established a diverse education background and range of work experience. He is passionate about architecture industry and wishes to gain more experience in terms of different scales and kinds of project in a dynamic working environment.

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MSc in Architecture Feng Chia University ,Taiwan • Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honour


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BSc in Construction Engineering National Kaohsiung First University Of Science And Technology Taiwan

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June 2012 - July 2013 (1y 2m)

Project Designer Y.C Chen Architects Taiwan • Competition • Detail design • Site supervision • Structural Study

June 2010 - August 2011 (1y 3m)

Designer Ruban Spatial Design Associates Taiwan • Design development • Construction drawings • Budgetary control • Material selection

Urbanising The Royal Docks London | Urbanism | Academic work ase








London’s Royal Docks contain some of the most challenging urban complexities of any region in the city. A classic example of post-industrial decline, the region suffers from symptoms of high unemployment rates, low education levels, under-utilised infrastructure and lack of resources within a fragmented urban fabric. As London’s land values continue to rise and the city begins to sprawl, the pressure on developing the peripheral region is increasing.


The proposed development strategies presented serve to envision the future of the Royal Docks, deriving a strategic approach that transforms the opportunities and constraints of the site at multiple scales, challenging the region’s current piecemeal and market-driven interventions.

Development phasing and network of ecologies in three development areas

This project was completed in London East Design workshop in 2015, under the course structure of Housing and Urbanism in the AA school of Architecture. This work aims to relate the potential of the area in spatial terms, to the agenda and urban change for London which covers economic and social aspirations as well as physical interventions on transport infrastructure, work spaces, living spaces, and public realm. The project included group and individual work, the process and outcome demonstrated the capability of communicating within the group and spatial experimenting in multi-scalar approaches to existing urban fabric.

Development Area One: Industrial Quarter

Development Area Two: Transit-oriented Town Center

Development Area Three: Albert Island

The test explores the possibility of spreading the built station building, to merge into a mix of mutually-supporting uses, such as hotels, commercial and retail space. The key move defines regulating lines that link adjacent developments through the site, creating a hierarchical network of streetscape that reflects the concepts of concetration and dispersion. The building typology is aimed at allowing the infiltration and integration of the population through the site by perforating the ground floors and allowing a mix of programmes to attract diverse users.

The town centre becomes a plaza that weaves onto terraced buildings to multiply the open and integrate public and private users in a joint enity. The series of plaza and promenades link infratrure stations, of Crossrail, DLR, and airport, to urban artefacts resulting in the urbanisation of the station district.

Existing Neighbourhood

Retail Community Centre Education Training Office Incubators Leisure

Boat Services

Implementation of hybrid programme into linear typologies

Explorations through diverse strip conditions

The proposal explores ways in which breaking the island’s monotonous, large surface can establish new patterns of connectivity internally as well as to adjacent development. The proposed concept integrates a series of linear buildings through connecting passages on varied levels, allowing the filtration of people to form a unified public realm network. Architectural explorations envision spatial experiences that facilitate synergies between inhabitants visiting and working on the island. Proposed internal network of connectivity within linear typologies, external aquatic, recreational, and motorway connectivity

The vision for Albert Island is to transform the region into a node of attraction by introducing a platform of hybrid programs that activate the un-exploited island, create links and enhance connectivity through infrastructure within the Royal Docks.

By proposing development that integrates landscape and architectural responses within the topographical constraints of the site, a diverse urban hub will be achieved. The potential of Albert Island to become a destination point in the Royal Docks is explored with the ambition of attracting a significant external population, alleviating the current low density issues.

Tinan Public Library

Taiwan | Cultural | Professional Work | Competition (Distinctions) | Project Designer

Since Tainan County and Tainan City merged, the Tainan Municipal Library can no longer satisfy the increased population. There should be a foresighted planning for the future library’s function and its role of the city. The Tainan Public Library project is located in the old site of Yongkang Artillery School. The estimated floor area required of the library is approximately 35,000 m2. It is expected to accommodate 600,000 collections, a public service area, as well as an operation and management area. As the founding capital of Taiwan, Tainan is embraced with rich cultural foundations. Historical sites and luscious trees that spread throughout the city are accompanied by relaxing pace. This unique characteristic is crucial to the city itself and its citizens. Therefore, the design principle is established on this foundation while considering the benefit to the public by providing a place where the citizens can enjoy reading, receive diverse education and take part in the urban leisure activities. The overall design strategy considers the library itself as an activity generator attracting the public and further gentrifies the neighbouring areas. It facilitates social and urban activities not only for the indoor readers but also pedestrians. The main floors are elevated while the ground floor remains open. Therefore, the architectural mass represents as a massive canopy covering diverse and vibrant publicities on the street level. Inside the architecture, the space is arranged in a way of promoting maximised flexibility for future expansion and adaptation. The natural light and ventilation are also crucial concerns.

Ariel view of Tainan Public Library demonstrating an elevated architectural mass as a canopy which provides easy accessibility for the public. The lightness is created by its material transparency.

Landscaping and interior greenery are the main concerns that provide a sense of city lounge and a pleasant reading environment. The escalators as a point of entering lead the public from the ground floor to main library spaces on the upper levels.

The design strategies promote an approach to accommodating urban activities around the building by implementing public programmes on the ground level. The main reading areas are therefore located on the upper level.

Rooftop Garden

Landscape Atrium

Reading Area

Reading Area

Light Wells

Light Wells

Reading Area


Oval Conference Room

Children’s Theatre Carpark

Automatic Stack Room Carpark

The floor plans dedicate to creating a maximised and flexibly used space for reading. A centralised service core, along with administration offices, is set at the rear side of the building.


Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

The main entrance set on the first floor leads the public to and from the street level. The escalators are a transition between two spatial experiences in different levels.

Several light wells and landscape atriums play a spatially significant role as reading activities are generated around them.

The exterior wall of the service core is designed as bookshelves that accommodate the most collections in the library. The main circulation is centrally arranged next to the bookshelves where a linear light well provides natural sunlight to the interior.


* Linked by counterweighting The door to many of these first floor flats have an interesting peculiar detail. The doors slide verticality up so that you can enter the flat. The thin metal framed glass door is counterweighted by the upper window, which drops providing ventilation.

Thin metal window & panel frame of curtain wall Balconies giving each two story flat its own private outdoor space

Coloured metal framed panel



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Lower window allows access to floor plate planter for garden maintenance

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Thin metal window & panel frame of curtain wall


Balconies giving each two story flat its own private outdoor space



The door to many of these first floor flats have an interesting peculiar detail. The doors slide verticality up so that you can enter the flat. The thin metal framed glass door is counterweighted by the upper window, which drops providing ventilation.

Window mounted radiator




Sliding windows allow for access to window garden



Concrete sill with circular holes allowing potted plant placement

Yun-Ting Hsieh works with Architecture With and the architect Wayne Head for the publication of ‘Details’. The journal introduces a range of detail types and considers the ‘detail’ of reality, one which is considerate, accommodating as well as in its substance and materiality. The journals are sold in Amazon, the AA bookshop, RIBA bookshop and other major bookstores in the UK. Yun-Ting Hsieh is responsible for producing detail drawings for the new collection ‘ The City of London’.

Concrete planter that wraps up from the floor plate

This section demonstrated the concrete sill penetrating into the interior of the flat from the outside, as well as the wraparound planter from the floor plate. To allow access to the planter a small window slides open to provide a necessary maintenance opening for the ‘balcony gardener’.

Planter & sill visibly embedded in the brick wall either side

Thin metal framed sliding widow out of room onto balcony


Planter drainage drips onto plants below

Drip line (bottom planter has a double drip line)

This section demonstrated the concrete sill penetrating into the interior of the flat from the outside, as well as the wraparound planter from the floor plate. To allow access to the planter a small window slides open to provide a necessary maintenance opening for the ‘balcony gardener’. ne

Lower window allows access to floor plate planter for garden maintenance

Drip line (bottom planter has a double drip line)

Concrete planter that wraps up from the floor plate

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London | Detail Drawing and Study | Professional Work | Designer

Planter & sill visibly embedded in the brick wall either side

Concrete sill with circular holes allowing potted plant placement

Planter drainage drips onto plants below


Balcony edge

Publication of ‘Details’



Sliding windows allow for access to window garden




Thin metal framed sliding widow out of room onto balcony

Coloured metal framed panel

Balcony edge

* Linked by counterweighting one another

Red coloured panels on extruded façade sections

Post war red concrete brick is used as a cost saving measure on most of the Golden Lane blocks. In an attempt to maintain the monolithic design red mortar was used to try and make the brick components one flat mass. It was however, unsuccessful in achieving the desired effect.


Thin concrete stair & landing shared access to flats

This window/ balcony is a typical detail in many of the blocks of the Golden Lane estate designed by Christof Bon, and perfectly highlights the bizarre nature of his details. The rectangular window, often positioned in a bedroom, can be slide on its frame outside across the balcony edge. By doing this the window essentially closes off the external balcony to create a new ‘Juliet balcony’ from the bedroom.

Details: Volume 2: Barbican & Golden Lane

Lifts and facade of The Leadenhall Building, London

Facade composition of Tower 42, London

Verticality of The Lloyds Building, London

Entrance of The Lloyds Building, London

Residential Tower in Lima Peru | Residential | Personal work

The plot is located on Avenida Pezet, in the heart of the most exclusive, leisurely and residential zone of Lima, with views of the Lima Golf Club. The residential tower strives to become a new prototype for one of the key residential areas in Lima, Peru. This project contributes to San Isidro´s urban profile while emphasising the contemporary nature of a twenty-first century building. The project adapts national parameters and regulations, but also subscribes to sterling quality, technology and design criteria in an effort to set a precedent in local standards, whilst helping to revitalise the inner market and setting a precedent in residential buildings. The test focuses on providing diversified living units in order to fulfil the design requirements. The typologies include a single floor apartment and maisonette. The shared spaces are intentionally embedded not only in the units for family use but also on the ground floor, middle level and top floor. The idea is to create flexible living conditions accommodating diverse households. The commercial and office spaces are implemented on the ground and the first floor with permeability separated from the inhabitants’ entrance.

The rooftop offers a communal space where a panorama view and leisure activities can be shared with the residents.

Public Space

Typical plan D

Typical plan C Providing diverse living units to accommodate various family structures.

Public Space

Typical plan A


Commercial/ Office space

Integrating with the city by the openness and publicity creating on the ground floor.

Associative Terraced Housing as a Solution to Contemporary Living London | Residential | Academic work

‘Associative Terraced Housing as a Solution to Contemporary Living’ is the MA Dissertation in the programme, Housing and Urbanism, in Architectural Association School of Architecture. This study ultimately argues that the terraced system is an effective and responsive solution to current and future needs for accommodating the rapid social shift in London and, furthermore, conceivably shaping a new urban appearance allowing contrary conditions to coexist. The distinguished value of the terraced system provides tremendous variations within the interior that can accommodate diverse households, from families to the groups of young professionals. On a larger scale, it enhances integration with street life while maintaining inward richness and association amongst neighbours. It can become a vibrant urban form responding to the social shift. The proposal topologically demonstrates the feasibilities of deploying the terraced system within the city to accommodate demographic change and contribute to the city via its distinctive characteristics. Sections- Variations based on site contexts

The possibilities of accommodating diverse households and spatial arrangements as a whole

Outward Engagement

Interior Richness

Sharism as core

Tainan Asia-Pacific International Baseball Stadium Taiwan | Sport/ Site Planning | Professional Work- Competition (1st Price) | Project Designer

The site of the project is divided into four stadiums for standard games, including other practice facilities, to create an integrated training environment. The project is led by Ricky Liu & Associates Architects + Planners and teamed up with Takenaka Corp. The site of 30.27 hectares shall form a strategic alliance with the adjacent National Museums of Taiwan History on the connecting circulation among buildings to perfectly realize the total 50-hectare development. The object of Tainan Asia- Pacific International Baseball Stadiums and Training Centres is to provide an excellent training environment and stadiums for international baseball games for the professional, national as well as amateur baseball teams from the Asia-Pacific region. The site is further designed with the adjacent lands of commercial and residential areas, and will introduce more charming innovation and effectively build a new highlight of tourist attractions in the south of Taiwan.

The roof structure of the stadium covers is composed by Tensioned Membrane Structure in hoop direction and Dispersed Cantilever Truss in radial directions. The Tensioned Membrane Structure is a special structure which can cover a large space and support external loads by the tensile stresses provided strengthen elements. It is adequate for the purpose creating large span space and curved shape. The ultimate goal of stadium design is to build an international baseball village in the praised ‘Cradle of Baseball Elites’- the City of Tainan. The design will not only co-exist and prosper with the long history of local culture but also become the most iconic theme park and dreamland for the baseball enthusiasts and the general public alike in Taiwan.

Section- Demonstrating the cantilever truss and the vertical circulation.

The theme park represents a leisure attraction for the local where several recreational spaces and activities can be generated around the stadium.

The appearance of the stadium forms a shell-like structure and the lightness of the roof is achieved by its tension membrane structure.

The 25,000-seat baseball stadium is the biggest in Taiwan. Its orientation facing the theme park provides the audience a pleasant view while enjoying games.

Chung-Tao No.36 Logistic Warehouse

Resort L

Taiwan | Industrial | Professional Work- Built | Project Designer

Mianyang, China | Residential | Personal Work

The project was part of the Kaohsiung Harbour Warehouses competition in 2012, the aim was to propose new warehouse typologies in order to replace old warehouses built in the 1950s and are not capable of facilitating new types of logistics industry in Kaohsiung. The design considerations included structural study, applying external wall structure as an approach to passive design and responds to the irregular site.

Resort L is located in a site where has a strong advantage of phenomenal scenery. The design concept is to create an indoor openness connected outside through material transparency. The architectural mass is a composite of two boxes stacking an L shape representing different domestic programmes. Two outdoor terraces, where can extend interior activities outwards, respectively provide private and public uses for the occupants.

Curtain walls

First floor planstorage, office

Truss system

The openness and closeness in different levels have a strong opposite as various domestic settings are planned.

Office space

Architectural mass development

Office entrance

Ground floor planstorage, office entrance, freight elevators

Detail of external wall structure

Exploded Axonometric

Interior detail drawing

Corridor Flat

Taiwan | Residential | Personal Work

Two corridors are the main features of design. The interior layout is adapted from the previous three-bedroom plan. It purposely decreases private area but provides the occupants more family-used spaces including a multifunctional room and the two corridors presenting different programmes. The public area remains an L shape where most domestic activities can be connected.

Zhongshan Terraced House Taiwan | Commercial | Personal Work

The task is to reprogram the comparably narrower terraced house with a width of 3.2 m from residential to commercial setting- a cafe taking three levels while a single-floor living unit is located on the top floor. The design discusses the possibility of using an external structure wall as an approach to creating double orientation and promotes spatial continuum on each floor for a flexible use.

Floor plan The secondary corridor by the master bedroom is inspired by traditional Japanese house which has a gallery set between indoor and outdoor territories and the spatial function is undefined. It displays an uncertain and flexible use based on the inhabitants’ desire.

The secondary corridor facilitates additional uses besides circulating

The interior features a tone in monochrome and a selection of natural materials such as marble and wood

Exploded Axonometric

The interior is not physically subdivided but defined by spatial uses

Simplicity as the main design principle

Yun-Ting Hsieh's 2011-2016 portfolio