H U N G V. ( R YA N ) N G U Y E N architecture portfolio selected works | 2015-2020
Contents Architecture 4611L
01. Buy, Staying, L.A.
Instructor: Sarah Lorenzen
mixed-use food market and low income housings
Cal Poly Pomona | Spring 2020
Instructor: Sarah Lorenzen Cal Poly Pomona | Fall 2018
single residential with ADU at Venice Beach 1st prize in AIALA 2x8 2019 Competition: Exchange
Instructor: Mitchell DeJarnett Cal Poly Pomona | Spring 2016
TedX Headquarter and Plaza in Culver city, L.A. 2nd prize for 2017 Navigant Sustainability Competition
Instructor: Barry Milofsky
West Hollywood 14-units affordable housings
Cal Poly Pomona | Spring 2017
04. Sleep Walking
Instructor: Emma T. Price
a series of anxiety-provoking spaces for bedtime routine
Cal Poly Pomona | Fall 2019
05. Promenade of Enlightenment
Instructor: Tiago Costa
Taipei Urban Buddhist Monastery on Xiangshan Mountain
NTUST Taiwan | Spring 2019
model making and hand-drawings
01. Buy, Staying, L.A. The project explores the relationship between objects (or building components) and their placement within a field (or grain). These relationships are defined as being either “wellfitted” or “free-floating.” Each strategy produces very different qualities and environments. The objects in this project are governed by three fields (or grains) taken from a variety of sources (or contexts): 1. The urban grain--based on the 90-degree L.A. city grid--influences the building components that gesture towards the city. 2. The programmatic grain--a rotated 45-degree grid-designed to create free public movement through the market and the housings’ buffer spaces. 3. The experiential grain--based on the radial geometry of the central atrium--it pertains to tenants’ movement within the project. The project also explores the spatial quality generated by the intersections of these grains, which are most evident in the vaulted ceiling-scape in the project. Programmatically the project merges two very different environments into one urban buildings: the calmness of housings and activeness of the food market. The targeted users are single moms and widows who make up more than a quarter of Los Angeles’ low-income population. The priority for this demography is a safe environment for their children. Thus, the housing portion is designed as a series of well-fitted objects that intertwine living spaces with private courtyards. Social spaces surround the central courtyard so that children can play and still be watched by the adults. On the ground floor, the bustling environment of the food market is organized as a free plan with structural columns, circulation cores, mobile food vendors and customers acting as free-floating objects. The market is an extension of the sidewalk, welcoming the newly legalized food vendors to form a loose network with each other along the programmatic grain.
programs tabulation The friction between the two programs lies in the opposite environments between them: one is busy and flexible, one is peaceful and stable. The massing strategy is to stack them vertically into one volumetric building. The atrium continues the void lifted from the mass. It helps cross ventilation and invites sunlight deep into the market below. The vertical separation creates a soft threshold so that the two programs are conceptually and environmentally separated yet visually and spatially connected.
concept model I modeled the floor plans into physical forms. Rather then modeling the walls, I modeled the objects as the spacesâ€™ geometries, leaving the voids in the middle of the objects as walls. The Urban grain is rendered in dark gray, the Programmatic grain is white and the Experience grain is rendered in light gray. The objects are generated by these 3 grains and the exploration of the formal as well as spatial adjacencies between them. The grain vaults of the market ceiling represents the rhythms and hiearchy. The highly compacted housingsâ€™ floors represent the desired balance between interior and exterior for this typology.
The building is constructed with four circulation cores at 4 corners of the mass. The concrete plinth supports the housings on top, while the vaulted ceiling of the market creates a continuous surface over shading the market below. The vaults are made from polycarbonate panels, which completes the floating mass during the day and lights up the activities at night. The light-vaulted ceilings of the housings echo the geometry of the market. They are rather uniform, yet the dynamic floor plans create very different spatial quality within every single room.
enlarged wall section
The free-floating objects of the market also includes the sitting pit and builtin planters, which arranged along the Programmatic grain. The residue spaces are for the nomadic food vendors and customer to occupy daily. The Mezzanine level offers an above perspective to the bustling market and L.A. city. The field maximizes the visual exposure for the vendors towards the customers. The field merges the immediate functionality of the market and the chronological flexibility of the dinners.
market ceiling components
The housings portion is supported by the 4 circulation cores. Each only support from 1 to 3 units each floor. Tenants need to go up their designated core, into their units, then through their private courtyards to the common courtyards. The multiple layers of privacy or in reverse, sharing, offers a safe unrolled playground around the atrium for the children. All the living spaces face the interior courtyards and all the bedrooms face outwards. The bedrooms have rotation orientation with the façade, giving back privacy as well as creating buffer planters to block noise and pollutants. The courtyards contain different functions based on sunlight and noise. The floor above’s atrium clips the program geometrically. The higher the floor, the greener and more porous it is. Every mini-neighborhood is mixed with 3 types of units: Studios - around 400 sq.ft. - for the widows. One-beds – around 800 sq.ft. - for lowincome moms and their child. And Townhouses - around 1200 sq.ft. - for low-income moms and their children.
unit axon - studio
unit axon - 2-bed
unit axon - townhouse
sharing the unit with loved-ones
housings levelsâ€™ vignettes
sharing the environment with with some neighbors
sharing the neighborhood with some friends
sharing the rooftop with with the nature
section perspective A-A
section perspective B-B
01. housEMOJI The project is about the house as spaces underneath a gable roof. As an iconic element of residential houses, the gable roof has been explored throughout architectural history as a space holder and boundary. In the effort to compose a typology for 2020 Los Angeles residential houses, the continuous lineage of the gable roof shall be further explored. Being located on an elongated site on Venice Beach, the house’s gable shape familiarizes it to the neighborhood. The house is, then, programmatically divided into five latitudinal sections. Within each, a variety of spaces are carved out, connected or interlocked to emphasize the gable shapes and curate the experience underneath them. The continuous internal gables echo the overall simplified shape of the house in order to institute the house’ totality, integrity and to enhance movement. In addition, the openings, as cut-outs of the roofs’ geometries, occur high above as skylights or clerestories. By filtering natural light in and extending views beyond to the sky, they “sacredly” shine and complete the shapes of the private interior spaces, or as Adolf Loos called “theater boxes,” where daily intimate activities take place. The architecture of the house exists in the push and pull relationship between the exterior imagery of the “house” and the experience of various abrupt interior spaces. This contradictory conveys the modern way of living, where the exterior is about perceiving through imagery and the interior is about space and life. The project won Honor Prize for the AIALA 2x8 2019 Competition: Exchange; and was selected to be exhibited for the Spring 2019 Interim.
ADU #1 living
exploded section oblique
02. aggregaTEDx The project was approached by using a architecturally tectonic and naturally honest design--modular aggregation--to illustrates the preciousness of spreading ideas around the world, and enhancing the relationship between human and nature. A single module, representing a person’s idea, was invented. The module was, then, aggregated into a forest of ideas coming from the city. The skeleton structure whose density is carefully manipulated casts the shadow based on the program of the plaza’s areas underneath . It runs along the Culver City metro track, conveying a sense of movement and dialogging with the by-passers. Finally, it twists and wraps up the TEDx Headquarter tower to filter light coming inside the building. The end of the structure lifts up and slightly “touches” the top of a neighbor tower, blending itself into the urban fabric, as well as welcoming the people from the East side. Using an imaginary surface creating by the module, the ground surface of the plaza is peeled off, de-laminating and creating spaces for indoor programs on the plaza. This earthwork on the plaza interacts with the roofwork above, orchestrating an interesting and ever-chaning experience for the citizens. Similarly, the floors in the tower are also “peeled off” to create a series of atriums for natural lighting and passive ventilation. The project won 2nd price Navigant for Sustainable Design 2017; and was selected to be exhibited for the Fall 2017 Interim.
roof plan dec-21-2017 at noon
(Museum of Art Culver City)
front (north) elevation
03. WE-HOusings The project, as a 14-untis housings building in West Hollywood, explores the spatial conditions made by interlocking geometrical shapes and their meanings to daily activities of the community. The area is an active and lively neighborhood, with a growing issue of density. The daily social interactions is undoubtedly a necessity in this area. Reversely, privacy is the necessity of housings typology. As an attempt to solve those opposite yet interconnected issues, the operation of interlocking geometries to create complex residue spaces was introduced. The shapes are coded with the units they hold. Within the same language of simple geometries, the volumes are differentiated to celebrate the individuality of the uniform community. The interlocking spaces between these shapes, then become circulations and openings, where social encounters are created and enhanced. The scheme is stepping courtyards with two main courtyards and several smaller ones: public, semipublic and programmable; to allow natural lighting and ventilation. These exterior green spaces act as buffer zones to enter the units surrounding them. Every unit also has their own courtyards. A 20â€™x20â€™ grid was implemented for overall spatial continuity of the plans and elevations. All the shapes and spaces are derived from this grid. Pink-painted, elongated walls and planters are placed to become the guidance for circulation and expression for the continuous spatial conditions from the sidewalks into each unitâ€™s courtyard. The project was selected to be exhibited in the Fall quarter Interim, 2018.
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wall section collage
section perspective A-A
section perspective B-B
structural members stack of a corner axon series
stack of a corner axon series
structural members and HVAC system
04. Sleep Walking The course focuses on ritual architecture and how pictures of models can convey a realistic message about the space and the experience of being within the space. The project started with a research on how architecture could heighten the emotions of mundane activities, into almost ritualistic experience. A series of case studies of well-known temples, libraries, and movie stills were done to explore the architecture, materialization and composition of a picture. The project, then, takes on the emotion of anxiety and the program of the intimate domestic bedtime routine. There are four spaces and they are assigned with different common anxiety conditions: Changing - Social Phobia, Brushing - O.C.D, Reading - Agoraphobia and Claustrophobia, and Thinking P.T.S.D. The spaces are carved out from an imaginary solid “box,” and arranged into an endless loop. The project apears to be siteless with no “entrances” and “exits,” which enhances the abstract and eerie characters of the routine. There are two people that experience the project: an actual user of the spaces, who stays within the them and is always looking out; and a visitor, who circles around and is always looking in. The promenade for the visitor is carefully articulated so that the views are framed into the 3-point perspective, which is most associated with anxiety in cinematography. The spaces went through a series of study models, in order to not only figure out the most effective architecture, but also the most expressive photos’ composition.
Changing - Social Phobia The intimate, private and insecure feelings of oneâ€™s changing clothes moment is intimidated and threatened by the framed window.
Brushing - OCD The vaulted roof and gridded floor centralize the visitor, whose O.C.D. is triggered by the misalligned furniture. The visitor, then, has to walk away.
Reading - Agoraphobia & Claustrophobia The user sees the roof and the window extending limitlessly and experience Agoraphobia (the fear a vast space). The visitor sees the roof and walls enclosing at the end of the space and experience claustrophobia.
Thinking - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.)
At the â€œendâ€? of the series, the hints of the previous spaces, such as shadows of a lit gridded floor or the color of light pink, conveys the disturbing idea that the loops continues.
05. Promenade of Enlightenment The project is an effort to reflect the necessity of Taipei citizensâ€™ religious practice and urban density. This urban Buddhist Monastery is located on the foot of Xiangshan Mountain, facing downtown Taipei city. The building has two entrances: one from ground level as, which connects to a park and the newly developed housings towers; and one from the roof level, which connects to the infamous Xiangshan hiking trail. The building acts as a connection between the mountain and the city, suburban and urban, tourism and religious culture; and human and nature. The concept is to orchestrate a serene and poetic promenade throughout the building so that the users can enjoy the interchanging views between the nature and the city, as well as to reflect and calm themselves. The first architectural concept is the false symmetry. Traditionally, the symmetry of temples is merely a symbol because the people do not experience them as a symmetrical building: as a religious belief, for good luck, people enter the temples from the right and exit to the left. The project takes advantage of this notion to compose a more exciting experience for the visitors. An East-West axis cuts through the site, the spaces are, then, organized in reverse on two sides of this axis: the North side consists more private spaces, such as bedrooms for the monks. Meanwhile, public spaces faces the South side, for instance a vertical public farming garden. The destination of the project is the grand worship space in the middle, overlooking the city of Taipei. The project was selected to be exhibited in the End of the Year Exhibition of NTUST, Taipei, Taiwan, Summer 2019.
There are four courtyards governing the building: water, fire, earth, and air. They are arranged around the floor area and is visible from cut-outs on each floor plate. As a result, the residue spaces around them house the programs. -The water courtyards is located at the entrance. It guides the people from outside into the building seamlessly, giving them the opportunity to reflect the city, and highlight the monumental of the monastery cantilevered grand worship volume. -The fire courtyard houses the paper-burner whose smoke easily escapes the building without being trapped by the mountainâ€™s geometry. -The earth courtyard contains the stupas, symbolizing the relationship between ephemeral human spirit with the solidity of earth and rocks. It also leads into a room carved out from the mountain, which houses passed-away-people ashes. -The air courtyard is the grandest one and is located in the middle of the building. It houses the air that is compressed between the artifice and nature. The mountain slices into the air courtyard and have a dialogue with the visitors. Surrounding the courtyard is a system of vertical fins, which not only shade but also creates sockets on each level for the people to have a detached moment for themselves.
columns and surfaces Architecturally, the Monastery explores one of the primary elements of Buddhist temples: the column. Not only being used as structural components, they also guide the promenade on the free floor plans, as well as interact with the folder surfaces to create a variety of spaces. The columnsâ€™ decoration in traditional structures represents the wealth of the temples. Here, that notion is represented by de-laminating the columns, showing the multiple layers of them: copper, wood and concrete. These de-laminations are located strategically at different eye-levels to guide the action of a person relating to each column.
promenade render series
promenade render series
miscellaneous physical model Model of precedence study: Kalmar Museum, Sweden - Tham and Videgard architects. Group project with Dooseup Kim and Wesley Mason. The model was bought and transported to the Kalmar Museum in Sweden.
miscellaneous hand drawings Hand drawings from art class I took in highschool in Vietnam, 2012-2013; And from the course Arc4160: â€œDrawings as theory,â€? Cal Poly Pomona, Fall 2018, Instructor: Alexander Ortenberg
[Education] August 2013 - May 2015..................................................Orange Coast College | California, U.S.A. associates certificate in architecture August 2015 - May 2020...................................................Cal Poly Pomona | California, U.S.A. Bachelor of Architecture Spring 2019...................................................NTUST | Taipei, Taiwan Exchange study program
[Work Experience] June - August 2016...................................................Design Concepts | Chino, C.A., U.S.A. 3 months full-time summer internship drafting, after effects and construction documents residential and commercial buildings
June - August 2017...................................................Hop Luc Constructions | Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam 3 months full-time summer internship designing, 3D modeling, drafting, after effects and construction documents luxury residential and large-scale commercial buildings
Hung V. (Ryan) Nguyen firstname.lastname@example.org +1 951 396 0854 2941 Bradford Place, Apartment #B, Santa Ana, CA 92707
June - August 2018...................................................HsuMcCullough architects | Los Angeles, C.A., U.S.A. 3 months full-time summer internship designing, 3D modeling, drafting, after effects and construction documents luxury residential buildings
[Recognitions] Spring 2020...................................................Deanâ€™s Award - For Outstanding Architecture Student class of 2020
Spring 2019...................................................Honor Award - AIALA 2x8 2019 competition: Exchange project: housEMOJI
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Physical model making
Basic Revit, Sketchup and Grasshopper
June 2017...................................................2nd place - Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition project: aggregaTEDx 2019...................................................Recipient - Fourth Year Outstanding Designer Fall 2015 - Fall 2019...................................................Recipient - Deanâ€™s Lists Fall 2015 - Fall 2019...................................................Selected - End of quarter Interim Exhibitions project: housEMOJI, aggregaTEDx, REhabitation, Promenade of Enlightement
2018 - 2020...................................................Member - Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society
Selected works from 5 years of sweat, tears and friendship in Cal Poly Pomona Architecture program.