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JUSTIN Chen-han Tu University of Illinois at Chicago 2241 S Archer ave. Apt 4 Chicago IL, 60616, USA 206-861-9878 5F.,No.37, Ln.61, Sec.4, Chenggong Rd. Neihu Dist., Taipei City 114, Taiwan 886-2-2794-0161


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MORIRI Eco-resort ZOLLVEREIN School of Design CURVED Literary KELLOGG School of Management LBJ Headquarter DAAP Courtyard LINE Block 50% Block TORQUE Bench 3

MORIRI Eco-resort


Term: Winter '11 Course: Studio 301 Duration: 12 weeks Professor: Brian Davies Site: Lake Moriri, Leh, India Project Description The course is briefly asked to design a sustainable eco-resort around Leh, which is the second largest district in the country. The design problems involve hospitality design in restaurants and hotels, as well as other public interiors such as resorts, convention centers, and other facilities for entertainment. Eco-resort is ... An eco-resort is a picture that uses nature friendly resources for everything from construction to cleaning products. These resorts also refuse many of their items and try to minimize their ecological impact as much as possible. Eco resorts have a focus on learning new ways to live on the Earth, normal the environment and appreciating the natural surroundings

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The lake is fed by springs and snow-melt from mountains on the Changthang plateau. Water enters the lake in two major stream systems; one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest.


Building Program Suite 1 entrance dock 2 gathering space 3 bedroom 4 restroom 5 kitchen 6 balcany


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Main building 1 entrance dock 2 reception 3 staff office 4 central interaction 5 kitchen 6 storage / machinery 7 bar 8 outdoor veranda 9 restroom 10 transition dock










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Exterior Design The design concept of exterior is from the surrounding mountain line that makes the building blend with nature. It creates proper shading for interior and also functions as handrail for the building users.


Building Elements The design uses carbon fiber as the main material for floor plates. The properties of carbon fiber include high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion. It is easy to recycle and reinstall when the buildings need to change location.

The floor plates of main building can be separated into 6 carbon fiber pieces and transported to the site by boat. The plates are steadied to the bottom of the lake.


As an eco-resort is a picture that uses nature friendly resources for construction material, the entire walls, glazing, and doors are created by the super light weight panels which can be simply removed when the resort changes location or is temporarily closed down. The panel material mainly uses external water-resistant paper protective covering. The transparency characteristic of the material not only allows nutural light into the interior, but also provides great views for the user.

Passive System wind energy In Leh the maximum sustained wind speed has reached 74 km/h in 2012, that’s the equivalent of around 46 mph, or 40 knots. The average monthly wind speed was 71 km/h. Several wind turbines are designed to be placed between the roof top and ceiling, and they can generate power for main building and private suites.

tidal power The Moriri Lake is fed by springs and snowmelt from mountains on the Changthang plateau. Water enters the lake in two major stream systems; one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest. Along with melting, the lake gains lots of strong and powerful tidal waves which can be a significant energy source.


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ZOLLVEREIN School of Design Term: Summer '11 Course: Studio 269 Duration: 12 weeks Professor: Krista Waitz Site: Essen, Germany


Project Description The course is focused on creative problems of medium scale space planning and design, stressing programming as well as space planning techniques. Also asked to select any existing site and design an office place for a specific client who is required to be chosen by student. Story Zollverein - the name in German means “customs union�. The customs union was founded in 1834. The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex was named after this customs union. The mine functioned until 1986, and then it was shut down. In 2001, the whole area and the whole complex were declared a World Heritage site. From that time, the Zollverein School has become one of the rare examples of 20th century architecture on the World Heritage List.

The building is designed by one of the Japanese architecture firms, SANAA, in 2003. The windows on exterior facades are placed not purely at an aesthetic point but come from a daylight simulation


New Program The Zollverein School of Management and Design is a school that describes itself as a business school for the new creative economy. By focusing on “new creative economy”, the school is linked to changing the perception of innovation. Andrej Kupetz, the president of the school, believes that innovation is still a topic or in Germany. According to Andrej’s point of view, innovation is very strongly linked to engineering industries, but it is not so strongly linked with the idea of bringing a product to the market. This is an area where something is really missing. Zollverein is going to offers MBA program, and some basic program for creative business in 2012. Programes like these can adress the lack of inovation. The School originally had one office floor with approximately 50 faculty members (included administrative assistants to executives). This project focuses on using the existing architecture to create a new interior space that can adapt the change of school.


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Department of Business Design Faculty Office Reception Reception Storage

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Library Research & Study Area Computer Workstation Student Breakout

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Community Interaction


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Department of Marketing Department Chair / PhD Faculty Offices

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File / Document Mail Box Display Area Breakout Area Pantry Storage

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level 2 This project is focusing on the 2nd floor (1,255 m2) and 3rd floor (1,120 m2) of the orginal architecture. The design concept is to create a place that has volume, where the users can express their creativity and to provide an office for creative people.

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The floor is designed for the department of Business Design and students. On the east side is the resource library and reading area. When arriving to this floor by elevator, the display area in front catches the attention first. Turning around the center community space suddenly appears in eye. It is a place that has a great opening between 2nd and 3rd floor. The space itself has the significance that creates interaction not only for the users on this level, but also holds a vertical transition between upper and lower floors.


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display area community reception central stair storage office of business design student break-out computer workstation library study area elevator (existed) staircase + restroom (existed)






level 3 In this third floor, the space is mainly design for the two business departments, Business Administration and Marketing. These groups are separated diagonal evenly in to two parts, north-west and south-east. The circulation paths for the users are even as well, therefore the break out area and conference rooms can be shared and form interactions.




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The lower ceiling height and the surrounding glass walls define the space volume for individual departments. Although the groups are separated from two sides, by viewing across the center opening they can see each other, and also the activity at lower level by viewing downwards. That is the interaction design concept of this project.

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office of business administration office of marketing department chair / phd large conference room medium conference lounge mailbox / document pantry central stair storage elevator (existed) staircase + restroom (existed)


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solar study Though the scattered windows look like they were randomly thrown on to the facades, they were actually very carefully placed in order to achieve optimum lighting. Taking this feature into account, the spaces' functions (library, computer workstation, conference room, etc.) are placed to efficiently use the natural sunlight and reduce the amount of artificial light for energy saving.

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section This building provides the ability to create three-dimensional space, As soon as entering the center community area and look up, the opening makes the 9 meter high ceiling appear to the eye and part of the upper floor office zone is visible as well. While walking up the stairs the user can see more upper level until reach the top and can feel the volume of space at the same time. The space itself takes on a nice circulation and buzz, not too loud and not too distracting – kind of an "internal urban space".

Roof Garden Level 25950.00 Level 3 Ceiling line 25050.00

Level 3 21900.00 Level 2 Ceiling line 21000.00

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Roof Garden Level 25950.00 Level 3 Ceiling line 25050.00

Level 3 21900.00 Level 2 Ceiling line 21000.00

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CURVED Literary Term: Autumn '10 Course: Studio 201 Duration: 12 weeks Professor: Jim Postell Site: Cincinnati, Ohio Course Description This comprehensive, multidisciplinar y studio introduces students of architecture and interior design to the methods and techniques of problem solving in building production at multiple scales of design intervention, emphasizing site considerations, building systems, structures, and interior environments. For one quarter, this studio serves as the hub for all academic work in the School's two undergraduate programs, including Skills, Construction, Environmental Technology, Architecture History and Co-op Internship. a literary center is ... A place for advanced studies of reading, writing, and performances. It is to house topical exhibits as well as specific collections of books. These collections will serve the purpose of immersing and inspiring those who experience The Center. 21

Site Background The building’s site is located in the Clifton district, a vibrant community center for gathering, eating, and shopping. Compared to much of the rest of Cincinnati, where the landscape is composed of pre-20th century architecture, mixed in with later postwar buildings, the Gaslight district has a strong historic character. Centered around Ludlow Avenue, the district has remained a nexus of Cincinnati culture even while surrounding areas passed through cycles of development.

context Clifton was one of Cincinnati’s first suburbs, and was primarily an upscale residential area. The business district on Ludlow formed when the southern portion of Clifton became more densely populated, and prior to its annexation by Cincinnati, it was strongly divided between north and south along class lines. In its current form, it has become quite diverse thanks to its charm. It was founded in 1850. The site’s immediate context is buildings on either side of it. On the West side, Skyline Chili is on the corner, and then Servati’s Bakery next door to the site. On the East side there is Dewey’s Pizza and Brutopia Coffee. Across the street is a fountain on the corner and then Burnett Woods.


Space Requirements user The center will be open to all University of Cincinnati affiliates as well as passers by during special events. The main demographic of the users will be the following. - University of Cincinnati Students - Guest Writers - Avid readers and writers unaffiliated with the University of Cincinnati (the Clifton public) - Board of Directors A guest writer’s stay would be between four to six months, presumably echanging with the seasons. Someone’s length of stay would have to do with the breadth of their work, preference, and schedule for the next arriving guest(s).

program In order to allow for organization of our space, this graph provides a delineation of public and private space and their adjacencies to each other. The interaction of the spaces and size relations are crucial. Therefore, the entry directly precedes the reception area which also attaches to the administrative spaces. Other spaces are continually apt to change with each unique length of stay. In any case, there will always be the given spaces for each function. In addition to interior spaces, an outdoor space will be included to provide a plaza as well as keep or improve the existing walkway from Jefferson to Hosea Avenue.

Entry / Airlock Reception / Vestibule area Public restrooms Adiministrative space Kitchenette for catered events Storage Meeting space Author’s workspace Display area for feature books Exterior spaces


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KELLOGG School of Management Term: Spring '11 Co-op: AS+GG Architecture Director: John Burcher Type: New building competition Site: Evanston, Illinois

a new home for Kellogg The new home for the Kellogg School of Management will reinforce and advance the school’s position as a global leader, a true international center and a place that inspires and cultivates the business leaders of tomorrow. Kellogg is known worldwide as a leader within business and academic communities, and a pioneer of collaborative learning. The school’s new global hub will reflect its leadership within these fields in every way: from stunning architecture to innovative integrations of technology to spaces that allow for new kinds of interaction.

The building’s form responds to a number of factors in the surrounding context. By creating points of permeability and connecting to the existing immediate context, the historic campus, the city, the lake, and to the future campus, the building defines a new public realm and a series of rooms within the framework plan. It also maintains east-west campus corridors. Pedestrian connections continue throughout the building through internal circulation patterns.

The building also responds to environmental/ natural amenities, creating a building that is a true extension of its site and landscape, and a true new public gathering space for both Northwestern and the greater Evanston/ Chicago communities.


Program The programming approach embraces the idea of overlap, flexibility and modular systems as central planning strategies. This overlap allows for spaces to have multiple functions, encouraging the blurring of boundaries between program spaces to create a fluid, efficient and flexible environment. As a result, no space in the building is truly single-use. Circulation space becomes instead a “connective tissue” that connects program areas and functions as a gathering space for convening “conversations that matter.”


The ground floor is accessible and open to the five points of transparency, without compromise to security. At the ground level, the collaborative public square allows all visitors and students to be easily oriented to all program elements and spaces throughout the building. Student amenities and support spaces are organized throughout the building to promote interaction with faculty.












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The design introduces the idea of a donor’s room, adjacent to the fifth floor terrace. This space can be utilized by the school or the university, for formal events. This and the atrium space can also be programmed for community use as a potential source for revenue generation. The top floor, Level Five, is filled with light and offers stunning views through the central atrium and out to the lake. A Donors Club, flanked by two prefunction spaces, connects to a lush exterior garden terrace with spectacular views of campus and downtown Chicago. Additional rest rooms, pantry and a service elevator support this space. Its position and views will make it a popular destination for all types of functions. Faculty offices, with all the same qualities as seen on floors two, three and four fill the remainder of the floor.







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collaborative spaces Spaces are arranged to promote a team environment and are flexible to allow for multiple different settings. Flexible spaces create possibilities for enlarged collaborative spaces: dual function doors can be slid open to create larger open areas. Furniture is modular for ease of movement and reconfiguration. Monitors and AV equipment are available throughout, digital writing boards encourage spontaneous discussion and thought in a variety of ways.


flexible admin offices The flexible administrative offices can house between two and four administrative staff, allowing for meetings to happen within the space as needed. These offices have the ability to be flexible and extend out into the collaborative space.

faculty offices Faculty offices are designed to be generous, comfortable environments. They feature stunning views of the lake and surrounding campus and lots of natural light. Furniture is flexible and can be arranged to hold small meetings if desired. Generous amounts of storage and lots of work surfaces are also provided. Finally, a glass detail at the window wall allows for expanded views.

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LBJ Headquarter Term: Autumn '12 Co-op: Gensler Director: Sascha Oroz Type: Confidential Site: Illinois The LBJ Headquarter is a confidential project located in Illinois. This building was for projected 3200 employees at an area of 1 million sq. ft. The building proportioned with sensitivity to its urban setting, relationship with the river, and reflecting the company values. The unique approach to design at Gensler is to develop architecture in parallel to workplace and interiors. This approach enables a well rounded understanding of the design process, from programming to interiors and building design, to urban planning.


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1,616 Workplaces 536 Cars (4 Levels)

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TOTAL AREA 1,000,000 GSF TOTAL WORKPLACES 3,200 Workplaces TOTAL PARKING 3,209 Cars

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437,000 SF (6 floors) 128,360 SF (2 floors) 594,000 SF (3 levels stepped) - 1,696 Cars

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358,000 SF (6 floors) 64,800 SF (2 floors) 288,000 SF (3 levels stepped) - 822 Cars

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zoning There are no building area or setback requirements or restrictions as part of this classifi cation. The only building envelope regulation is a height restriction, which limits the height of new buildings to 150% of the adjacent street width, plus 3’ of building height for every 1’ of setback. This regulation will likely not be burdensome to a successful headquarters design. With the assumptions illustrated above, each block in the study area could build more than 2,000,000 GSF as of right - far less than is anticipated for any of them.

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DAAP Courtyard Term: Spring '09 Course: Studio 106 Duration: 12 weeks Professor: Henry Hildebrandt Site: Cincinnati, Ohio Scenario A donor, having seen the studio works on the interior screens from the previous quarter and the proposals for the new interior screens, has asked for a proposal for a redesign of the DAAP courtyard. The donor has offered to fund and build the project. Description The plan is to design the courtyard located on 6000 level in College of DAAP at University of Cincinnati; the space itself is formed by 3 building: Aronoff Center, DAA Addition and Alms. Nowadays the courtyard is mostly used by students who work and study in the building surround. The main focus of the project is to create a space that not only functions as a breaking area but also connects the space from DAAP to the outside world.

In emphasizing eastern design, the aim is to produce harmony of the pavilion and bamboos at the courtyard. Students can hang out or discuss within the pavilion surrounded by bamboos and also enjoy gorgeous scenery at the same time. In addition, the pavilion also corresponds with the church across the street. The setting contains a hint of union between eastern and western cultures; a blend that is both aesthetically pleasing and expecting.


LINE Block Term: Autumn '09 Course: Studio 101 Duration: 3 weeks Professor: David Saile Description This project is simply asked to construct a 16" x 16" x 16" cube of 3/8" square stock bass wood with additional 8 parallel 'lines'. The construction of the 'main' frame should be made with clarity and accuracy, all connections to be butt joined with wood glue. The additional lines are to be place parallel to the main frame and the systems of lines should both engage in simplicity and complexity from all views. The blocks are to be left natural. Despite Straight Lines 'Men' of insight are brief. Whatever they create is of sparse complexity. On the surface it may seem obvious, so that the one who does not care to listen or to look will be satisfied and on his way. But the one whose eye is sharp will pierce surface vision. He will systematically explore the labyrinth which discipline built to channel human perception. -Josef Albers

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50% Block Term: Winter '09 Course: Studio 102 Duration: 4 weeks Professor: Sean Cottengim

Project Description This project was completed by working individually to design and construct a 16 inch cube (4096 cubic inches) comprised of 2048 cubic inches of solid material. This material must fit within and define the 16" cubic frame. The design is to include 1024 cubic inches of poplar wood, with the remaining 1024 cubic inches to be from one additional type of hardwood. All "exposed" surfaces of the final construction are required to be finished in butchers wax. golden-ratio It is a scale of proportions which makes the bad difficult and the good easy. On the Golden ratio. Letter sent to Le Corbusier (1946). -Albert Einstein



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TORQUE Bench Term: Spring '09 Course: Studio 103 Duration: 12 weeks Professor: Henry Hildebrandt

Project Description In d iv id u a ls wo rk to d es i g n a s yste ystem m of sequential ‘making’ both in spatial occupation and construction. After the initial proposal, individuals must choose one proposal for development as a full studio project proposal. The studio then work as a team to work on design, site sequencing, m a t e r i a l r e s e a r c h , c o n s t r u c t a b i l i t y, sustainability and cost analysis. In this project, each studio designs a space for occupation; individual as well group occupation, questions of ‘interior’ and ‘exterior’ as well as the relation to and sequencing of other connecting spaces.


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2014 Architecture Portfolio  


2014 Architecture Portfolio