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KEDI ZHOU Portfolio Selected Works 2016 - 2019

Kedi Zhou

+31 06 3323 2451 | Delft, NL January 2020 Graduate

Education Delft University of Technology Master of Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences

Sep 2017 - Jan 2020 Delft, The Netherlands

Honors: selected for Yearbook 2018 and Argus EXPO 2018 Hunan University Bachelor of Architecture

Sep 2011 - Jun 2016 Changsha, China

Honors: the first prize of the graduation project 2016

Internship Experience OPEN Architecture · Project: Shanghai Oil Tank Art Center

Mar - Jun 2017 Beijing, China

Participated in the construction drawings of interiors and model making · Project: Shanghai Qingpu School Participated in the competition and design development Hunan Architecture Design Institute · Project: Huzhou Medical Center

Jun - Dec 2015 Changsha, China

Participated in the competition and further design development · Project: The 5th Xiangya Hospital Participated in the construction drawings

Competitions & Awards · 3rd prize of 24h competition 31st edition


· 2rd prize of Teamzero international architecture design competition


· Top 20 of China's architecture freshman competition


Garden Kitchen Table Village School of Sinology The New HAKA The New Babel Tower

MSc 1 Project, TU Delft Graduation Project, HNU MSc 2 Project, TU Delft 24h Competition

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Garden Kitchen Table A Ritual of Preparation and Consumption of Food in Dutch School September 2017 - Janurary 2018

Location of Project Bloemhof School, Rotterdam Zuid, The Netherlands

Studio and School MSc 1 2017 / Interiors and Cities / BK - TUDelft

Tutor Jan Nauta (; Benjamin Filbey (

Garden Kitchen Table

Claude Monet, The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil, 1880

Claude Monet, The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil, 1880

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Peasant Wedding, 1567

Design initiative What kind of collective experiences might replace the traditional classroom. There seems to be no clear answer to this question. One ritual that straddles notions of the col- lective is the preparation and consumption of food. The kitchen and dining hall have never had a significant role in Dutch schooling, but current practice is under great- er scrutiny as a sense grows that Dutch food policy in schools needs reform. Anticipating current desires to live healthier and under- stand growth and production processes we have start- ed to speculate on a renewed role of the kitchen within this shifting pedagogical landscape. We think a focus on food could serve the school far beyond basic nutrition and nourishment. Amongst other things cooking requires teamwork, mathematical skills and an understanding of resources, while growing and harvesting food provides many opportunities for learning. The kitchen is also a stage on which cultural diversity can come to flourish, immedi- ately familiar to all the differing users of a school. Rich in the theatrics of craft and consumption, the kitchen ritual- ises the meal, to a point of potentially intense collectivity.

The studio will be an examining of food and its spatial consequences within the school, defined by three spaces that will be the backbone of the work. Firstly, the garden, a place of production, of tendering and cultivation. Watering cans and bamboo canes, wellington boots and compost heaps, an array of objects to be organised and displayed alongside various plants to be maintained and harvest- ed. Second is the kitchen itself; richest in the theatrics of food yet an immediately familiar place for child and teacher beyond the craft of cooking. With technological advancements, what was once banished to the periphery due to sizes and smells, has now far greater freedom to be placed at the heart of the school. And finally the dining table, a place of nourishment and comfort; an important setting for the socialising of children within the school, and as the school continues in other ways after the children leave, an important living room for the neighbourhood.

All three spaces are to be read through the lens of a school, so the garden is an allotment where plant biology is demonstrated, the kitchen an exercise in measurement and the table a place where social rituals unfold. The sensory potential of such places presents a great opportunity for examining how space might shape or be shaped by the child as they interact with them day in day out. The sequence of these spaces is obvious, but we want to study how they can be configured in order for varied learning practices to unfold, for from the individual child to the entire school, moments that provide potential for collective endeavour at many scales.

Northern eadge of Bloemhof, Rotterdam, The Netherlnds

The site for this project lies on the northern edge of Bloemhof, a stones throw from Maashaven silos and the bustle of Afrikaanderplein. Much of the area was developed between 1905 and 1930 for dockers and their families, with today the area still housing various working class demographics. A number of schools along with a cloister were constructed during that period, clustered around the site, with a vocational secondary school built in the 70s. Originally built to serve the catholic and protestant communities living in the area, with a distinct school for each group, the schools now cater to the diverse communities living in Bloemhof. The vocational school is soon to be demolished and rehoused elsewhere in Rotterdam south, with in its place a new primary school is to be built. Three schools in the neighborhood of Bloemhof, Rotterdam, NL

Research in the Catholic primary school on site The spacial relations of the dinning area, including a outside garden, a kitchen and a canteen, of the Catholic primary school is arranged in a very tight pattern with high efficiency and a sight connection in between each two parts of them. Kids experience a unique and delicate ritual in daily meal when using this space.

The Catholic primary school of the Bloemhof

A study of the spacial sequence of a shcool's dining area The kitchen acting as a central core which connects other functional spaces surrounding it is the most important space. There are viusal connections between the kitchen, garden and table area. Moreover, breaking the hard boundary between each space can arise other senses such as smell besides sight which enhance the experience of the daily meal. The end of the sequence is a view tower whcih can mark the ending of the space and provide a retrospective view of the previous sequence.

1. The garden outside the kitchen 2 The kitchen 3. The canteen

Model Picture

Garden Kitchen Table

roof sheathing

View Tower

Structure Rafter

Column and beam

Space self-supporting partition




Kitchen Table



The structure of the kitchen Progrme and structure

Classroom Kitchen


Axonometric explosive view

The eight-class primary school located in Bloemhof, Rotterdam South where the main residential population consisted of low-income immigrants so the healthy diet of the children has been the primary concern of the school. Children in this school will be involved in the process of food growing and cooking which improves their awareness of the importance of healthy diet effectively and really promotes physical and moral health of children.

Front hall


School Plan 1:200 FLOOR PLAN 1:200

Garden Kitchen Table

The Garden Kitchen and Table are placed in the center of the school surrounded by the classrooms and other ancillary spaces which are all being put under the same pitched roofs, so as to let the theme richly illustrated. There are two main axis, easily to be seen, well organizing the main spaces with strong visual relations between each other, produces the explicit sequences and specific daily rituals in the school. Daily rituals of the school is dominated by the main space, the Kitchen, deeply intertwined with the garden and canteen spatially and visually. A chain of private small gardens enveloping the main central garden alongside the circled corridor creates various educational activities in different spaces. Additionally the symbolic tower attached to the garden, being the beacon of the site leading children from other two adjacent schools to get together in the public space underneath, makes the most of the public use of the site.


Kids harvest food from the garden outside the kitchen and bring them to the kitchen for cooking



Kids have meals and served by themselves by taking food from the kitchen

A daily ritual of dining and cooking through the spacial sequence

Kids wash up their hands while seeing and smelling the food from the kitchen

Kids hang up their clothes while peepking at the canteen through the openings on the wall

Detail 01

Detail 02

Detail 03

Sight Connection between the Kitchen and the Garden

Vertical Section


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2.Skylight section 100x300mm engineered timber beam 50~100mm timber batten to create slope 50x150mm water cut aluminium extrusion as main skylight VXSSRUW ¿[RQWKH/VKDSHGVWHHOEDU

50x80mm water cut aluminium extrusion as secondary skylight support Skylight double glazing window frame (with insulation bright) *DOYDQL]HGVKHHWÀDVKLQJ 4. Silicone sealant sealing the window frame for waterproof





Porch surrounding the garden

Detail 01 1:5


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50x80mm water cut aluminium extrusion as secondary curtain wall support Window frame (with insulation bright) 20mm double glazing 3. Silicone sealant sealing the window frame for air tight



The seperated garden for each grade of kids

Detail 02 1:5

1. Typical floor section Concrete protective coatings 30mm concrete screed (containing under floor heating pipe and element 150mm concrete floor Bituminous waterproof layer EPS thermal insulation 2. Glass curtain wall section 50x100mm water cut aluminium extrusion as main curtain wall support (fix between beam and floor) 50x80mm water cut aluminium extrusion as secondary curtain wall support Window frame (with insulation bright) 20mm double glazing



The sight connections beween garden, kitchen and the front hall

Detail 03 1:5

Detail 03

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Village School of Sinology The Projection of White-Space From Chinese Classic Painting Spring 2016

Location of Project Mufu Mountain, Yueyang, China

Studio and School Barch 5 2016 / Graduation Studio / Hunan University

Tutor Liu Er'xi

Awards The First Prize of Graduation Project of the Year in Hunan University

The clouds surrounding the Mufu Mountain

The site is in a valley of Mufu Mountain in Yueyang, China. The mountain is believed to be the cradle of Taoism. The owner of the Mushan Kiln has been producing traditional ceramic productions inside the valley for decades. He has a big ambition of advancing and enriching the traditional Chinese culture by opening a school of Sinology in his kiln so as to educate the folks living and farming there.

The traditional way of ceramic production in Mushan Kiln

The techniques of White Space used in classic painting

The design concept is to adopt the techniques of white space used in classic Chinese paintings in the design of the school in the valley so as to represent the clouds in mountains and achieve the harmony between human and nature

Inspired by the pattern of clouds in classic paintings, simplified lines can be the main tool which create space through stretching in two directions and enclose space in between.

The prototype of the academic space created on the basis of clouds pattern is construed in the form of traditional pavilin in gadens

The axonometric diagram of the School of Sinology

400x400 Ceramic

30x30 tile batten @300

30x50mm Cold-formed steel counter batten @400 30mm wooden panel 80x100mm Cold-formed steel purlin @800

Steel roof beams

By using the local material whiteware, the tilt reflects the sunlight and creates a image of White Space. The relatively small scale of tilt perfectly fit the cambered roof.

Structure and details

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The New HAKA A Revival of a Historic Machine at Rotterdam Harbor March 2018 - July 2018

Location of Project Delfshaven, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Studio and School MSc 2 2018 / Heritage and Architecture / BK - TUDelft

Tutor ir. W.L.E.C. Meijers

Publication and Exhibition Yearkbook 2017-2018 and ARGUS EXPO 2018

The context of the HAKA building will change in the future. Merwe Vierhaven will be a district of innovative businesses combined with residential functions. The building is vacant since many years. Recently the property has a new owner, the real estate developer Dudok. The building was connected to the former harbour. From the outside the building looks like a pearl but the inside is in need of improvement and alteration. What can be added to improve the building? Design approaches will concentrate on an appropriate program in the changing surroundings, durability and materiality.

The HAKA Building in its surroundings 1932

The New Haka Building in its surroundings 2018

Rebuild the Memory of the Machine Inwards and Outwards The HAKA building used to be a warehouse and the factory located alongside the border of the harbor seeing every busy day of the Rotterdam harbor district. It had tight connection not only with the community and the inner city behind it bridged by the train track and the crossing bridge but also in interior space which organized in a very efficient way as every single part had its own function no matter how small it was. The whole building was just like a working machine and no doubt that this system was supported by the structure and space of the building as well as the surrounding context. In order to revive the memory of the harbor and trigger the machine and make it work again, I have transformed the building with the concern of structure, space and site.

The new HAKA Building brings back the memory of the past time by reusing the building on the basis of respecting the original organic structure and space it provides as well as reconstructing the site by a cycling bridge connecting the community to the building. The cantilevered rooftop greenhouse along with the cycling market shows the new face of self-sustainability and local food production supported by the aquaponic system. The building brings out a Living-working residential model with a flexible system easy to install and free to move, providing a living way combining home, office and public space. The new building also serves as a public leisure space with restaurants and bars as well as a roof flat having astonishing harbor view.

Site Plan

East Elevation

THE QUAPONIC SYSTEM The aquaponic system is composed of three parts, a rooftop farming, a fish cultivating tank , and a water circulation system. A fish cultivating factory takes the original top floor space and produces not only the fish but the waste water it generates can be used as irrigation water for the roof top farming. The plants can purify the waste water which then be reused as water for fish cultivation. The water circulation system is placed in the oiginal coffee silos which perfectly provides a vertical connection for the whole system.








THE VERTICAL FIELD LAB The iconic big silos will function as a part of the new healthy lifsyle of the future. It is equipped with a vertcal farming system inside to fully use the original dark space which is only lightened by pink light for cultivation. In addition, it is also a special organic food supplier for the restaurant located right above it which absorbs people by this healthy and selfsufficient system.

THE CYCLING FOOD MARKET The original groundfloor and the basement is going to be acting as a food market which offers the organic food produced by the aquaponic system capping the whole building. The suspended bicycle lane is connected to the outside cycling bridge which leads to the community across the street. The conbination of two healthy lifsties mark the new identity of the HAKA as it represents the low carbon future.

STEP 1: TRIGGER THE LANDMARK In order to trigger the project and make the HAKA in to a new landmark of the harbor, I choose to add a big glass box on the roof top of the building. Firstly, this method could make the old building stand out in the context without destroying the original structure; Secondly, the new identity get easily illustrated with the modern additional part. Since the HAKA is located along the harbor and it is consisting the skyline of the city, it is more important to tell the city that it has changed into a new personality with this new part on its head. Ecologically, the new way of healthy life is more and more important. With this rooftop aquaponic system the building can produce fresh food by using the water cultivated by the fish and the water could be cleaned after irrigation. People form the surrounding community can also be a part of the building by comsuming the healthy self produced food jus in the urban area which help lowering the carbon emission.

The Public Flow

In respect of the structure and space, my concern was to take the advantage of the original space to see how it will trigger the machine again. The structure was just touched in the silos and the old factory part which is transformed into an atrium, the most important part of the building. Firstly, public service space are scattered around it and connected by the stairs and elevator so as to rebuild the organic inner connection. Secondly, the cargo lifted by the the crane enter the building via the sliding window which creates a very unique ritual that can be seen by all the people in the atrium. So the memroy of the harbor comes into daily ritual which is not often to see in other buidings.

The Structure of the Liviing Box and How It Grows

STEP 2: Living While Working

The Timeline of the Living and Woring Model

While the biggest part of the building is functioning as traditional office so as to recover the cost as soon as possible. The former office part is renovated into a residence of Living-working model. This model is basically for the new entrepreneurs who can just afford a small house while demand for space for working and information sharing. The system consists of a set of prefabricated living box which is in strictly small size. While the size can change to different demands as the basic unit can be expanded via adding new living part to it. The box is very light so that can be lifted by a moving crane between the beams. This crane makes sure that the boxes are free to move and it’s easy to make space for the newly installed boxes. In between these boxes, public spaces can be formed by the movement.

1 Insulating Layer 100 2 Lifting I Beam 3 Cable 4 Inflating ETFE Cushion Curtain 5 Wooden Floor 20 6 Aluminum Sheet 2 7 Frosted Glass 8 Square Steel 200 x 200 9 Crane

The Basic Living Unit Box

Living While Working

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The New Babel Tower A Self-sustaining and Organically Growing Monument 3rd prize of 24h Competetion 2019

Location of Project Babylon, Irap

Team Jiayun Xu, Ziyao Chen

Awards the 3rd prize of the 24h competetion 2019 (

Other Works

Internship Project

Project: Shanghai Oil Tank Art Center Architects: OPEN Architecture Internship time: March-June 2017 Participated in the construction drawings of interior design and model making

Project: Huzhou Medical Center Architects: Hunan Architecture Design Institute Internship time: June-December 2015 Participated in the competitions and further design development

Project: Shanghai Qingpu School Architects: OPEN Architecture Internship time: March-June 2017 Participated in the competitions and design development

Project: The 5th Xiangya Medical Center Architects: Hunan Architecture Design Institute Internship time: June-December 2015 Participated in the construction drawings

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