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Lei Chen

Landscape Architecture Portfolio

NAME Lei Chen BIRTH 13.04.1990 Shanghai, China EMAIL CELL PHONE +64 22 199 0729 LINKEDIN ADDRESS 16 Conductors rd., Prebbleton, Christchurch 7604

LANGUAGES Chinese English Shanghainese

EDUCATION Lincoln University, Jul 2012 - Oct 2016 Canterbury, New Zealand Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

SKILLS Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Google SketchUp Auto CAD Ms Office Sony Vegas Lumion

EXPERIENCE Freelance designer, Feb 2013 - Present Freelance work, Christchurch Odd job includes poster design, business card design, logo design, product tag design and so on.

INTERESTS Basketball and badminton Movies and TV shows Hand drawing and painting Photography Cooking

Student landscape architect, Nov 2014 - Feb 2015 China Shipbuilding NDRI Engineering Co., Ltd., Shanghai 2 months office design internship program which includes two urban area landscape development projects, my tasks included site visit, site survey, site analysis, relevant legislation research and designing. Landscape gardener, Jun 2015 - Jul 2015 & Nov 2015 Shane's gardening, Christchurch 2 months implementation internship program which includes most of small range landscape development operation.


NGA PUNA WAI LEISURE SPORTS PARK Lincoln University Graduation Design PLANTING PHILADELPHIA Urban Arboreta: Transforming Ground Student Design Competition GUIJIANG ROAD GREEN SPACE Office Design Internship Project OTHER WORKS Hand-drawing & Photography



NGA PUNA WAI LEISURE SPORTS PARK Graduation Design Jun 2016 - Oct 2016 Nga Puna Wai & Canterbury Agricultural Park Christchurch, New Zealand


SITE DESCRIPTION Nga Puna Wai and Canterbury Agricultural Park (hereinafter referred to as NPW and CAP) are the closest major green open space to the Hagley Park. CAP is the host place of the A&P show, which is one of the most important annually events in Canterbury region, and NPW is also be identified as the district recreation and open space, however because of the population growth of the south-west Christchurch, and there are only few activities be provided currently, council realizes that this green open space group cannot provide enough recreational value for people. The site is enable to attract people at ordinary times, therefore it cannot be a social hub for the nearby community. In this project, we focus on providing recreational value, improving local community relationship, reviving site environment, and exploring the potential opportunity of NPW and CAP to benefit the local community and wide Christchurch.





DESIGN VISION To reinvent a visionary suburban park, with multi-use landscape of sport facility, environmental function, and park experience. DRIVERS To develop the site into an alive suburban park to attract more daily visitors of all ages and to provide more modern ecological health, leisure and recreation, exercise and fitness opportunities. To strengthen relationship of surrounding neighbourhood and to promote local economy of the low income community. To reestablish ecological environment of the site in order to increase the biodiversity of this area in Christchurch. ACTIONS & OUTCOME Reforming the site to an sports park. - The site can be used as a liesure and competition interchange. - Residents can use recreational and public facilities for the whole day. - The new park can attract visitors while non A&P show timeframes. - Providing more recration and social value to enhance inhabitant experience. To create a community garden. - Strengthening the local food economy, support the low income community. - The community residents can enjoy their local food together. - Making the site to be a memorable park, and enrich the content of the A&P show. Developing the vegetation and aquatic environment of the site. - The new vegetational zone can reduce harmful effects, such as noise and offgas. - Optimizing the scenic value and the carbon sequestration potential of the site. - Increasing the biodiversity of the site, both vegetation and animal species. 7

Extreme Sports Area

Traditional Sports Area

After 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the major sports park of the city, Queen Elizabeth II Park was destroyed, it is an opportunity to create a new large scale sports park which can host international sport events, provide strength to the city, and revive Christchurch. The schools in south-west Christchurch can also host sports day weekly event in Nga Puna Wai rather than Hagley Park, there are at least eight schools which are close to the site, it is also a good chance to host student sports competition. Modern sports, such as skateboard, rock climbing and other X-games have already became a big part of young people’s entertainment, at the same time, the young people group which account for a large percentage of south-west Christchurch population and there is no extreme sports park close to the site, in addition to the traditional sports facilities, I believe that the modern sports facilities is also suitable to be established in the site.




DETAIL PLAN This part of design does not like other waterfront area of the park, using sloped bank style level change, the timber decking area and concrete paving area have overt height difference, offers people an better opportunity to watch the landscape of the new Nga Puna Wai. The concrete paving is patterned to the grid of the community garden footprint, and is overlaid with darker paving rendered in stained concrete, the pattern makes this peaceful site different to other curve design dynamic area. Green Plaza is separated by a series of curving cast concrete seatwalls, and continuous LED lighting at night. The seatwalls along Nga Puna Wai Garden and some of others include long, continuous timber bench backs. Nga Puna Wai Garden buffers the interior of the plaza from the main vehicle route and the wind, the main vegetation species of the garden are the most well established existing species of the current park. The garden can make people feel familiar, that this place is still the park they knew, after all designed development.


MATERIAL STRATEGY The material palette used in the site retains to the same principle of the design that encompasses tradition and modernity. The timber and rock are the main traditional material throughout the entire design, and the modern materials frames the traditional materials to a better structure. This idea also reference to the modern agriculture that agriculture is the foundation of the society in all ages, with the development of society, the modern industries improve the agriculture greatly, and the fusion of modern and traditional makes the world more liveable.

WATERFRONT BENCH CONCEPT Corten steel base and timber top benches, set along the inner edge of the waterfront timber decking, seats for the visitors who wish to watch the new Wigram Basin landscape closely and peacefully.

PLAZA SEATWALL CONCEPT Using the concrete as the main material, set along to the edge of the walkway of the Green Plaza, continuous LED lighting is installed in the base area of the seatwall, some of them include continuous timber bench backs.


STONE BASE LIGHTING CONCEPT The inner landscape lighting of the green open space of the site, using the limestone collected from the excavated soil of Wigram Basin extending civil works as the main material to create artificial peristele as the base of the lighting, and the LED tube is set in the middle space of the lighting.


CANOPY WALK CONCEPT A seiries circular, lightweight, non-intrusive steel structure platform bridge, supporting a slatted timber deck, hiding in the canopies of the ecoisland, through and over the lovely ecotope in the centre of the Wigram Basin. One of the most significant landmark of the new Nga Puna Wai, and even the whole Christchurch. The platform bridge uses high tensile steel as the base, decorated by the timber, and fixed by the stainless steel, it interpretes the principle of the material palette, and represents the harmony between man and nature.



PLANTING STRATEGY Overall, the planting strategies between anthropic zone and ecological zone are different. The anthropic area includes green open space, roadway and walkway, the strategy is to build out an open and clean Christchurch urban green environment, and to create the leisure atmosphere, in order to make people feel they are away from city noises, but there is still a sense of belonging. The ecological zone includes all large patch of vegetation groups, such as the edge and riparian vegetation group and the vegetation group on the north side of the Wigram Basin, the strategy principle is familiar, native and bird friendly, in order to extend the existing habitat of the bird spices, enhance the native vegetation patch and make the nearby resident feel intimacy with the new park.








PLANTING PHILADELPHIA Urban Arboreta: Transforming Ground Student Design Competition Feb 2016 - Mar 2016 Merion Avenue & Parkside Avenue Philadelphia, United State


PROJECT DESCRIPTION The main goal of the proposal plan is to create a space with different micro-climate for producting multifarious food and to provide public environmental and social area for Philadelphia community. The site will provide multi-function, it is in order to transform this place to a sustainable, recreational and practical valuable area.



The deep blue area is mushroom tunnel under the open corridor, it is in order to produce agaric food, the rain water storage can provide humidity for the tunnel, the area of this site is about 1724.58 m2. The green area is pot growing area for trees, it is about 1617.75 m2, the trees of this site will be short, it would cause less influence to the north area.

This site is bare root growing area for trees, it’s area is about 1881.2 m2, the south area of the site is full sunshine position, therefore there is good for growing big fruit trees, and also the nearby area is raised, the trees won’t effect much, but the north area of the site cannot has sunshine at some time, the high tolerance large forest trees will be grown here, it also would be used as the media for mushroom production.


These yellow areas contain five 5’ x 50’ raised planting beds (23.23 m2 each), and about 402.03 m2 area for irregular raised planting beds, these beds have wire netting protector in order to protect crops from animals.

About 999.78 m2 area of border tree, they are in order to protect the whole site for security reason, and also to decrease the noise from railway, the high tolerance trees would be preferred to plant here.










GUIJIANG ROAD GREEN SPACE Office Design Internship Project Nov 2014 - Jan 2015 Guijiang Road Shanghai, China


PROJECT DESCRIPTION This project is a public green space development in the Xuhui district in Shanghai, the existing site is a open space surround by high density residential community. Mainly to meet the surrounding residents' need, set the outdoor venues of all types of people. Introduced the design concept of green corridor, set fitness trails and bike paths respectively, to best streamline the connection area of playing fields. Satisfied reasonable shape the terrain in the height limits under the power lines, and reasonable introduced high quality earthmoving field planting soil. The free community vegetation groups in the west are the effect block buffer, and others green space is cultivated in regularshaped tree-lined activity area.





Green space

Fitness trail

Cycle way

Hard surface

Walk way

Timber platform







虹梅路 东苑古龙城(高层)

Open space


Semi-open space

Closed space


Water body

Car park

Sport field

Cycle park

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OTHER WORKS Hand-drawing & Photography






Thank you

Landscape Architecture Graduate Portfolio  

Portfolio 2015 - 2016, Landscape Architecture Graduate from Lincoln University

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