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PORTFOLIO

ZHENYA LI


CONTENTS

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The Cloud

Detroit Housing Project

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Hotel in New Brighton Team work | Detroit, MI

Living in the city.

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Individual work | New Brighton, UK Breaking the boundary between the private and public.

Under the Roof

Community Health Center

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Feeling the intangible flow under the roof.

Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 2018 Professional work | Beijing, China

Sensing the invisible forces.

Escape and Explore

Middle School in Ann Arbor

Individual work | Liverpool, UK

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Urban Transformer

Individual work | Ann Arbor, MI Wandering in the inner world.

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Others


The Cloud | Detroit Housing Project Living above the city. Academic work | Detroit, MI | Instructors: Kathy Velikov & Jonathan Rule Skills used: AutoCAD, Adobe Suites, Rhino, VRay, Revit, Physical models Team members: Nan Cao, Nora Begin, Zhenya Li

This is to design a housing project in Detroit Eastern Market, an essential attraction site in Detroit. Housing is not only to supply fixed architectural programs; it is to link people to the community. Hence, we started our design not just as a house on our site but a place in the city. Based on a series of research about our site, we designed the ground floor as an urban plaza open to city all the time and housing like a cloud hovering above the site. A cloud can contain multiple layers of life inside and interacts with ground. It is somewhere unattached to the ground but defines it. It is something that exists in the reality but surreal beyond it.

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Development process

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Hallway (for each living block) Co-working space (for blocks in the same floor) Rooftop space (for the whole living blocks) Urban public space (for city) 3


Hallway

Look down from living blocks

Look up from plaza

Urban plaza (drawn by Nora Begin) 4


Complex system

Tensional tube

connected to secondary truss and housing units

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3 Secondary truss hang housing units

Prefabricated units

3 stories in totall and contain tensional tubes in each unit

Housing units are hung from above

Secondary trusses are put on the top of primary trusses

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Primary truss

support secondary truss

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Structural core

support primary truss and contain vertical circulation space and MEP facilities

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Layer 2

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Number of prefabricated modules: 1 Unit type: 1 Bedroom

Each housing unit comprises 1-3 basic units. Number of prefabricated modules: 2 Unit type: 1 Bedroom

Number of prefabricated modules: 2 Unit type: 2 Bedrooms

Each basic unit is self-supported.

Number of prefabricated modules: 2 Unit type: 2 Bedrooms

Units are hung from truss above.

Number of prefabricated modules: 3 Unit type: 3 Bedrooms 6


Russell St.

(Main street connected to Detroit downtown)

Built in 1900s

Built in 1920s

Built in 1920s To parking lots

Ground floor plan at 15'

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Second floor plan at 44' 8


Roof plan at 68' 9


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vierendeel truss

hanging tube

ROOF TERRACE glazing handrail

timber decking gravel waterproof membrane rigid insulation composite decking

gutter with grating, copper

awning window aqua panel painted white ventilation cavity waterproof membrane 1" Rigid insulation 6" steel stud wall with batt glassfober insulation bracing GWB

folding door

LIVING ROOM

bracing

glazing door

HALLWAY

BEDROOM

lateral fixer attaching housing units to truss

steel grate

ventilation ducts

HSS 6"X4" steel beam space for mechinical facilities (18") grid channel gypsum board

lighting fixture and sprinkler system steel stud wall

HALLWAY

glazing

BATHROOM

bracing

lateral fixer attaching housing units to truss

56' tall truss

timber panel screed with warmafloor pipes (underfloor heating system) waterproof membrane sheating thermal insulation HSS 6"X4" beam

pipes with insulation

reflective aluminum panels

Models made with Nan Cao and Nora Begin 11


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Bedroom Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

These translucent polycarbonate panels are put attached to the primary truss to blur the rigid exterior boundary and fulfil the demand of interior programs. 12.00

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Bedroom Kitchen Bedroom Bedroom

Kitchen

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Elevation drawn by Nora Begin


Urban Transformer | Hotel in New Brighton Breaking the boundary between the private and public. Academic work | New Brighton, UK | Instructor: Wei Wen Skills used: Adobe Suites, Rhino, VRay

A hotel offers a connection between local community and outsiders. On one hand, it offers private space for visitors; on the other hand, it can also be a place facing the city for urban events. Therefore, instead of just designing this as a combination of sleeping rooms, I would like to design it as a dynamic system open to the city. This system will create a place where a separated private hotel and a continuous public urban space can coexist together. With the kinetic mechanism, architectural elements like walls and roofs can rotate to totally change the programs. They are set free to form diverse programs for exhibitions, performances, lectures and so on based on the needs of tourists and the city.

Private

Private, separated

Separated boxs

Public

Public, continunous

Connected unveiled boxs 13


Hotel

Gallery 14


Transformation mechanism Hotel

A Max:8

B Max:5

C Max:4

D Max:2

B1 Video

C1 Video

D1 Video

B2 Gallery

C2 Gallery

D2 Gallery

B3 Gallery

C3 Installation

D3 Stage

Transformation

Gallery

A1 Video

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Hotel

Gallery

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Hotel

Laundary

Storage

Meeting room

Bar

Gallery

Staff office

Manager office

Canteen

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Reception

Guestroom

Stage

Video room

Installation room

Gallery


Hotel

Gallery

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Under the Roof | Community Health Center Feeling the intangible flow. Academic work | Liverpool, UK | Instructor: Alexander Dusterloh Skills used: AutoCAD, Adobe Suites, Rhino, VRay, Physical models

This is a community center which is able to incubate various social events. This project started from exploring how structure can influence space. To create a mild spatial flow in this limited site, I designed a monolithic spaceframe roof supported by clusters of columns to blur the boundaries between internal programs and also that between buildings and surrounding neighborhoods. Diverse spatial division methods are considered to trigger high complexity. You can feel outside while you are inside and see people walk in different levels. These nuances break the rigidity and bring vitality since you can sense the spatial fluidity under the roof.

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Gym

Cafe

Meeting point Pharmacy

Clinic

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Few columns Connection

Cluster of columns

Low division

Indirect connection

Platform

Translucent glazing

Division Suspended division

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Roof construction: 8mm toughened glass + 12mm cavity + 6mm toughened glass 10mm arcylic ceiling plate 1100mm space frame OR Bituminious sealing 125mm insulation + vapor barrier 50mm corrugated metal decking 1100 space frame Brick wall construction: 215* 103* 65mm brick 40mm cavity 100mm thermal insulation 215* 103* 65mm brick Floor construction: 15mm parquet flooring 60mm screed separating layer 100mm thermal insulation Ground slab Wall construction: 26*60mm rough- sawn fir boarding 45mm battens, cavity and membrane 15mm fibreboard 70mm steel stud and insulation 27mm battens 15mm plasterboard

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Vapor barrier Timber panel

Porous board

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Escape | Middle School Design Wandering in the inner world. Academic work | Ann Arbor, MI | Instructor: Julia Mcmorrough Skills used: AutoCAD, Adobe Suites, Research, Rhino, Physical models, VRay

Middle school contains a tight balance between individual consciousness and social ideology. In contemporary society with tremendous ideological propaganda, I hope this school could offer a place which not only provides necessary lessons but also where people talk to themselves. Located in an empty site surrounded by residential houses and trees, this would be a solid enclosure to the outside but a “fluid city” inside. Wandering in the “city”, they will experience the concurrence of distinct study environments, enclosed and open, artificial and natural, quiet and active and etc. An exit, dramatically crossing through the school invites people to jump out of the school, brings about spatiotemporal delusion and pushes the whole journey into climax.

Residence

Residence

Residence

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Thurston pond


American school study- Crow Island School

OUTDOOR PLATFORM

CLOSE TO NATURE

LAWN AREA

CRAFTMANSHIP

TEXTURE

EFFICIENT LAYOUT

CLEAR PROGRAMATIC ARRANGEMENT

OUTDOOR STUDY SPACE MODULAR STUDY UNIT SEPARATING DIFFERENT GRADES

CORRIDOR IS NOT JUST CIRCULATION

CENTRAL MEETING SPOT Pedagogical Research Problems

Pedegogies

Proposals

Cheri Pierson Yecke Buddy program; limitation of the cross- grade interaction.

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Dull Teaching Approach

Bauhaus “Avoidance of all rigidity; priority of creativity; freedom of individuality...” Rigid Classroom Layout 26


Enclosed exterior, Vivid interior G3 G2 G1

Breaking the box

Fluid experience

Specified programs

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Ground Floor Plan

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Underground Floor Plan 1 Entrance Hall 2 Locker Room 3 Auditorium

4 Gym 5 Refectory 6 Library

7 Office 8 Kitchen 9 Storage

10 Art classroom 0

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An enclosed fortress.

Wander...

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Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 2018 Sensing the invisible forces. Professional work | Beijing, China Team: Liu Jiakun (principal architect), Liu Su, Yang Ying, Wen Feng, Zhu Weikun, Li Zhenya, and Wang Chongjin Collaborators: Serpentine Galleres (London), ARUP, HongKong Land My role: Created construction drawings/ Finished final renderings/ Managed physical models/ Compiled files/ Assisted with clients meetings https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/serpentine-pavilion-beijing-2018-0

"Force is shapeless but exists everywhere, and it shapes the image of the world. How to treat Force? - fight against it? comply with it or take advantage of it? - It is not only the attitude towards technology, but also about culture. "Force" is the theme of this project. When I need to design at a symbolic site near the heart of China, I hope to transcend the Chinese symbol and reveal a more internal sense of the East. " -Liu Jiakun

Š Jiakun Architects 31


Made physical models for Jiakun Architects

Diagram from Jiakun Architects

Drawings from Jiakun Architects 32


Plan, sections and photos from Jiakun Architects 33


Photographer: Fang Ziyu © Jiakun Architects

© Jiakun Architects 34


Other works

Updated final construction drawings using AutoCAD for Jiakun Architects

Completed the final window and door schedule using AutoCAD and Excel for Jiakun Architects 35


Individual graphic work: Fall of Babylon

Assisted in curating an exhibition for Jiakun Architects in Berlin https://www.aedes-arc.de/cms/aedes/de/programm?id=17593371 36


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