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Jessica Chuan-Ping Lai 賴川平 1989 Born in Taipei, Taiwan. 1999 Immigrated to California, United States. 2007 - 2011 Completed BA in Architecture at the University of California Berkeley. 2008 Summer internship at J.J.Pan and Partner’s at Taipei, Taiwan. 2010 Studied abroad for one semester at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts: School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. 2012 Architectural Internship at Kuma Kengo and Associates at Tokyo, Japan


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CONTENTS ARCHITECTURE

1. URBAN ACTIVITIES CENTER. SAN FRANCISCO, CA

2. FRANKS TRACT VISITOR’S CENTER. BETHEL ISLAND, CA 3. SANCTUARY BENEATH: SUNKEN CHURCH AND LIBRARY YDRE NØRREBRO, DENMARK

HAND DRAWINGS MATERIAL STUDIES

STEEL CANTILEVER TABLE CONCRETE KINDERGARTEN


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1. URBAN ACTIVITIES CENTER

SAN FRANCISCO, CA


The Urban Activity Center is located on the corner of 9th street and Mission street of San Francisco, within the South of Market. It is surrounded by diverse activities of the city, from homeless shelters, to music schools, to designer’s offices. The building houses mainly exercise and activity space, ranging from a multiuse court and a swimming pool to meeting spaces. The building is also coupled with an air filtering system, allowing the inhabitants to exercise within nature in the center of a city. The green wall has two systems, one that filters outside air through the plants into exercise rooms, while the other system filters in sunlight for other activity rooms.


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Building as an urban lung by utilizing the two systems.

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Provide fresh air within the city.

Fresh air for excises programs, and shade for act for other activities

The fresh air is drawn into the main atrium and ventilated to other rooms.

The air filter tile has fans equipped behind, with denser greenery. While the sun filter is sealed with glass, providing shade and view.


The green system is planted as tiles. The also act as partitions between programs, using different tiles based on the oxygen and sunlight need of each space.

F3

F2

F1

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F3

F2

F1

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B1

B1


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2. FRANKS TRACT VISITOR’S CENTER

BETHEL ISLAND, CA


Bethal Island is a man-made reservoir that is currently being flooded. Each year, residents have to check the water level as new levees are being built. Because of its special condition, many new plant and animal species inhabit this area. The daily changes of the water level is a huge variant and determinant in this area, hence the architecture also needs to respond to the condition. The task is then to explore and develops a new building method or material that can respond to the people and environment. The primary goal of designing the Franks Tract Visitor Center is to foster interaction and awareness of the landscape to the visitors. This is mainly achieved by nestling a geo-textile system that engages with the site in various ways to produce programmatic and occupational opportunities.


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Single Unit and Part to Part Reactions

Possible Field Conditions

PLANS

SECTION

Section along v and u-axis, ring diameter increases towards the center. AT EQUILIBRIUM

The tubes are perpendicular to the v and u-axis, meaning it is the normal of the surface.

APPLIED FORCE

d

Ring diameter is determined by how far apart the tubes are. d

RETURN TO EQUILIBRIUM

v-axis: ring size increases towards the center. u-axis: ring size increases towards the center.

v-axis: ring size increases towards the center. u-axis: ring size remain the same.

v-axis: ring size starts increasing, then only increases towards the center point, then decreases. u-axis: ring size starts increasing, then only increases towards the center point, then decreases.


Field and Material Studies

Span Studies Low and long spans

small d

big d

d=?

ring size

small d = stiff big d = loose

HEIGHT ABOVE WATER LEVEL / FLOTATION

small d

small xd

xd=? number of rings per unit more rings = less porous + humid less rings = more porous + humid

big xd

SKIN

small xd

small d2-d1

big d2-d1

d2-d 1=? Difference between ring sizes in relation to its neighbors

small d2-d1

SPAN

bigger difference = more exible, less rigid less difference = less exible, more span

High and short spans

FLOORING STUDIES

Cladding Studies

Anchored point spans


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Program and Water Level Relations 1. Water 20 10

land water

0 -10 -20

20 10

car boat

0 10 20

20 10

people fish

0 -10 -20

houses

travel on boats

kiddie fishing

pro-fishing

admin office dry storage boat launch rental station berths

“beach”

Water level informs form development: starting from basic circulation route, to local program allocation, and lastly with reactions to the site.

boat houses / recreation + hang out

cafe bathrooms

bait shop

sanitation station

The rigid (dense) and softer (thin) parts of the system

Circulation of water vehicles and people

Program spaces + circulation spaces


1. Existing docks 2. Existing berths 3. Bait and tackle shop, rental station 4. Boat launch 5. Dry storage for equipment 6. Existing Parking 7. Management and admin offices, staff workroom 8. Bridge 9. Visitor center, monitoring station 10. Cafe + commissionary, bathroom, sanitation station

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1� = 30’

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The geotextile allow interaction of the environment and people by infiltrating the textile with the plants, rising above the plants, and letting the plants grow within the textile.


SECT C


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3. SANCTUARY BENEATH SUNKEN CHURCH AND LIBRARY YDRE NØRREBRO, DENMARK


Cities today offers us little opportunities to expand our curiosity or test our comfort level. Everything is designed to be easy to locate. Efficiency is the main drive behind the way cities are planned; there is no room for the ambiguous, the unease, and the unacceptable. When walking in San Francisco, one can easily locate one’s position because of the grid system of the city. However, walking in Yddre Nørrebro area of København is different. One can easily get lost due to the orientation of the streets. Yet, being lost then becomes a chance for one to loose control, explore, and entice one’s curiosity about a new place. This project aims to enhance those qualities by becoming a portal to the world underneath a bridge, deep down into the abyss. The tunnels and dark dungeons await the visitors as the entrance entices them to enter. The library shares the knowledge that were once banned or abandoned. While the church accepts and allows one to express inner beliefs and worships. The sunken sanctuary is a place where people can discover the underground atmosphere, unravel their curiosity, and step out of their comfort zone.


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First explorations of the existing spaces

The areas underneath the bridge can only be accessed through the big field on the north and south. The station and the spaces under is separated and sealed off. The inaccessibility allows the exciting space to inherit a sense dodginess and shadiness, which then becomes the quality and excitement of the atmosphere it offers.

The first attempt is looking directly at the spaces beneath the bridge and see how they can be manipulated and transformed while not loosing the inherent atmosphere.

To further push the atmosphere and allow for more accessibility and connection between the spaces, an incision is made into the ground, providing a slow descent into the area while the bridge hovers above. This enables the program to take on its own atmosphere, slowly eroding away the established structure of the bridge.


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SECT B G

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B4

B5


SECT B


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SECT A


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HAND DRAWINGS


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Study of the camera perspectives and angles in relations to the main character of a 3 min. clip of Hitckcock’s film: Marnie.


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MATERIAL STUDIES


Steel Cantilever Tension Table

joints between pipe and pipe

1” = 1”

The connection is threaded together and bolted on both sides for both sets of legs.

1.

2.

3.

joints between pipe and cable 1” = 1”

The cable is threaded through the stopper once (1) then is turned aorund and threaded again. (2) The stopper is clamped tight before anchoring through a hole.

elevation

1” = 4’

plan + elevation

1” = 4’

joints between pipe and glass

1” = 12 ”

The glass is slided through the channels milled along the pipe. The pipe then exits the glass as the pipe begins to curve. Clear silicone caulking is used between the glass and steel pipe surface.


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Concrete Kindergarten PLAN  VIEW  OF  CONNECTION

4" 6" 9" #6  Rebar SECTION  VIEW  OF  CONNECTION

Passage  for     2'-­�0

into  sleeve

3 4

"

6" 1'-­�6"

1' Grout

Steel embedment

PANEL  TO  PANEL  VERTICAL  CONNECTION

PANEL  TO  PANEL  HORIZONTAL  CONNECTION

PANEL  TO  ROTATING  PANEL  CONNECTION

Scale  3"  =  1'  -­�  0"

Scale  1"  =  1'  -­�  0"

Scale  3"  =  1'  -­�  0"

2. AXON  AND  LOCATION  OF  THE  PANELS

3. CONNECTION  DETAILS

J.Lai    A.Lungu    G.Ou    Y.Shih Arch  160    Black   Voekel  

J.Lai    A.Lungu    G.Ou    Y.Shih Arch  160    Black   Voekel  

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1'-­�4 21"

1'-­�0 41"

1" 1"

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                      inserted.

2  1/2�

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4. FOUNDATION  DETIAL J.Lai    A.Lungu    G.Ou    Y.Shih Arch  160    Black   Voekel  

5. REBAR  SUPPORTS #8  Rebar  for      

J.Lai    A.Lungu    G.Ou    Y.Shih Arch  160    Black   Voekel  


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2011 Portfolio  

compliation of creative works

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