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Architectural & Design Portfolio NCSU Design Selected Works 2013 - 2016

Work 01 Tall Building - A Sunny Place In A Foggy City Fall.2015 Work 02 Cliff House Fall.2014 Work 03 Lake House Winter.2014 Work 04 Charleston City Museum Fall.2013 Work 05 NCMA Garden Toolshed Summer.2016 \ Group Project Work 06 Light Fixtures - Carbon Fiber Spring.2016 Work 07 PS4 Controller Spring.2016 Work 08 Airport City Spring.2016 Work 09 Desert Resort Fall.2014 \ Group Project Supplementary Works Models Transformation- Carve + Slide Spring.2014 HQ Raleigh expansion Summer.2015 Drawings


Mokuan Lin

Work 01 Fall 2015


Professor: Wayne Place Location: San Francisco, Bay area Program size: 1,500,000 sqf Office 54 floors (floor to floor height 12’) Residential 53 floors (floor to floor height 10’) Commercial 4 floors (floor to floor height 15’) Underground parking 3 floors (floor to floor height 15’)

Keep trapezoid city block footprint for podium stucture and pull up a box

Eliminate a chunk of volume starting from the diagonal on the path of south sunlight

West volume could adopt PV panels on the facade collecting solar heat for east volume’s hot water source

Major wind is from the west during a year. Make office tower on the west side to block part of the chill wind blows toward the residential tower.

Wind rose data from Climate Consultant by UCLA

The tall building studio brought me to San Francisco, a city marked by its culture, diversity, and rolling hills. The program requirement was a combined million square feet of office, residential, and commercial spaces. Rather than designing one mixed-use tower, I decided to adopt a two tower scheme to clarify the circulation and increase the sense of security for the residential space. The main idea of this project was using south sunlight as a sword to eliminate a chunk of volume from the center to shape office and residential towers, leaving a court on the commercial level for the public to appreciate the sunlight and temperate climate of San Francisco.

Site Study: Communication & neighborhoods

•Octavia Blvd. & Hayes Green •Hayes Valley Alleys •Octavia’s Haze Gallery •Polanco •Residents Appreal Gallery

•Herbst Theater •San Francisco O •San Francisco Sy •San Francisco JA •San Francisco M •Asian Art Museum •San Francisco Pu •SHN Orpheum Th •Bill Graham Civic •Alioto Plaza

•Twitter, Inc. •Dolby Laboratories •Uber, Inc. •Square, Inc.

Opera ymphony AZZ Center Music Conservatory m ublic Library heater c Auditorium

Mass Shadow Diagrams

Mar. 20th





Jun. 20th

Sep. 22th

Dec. 22th

People like to bike around the city, not only because they like to challenge the hilly topography here but also the city govenment makes the public rental bikes are easy to access. This diagram shows the site can be engaged with this city sport/habit.

How to play? 1. Get a bicycle



2. Choose a bicycle route

3. Explore the city

53th office +629’

52th residential

21th office & 25th residential

3th commercial, 4th office, & 5th residential



Buildings, too, are childern of Earth and Sun. - Frank Lloyd Wright

Work 02 Fall 2014


Professor: Kenneth Hobgood Location: North Carolina, western mountain area Program size: 2,000 sqf

This was a two week project to design a residential program within an extreme topography of a given landscape in North Carolina. After studying the climate and features of western NC, I found that I was particularly intrigued by the cliffs and the waterfalls in this area. After a series of model studies, I decided to work with the diagram of a slender rectangular form projecting over a waterfall, with a dramatic, vertical ascension, in order to keep the thrill of the awe of nature. I designed a structure of steel trusses mounted into rock, a steep roof type to keep out extreme winter weather, and a solid concrete stair tower.






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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Metal roof Wood truss Insulation/sheathing/ceiling Steel frame Steel column Window mullion

7. 8. 9. 10.

Handrail Concrete slab Steel truss Wood ceiling(pulled up by steel truss)

11. Elevator Core 12. EGRESS

Sub level

Under floor air distribution

up up


Main level


Work 03 WINTER 2014


Location: SUN MOON LAKE, TAIWAN Program size: 8,000 sqf

Since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to do something in return for my mother who is a great woman in my life. Ever since I began to study architecture, I’ve been dreaming of a design for a lake house in my hometown in Taiwan as a summer retreat for my mom and family. I started this project on a snowy day in United States, playing with an architectural set of Legos in my apartment. The design is responsive to my mother’s love of natural vistas, her need of a peaceful and quiet space, and provides creative space for her soap-making hobby. The walls and roof edges are rounded for a softer design that references the rounded edges of her soap mold designs. I plan to continue improving this project until the day I can make it really happen.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Con 42” Con Stee Stee Con Con impl

ncrete roof top tall handrail ncrete roof terrace with insulation el structure el support stairs with wood treads ncrete floor slabs ncrete floor slabs with insulation lement beneath










Ground level



First level


Roof terrace


Professor: Sara Queen Location: Charleston, South Carolina Program size: 13,000 sqf

Fall 2013

Work 04

Charleston City Museum


Cemetery Church/Museum Residential Commercial Parking Tombstones


After weeks of research and a series of mapping studies of downtown Charleston, we were asked to design a museum of the city to represent the history and vibrancy of this early American city. The site I chose was surrounded by the historical churches of the French Huguenot, Circular Congregational, and St. Philip’s; their beautiful cemeteries became the main inspiration for my design. I composed the museum elements of a volume of line and volume of center alongside elongated walls of the site that referenced rows of tombstones but also Charleston’s narrow pedestrian lanes in between city streets.

Gathering Center







Work 05 Summer 2016

NCMA Garden Toolshed

Professor: Ellen Cassilly, Erik Mehlman, Randall Lanou Location: North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Partner: NCSU 2016 Design Build Group Program size: 620 sqf

Garden tool storage and small outdoor classroom in the Discovery Garden at NCMA. In addition to creating a space for gathering and storage, the outdoor teaching space encourages visitors to discover their surroundings. The roof is expressive and channels rain water into the adjacent rain garden that feeds the food forest beyoud. The food forest, rain garden and this toolshed serve as the patron’s gateway to the Discovery Garden from the amphitheater entrance.

Work 06 SPRING 2016


Professor: David Hill Material limitation: Carbon fiber

This project began with a material study of the strengths and uses of carbon fiber, then we learned the basics of Rhinoceros 3D and the parametric design Grasshopper plugin while creating our designs for carbon fiber light fixtures. The process for making these light fixtures was to wrap sticky prepreg carbon fiber string around a cardboard mold and then to bake the mold in an oven around 240 oF for about 2 hours. After carbon fiber had cooled, it hardened and could easily be detached from the mold and assembled with a light bulb to make a finished lamp.

Work 07 SPRING 2016


Professor: David Hill This was a quick, one-week project to explore complex curve-making in Rhinoceros 3D. I chose to made this small object which I was fond of. After essential parts of the controller were built up, I could create a realistic digital rendering of the PS4 controller.

Work 08 Spring 2016


Professor: Wayne Place Location: RDU Airport, North Carolina Program size: 1,000,000+ sqf Our studio was given the task to make a master plan for an airport city to catch up with the growing population of the Triangle area and its new demands on terminal capacities.We collaborated with RDU Airport principles to plan the future of the airport city, maximizing the use of surrounding lands owned by RDU.

Typical airport layout: Terminals and facilities are surrounded by runways

Atlanta International Airport

Beijing International Airport

Proposed airport city scheme: FLIP Runways will be surrounded by terminals and facilities; a airport city will be able to grow right next to terminals. New city blocks will follow north-south grid in order to fully utilize solar energy. Raleigh-Durham International Airport Current Layout

Citizen Drop-off Pick-up

Study Model

Final Model

PLAN Drop-off Level

Highway Bridge

Shop/ Restaurant Security Zone Travelator MEP/ Storage

Location: Kuwait Professor: Kenneth Hobgood Partner: Rebecca Ryan Program size: 400,000 sqf

Fall 2014

Work 09


Preliminary study models

Desert Resort was a studio project set in the desert of Kuwait with a focus on design thinking through physical model making. The main design purpose was to create a resort and residency for artists with working studios in the various media of painting, sculpture, or music - the beauty of the natural desert being their main inspiration. The program also included a series of suites for guests, conference rooms, swimming pool, spa, and banquet hall. This large project was a partner undertaking, and it was rewarding to think through designs and study models with my partner.




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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Suites Elevator core Main service bar( lobby, administration, cafe, library, banquet, and conference rooms) SPA Auditorium Black box Exhibition Studios Entrance



A. East garden view

B. West garden view

Art studios a. thinking rooms b. working rooms c. gallery/ library d. exhibition e. concert hall/ auditorium f. spa g. changing rooms


h. sauna i. gym j. lobby/ bar k. cafe l. kitchen m. banquet n. camel stable

Food/drinks Suites Service Servant





a b








i f



Private space viewing out to the desert; public space viewing into the garden.


Supplementary Works


Spring 2014, Transformaion Studio Professor: Matthew Griffith, Don Kranbuehl

Transformation Study Carve + Slide

Supplementary Works


Summer 2015, HQ Raleigh expansion Professor: Kenneth Hobgood

Supplementary Works

Hand Drawings

Supplementary Works

Hand Drawings

Summer 2015, Landscape Drawing class Professor: Fernando Magallanes

Thank you for your time.

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