Selected works 2015-2020 Nora Yinfei Gu
Yinfei Gu Online Portfolio https://issuu.com/niki_/docs/yinfei_gu_2020
|Junior Architect Intern|
Amsterdam, Netherlands 2018.10 - 2019.06
GOTHENBURG CABLE CAR SYSTEM, Gothenburg, Sweden
Infrastructure | Schematic Design - 100% - Revit coordination for 4 cable car stations (3D modeling, area plans, architectural plans & sections), Rhino 3D modeling, site traffic analysis
BELLONA TOWER, Warsaw, Poland
|Project Architect Summer Intern|
Shanghai, China 2018.07 - 2018.09
WEWORK YUESHANG TOWER, Shanghai, China Co-working Space | Layout & Package A (Revit), Punch list inspecting
WEWORK SHANGHAI TOWER, Shanghai,China Co-working Space | Construction Site Inspection - site set out inspection, wall & ceiling concealing inspections Co-working Space | Programming (Revit) - 100% - cooperating with a project architect on the concept design to reach agreement with sales, real-estate department, MEP department and interior designers.
|Junior Architect Intern|
EMERYVILLE ART CENTER RENOVATION, Emeryville, CA
Emeryville, CA, US 2018.05 - 2018.06
Gallery + Residential | Competition - SketchUp 3D modeling, rendering
|Junior Architect Intern|
CHONGMING OLD LIQUOR FACTORY RENOVATION, Shanghai
Shanghai, China 2016.09 - 2017.02
Factory + Recreation | Concept Design - 100% - 3D modeling original factory structure, research (old liquor making process), touring circulation & additional hotel concept design, presentation document
CHANGDE NEW DISTRICT CBD URBAN DESIGN, Changchun Urban Design | Competition - 100% - research of CBD design & Changchun city, physical modeling School | Schematic Design - individual classroom sunlight analysis, overall building sunlight analysis, sunlight animations, sunshading facade design
|Graphic Designer Contractor|
DISNEYLAND & DISNEYTOWN CARTOON AXON MAP, Shanghai Digital Hand Drawing | 100%
Address Berkeley CA 94704
Education University of California, Berkeley 05.2020 Master of Architecture Certificate in New Media GPA: 3.6/4.0
06.2017 Bachelor of Architecture GPA: 3.8/4.0
Skills Rhino SketchUp Revit Auto CAD Vray for Rhino & SU Enscape Lumion Adobe Creative Suite (PS / AI / ID / PR) Grasshopper Unity English Mandarin
JINGUANG RD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Shanghai
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
WEWORK FORTUNE POINT, Chengdu, China
2461 Warring Street, Apt 304
Office Tower | Schematic Design - 100% - Revit coordination (3D modeling, core set up for low-rise, transfer floor and high-rise, structural grid, facade grid & workspace distribution, office desk count, program layout & calculation, architectural plan, section & elevation)
Shanghai, China 2016.03 - 2016.06
015 - 2019
|01| [MUNICIPAL CONDENSER]
Multi-program urban building in San Francisco
|02| [STITCH & PENALTRATE]
Tectonic practice of the topic 'continuous city'
|03| [FLOATING LOWLINE] New Path under Metro
|04| URBAN PHYSIOTHERAPY
New Development Pattern for Old Riverside
|05| TROMBE CHATEAU
Local Construction & Material for Passive Energy Design
|06| TALKING BORDERS in 'Ruralopolitan' Space
|07| GOTHENBURG CABLE CAR Professional Work, UNStudio
|08| OTHER WORKS
MUNICIPAL CONDENSER MULTI-PROGRAM URBAN BUILDING IN SF |01| Instructor: Roddy Creedon Individual Project, Integrated Studio M.Arch Fall 2019 Location: The Hub, San Francisco, CA USA Size: 24,070 sf Program: Gallery, Clinic, Classrooms, Basketball & Badminton Courts, Gym A municipal center located in central but desolate SF Hub desires legibility both inbetween programs and towards public. The floors are displaced by half level to foster creativity exchange. Each structured misalignment possesses synergy created by related three events through interfacing two other floors. Accordingly, the intersecting boxes utilize various facade transparency to articulate program nature to the public: Black metal screen system for supportive service & clinic; Glazing system for elegant gallery and classrooms; Channel glass facade system for active sports; White metal mesh screen system for sports changing rooms.
Project 01/ 07
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CONCEPT 56 ft 137 ft 70 ft
125 ft 50 ft ZONING
The floors are displaced by half level to foster creativity exchange. Each structured misalignment possesses synergy created by related three events through interfacing two other floors.
Ground Floor Plan
2nd & 2H Floor Plan
3rd & 3H Floor Plan
4th & 4H Floor Plan
09 SECTION ELEVATION
A - A' Section
C - C' Section
B - B' Section
STITCH & PENALTRATE
TECTONIC PRACTICE OF 'CONTINUOUS CITY' |02| Instructor: Raveevarn Choksombatchai Individual Project, Urbanism Studio M.Arch Fall 2017 Location: Dog Patch, San Francisco, CA USA Size: 182ďźŒ860 sf Program: Residence, Office, Art areas When making site concept model, the tectonic of stitching and watercolor was used. The density of thread heads and continuous color remains on the bottom surface, while hints of color penaltrate through the threads to the upper surface. To translate the tectonic into design, I put continuous open art space underground, carving it to the depth of the Cal train and fill it with vibrant color. The programs from the west to the east are Art shops, Gallery, Art workshops and flea market according to the surrounding. Offices and residences are in the upper parts acting as threads. They connect the residential hill in the west of the site to the art area in the east all the way across the train track and freeway. Vertical circulations between the upper-ground threads and underground open space are various colorful light wells with stairs that soak upwards both people and color.
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The residence on the west hill is separated with the east art galleries by Cal train, highway and elevated road in complicated typography.
| Site Conceptual Physical Model |
TECTONIC OF STITCHING & WATERCOLOR
By the tectonic of stitching on a paper and dripping watercolor on the back side, the density of thread heads and the continuous color blocks remain on the bottom surface.
But wherever white threads penaltrate the paper through the wholes, h i n ts o f va r i o u s co lo r appear on the front side t h ro u g h t h e t h re a d s , but not through paper, forming a different but corresponding pattern fron the back side.
GROUND LEVEL REVEALED | Axonometric Drawing
Underground Art Space
FLOATING LOWLINE NEW PATH UNDER METRO |03| Instructor: Lin Wang Individual Academic Project B.Arch Fall 2015 Location: Shanghai, China Size: 56,950 sf Program: Library, Performance Stage, Snack Counter, Flea Market
In the city of efficiency, highways, elevated roads and metro lines speed up the city at large scale, but tear apar unsafe vehicle paths. Hoping to reclaim leisure walking space, and coexist pedestrians and vehicles , lowline
Corresponding to highline, lowline is added under elevated roads, metro lines and above highways. It's for activating urban grey space by creating a safe and lively wandering space for people. Lowline utilizes lightweight membrane envelope aiming for easier installation process for existing highways, for more lig night. Project 03 / 07
rt people's living space at smaller scale by e is introduced.
s not only for crossing the road, but also s independent suspension structure and ght gain and also better lighting effect at
SITE - HISTORY A f t e r t h e co n s t r u c t i o n o f e l e v a t e d ro a d a n d m e t ro line,the street changed from main commercial street of the area to vital traffic line.
The commercial area was then demolished into new schools, residences and parks along the road, which increases the population of grandparents Commercial street and little children around the street, but leaving them a dangerous and depressive environment.
Vital traffic line
Park Industry and Office
Residence Metro Line and Highway
SITE - URBAN FRAGMENTS Railways and highways are vehicle shortcuts. But they cut where they pass into fragmented pieces without interaction, and turn the adjacent blocks from open streets into depressive and dark city backsides.
STRATEGY - CONTINUiTY, LUMINOUS, LIGHTWEIGHT
To resurgent the street for residents, I intend to recreate a remarkable luminous pedestrian street which flows under the highway with light and soft texture and convecience in construction, as both recreational commercial services and pedestrian shortcuts, in contrast to the heavy highway above.
Metro line Tensile membrane
Steel clamping plate
Double-pushing tensegric system
External steel box girder, stay cables & stable cables
Concrete crane tower
Snack counter Performance stage
Connecting to metro station
Public library Connecting to schools
Connecting to the park Connecting to commercial area
Connecting to residental area
LOWER LEVEL PLAN
UPPER LEVEL PLAN
A-A' SECTION 28
Grandpa: I go to the park for exercise every morning from home. With the lowline, I don't have to detour.
Grandpa: It's time for lunch, the huge lope goes up dirrectly from inside the park, I go home from it. A D 1
Parents: It's a shortcut from the metro s having a good chat on the public balcon slow life after work..
ONE DAY OF A FAMILY OF FIVE A - park；B - residence；C - commercial area；D - schools；E - metro 1 - public library；2 - performance stage；3 - snack counter；4 - flea market Elemantary boy Mother Grandma Father Grandpa
Grandma: Membrane introduce light, holes on slabs introduce fresh air and trees. The lowline is like an open street, only safer.
Grandma: It's cheaper to select necessities from the flea market before going to the shops.
Grandson: The bread sold here as breakfast is delicious.
Grandson: Students from different schools and grades gather at the performance stage at lunchbreak for interest groups. I fall in love with hip-pop here by watching the seniors performing.
Grandma: When picking up the child after school, I bring him to the library to develop good reading habbits for him.
D-1-B The family: After the kid has finished homework at night, we come together to enjoy family time. The road is always dangerous and fast up and down. But in the middle, we are safe and sound.
station to home. Moreover, nies is a chance to enjoy a
URBAN PHYSIOTHERAPY NEW DEVELOPMENT PATTERN FOR OLD RIVERSIDE |04| Instructor: Mengjia He Group Academic Project with Siyu Zhu, YunZheng Chen B.Arch Spring 2016 Location: Suzhou River, Downtown Shanghai, China Size: 490,730 sf Program: Riverside Urban Revitalization City ages. To disentangle problems, investigation and rigorous thinking are conducted, keys are figured out, spacial intervention are created circularly. Any intervention should challenge the city's original development pattern regarding to its corresponding key. The renewal operations in downtown are physiotherapy, or careful minimally invasive surgery.
Project 04/ 07
New New Community Services Dwelling Remaining Offices
The site's volumne is differentiated into high-density area and thus released commodious community service area. Each highrise has community service at the bottom opened to the second-floor and ground-floor.
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1. Food transporting wharf 2. Supermarket 3. Gerocery Stalls 4. Fresh Market 5. Greengrocer Plaza 6. Greengrocer Stalls 7. Food Stalls
8. Food Stall Plaza 9. River-Scenery Dining Areas 10. Book shops 11. Public Toilet 12. Book Plaza 13. Bank 14. Hotel
15. Post Office 16. China Mobile 17. Pharmacy 18. Parking Lots 19. Restaurants 20. Hotel Restaurant
21. Hairdressing & Beauty 22. Gym 23. Dentist's 24. Resettlement Housing Flea Market 25. Remained Offices 26. Resettlement Housing
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FUNCTIONS Pedestrian Circulation New
Remained, Preserved & Refurbished
SECTIONS & SCENES Pedestrian Circulation New
Inner Circulation Remained, Preserved & Refurbished
Resettlement Housing & Offices
A River View
B Henan Rd. Bridge Entrance
C Beijing Rd. View
D Dwelling Entrance
E Fujian Rd. Bridge Entrance
Food Stall Plaza Entrance
F Beijing Rd. View
River-Scenery Dining Area
G Food Stall Plaza
H Greengrocer Plaza
L Book Plaza
Helan Mountain in Ningxia Provinc for vineyards and tourism for its c the climate is not economic for win consumption, chateaus should be the ways and materials that meets construction. The concept is to bring adjusts the chateau's micro enviro seasons, day and night, and also br earth buildings a new form based o (trombe wall) in a way without compl
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ce is identified as China's best place climate and primitiveness. However, ne production. To prevent high energy sustainable both in ecology and in the traditions and capacities of local g a breath to the chateau. The breath onment periodically versus different rings to the traditional local rammed on a new technology of aerodynamics lex maintenance.
TROMBE CHATEAU LOCAL CONSTRUCTION & MATERIAL FOR PASSIVE ENERGY DESIGN |05| Instructor: Xi Shi Individual Academic Project B.Arch Spring 2015 Location: East Helan Mountain, Ningxia Province, China Size: 61,580 sf Program: Chateau & Leisure Hotel
LOCATION Helan mountain locates in the middle-west of China, right on the Loess Plateau. The site is at the east foot of Helan Mountain, surrounded by primitive villages and newly developed vineyards.
CLIMATE Average Temperature
Diurnal & annual temperature difference is huge.
Winter Prevailing Winds Frequency(Hrs)
Summer prevailing wind direction is southeast.
Direct Solar Radiation
W/ ㎡ 1000
Year's direct solar radiantion is abundant.
Wk 52 26
Relative Humidity %
Humidity is much lower than the requirement of chateau.
60 40 24
Summer Prevailing Winds Average Temperature Summer Wind is cool.
Winter prevailing wind direction is northwest.
Summer Prevailing Winds Frequency(Hrs)
LOCAL MATERIAL & CONSTRUCTION
S Hoop Cave: Local Material; Temperature Stability; Moisture
Step 2: Rammed Earth Wall Thermal Insulation & Moisturizing
Step 1: Earth Brick Arch Reasonable Force
Step 3: Finish Straw Plaster
+ Rammed Earth
1. Rammed Earth Wall against Winter Wind
3. Buffer Room for Ventilation & Activity
5. Offices & Hotel as Quilt to Further Stablize the Factory
7. Face Nonbearing Walls to Courtyard
2. Glass Roof towards Sunlight
4. Hoop Caves as Functional Spaces
6. Face Functional & Activity Spaces to our Vinery View
8. Plenty of Plants in Conservatory
Guest Circulation Office Circulation Grape Circulation
Glazing & Movable Shading
Buffer Room Structure
Green Roof Hoop Cave Structure
Third Floor Hotel
Second Floor Dining Platform & Dorms
Ground Floor Winery & Office
A On Site
Basement Winery A
OPERATION BY SEASON
SUMMER DAY Shutter: Covered Glazing Ventilation Opening: Opened Rammed Wall Window: Closed
Radiation blocked. Wind to cool down outer surface of rammed wall and lower apperent temp.
SUMMER NIGHT Shutter: Uncovered Glazing Ventilation Opening: Opened Rammed Wall Window: Opened
Cool night wind to take away heat both inside and outside the rammed wall.
Glazing Ventilation Opening (IN)
Rammed wall keeps considetable heat Shutter: Uncovered from strong radiation, Glazing Ventilation Opening: Closed and heats the air, Rammed Wall Window: Opened causing air cycle.
Rammed wall releases stored Shutter: Covered daytime heat to the Glazing Ventilation Opening: Closed chateau at night Rammed Wall Window: Closed to overcome the freezing temp.
Glazing Ventilation Opening (OUT)
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TALKING BOEDERS IN RURALOPOLITAN SPACE |06| Instructor: Mary-Ann Ray, Tom Buresh. Second advisor: Kyle Steinfeld Individual Thesis Project M.Arch Spring 2020 Location: Village in City Hubei, Shenzhen, China Program: Urban & Border Architectural Deisgn for Floaters
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Urban villages in China are ancient villages surrounded by modern cities with autonomies kept. Separated from the city by high walls and lines of shops, they are unrevealed ruralopÂolis. People loose self efficacy. Villagers attempt to build highrises and tall buildings just like the city. Being an architect advocating for those constituents, double edges are introduced as a testing ground of new kind of urbanism. The talking borders open the edges to the inhabitants of other kind of urbanism, and allow them to come in and experience the real, original urban village. Rather than mixing programs and hoping people with diverse characteristicsâ€˜ll remain together, and acknowledging the motivation of the different groups are singular and different, everybody is able to go about their lives with their own atonomy. It's also not a spectacle where you get to see people living different lives as attraction. Knowing there is another side and things may pass through at their strongest moment, easy communication is a proactive choice for everybody. 46
Each program is focused on one group of floate foreign explorers, the immigrant workers, the fl order to preserve the authentic gene. By weaving their domain into each other's, and people are encouraged to enter the authentic about eachother better, instead of ignoring.
Ansestor Zhang established Hubei Village
ers -- the visitors on purpose, the villagers, the loating university graduates and the citizens, in forming ambiguous edges and porous borders, domain of the others'. And hopefully, to know
Urban village looses self efficacy, and copys the surroundings
Borders appear unconciously under zoning laws
Revive self-recognition from borders
MARKET SIDE BORDER SECTION
MARKET - URBAN AGRICULTURE 49
VILLAGE - RECREATION
PERSPECTIVE FROM VILLAGE
Visitors with purpose Urban Agriculture Market
Villagers Reunion Recreation Center
1ST FLOOR PLAN
Foreign Explorers Heritage exhibition & Workshop
Immigrant workers Food Center, Religious Center
GROUND FLOOR PLAN
51 IMMIGRANTS - FOOD & RELIGIOUS CENTER
PERSPECTIVE FROM VILLAGE PARK SIDE BORDER SECTION
52 FOREIGN EXPLORERS - HERITAGE EXHIBITION & WORKSHOPS
POROUS WALLS CONCEPT
GOTHENBURG CABLE CAR |07| OFFICE: Professional Work with UNStudio DATE: Oct 2018 - Feb 2019 LOCATION: Gothenburg, Sweden PROGRAM: 4 Cable Car Stations & 6 Towers
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As a new mode of transportation, the Cable Car will propel Gothenburg forward as an inclusive, sustainable and dynamic urban environment and become a true signaller o f G o t h e n b u rg â€™s v i s i o n f o r t h e future as a modern compact C i t y. I t w i l l l i n k t h e h i g h - t e c h clusters in VĂ¤stra Ramberget and Lindholmen with JĂ¤rnotorget and Wieselgrensplatsen. The towers are inspired from the silhouettes of the harbour cranes, complementing their triangulated geometry and enriching the sculptural skyline of Gothenburg. Similarly, the geometry of the Cable Car stations create a seamless network under one geometric and design family. The geometry is able to adapt to varying locations and needs without losing their identity.
OTHER WORKS SUPPLEMENTARY PROJECTS |08| Models, drawings, photographies & internship works in Banta DESIGN 2012-2019
[EMERYVILLE ART CENTER RENOVATION] Professional Work in Banta DESIGN Supervisor: Philip Banta 05/2017.05 - 06/2017, Emeryville CA, USA Gallery + Residential | Competition
Flexible Residence for Springboard City Individual Academic Work Instructor: Feng Xuan 05/2016 - 06/2016, FengCheng Town, China Residential Planning & Design
Before forest, lichen occupy fields. Likewise, a healthy city is composed of people form various social status. There should also be alterable residences allowing self-build in a certain frame, which consist the spirit of migratory labor families. These residences will bring diversity and biomass, especially in a city of springboard city in China.
Application of Shikumen typology on Towers Individual Academic Work Instructor: WenJun Ma 11/2015 - 01/2016, Shikumen Area, Downtown Shangha, China Commercial Complex (Commercial, Office, Hotel)
Shikumen is a residencial heritage that offers a sense of intimacy that modern condos don't. Typology including multilayers between privacy and public are looked into. The commercial complex in Shikumen Area stratifies and interlaces public and private to encourage spontaneous mutualism.
1. Functional Space Arrangement By Layers
2. Commercial Permeation By Urban Texture
3. Entertainments Centralized By Themes
4. Outdoor Connective Platforms As Territory
5. Pull Up Super High-Rise In The East
6. Office Set Back For Place Volumn Continuity
7. Twisted Auxiliaries For Richer View Sight
8. Bridge The Hotel With Both Offices
Community Center in Mexico Collaborator: Cui Wang, Ziye Zhong, Charlie Zhang Instructor: Simon Schleicher & Michael Philipp Herrmann Fall 2019, Morelos, Mexico Community Center
The project is located in earthquake-prone Mexico. Through studying form-active and surface-active structures like cable nets, membranes, gridshells, and continuous shells, Our community center is an light-weight cable net structure with wood cladding and a floating circle in the middle.
BIGAIR Studio Production Group Work in 10 Instructor: Mark Anderson Fall 2017, UC Berkeley, USA Inflatable Architecture Design & Construction
Design Projects Portfolio 2020 Nora Yinfei Gu
Yinfei Gu is a design professional/architectural designer and visualizer who is pursuing a professional license in the United States. She is...
Published on Apr 20, 2020
Yinfei Gu is a design professional/architectural designer and visualizer who is pursuing a professional license in the United States. She is...