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P O R T F O L I O Meng Zhang

2 0 1 5 - 2 0 1 6 | Un i v e r s i t y o f Wa s h i n g t o n


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A PAUSE IN THE C IT Y A ND MOU NTA INS Urban retreat, Guangzhou

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FA SHION & FOL DING

Yohji Yamamoto Store, Seattle

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A DA PTIVE RE-U SE

Integrated Visual Arts Center, Seattle

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L A ND SC A PE A ND A RC H IT EC T U RE The Inter Bay in 2115, Seattle

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VA RIED PL ATFOR MS

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STREETSC A PES

Social Housing, Mexico City

Urban Documentation, Mexico City

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MATERIA L STUDY

Rockite/Concrete/Wood


R E S U M E

PR OFESSIONA L EXPERIENC E NBBJ | Shanghai, China 07/2016- 09/2016 | Intern Architect Lionakis | Sacramento, CA 06/2014- 09/2014 | Intern Architect

ACA D EMIC EXPERIENC E University of Washington | Seattle, WA 09/2013- 03/2017 | Three Year Master of Architecture Tianjin Institute of Urban Construction | Tianjin, China 09/2008- 06/2012 | Water Supply and Drainage Engineering

S KI L L S Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, Rhino, Revit, Sketchup LANGUAGE Mandarin Chinese, English


"N o matter what questio ns o n e m ay p ut fo rwa rd t o a rc h it e c t ure , i t i s i t s fate to o nly be able t o giv e o n e a n swe r o n it s s it e ." - H iro s h i Na it o


A Pause in the City and Mountains URBAN RETREAT | GUANGZHOU, CHINA

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solid exchange with void concept model

PROGRAM

2000 years ago

Present

Future

Landscape-based Scale

Urban Expansion Scale

ARCHITECTURAL FORM

vertical element

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random rhythm

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looping the chaos


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Urban Urban Expansion Expansion

TeaTea Drin

Relationship to Nature Relationship to Nature

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Further Analysis Further Analysis

uniform uniform

special special city city

pause pause

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Ancient Tea Ceremony Contemporary

cultural religious social

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The design seeks to develop an architectural form that helps create the awareness between the Baiyun mountain and Guangzhou city. Their physical connection has been existed since the establishment of the city. However, as the city grows, the spiritual connection has been affected by vast urbanization. With denser population, the city confronts the challenge of containing mountain as a spiritual source. Instead, the Baiyun mountain has become consumptive resources as other public green areas in the city.

original site defining enclosure

Thinking about dynamic contradiction in front of the city and mountains, the intent is to create a stage that allows the dialogue to happen. Looping means keeping both of them and allowing the difference at the same time. InB: thisLooping way, the spiritual role of mountains will be Option - urban ring re-explored in the growing city again.

DIAGRAM

PROGRAM

2000 years ago

Landscape-based Scale

ARCHITECTURAL FORM

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Relaxing outside the city

Finishing a busy day

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Walking upstairs to observe the surrounding

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Arriving the rural area

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Seeing the mountain from the window

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Setting up the tea drinking


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Being surrounded by the nature

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Staying in the quiet place

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Tasting the water in tea leaves

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Having imagination or memory in the moment

"The who le ideal of Teais m is a re s ul t of t h is Ze n co n c e p t io n of g re a tness in the sm allest in c id e n t s of l ife ."

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Further Analysis

uniform

special city

pause reexploring

disappearing

mountain

Urban Ring

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MEDITATION There are three chapters of the main spaces in the architectural form. The first chapter is called MEDITATION. Meditation is a physical form of thinking about the relationship between human body and outside world. In this case, it is about the intimacy between the living body and bamboo forests surrounding. Bamboo is an important element of the site, which is constantly experienced by humans through the visual and other senses.

PATH The second chapter is PATH. It is a small part of the looping route throughout the site. During this movement, transition from pure nature to cultivated space is experienced. Nature does not disappear. Instead, it starts to become an image from the visual view.

TEA The last chapter is TEA. It is where visitors are set up for a specified view. By inspiring a spiritual connection with the nature, the view is captured as a pause. The pause is the ephemeral moment of life that enables the awareness of the eternal universe.

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M E D I TAT I O N

"Here we have grasped one of the elements of natural dream,

its need to be engraved deeply into nature. One cannot dream profoundly with objects. To dream profoundly, one must dream with substances."

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"If that which we call space is generated by the harmony woven by light and dark,

light is what gives the space life, while darkness is what gives people imagination."

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T E A

"True imagination is called for when one realizes that there is no answer,

and endures the fact that there is no answer, even while searching for an answer."

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Fashion & Folding YOHJI YAMAMOTO STORE | SEATTLE, US

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"I am super inter est e d in fo c us in g m a kin g s o m e t h in g. Yo u just m ake so m e t h in g by h a n d . T im e is p a s s in g f ro m the mo r ning to even in g. S o yo u fo rge t ev e ry t h in g a bo ut it . It is so simple."

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" A thousand mountains, no sign of birds in flight Ten thousand paths,

no trace of human tracks In a lone boat, an old man,

in rain hat and straw raincoat Fishing alone,

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Making clothes is started with cutting and folding the material - the process of covering human body in a proportion. It has a lot of concerns about the feelings or expressions of people. Similarly, architecture is thought to create a form that can both protect the dwellers physically and inspire them psychologically. The watercolor drawings and the folding form explore an emotional way of connecting the inside with outside context. Similar to the way of making clothes, the architectural form has potentials of providing a space that indicates privacy and intimacy in a special rhythm. The form allows distinct response to the multiple sides of original neighbors, which shows its identity as well.

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Adaptive Re-Use INTEGRATED VISUAL ARTS CENTER | SEATTLE, US

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With an original wood-framing structure, the Langendorf Bakery used to be a bakery factory. It was updated with the extension of steel-framing & concrete structure in 1970s. Being abandoned for a decade, Seattle University is currently proposing new programs in this property for the Department of Arts. The department requires extra floor area that will exceed the capacity of the existing building. Also, the structure system is outdated with lots of remaining interior materials. The design principal is to save key identified elements such as the tower and trusses. In order to support volumes above the original, tree-truss system will strengthen the support with minimal affects to original trusses. There are three main parts categorized by programs. The first part are the theatre, meeting rooms and outdoor patios on the ground level. The second part are classrooms and art studios that occupy the central volume above, which is supported by new tree-truss structure. The third part are art gallery and sculpture court in the south end. Being separated from the sculpture court, the gallery beforehand allows both direct and contrasting interactions with diverse flows in circulation.

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MECHANICAL ROOM COFFEE SHOP SCULPTURE COURT RECEPTION AREA GALLERY MOVIE THEATRE PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO MAKER SPACE FILM STUDIO

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DISCUSSION AREA CLASSROOM SEMINAR ROOM MEETING ROOM DEPARTMENT OFFICE STAFF OFFICE GRAPHIC STUDIO ARTS STUDIO ART STORAGE


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gravel roof wood slats facade

new steel columns

original trusses cable-net and curtain wall system stucco & concrete wall

concrete floor

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WEST ENTRANCE

SCULPTURE COURT

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CENTRAL LOBBY

GALLERY BALCONY

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Architecture & Landscape THE INTER BAY IN 2115 | SEATTLE, US Team Project with: Patty Chen

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Sea levels have fluctuated for thousands of years. Tectonic conditions and climatic cycles have caused vacillating ocean levels. If warming global temperatures continue to melt our major glaciers, this will have an additional—and catastrophic—impact on our coastlines beyond current sea level. Facing the dramatic increase of population in a hundred years, the Inter Bay will become more centralized by the new blending of industrial, commercial and residential zones. Water connections between three areas (Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne) become more efficient with the new type of ecology system. Increasing demand for food and manufacturing lead the transit system to be more convenient by the water transportation, which will overlap existing rail way. This area will become a super hub of gathering the social, cultural and commercial activities in 2115.

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industry

water connection

transportation

fresh water

production

water land

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roof garden fiber optics

solar panel

residential

wetland urban farming


Varied Platforms SOCIAL HOUSING | MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

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JosĂŠ Moran

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Juan Cano

Ceballos


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Mexico City has very rich textures on the roof where people live and communicate. The daily lives are often concurrent with the vertical activities. The concept is to apply varied platforms for multiple experiences throughout the site. Experiences of the roof also address the panoramic experience of Mexico City. Programs include housing, children school and courtyard for neighbors. As dwellers move vertically, the extent of privacy level is clarified. The green yard on ground level promotes the public space for both the residential and neighbors. The along-street block with lower roof is the children play-yard, which allows private and delightful environment for kids. Apartments above the ground level provide affordable living space with roof decks for the lower income residential. Different programs are combined within the limit of the dense, lower-income neighborhood. The site acts as a big container for multiple activities. It is typical for such a mega city to sustain its diverse communities. The design advocates the joyfulness of sharing space with the neighborhood.

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Streetscapes URBAN DOCUMENTATION | MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

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José Ceballos & Rafael Rebollar

Tamaulipas & Alfonso Reyes

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Gral. F. Ramírez & Luis G. Curiel

Parque Lira & Gobernador José Ceballos

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Calle José Morán & Calle Juan Cano

Nuevo León & Calle Laredo


Calle Laredo & Nuevo León

Calle Juan Escutia & Tamaulipas

Tamaulipas & Juan Escutia

Jose Vasconcelos & Gral.Benjamín Hill

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Material Study ROCKITE/CONCRETE/WOOD

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CONTACT

Meng Zhang +1 206 883 5718 mkylezhang@gmail.com 41 1 5 R oosevelt Way N E S e attl e, WA 9 8105


Portfolio of Meng Zhang | 2015-2016