PORTFOLIO OF QICHENG WU University of Washington Applying for Internship, Summer, 2018
In physics, field refers to the concept of a special distribution of some kind of energy. The attribute of invisibility in the concept of the field accords with the influence brought about by design. In other words, design itself is the product of the comprehensive impact of the surrounding environment. Also, design affects users in terms of its inner fields. In this case, the course of design equals the process of handling diverse fields.
-- Transportation center in Copenhagen
[Amplifier of Duality] -- Motel with response of Hanford Site
[Cage of Scene]
-- Reconstruction of the texture in old district
[Sunburst] -- Community library for lightening knowledge
[Vague Chaos] -- Light experiment
[Discovery of Nature] -- sign & info system design
[Salon Grande] -- Urban Theater
Urban Scarf Transportation and Activity Center
The idea comes from the assuming all kinds of circulations, metro path, bike path, and pedestrian path. The scarf works as a roof for establishing a reciprocal relationship between these three different paths and activating the leftover space. The benefits of the scarf is not only it provides a warm and sheltered space that enable programs and activities to happen, but also it lets the space underneath breathe. The shape of the roof is influenced by all kinds of activities. Therefore, the pure, simple, and light canopy and diverse dense activities tie together cohesively. The program islands offer flexibilities for cafe, movable restaurants, performances, exhibitions, and info center. Independent Work May. 2017 Instructor: Peter Cohan & Dan Stubbergaard
During the Spring of 2017, Dan Stubbergaard, founder and creative director of COBE Architects in Copenhagen, was the Scan | Design Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. In that capacity Stubbergaard taught a graduate design studio in the Department of Architecture with Associate Professor Peter Cohan.
Our Urban Living Room
The studio topic “Our Urban Living Room” forced students to think critically about the livability of cities and the effects of rapidly changing urban culture. The challenge was to investigate urban public space and to consider cities as we do our own homes. The studio began with a ten day trip to Copenhagen. Using the city as a resource and COBE’s office as a studio, the students conducted a thorough analysis of the three unique sites to be used for the design project. They then developed site strategies that would form the basis for their individual work throughout the term.
PARTICIPANTS Katelyn Bristow Stan (Ying-Jun) Chen Gaura Ely Dave Hansen Farhana Haque Ting Huang Mike Laurencelle Jingwen Liu graduated from The Royal Dan Stubbergaard (b. 1974) Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Lauren Patnoe Design and Conservation (Copenhagen, DK) in 2002. Lauren Wabiszewski After working as an architect in both the Netherlands Will Wheaton and Denmark, he founded COBE in 2005. Today, COBE employs some 100 architects, Qicheng Wu urban planners, and
DAN STUBBERGAARD | COBE
landscape architects. Since its founding, COBE has created a number of high-profile, award-winning Stubbergaard projects inDan Denmark and abroad, including urban master plans, public spaces, and buildings. Among COBE’s Birk Daugaard most important projects are the combined library and Peter Cohan cultural center in Copenhagen’s northwest district, the Nørreport Train Station - Copenhagen’s busiest station - and the development of the harbor area Nordhavn in Copenhagen - Scandinavia’s largest metropolis development project. All of COBE’s projects emphasize that architecture is not a matter of a certain style or form, but more importantly its adaptability to context, society and the life of its users. COBE’s mission is to create cities, public spaces and buildings that work as social engines and are intuitively understood by the people who experience them. In addition to his practice, Dan Stubbergaard taught at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation from 2004 to 2008. In 2012 COBE received Nykredit’s Architecture Prize - Scandinavia’s largest architecture award. Other awards include MIPIM Award for Best Residential Development(2015) and the Golden Lion Award at the 10th International Venice Biennale of Architecture(2006).
(Left to Right) Dronning Louises Bro, Israels Plads, Paper Island
NORDHAVN The three sites chosen for this project are located in Nordhavn (North Harbor) which is the most extensive and ambitious metropolis development project in Scandinavia for years to come. With its location only four kilometers from the city centre of Copenhagen and its easy access to the city’s infrastructure, Nordhavn is likely to become a unique city district in Copenhagen. The new district will be developed over the next forty to fifty years. When fully developed, the site will feature buildings with a total floor area of up to four million square metres, providing living space for 40,000 inhabitants and workspace for another 40,000 inhabitants. Located on the Øresund coast, the district will offer direct access to the sea, as well as a multitude of recreational urban spaces and public facilities.
01. THE METRO RAILS - From Infrastructure to Urban Space 02. THE POCKET OF WATER - Culture as a Social Engine 03. THE WAREHOUSE - Transformation as a Resource
COPENHAGEN TRIP Opposite Clockwise: Trip to Bagsværd Church, Jørn Utzon COBE office Happy hour at COBE Tietgenkollegiet student housing, Lungaard & Tranberg Clockwise: Site Visit to Nordhavn Prismen, Dorte ManDrup Dorte Mandrup office visit Bike Tour of CPH: Royal Danish Playhouse
"Our urban culture is rapidly transforming from private to public, challenging our lifestyles to negotiate a lot more frequently between our interior and exteriorenvironments. This sets new requirements for a successful, liveable city.
The number of urban events today outnumbers the number of home events during an average person’s week. This new urban culture sets the agenda for our daily lives, and creates new requirements for the physical layout of our cities. The search for answers these questions reveals the power of architecture: that the OUR URBAN LIVINGtoROOM quality of our urban environment is the key to creating a better, healthier, and even more beautiful everyday life.” -Cobe, Dan Stubbergaard
Our urban culture is rapidly transforming from private to public, challenging our lifestyles to negotiate a lot more frequently between our interior and exterior environments. This sets new requirements for a successful, liveable city.
ourselves – the better we will treat it. The better it is designed, the more people will want to live well in our city and take pride in it. This is not a matter of beauty, elegance or wealth, but a story of social liveability and urban democracy. We look to successful interventions like the Copenhagen bike lanes, an urban democratic mobility that shapes our every day lives and in this way becomes part of our lifestyle and identity, and the backbone of our healthy, congestion-free city.
The number of urban events today outnumbers the number of home events during an average person’s week. This new urban culture sets the agenda for our daily lives, and creates new requirements for the physical layout of our cities.
To catalyze the transformation process, we often begin with questions. Why does infrastructure rule the vast majority of public spaces? How can we use cultural interventions as a tool for repairing socially-segregated neighborhoods? Why do we treat old buildings like trash
“Our Urban Living Room” is about architecture – not just how it affects the development of our cities, but how it sets the conditions for peoples’ daily lives.
Dan Stubbergaard (b. 1974) graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (Copenhagen, DK) in 2002. After working as an architect in both the Netherlands and Denmark, he founded COBE in 2005. Today, COBE employs some 100 architects, urban planners, and landscape architects. Since its founding, COBE has created a number of high-profile, award-winning projects in Denmark and abroad, including urban master plans, public spaces, and buildings. Among COBE’s most important projects are the combined library and cultural center in Copenhagen’s northwest district, the Nørreport Train Station - Copenhagen’s busiest station - and the development of the harbor area Nordhavn in Copenhagen - Scandinavia’s largest metropolis development project. All of COBE’s projects emphasize that architecture
Street level plan
Amplifier of Duality Space Perception & History
The beginning, middle, and end of the birth, growth, and perfection of whatever we behold is from contraries, by contraries, and to contraries; and whatever contrariety is, there is action and reaction, there is motion, diversity, multitude, and order, there are degrees, succession and vicissitude. Duality is not a story. Duality is just a complexity.
Independent Work Jan. 2016 Instructor: Rick Mohler, Maria Do
Street level plan
Massing Light analysis Configuration
Circulation Vicinity plan
Lower level plan
Kill painful memories by converting it to better ones. Let hopes shape future.
Cage of Scene Space Perception & History
The renaissance of local improvement districts in developing cities has become a worldwide phenomenon. The majority of methods used to bring people back into the districts have explored the idea of bestowing new values on them, for instance, by emphasizing the beauty of the ruins that may be located there. However, from my perspective, the development of these areas hasnâ€™t finished and the intrinsic reasons for urban decay should be used to help them recover. When plants replace people in the relationship with space, development continues and people are liberated. Independent work Oct. 2014
Evolution of urban texture
As a pioneer of this kind of development, Kaifeng experienced a change of configuration in urban space. The change comes from the contradiction between individualsâ€™ continuously increasing need for more space and the limited spatial distribution.
Changes of roads
Regarded as a unique breaking point, the public space of streets, in some contexts, was able to solve the problem. As a result, the phenomena of encroaching streets emerged and further influenced the basic configuration of urban space.
Fusion of commerce and residence
Partial reformation of landscape
When human behavior and activity affects the growth of space, the decay of old city districts becomes inevitable.
As one object establishing a relationship with space, plants can have a continuous and regular effect on spatial development. So, they are introduced into old districts as new batteries for the intrinsic growth of architecture. Texture of Kaifeng 2010s
People left without memory
People come back for memories
When the subtle effects of each plant join together, they generate a strong power geared toward a relative relationship with space. As the boundary between internal and external space disappears, a particular urban garden begins to form. Most significantly, people come back, and the trace of history is preserved.
Sunburst Space Perception
Aimed at revealing how knowledge would enlighten lives, the library design focus on variantions of light effect of a day and its changing quality through differing densities or materials.
Independent Work Nov. 2015 Adviser: Peter Cohan Basic forms
Concrete roofs with glass filter Structure system
Second level plan
Library areas with glazed enclosure
Street level plan
Vague Chaos Space exploration
Time and space make up the basic components of our lives. They bring surprise to cheer us up, but they also bring us sadness. However, sometimes they transform each other. This is a story about the beauty of fallen leaves. When autumn comes peopleâ€™s moods are often bleak. Leaves fall from the branches as if preparing for the next cycle. Peaceful and light, they express a state of chaos and are often overlooked by passersby. From far away, leaves can give the impression of a vague state. It is the effect of vagueness and chaos that turns such depression into beauty. Independent work Nov. 2014
Pick up a bunch of leaves and branches, they vary in size and texture. Overlay different kinds of leaves, their outlines become chaotic and boring, whereas, when you take a photo from a certain distance, they become vague and interesting. When lights come, they reform the outlines in the screen. Small space makes the outlines a more complex and diverse looking. Overlapping small imagines with each other. Vague edges overgos the distinct edges, letting the overview expresses a vivid effect. Things become more complex if we take several pieces of mirror and explore the effects of the reflection of light.
As the number of leaves increases, vagueness begins to dominate the whole imagine. The state of chaos no longer appears. Even the worst side has a beautiful face that makes our live rich.
Discovery of Nature Sign and Info A trail lies in a dense forest. As it is the major route that connects the church at the top of the mountain and the small village at the bottom, information about the local area becomes important for travelers to avoid getting lost. Marking signs in drunks helps people to go in the right direction. We used one of them to be a sign. For the rest, people can write anything they like on them. In this way, the sign project is not only an information sign, but also an activity everyone can participate in. Collaborative work with Junjia Yu Nov. 2012 Instructor: Luca Barello, Chiara Devoti
A single tree is a cell. We repeat the image to catch people's eye. The number of replications indicates the importance of the sign. Use a mirror coated fabric to wrap the trunk. Texts will be printed on it. We will change it every two years. As the forest is growing and changing, guiding information should be changed as well.
We tried to design the system as simply and obviously as possible to make the project contrast with the surrounding environment to help those who have become lost. To be simple, we chose a white color and geometric shapes. To be unreal, we imagined a floating plane in the air. There are two ways to establish the plane. One is to repeat dots(signs) to imitate it. The other is to use lines(info) to confine a certain area.
The sign and info share the same elevation but their plans are totally different. They both create a floating plan in the air, which gives people a similar spatial awareness. Tree
The notion of theater is used in Baroque time for gathering people. From that time it became a monumental symbol. The concept is trying to borrow the power of religionto activate the triangular space by fragmentizing the sense and mimicing the experience in urban life.
Salon Grande Urban Theater The triangular piazza is a natural intersection for flows which means a theatrical experience can be created not only by peaceful shadows casted on the fan-shaped piazza, but also by vibrant activities of resting people on the big stair. The dynamic interweaving between dramatic light effects and daily life causes a compelling connection for the community. By taking the context into consideration, the silent theater interweaving residentsâ€™ lives as it provides a place for seeing and being seen at the same time. Observing pedestrians on the stairs and then been observed by people on surrounding buildings. Thus, public life can be cultivated and nurtured.
Baroque church ceiling
Attached on the theater, two interior functional space can be used as sheltered guest room. Or the sheltered space underneath can be used for indoor space. Independent work Nov, 2017 Instructor: Rob Pena & Penelope West
Surrounding Roads Urban pilgrimage
Site Plan and Ground Plan
Other Works Stool Design and Fabrication The project is aimed to explore a triangular stool by introducing the idea of connecting three crossed legs tegather. Each crossed leg is comprised of wooden lamination top with triangular metal leg.
Other Works Building Survey and Retification of Valentino Castle
point 3000(from tatal station) point 3000(from tatal station) and are the same point (center of the vault) point from hand-held laser rangefinder retification direct survey direct survey+architectural orders totur: Arch. Franca Ceresa (Politecnico di Torino)
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