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Shuai Gao, M . Arch

Portfolio ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

architecture + design

selected works 2011 ~ 2013


Shuai Gao Summary

Education

716. 866. 0276 sgao@buffalo.edu Queens NY 11373

Result oriented architect with passion for design, details and construction High proficiency in design & drafting software and physical model making Strong work ethic, problem solving skills, excellent time management and team player Good communication skills in English and Chinese

09.2011 – 09.2013

University at Buffalo . State University of New York . Buffalo, NY Master of Architecture | NAAB Accredited Material Culture Research Group GPA: 3.4 / 4.0

09.2004 – 07.2009

Shandong University . Jinan, Shandong . China Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture | CAAB Accredited

Professional

05.2012 – 08.2012 title projects

Unit Architects . Shanghai . China Junior Architect Maple Garden Hotel Complex Created study & digital models and graphic work for client meetings Contributed CAD drawings in design development phase Chongming New City Worked closely with landscape architect in concept Built digital models in Rhino, drafted masterplan and graphic layout in Adobe Suite.

09.2009 – 06.2011 title

Unit Architects . Shanghai . China Junior Architect


Professional

05.2012 – 08.2012 title projects

Unit Architects . Shanghai . China Junior Architect Maple Garden Hotel Complex Created study & digital models and graphic work for client meetings Contributed CAD drawings in design development phase Chongming New City Worked closely with landscape architect in concept Built digital models in Rhino, drafted masterplan and graphic layout in Adobe Suite.

09.2009 – 06.2011 title projects

Unit Architects . Shanghai . China Junior Architect Longhua 1960 Block Worked on case study Drafted CAD drawings, built digital models with SketchUp Drafted graphic work and layout in Adobe Suite. AAC Headquarters Worked on case study and eco & energy research Drafted analytical layout with Adobe Suite

Skills

2d Drafting 3d Modeling Digital Fabrication Office Languages

Other

Work Authorization

Autodesk: CAD, Adobe Suite CS6: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop CAD 3d, SketchUp, Rhino, Revit, VRay & Handcraft in physical modeling Laser Cutter, 3d Printer, CNC Router, Plasma Cutter Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint Fluent in spoken and written English and Chinese Optional Practice Training Valid through October 2014, need Visa sponsorship thereafter.


Contents

Architecture is a material - culture thing.

Paper Dome Detail


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5 Paper Dome interior

Windbell Tower fabrication

Thickness tectonic

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27

Chongming New City urban | regional

Maple Garden Complex architectural | public

路 Luminaire furniture

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路 Stack structural

路 Kinetic visual


Windbell Tower time

Spring 2012

location

Silo City, Downtown Buffalo, NY

collaboration

Maman Hamissou

This is a representation of the Design / Build project at the graduate studio level and is intended to record high wind in the Silo City, downtown Buffalo.The design form is inspired from the bell shape, which is 12 feet high and is materialized with pure geometry. As the wind blows, the wood frame will swing and hit the steel tube for double effect: visual effect (A pendulum) and sound effect (A bell). The materials chosen are wood (cedar) and steel. This will integrate the project to the contextual environment, and over time it will have the same appearance with the steel rails and wood rail ties.


Buffalo River The Silo City Admin Building Windbell Project


TOP VIEW:

EXPLODED AXON:

2" Steel Angle

2' Galvanized Wire Cable

2"x4"x8' Wood Post

FRONT VIEW:

1/2"x2" Wood Siding

1" Steel Angle

1/2" Steel Plate

4"x12' Steel Post

1/2"x4" Steel Bolt


Paper Dome: Wear_Stamping & Embossing time

Fall 2012

location

University at Buffalo, NY

collaboration

Chen Lin

This project seeks to examine wear within a context that considers its potential for object enhancement. While the effects of wear are often resisted, the group's position was established at the onset of the investigation to consider the possibilities for wear to enrich an object and in turn, allow for a deeper appreciation of the object within a greater public setting. This investigation began at various paper stamping effects by typewriter. The stamping presented a rich example of wear and became the focus of this inquiry, and later on succeeded by the embossing process along with the production of paper. The final phase was a material construction optimizing use or wear in practice. Its articulation as a oneto-one scale artifact is a further speculation of the diagram stage in threedimensions and shall be situated in a setting of social consequence. Wear: The erosion of material from a solid surface by the action of another material.


The research started from the process of the WEAR of "Stamping" given from typewriter to paper, then moved to the study of "Re-stamping" given to a pre-stamped area.

Case of T+R stamping


"T+R" CONTOUR:

Remaining result of "R"stamping

Processing result of "T"stamping

COMBINATION:

INTERSECTION:

Final Combination


Cap of "T" stamping

Then we use CNC routered blue form to imitate the result of Stamping. It is used as the original mould to create paper with pre-fabricated texture.Now the WEAR is transformed from destroying the physical composition to producing from another status -- the pulp.

Pre-stamped "R" Area

Re-stamped "T" Area

"T" stamping result

The chosen case of T+R shall be extended to next phase: mass production of WEAR paper.


EMBOSSED PAPER FABRICATION:

STEP 1

STEP 3

STEP 5

Assemblage of embossed paper sheets

STEP 7


Paper dome fixture hanged over studio space for better observation of the wear of embossing

STEP 2

STEP 4

STEP 6

STEP 8


Thickness: of tectonic hybridity time

Fall 2012

location

University at Buffalo, NY

This project is conducted at two levels from intellectual to physical, as well as two steps from earlier research out of precedent case studies to designs related to further development. All of these processes are simultaneous and intertwined. The research starts from two of the most typical cases illustrating the terms of “thin” and “thick”, along with surveys on materials and tectonics. It moves to the prototyping and designing a new thickened system through the entire semester and ultimately to conclude a synthesis stage of the design proposal. It will lead to a new hybrid of two architectures, becoming the template for a new unprecedented architectural proposal, where tectonic performance and applicability shall be tested, their spatial characteristics measured within this new thickened territory between core and facade. Thickness: It can mean a dimension, a material consistency or a defined volume, architecturally the one defining tectonic unity. In this project, all these meanings shall be assumed with particular focus upon the tectonic territory mediating "core" and "surface".


Thin - Beinecke Library

Core

Structure

Circulation

Materiality

Thick - Therme Bath Vals

Hybrid - Thickening Strategy


Figure / Ground Material Transition Phases: TOP only steel

only steel

steel and concrete

CENTRAL steel merging out

steel growing

stone disappearing

BOTTOM steel within concrete

stone, concrete and steel

This building is bulit of continously site-cast concrete with its reinforce steel frame gradually merging out to shape a truss on top part of it. The lower part of the concrete is encased with stone pieces which disapprear while the steel frame shows up. Hence the steel plays the key role of this structure which has a reversal application from the inside "core" to finally the outside "skin".


Proposal of 3-Dimensional Integration

The stairs are not simply connections between each two layers but also parts of the main body, by chopping off useless parts and leaving behind the stairways. There are mainly two shapes of the stairways, the linear one and the zigzag one. When the stair meets different levers, there are openings on the facade and also the platforms on each level, which provide the connections both horizontally and vertically.

The building has four sides, two of the longer sides integrated with the stair circulation, two of the shorter ones as horizontal connections. This building is built mainly as an enclosed wall structure, which means every part of this building is strongly interactive with the rest parts. It is also like a well fabricated piece, like a shell. There is no longer any core, or facade. There is just one large core, or one continuous facade.


The horizontal sections better illustrate the relationship, i.e. circulation and space, in and among each layers.


The most typical part is circled in blue ovals


Front View

Exploded Axon

Back View

Left View

Right View

In the bottom part, the concrete is poured into and encased by exterior stone pieces. As it grows up, the stone disappears while the concrete shows up. As it continues to grow up, the steel frame which once reinforces inside the concrete is merging out of the concrete and spreading in flat sheet to cover the top part of the building.


Chongming New City time

05. 2012 - 07.2012

location

Chongming, Shanghai, China

collaboration

Unit Architects Team

This project is located at central zone of Chongming New City. Chongming is a "garden" town north to Shanghai. This project is part of Chongming's planning strategy to be a national ecological model, by building this complex of business, residence and landscape. Through research and planning of 4 blocks, we are designing a riverside new city of vigour and livability.


General Site Analysis One Core, Two Axises, Three Blocks, Four Directions This project is located at the core of Chongming New City's central zone. It is next to the central waterfront landscape axis and transportation axis. The urban design of these three blocks will have great influence to the adjacent areas.

GREEN BELT

GREEN BELT

17#

18#19#

chong ming new city 崇明新城

48km

CENTRAL ZONE

bao shan 宝山

jia ding 嘉定

31#

Shanghai City 上海中心城

TRANSPORTATION AXIS

kong gang

qing pu

空港

青浦

song jiang 松江

min hang

hui nan

惠南

闵行

nan qiao 南桥

hai gang 海港

jin shan 金山

CENTRAL WATERFRONT LANDSCAPE AXIS


SPORTS

LEISURE

RESIDENTIAL

RESIDENTIAL

ENTERTAINMENT ADMINISTRATIVE

BUSINESS

LEISURE

SITE ANALYSIS

LANDMARK BUILDINGS


GREEN LEISURE SPACE

WATER GRID TEXTURE


boutique theme hotels office buildings office buildings

malls

office buildings

malls

highrise hotels clubs

boutique theme hotels

retail stores

highrise apartments

lowrise apartments


Landmark Buildings

Ecological Planning for Residential Zone

Lowrise Zone

Multi-functional Buildings

Landscape Grids

Diversed Communities

Assorted Facilities


Dining

COLORFUL WATERFRONT LIFE: Community of vigour

Shopping

Dwelling

Working

Resting


MULTI-FUNCTION FOR DIVERSITY: A City for 24 Hours

MORNING FORENOON NOON Jogging for every brand Highly efficient working in Delicious food, dessert and new day decent office areas coffee for relaxation

WALKWAY

9:00 @

12:00

6:00

13:00 22:00

18:00

NIGHT EVENING AFTERNOON Private and comfortable Shopping and dining, enjoy Energetic and productive apartment for sleeping the life with friends after a good rest


Maple Garden Complex time

06. 2012 - 08.2012

location

Changzhou, Jiangsu, China

collaboration

Unit Architects Team

This project is located at City of Changzhou in Yangtze River Delta. It is a competition in building a complex of a top-grade hotel and a state guest receiption hall for the Town of Zhonglou in City of Changzhou. It is at the southeast corner of the Maple Garden and shall concordantly become part of this park as a highlighted landmark.


SITE ANALYSIS: Maple Garden is a new-built public park located at the south neighbor to the Town Hall. The site of this project is highly natural endowed although it has some effect of the context as the already been buildings. Here are the Pros and Cons:

Scenic park with large green coverage

Fine scenery of Town Hall

Distinctive circulation in park Garden club buildings blocks the view of park, Need to resolve the relation with the new complex

The quality of buildings and landscape planned to build

Corner site, easy for administration and circulation Tiny area for design

Unbuilt area Baolong Plaza is under construction


DESIGN ASSIGNMENT: 1. State Guest Receiption Hall For the receiption of distinguished VIP guests. Function includes receiption rooms, meeting / symposium rooms, dining rooms, indoor pool, gym, mini library, wine cellar and luxury suites. 2. Garden Hotel 112 guest rooms including 5 suites fully equipped with high quality facilities to best accomodate every guest, accredited with 4-5 star hotel level.

1 SITE AREA: 35128m2 RATIO:

0.62

COVERAGE: 8000m2/22.8% level: +3.30m

138m

350m

2


DESIGN PROCESS: Two buildings have different orientations and axises. The receiption hall faces directly towards waterfront. The garden hotel is carefully examined through its connection with the receiption hall as well as its physical composition. This layout allows the ultimate scenic views for most of this complex.

1

Public and dining space lack of scenic view

2

Guest rooms lack of scenic view

3

Guest rooms block the connection

4

Rigid parallel layout

5

Same with 4

6

Same with 3


DESIGN STRATEGY: Maximum utilization of the site: The entrances orientation and the circulation in the complex functionally differentiate two buildings, and enrich the stratification in the entire park.

Vegetation Baolong Plaza (under construction) Entrances and Circulation


DESIGN STRATEGY: Enlarge the spacing between the two buildings to create a feeling of real Garden hotel. Make the best of the lake scenery by creating dimensional and spatial composition in this design.

min. spacing in buildings: 52m min. spacing to line: 30m

extend the interface and spaces of the buildings towards waterfront scenery


MASTER PLAN

SITE PLAN


LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS

TRANSPORTATION ANALYSIS

central path waterfront path scenic spot leisure zone courtyard green square

guest lane supply lane fire lane


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二层平面 Second Floor 建筑面积/ Gross Floor Area:2,431m² 1.套间 Suite 2.客房 Rooms 3.布草间 Cloth Kusama 4.储藏间 Storage 5.男、女厕/残障厕 Toilet 6.电梯厅 Elevator Hall 7.平台 Terrace 8.上空 Void 9.办公室 Office 10.桑拿 Sauna 11.男更衣室 Changing Room for Men 12.女更衣室 Changing Room for Women 13.男淋浴 Bathroom for Men 14.女淋浴 Bathroom for Women 15.健身房 The Gym 16.备餐间 Pantry 17.烹调 Cooking

一层平面 First Floor 5 01 建筑面积/ Gross Floor Area:5,806m² 1.大堂 Lobby 2.门厅 Entrance Hall 3.休息间 Lounge 4.男、女厕/残障厕 Toilet 5. 大堂吧 Lobby Bar 6.平台 Terrace 7.总服务台 Reception Desk 8.办公室 Office 9.寄存 Hosting 10.储藏间 Storage 11.商店 Store 12.票务 Ticket 13.宴会厅 Banqueting hall 14.服务间 Galley 15.备餐间 Pantry 16.舞台 Stage 17.布草间 Cloth Kusama 18.套间 Suite 19.客房 Rooms 20.电梯厅 Elevator Hall 21.咖啡厅 Cafe 22.工作间 Working 23.柜台 Counter 24.餐饮包间 VIP Room 25.烹调 Cooking 26.池塘 Pond

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游泳池

SWIMMING POOL -4.500 -1F


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