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Zhenchao Zhang Master in Architecture Email:

1.RDU Airport City morrisville,NC

2.Raleigh Art Craft museum raleigh,NC

3.A sunny space in foggy city San franciso,CA

4.Charleston Museum 5.CoLENE CLEMONS VINEYARD 6.BIM Fundamentals Seminar 7.Ravine House case study 8.STRUCTURE DESIGN 9.Design Build- NCMA Pavilion Raleigh, nc


RDU FUtURe AiRpoRt City

Typology: ARC503 P


Professional Arc Studio Location: Morrisville, NC Date: Spring 2016 Professor: Wayne Place Partner: Jenny, Wenlu


Phase 1 -A new rental center -Extand runways -New General Aviation -Adding taxiway -Apron construction

In an Information Explosion Age, globalization brings people much more closer than before. Airport is the first blank for people to experience cultural influences and high technologies facing to the future. Airport is also the generator to offer job opportunities, promote high efficiency transportation systems and encourage more durable large scale structures. Our future airport project is a next fifty years planning which is focused on the current RDU International Airport in Triangle,North Carolina. Airport City concept is to make the airport as

Phase 2 -New Concourse 3 -New parking area -New driveway system -Light Rail Station

the core of aerotropolis. City within the airport can provide a potential to make this space serve for both passengers and local citizens. It is not only a place for people to transfer from one airport to another, but also the place for people to stay and experience the efficiency of airport city which could provide. The RDU Internitional Airport has two terminals for now: the old terminal 1 serving Southwest and the new terminal 2. We plan to design the whole site in four different phases in the next fifty years. The planning principle is to take the most advantage of exsiting

Phase 3 -Rebuild old parking -New Concourse 4 Develop rental center to transportation center

terminals, runways and cargo buildings.Every phase will have some pre-construcion apron work and road work for the next phase. The Airport City Concept is to have a multi-function building in this site to serve not only passengers from airlines but also citizens from the city. By designing a linear city whose different parts are connected by light rail in the middle of two runways, the city can serve all different terminals more easily. In those four phases, terminals and different parts of the Airport City are finished seperately and in phase 4 all the terminals will be connected to the central linear city by bridges which are high enough for Boeing 737 to passby under those bridges.


Phase 4 -Rebuild Terminal 1 -Bridges connect Terminal 2 to new lobby -PRT System to connect


roof concept is from the beauty of the land of North

Carolina: from the mountains,trees to the waves of the Atalantic Ocean.

LATERAL TRUSS -Lateral load bearing system to support the curtainwall system and roofs against the wind load.


concept of gravity load bearing

system is also from the beauty of North Carolina. The treestructures are designed to remind passengers of the beauty of the land.


linear Airport City is in the

middle with two terminal lobbies at both end which are connected to four concourses on side.


The design concept is inspired by the beautiful nature in North Carolina, meandering and splendid mountains, trees, and fresh air blowing from ocean waves. That is what bring us here. It is about the past and future. It is about the beauty of nature and human feelings. Main Lobby and Concourses are connected by a commercial bridge which offer more opportunities for people shopping while on their way to the gates. Cars can drive through under the bridge while on one side the aircrafts can do it as well. On the other side of drive road it is the city plaza, which can serve all citizens.

Lobby-Concourse Section

One of our proposals is to provide people various experience. The tree structure in concourse is different from the one in terminal. The bottom part of concourse tree structure is straight steel tree trunk while the top part consists of several “branches�. All small branches are lined to support the beams hided in the roof. To provide passengers as many activity opportunities as we can, retails and sitting areas on the mezzanine are designed between gates level and roof level. With the setting of doubleload gates, passengers on the mezzanine level could capture the views from both side through the big glazings.

Concourse Render


Concourse Plan



The left is the view from the express bridge towards the conncetion part where the airport city attach to terminal lobby. A lobby with a multiple function to allow the transition from terminal to airport city.Here is the first shot where you will start the adventure in the airport city.

Outdoor green spaces are located on both sides of the airport city. With the exclusive view to the airport, we try to create some public spaces for people to come, enjoy, explore and experience the excitement of being in the airport city.



Typology 13

y: ARC500 Professional Arc Studio Location: Raleigh downtown, NC Date: Spring 2015 Professor: Jason Hart 14

The architectural design of Raleigh Art & Craft Museum has two goals to be achieved: 1) be a place to open to the community around offering art and craft education and 2) a place to exhibit works from the community around and inspire innovation and promote collaboration among all citizens. Located in downtown Raleigh arounded by city market, Moore Square Park, Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School and Residential Areas, The site called for an architecture that being friendly to community, engaging the public, offering gather space for both public and people working or learning in the museum. The design of Raleigh Art Craft Museum also focus on how to take the most advantage of natural system like daylighting and how to blend the new structure into the exsiting buildings around.


The STReAMS of PeoPLe ARe fRoM diffeRenT diReCTionS

A MuiTi-funCTion wALL To oRgAnize SPACe And CiRCuLATion

one gATheR SPACe foR PRivATe And AnoTheR foR PubLiC

CouRTyARd SuRRounded by gALLeRy And CLASSRooMS


The heavy board-formed concrete wall is the first thing jumping into visitors’ eyes no matter which directions they are from. It divides the whole space into two parts which are still connected by view and small openings. The bard-formed concrete wall is also leading the circulation both in plan and seciotion. The outside courtyard and inside gallery still feel like an united space by visually connected with the help of the concrete wall.


1st Floor Plan

2nd Floor Plan






The main gallery is visually connected to the courtyard and the glass craft classroom. The activities in courtyard, the activities in classroom and the heavy concrete wall are not only the boundries of the gallery but also part of it. The space are divided into two parts by the skylight above it.





Compared to the interior gallery, the courtyard is more like a destination rather just a courtyard. It can be regarded as an exterior gallery or a place which can offer an opportunity for visitors and students to communicate and collaborate. The courtyard is more private than the entry plaza and in such an environment people may feel more free and comfortable. Surrounded by art exhibits and art activities, the courtyard is a good place for citizens to think about the relationship between art and our life.


A SUNNY PLACE IN FOGGY CITY Typology: ARC 503 Professional Arc Studio Location:

San Francisco, CA


Fall 2015

Professor: Wayne Place Partner:

Mokuan Lin

This project is about a new tall building located on 1500 Mission St, San Francisco, Which is a key intersection of Mission an Van Ness(US101). The site is near the “tech hub” of downtown San Francisco and the city w a n t s t o e x p a n d housing and density here in the future. When we talk about a new design for Metropolis, we consider about how to make it efficient,energy saving and a gorgeous shape to contribute to the skyline. It’s easy for us to forget that skyscrapers can make a different to the culture of the city as well as the skyline. We try to take advantage of this mix-used skyscraper design to change the way people thinking and living with a list of design goals: Make the building bicycle friendly and encouraged; Have a public space for citizen; For the office, nice view and energy efficiency is crutial;For residential part, we are trying to make it with natural cross ventilation, good neighborhood communication and unit open space. Design with all those goals in mind, a courtyard with enough sunshine plays a crutial role in this project. It offer a big open space with comfortable environment for people to gather and enjoy. For the residential part, an L shape residential building with a 40 feet span is designed to offer natural ventilation for the residential units. For the office building, we focus on how to reduce the proportion of circulation core area to have more space for office use.


Le Corbusier’s own vision of skyscrapers surrounded by grassy spaces seems utterly ignorant of the streetlife that powers urban interactions. Cities are complicated organisms that thrive when they are messy and filled with mixed uses; the jumble enables people to experience the changing mix of urban marvels. <Brasilia is a warning to urban dreamers>

The site is a trapezoid shape and almost 45° angle to the north. Opening the sourth corner to provide enough sunshine to the courtyard. The office building and residential building are north-south organized to take more advantage of the natural ventalition.





For the office building, the proportion of circulation core area to the whole floor area is crutcial. Generally this number is between 25% to 30% and we are trying to low the number without hurt the structural ability. The facade of the office building is folded in an angle to respond the trapezoid site and to provide a better view towards the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay. Every floor will have a double-story space either in the side towards the bay or in the other side towards the courtyard to provide a public space for employees to gather and have a rest.



CHARLESTON CITY MUSEUM Typology: ARC403 Arc Studio Location:

Charleston, SC


Fall 2013

Professor: Sara Queen This project is my first studio as an architecture student and also my first design class in the US. It the start of the journey.This project is a concept city museum in Charleston. The intention of this studio is to learn how to design with a respect to surroundings and to improve various skills to show your ideas. Before the beginning of design, we do a bunch of study on Charleston: the location, the history, the transportation and the development. With the knowledge about this city we did a city map and a city concept model to show the understanding of Charleston. The next step is a visiting to Charleston to have a deeper understanding of the texture and atmosphere of this city. The final project of this studio is to choose a site yourself and design a concept city museum to respond to the whole city after finishing a zoom-in district model.



in the site visiting to Charleston, I focused on the relationship between public space and private space. The site I choose is along the Broad St, which is a busy commercial street. Blocks on the south side of Broad St are more residential and private. In the district model, the private of a space is proportional to the depth. The city museum is designed to be a connection between the busy Broad St and the residential area in south. With a good view towards the residential area, the city museum will remind visitors where they are.




ARC405 Arc Studio




Fall 2014

Professor: Susan Canon This studio is an elementary studio which focus on tectonic, materials and structure. This project is about three structures in Clnene Clemons Vineyard: two pavilions and a winery. In my design I try to use similar tectonic and materials to build a relationship between those three structures which are surrounding the vinery in different locations.Steel Columns in board-formed concrete with wood gutter and perlins is the same element fo all of those constructions. The only fuction of the First Pavilion is to provide a gather space for visitors to have a rest and have a beautiful view of the vinery. I opened the south side of the pavillion to lead in sunshine. The second Pavilion is located in a small forest with a muti-fuciton space: A vine storage tower to serve visitors with different tasties and a covered space for people to enjoy wines.



BIM Fundamentals Seminar Typology: ARC590 Revit Seminar Date:

Spring 2016

Professor: Michael Weiser This course is intended to introduce and explore the application of Revit, a BIM integrated software, both as a product and a process. The class introduced essential software concepts and hands-on operationswith Revit Architecture. Those are some process productions about an office building.




Case study

Typology: ARC537 Tectonic and Craft Seminar Case Study


Fall 2015

Professor: Frank Harmon Partner:

Estridge Hatley

This modern guest house and reflecting pool is located on the grounds of a private residence abutting Toronto and is conceived of as an open pavilion sitting in a lush verdant landscape. To have a better understanding of this project, we built a 1/4”=1’ model to learn the relationship between indoor and outdoor as well as a full scale detail model about the C channel glass to learn the specialized structure system. For the 1/4” scale model, we build it in a more landscape style to get a more realistic relationship between the building and the landscape environment. For the full scale detail model, we built the C channel connection details by photos and our own understanding of a good tectonic and craft.



Structure deSign for Multi-used civic center Typology:

Academic Structure design


Spring 2010

Professor: Xiugen Jiang

this is a structure design for a 540 m2 civic center. All structural members are reinforced concrete.the long span is 7.5 m and the short span is 7.2m. All walls are considered as un-loadbearing wall and the concrete frame are designed to resist loads both vertically and horizontally. different from the building sequence, in structural design, the order of design is from up to down : from the board, to the secondary beam, beam and column. According to the result of calculation ,we design suitable reinforcing bar for all the structural concrete members to make it safety and economicial.

STEP1: concrete Floor Board design


STEP2: concrete Beam design

STEP3: Frame Load calculation and rebar design

STEP4: construction documents


NCMA Pavilion Design BuilD Typology:

ARC503 Professional Arc Studio (Design Build)


NCMA,Raleigh, NC


Summer 2016(ongoing)

Professor: Randall Lanou, Ellen Cassilly, Erik Mehlman, Scott Metheny

This design-build project is about a garden tool storage and a small outdoor classroom in the Discovery Garden at NCMA. In addition to creating a space for gathering and storage, the pavillion encourages visitors to discover their surroundings. The expressive wing-shape roof leads rain water to the central channel, where all rain water leading into the adjacent rain garden that feeds the food forest beyond. The food forest, rain garden and pavillion serve as the patronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gateway to the Discovery Garden from the ampitheater entrance. One the backside of the pavillion, a short board-formed concrete wall serve as an emphasis of the boundry for the pass behind. It also offers a sitting space for both the people under the pavillion and the visitors on the back side. The garden tool storage is sitting between those two short walls to provide a space for volunteers working for NCMA to storage their tools and bags.






Design & site PreParation

BoarD-formeD ConCrete walls

At the very beginning of the design process, the whole class visited the site together and talked about the project and the special site environment. After the site visit, the students individually participated in an intense modeling design charette.The parti that the client settled on was a wall along the path that led to the shed and a canopy overhead to tied the project together. Another two weeks was spent to decide all design details, materials and prepare the site after the parti was decided.

The construction of concrete walls is the most frustrated part and also the most interesting part. we begin the process with measure and culculation to decide the location and depth for footings. The 2 x 6 board framings were mading in shop while another team was working on site to figure out the rebar. The pump trunk rental also went a long way helping easily empty the two concrete trucks into the walls with plenty of time left over to vibrate the concrete wall and create a smooth finish on the top of the walls.



All steel members are fabricated in the College of Design's Materials Lab and assembled on site.

The walls were traditionally framed with 2x6 stud framing and sheathed with plywood.Once the walls were correctly positioned, the base plates were drilled through the concrete and anchored. The team made the decision to use charred wood due to its UV, rot, bug, and weather resistant properties and its 80 year lifespan. The charred siding was installed as a weather barrier onto furring strips. The corner condition was resolved using a custom detail with steel angles. The door frame and door were also fabricated using the same steel language as the corners of the siding.


ROOF Each of the 2x10 joists was roughly cut to a unique length to create the butterfly roof and then carefully clamped and bolted to the glulam.After the blocking and gutter were installed, the fascia angles were lifted onto the edge of the roof. Installing the corrugated roofing is the final step.

LANDSCAPE The landscape design and implementation was a collaboration between the students and NCMA. A group worked closely with the Museum to select plants for the rain garden and to design drainage for the project that aligned with the planned drainage for the Discovery Garden.





For me the true happiness is pure. My greatest desire for myself is to make the place a little bit better, to match the beauty of what I am doing and the people who are around me.


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