Friday, November 23, 2012

Aurora borealis arctic observatory - The wings of the dawn goddess-I

Design by Jensen Liu and Sally Hsu

Aurora borealis arctic observatory - The wings of the dawn goddess-II

Siivet aurora, the Aurora Borealis Arctic Observatory is an architectural project situated in argument between the historic mystic of the northern lights and the urban landmark of Rovaniemi. The stories of the aurora phenomenon may now have a scientific explanation, this has not diminish the fascination for this seasonal event, nature’s most fascinating live painting continues to attract countless trekkers to search for this phenomenal experience, for that we have designed a hotel to capture and enrich this priceless journey.
Through years of evolution the architectural design and construction has yet to proceed greatly in the use of technology. The architectural discipline continues to be a step behind the technological advancement of the modern age. This proposal signifies a desire to challenge the use of technology in architecture, not for merely convenience but an all-round addition to form and function. How does architecture embrace the primitive desire of its occupant to immerse in a mysterious fantasy yet also project forward into the future way of living? This proposal explores the awakening moment of the Eos (the goddess of dawn). The awakening enhances a natural phenomenon that continues to amaze audiences.
The project believes sustainability should not be a implemented merely due to society’s expectation on green architecture. Sustainability encourages precise consideration of the site context. An efficient sustainable system helps minimize the disturbance of the site and more important implemented as a feature that adds to the architecture not just functionally but also formally. The aurora is signifying the goddess of dawn splitting open the night sky breaking free of the dark skyline. The architectural design signifies Eos’s wings responding to the natural aurora phenomenon, as the magnetic field and wind undulates, it follows throughout echoing nature’s best painting.

The building has chosen reflective stainless steel to be the façade finish, this reflective surfaces aims to capture the aurora and blend within the context. The architecture sits within the terrain; it minimizes the conflict with the site. This nestling aims to utilize the earth thermal energy to achieve insulation. 

The architectural proposalis established upon the Eos's wings responding to the natural aurora phenomenon, as the magnetic field and wind undulates, it follows throughout echoing nature’s best painting. The roof top has installed LED light tubes, as the aurora surface, the light tubes will respond to the magnetic forces, creating a spectacle of dance within nature. The architecture nestle within the natural landscape, the building center has a seamless water surface that is able to seamlessly connect with the horizon ahead, creating the sensation of reaching into the sky.

The architecture has installed a lighting pool with the function of a skylight in the entrance
foyer of the building. In the cold harsh winter, the visitors and occupants within the interior can still enjoy a panorama scenery and rich daylight. This installment act as insulation, the interior temperature will be able to be maintained for comfort. This is ensures the visual experiences does not lesson the comfort within the building.

The use of geothermal energy assists the sustainability implementation of the architecture.The extracted geothermal energy is transformed into electricity and heat, this provides for the heating requirement of the building and the hot springs leisure space within, this also contributes to the energy required to power the roof top façade during the aurora season.

To ensure the building is sufficient and sustainable, geothermal energy is captured to transform into electricity for the generation of a magnetic field. This power is used to generate the magnetic field required to active the façade of the building. The force field allows the LED wings to undulate respond to the Aurora and the force all around. The water collected from snow and rain will be recycled to be used within the building in all leisure hot springs and water features.

The building site is chosen in the middle axis of the river, to avoid light contamination from the city and provide best viewing opportunities for the visitors.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bike Design - Fluid Experience

Looking for Sponsors to build the prototype

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bike Design II - Fluid Experience


This bicycle design is trying to challenge the imagination of the form, and create a new idea for the motion of the structure.
Design language of the bicycle is figured by natural form. Simplified body form which component with smooth shaped elements. The essence of this bicycle design is to create a sexy curve. It presents as soft as water and shows the strength and beauty at all different angles.
Non-spoke-wheel is the extension of the form concept. Eliminated the tedious supporting spokes and strengthen the rim structure, and extend the natural curve in two wheels to present the shape of light.
Introduction of green energy is an global trend in the design
Power generator is driven by pushing foot pedals which installed in the main axle, and produced power is stored in a battery for front, rear and side lamp lighting. The light system is not only a function for lighting, but it silhouettes the beauty of the body itself.


solidification of the fluid:
the form outlined in dynamic flow, presenting a perfect combination between natural beauty and industrial technology. 

to break the traditional concept of the bicycle structure, eliminating the supporting spokes to empty the structure in the middle of the wheels, and directly strengthen the rim frame.

the self-power generating system :
The power is generated while people cycle on the bicycle, and electricity is stored in the battery for LED illumination system.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Changing the Face

Changing the Face –Pushkinsky Cinema Hall
The power of inspirationA tribute to Александр Сергеевич Пушкин –a poem propounded by architecture

Poetry in architecture – the power of inspiration

1. Concept:

A tribute to Александр Сергеевич Пушкин –a poem propounded by architecture.

The Pushkinsky Cinema Hall is located next to the Pushkin Square on the unban green line, and the statue of Александр Сергеевич Пушкин stands in front of the cinema hall. The concept of this design is to write a poem as a tribute to Александр Сергеевич Пушкин by architecture.

The name of poem

“The power of inspiration”

Description of the poem:
 (1) “Freedom”

Against gravity by floating steam

Gravity is one of the great obstacles to artistic design of architectural structure, thus there has been deep desire to construct the architecture without giving sense of gravity. In order to present freedom of architecture, the mist floating in the air performs as a new type of materials for the façade.

(2) “The warm Sun on the snow”

The architectural form is originated from an image of sun.

Snow country has thirsts for basking in pleasant sunshine, just like the world of poetry need Александр Сергеевич Пушкин to provide and expand its spirit.

(3) The inspiration of color – a symbol of warm temperature

The architectural façade changes the color with temperature. Generally, the façade color is red during the summer. When the temperature drops, the color turns to black. Moreover, spouting steam from the new façade to increase the temperature around the building and the color turn to scarlet. The color and steam give people warmth.

2. Three level Facades

(1)The first layer- steam

The steam floats surround the cinema hall to represent a new type of façade and actually increase the temperature near the building.
The rise of steam from horizon – a view of architectural façade extends to unban collage.

(2)The second layer-architectural form The façade starts a primitive geometry with a light materiality to reflect the surrounding. And then, the curves cut it and create the pattern of architectural form.

(3)The third layer- thermochromic façade

The stainless with Performance Coating on the façade is able to echo the color when temperature becomes different.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

St. Stephen’s Cathedral – bio-structural system architecture

St. Stephen’s Cathedral – bio-structural system architecture

This is a cathedral project which is located in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the center of economic, religion and tourism in Vienna, Austria. Various types of layers were applied to accomplish the complexity of multiple social functions since the new cathedral is facing those complicated issues of social changes. In addition, this new design of St. Stephen’s Cathedral proposes possibilities of the very contemporary architectural form.    
The form manipulation is one of the main experimental issues to enter this project.
The processes discussed above is not only based on the belief in religion for architecture but also based on my belief in design of architecture.     

The beginning of the description, I would like to write a short story to define my belief.

“The sunlight through the stained glass plays on my face when I get off the subway.”

“I usually have a cup of coffee in the square while basking in cathedral hymns.”

“People pass through me to the theater”

"And I just take a seat in the nave for talking with god.”

"My religion is just my life.”
About form
St. Stephen Cathedral is characterized by the strong aesthetic form the structure. To pay tribute to the great architecture, my design concept starts with the original system of special structure; I extracted a column and point arch to analyze the composition and logic of structural line.

· Arch: the prototype is transformed with direction and decoration
· Column: twist the structural line, and embed the spaces in the different part of column, and then increase the density and scale of the structure. This language is applied in different situation in whole project.
A single column and an arch system were extended and applied to the whole building.

Choose a row of the structural system from cathedral to text the catalog.

About function

Complexity of multifunction
Cathedral – religion
Underground – traffic
Theater – art
Department store, coffee, plaza – business and tourism

- Sanctity in the space-
·  Isolation- the big opening in the site emphasis the holiness of god; distinguish the god from of human on the land.
·  the form of structure with direction- Continue the rising language from traditional structure and add twist to show a special feeling with unpredictable direction of the structure to present nobleness and greatness of god. 
· stained glass floor- The stained glass is the traditional element in cathedral design as window. In this project, it was converted into floor and applied primitive cross to be the new cathedral plane. People walk on the cross on stained glass floor with cautious attitude, and view through diverse space like train station and theater to make all space start to communicate with vision.     

 - The process of design-
· preserving the holiest special structure of cathedral, altar.
· transform from the old structure
· the growing structure into the basement
· the railway through the bottom
· plaza
· a huge opening surrounds whole structure and develops cross route of stained glass
· the tower structure
· sphere spaces
· the skin