Figure 1. Overall Buildings at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (Cloud Rendering)
Voila, this is my completed project site envisioned at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve adjacent to Stanford’s campus based on Revit
’s Cloud rendering (Figure 1). It spans a total area of 36,098 square feet and is formed with multiple buildings with different functionalities—exhibition building, educational (leaf-like) building, conference building and offices. These buildings are connected with a courtyard situated in the heart of the project site, which serves as dining and recreation area. As outlined in Design Journal Entry 1, some of the architectural designs in my project site are inspired by modern architectures, including California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) and Henderson Center (Hong Kong). Thus, they (for instance, green dome and water pool) fairly resemble the attributes of the original buildings. To exemplify sustainable design practice, sustainable features are incorporated into the project site, including bris soleil, green roofs, grey water system, light shelves, photovoltaic cells, rainwater pool and wind turbines.
The following images are some Cloud renderings and screenshots taken in Revit
Figure 2. Overall Buildings at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (Revit)
Figure 3. Overall Floor Plan of Project Site
Figure 4. Entrance View of Exhibition Building
Figure 5. Courtyard View during the Evening
Figure 6. Courtyard View during the Day
Figure 7. Basement of Courtyard
Figure 8. Lobby of Exhibition Building
Figure 9. Rainforest Dome of Exhibition Building
Figure 10. Lobby and Rainforest Dome of Exhibtion Building at Night
Figure 11. Greenroof at Courtyard
Figure 12. View from Second Floor of Circular Elevator
Figure 13. Educational Space/Seminar Room of Leaf-like Building
Figure 14. Rainwater Pool adjacent to Leaf-like Building
For more details on design ideas and building development, please refer to Design Journal Entry 1, 2 and 3.
Adding on details to these design journal entries, the daylighting analysis plays a crucial role in determining the final architectural attributes of this project site. In order to maximize the penetration of sunlights into the building, skylights, windows, curtain walls and floor openings are installed at necessary locations. On the other hand, places that experience excessive solar radiation are installed with different shading features, such as bris soleil (Figure 15), light shelves (Figure 16) and overhangs (Figure 16). After series of trials and runs (Figure 18 to Figure 21), the two buildings involved (exhibition and leaf-like buildings) are able to gain one point for LEED daylighting credit (88% passing at 9am and 93% passing at 3pm) and is 2% shy from the higher standard of LEED daylighting credit.
Figure 15. Bris Soleil at the Third Floor of Exhibtion Building
Figure 16. Overhang and Light Shelves at the South Side of Exhibition Building
Figure 17. Green Roof and Wind Turbines View from Observatory Deck
Figure 18. Daylighting Analysis of Exhibition Building (First Floor)
Figure 19. Daylighting Analysis of Exhibition Building (Second Floor)
Figure 20. Daylighting Analysis of Exhibition Building (Third Floor)
Figure 21. Daylighting Analysis of Leaf-like Building
In terms of structural system, its final version is similar to that described in Design Journal Entry 4, except for a small portion at the south side of the project site. I initially overlooked the inclined roof structure of the building and subsequently, updated its structural system to a more well-suited structural system, as illustrated in Figure 22. Additionally, I would also like to label the structural system uniquely created for the leaf-like buildings, as illustrated in Figure 23.
Figure 22. Portion of Structural System of Exhibition Building
Figure 23. Structural System of Leaf-like Building
As for HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, their final versions are exactly the same to those described in Design Journal Entry 5, 6 and 7. The images below are the overall 3D views of respective system:
Figure 24. Overall Ventilation System of Exhibition Building
Figure 25. Overall Ventilation System of Leaf-like Buildidng
Figure 26. Overall Radiant Floor Heating System
Figure 27. Plumbing System of Portion of Exhibition Building
Figure 28. Electrical System of Portion of Exhibition and Leaf-like Buildings
Overall, this class project provides me in-depth insights on how different building systems can be integrated to serve the purpose of a project site, be it the architectural, structural, HVAC, plumbing, electrical or lighting system. Even though some of the systems are not exhaustive throughout my project, I am able to obtain different flavors from creating each system in Revit
and utilizing associated building analysis, in line with knowledge obtained in lectures. On a side note, some further works that I would like to work on would be completing the HVAC and plumbing systems for the entire project site, and reducing clashes between these systems.