1.shoes+bag 2.arm-chair+lap-top 3.car+garage 4.beach-villa+boat

4 ( X + Y )=WORLD
Studio HADID ws 2009/2010
Location: Vienna, Austria
Design Team: Bin Lu, Ivanov Vladimir, Loffler Robert
Time: 2009.10-2010.1
Instructor: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher

The whole year task is designing from small fashion and industry designs (shoes + bag, arm-chair + lap-top, car + garage, beach villa + boat) to bigger scales building projects (stadium + podium). Total fluidity on all scales for all programmes. The final products integrate all first 3 double-designs into a single complex.

Our abstract idea behind is the interaction between user and object and object to object. The shoe is determined by the shape of the user’s foot. It is stretchable in all necessary directions. One shoe fits to a certain amount of different foot sizes which determines outer appearance of the shoe. When the shoe is adapting to the foot it changes its skin structure and color. All these features enable individualization according to size and shape of the foot.

Structure of the skin enables necessary stretching. Skin is diversified to more and less stretchable areas according to geometry of human foot. System of folding and bubble skin structure is providing necessary stretching abilities of the shoe. Inside the shoe is implemented soft stretchable supporting system to hold the shape of the shoe. Shoe is created from stretchable soft polymer materials. Bubble parts are made of transparent stretchable plastic, which reacts to stretching by color change. Color-changing polymer contains small ring-shaped molecules called “mechanophores” in the center of polymer chains. In response to mechanical force, these rings break, changing the color of the polymer. Additional color change is realized by changing geometry of the folding parts.

The bag can be used as a backpack and a leg pack. In backpack mode the user is able to carry more items while in the leg pack mode it provides more freedom. The Bag is made out of stretchable material similar to the shoe. In different modes of usage, it reveals different colors.

The chair has a peace and an activated condition. The weight determines the level of activation, which also means revealing a different color and shape. The chair consists of three different types of materials. A stiff supporting structure is holding soft foam which is covered by a semi-stretchable skin. When a user sits on the chair the soft part is pushed through the skin creating a bubble effect. Meanwhile the colors of the “bubbles” change.

The garage has an activated and a peace position. In peace position it partly merges into the surrounding landscape. The top of the garage is on the same level as the ground and it stays in its position. As the car approaches it, the system of paths is pulled down revealing the garage.

The car is transformable from a two seats to a four seats. This is provided by two shells moving apart from each other. The gap between them is filled with a stretchable material that merges to outer shells.

扎哈哈迪特工作室 4(x+y)=world 工作室指导:帕特里克·舒马赫








Bin Lu is currently studying at STUDIO HADID in Vienna

Bin Lu is currently studying at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Studio Zaha Hadid.
The whole studio had a study trip in ROME(12.-16.11.) Excursion included: presentation of project thesis with Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, visit the MAXXI museum / national museum of contemporary art and national museum of architecture from Zaha Hadid Architects London.

ROM (12.-16.11.) Exkursion: Präsentation des Semesterprojekts mit Zaha Hadid und Patrik Schumacher, Besichtigung des MAXXI Museum / Nationalmuseum für zeitgenössische Kunst und Nationalmuseum für Architektur von Zaha Hadid Architects London.


DCA project featured on suckerPUNCH



BLUA's Project featured on Atelier Manferdini's Offical Website

BLUA's Project has been selected with honor by Atelier Manferdini in her research and post on her offical website. http://www.ateliermanferdini.com/

BLUA's Projects are selected for Spring 2009 SCI-ARC All School Summer Exhibition



Performative Morphologies/San Francisco Bus Station

Infrastructural Architecture
Performative Morphologies for San Francisco Transit Hubs
2GBX Studio/SCI-Arc Spring 2009
Location: San Franciso, CA
Design Team: Bin Lu, Joongsik Yang
Time: 2009.1-4
Instructor: Tom Wiscombe, Peter Testa, Elena Manferdini


Consistent with the Obama government's national transit and new technology initiatives, the main focus of our studio is finding the urban strategy considering infrastructure by scripting an parametric design with sustainable building technologies. We started with branching script and voronoi algorithm based on the main stream of the people coming to the bus station. We obtained our main design pattern implying people's flow from this main path. Based on the ALGAEtech works with direct sunlight, we applied them into our roof system and building façade so the result was the best synergy effect in both visual and technical terms. Harvesting algae for biofuels enhances transportation fuel production while mitigating CO2, clean the air around the bus station area.

为了贯彻美国奥巴马政府国家交通和新兴科技创新性,工作室主要专注于寻找城市决策,考虑基础设施用参数化的设计以及可持续建筑技术结合完成。我们开始于分支程序与voronoi 算法,基于来自汽车站的主要人流。我们得到主要设计图案预示了主要的人的流动路径。基于海藻科技需要直接的自然光照运行的原理,我们将他们运用在我们的屋顶系统以及建筑立面中,这样最终的结果是同时视觉上与技术上最好的协同效果。收获的海藻给生物燃料扩张了交通燃料产品,同时减轻二氧化碳,净化汽车站周围的环境。

Our site has a level difference about 24meters, so we tried to divide the terminal with the local bus bay area and greyhound terminal. The 1st floor is used for loading space for public from taxi and parking space for the bikes, 2nd floor is bay area for local buses and 3rd floor is for the greyhound bus. The local bus can enter into terminal from Beale Street and it can go through 2nd floor and exit through Harrison Street. Greyhound bus comes from highway and goes directly into the greyhound terminal at third floor and it exits out to the Beale Street through the connective ramp. For structural solution, we designed the star shape structure by dividing steel pipes and assembling the segments again inversely. And this way, the star structure allowed algae tubes to be combined and fixed well into the main structure.


Global warming, depletion of non-renewable resources and intensifying crisis and wars over fuel, are an instigator for finding new forms of sustainable energy. Algae is the most efficient way (30times more energy per acre than other second- generation biofuel crops) to manufacture biofuel. There are a variety of ways to transform algae into oil. One of these systems uses algae tubes as atmospheric potentials for an architectural façade. So far, this technology has not been used in a building system. In our bus station project, ALGAEtech recycles carbon dioxide from the bus engines to produce biofuels, hydrogen and oxygen. This reduces net carbon dioxide production as waste becomes profit.



Beam Installation

Advanced Tectonics: A.K.A The 'Beam Class'
Reflective Assemblies/Materials to System
2GAX Applied Studies Seminar/SCI-Arc Fall 2008
Location: Los angeles, CA
Time: 2008.9-12
Design Team: Bin Lu, Michael Young, Chris Day, Jairo Vives, Andrew King, Dulrye Mhin, Gulcin Becerik
Instructor: Tom Wiscombe, Matt Melnyk

ADVANCED TECTONICS: A . K . A The ‘Beam Class’

Using scripted geometry as a starting point we initially wanted to create a beam in tension and use a chemical fixant so that when inverted, the beam could act against compression. Failed prototypes using resin led to a process of aggregation, where the testing of models led to an additive process. Much like a spider spins its web, we added members where weaknesses could be physically felt in the model. Both physical and three-dimensional proto-types were evolved in tandem to produce a lattice like beam, which under a point load would overcome shear, compressive and tensile forces. Using photographs as an analytical device, we could monitor the changes and the pattern in which the members would act. We devised a series of members throughout each preliminary model – primary and secondary (thick and thin steel members), in some cases tertiary (steel plate) cataloguing the use of each in terms of economy, scale and structural performance. This created a highly ordered arrangement albeit with the same random aesthetic as the initial scripted studies.

Throughout the design process we were conscious that the beam should although be highly functional – have an undercurrent of form as a driver. We became interested in the way highly articulated spans, angled members for example, and clusters of smaller ones could give the beam a sense of movement and contradictingthe notion that a beam should be something structurally massive and largely unseen.


A Sense of Order: Geometrical tessellations


No cultural practice is more indebted to a technical apparatus than architecture to geometry of representation. Software technology has affected design in a considerable way. Its geometric implications and process consistency has yield the way of a new set of parameters for design. Therefore it is important to acknowledge the relevance of the development and evolution of the different phases of the design process within this new set of techniques. Delineation and Dynamic systems is critical learning process of techniques that can produce a different way of thinking.


The works critically participate on the current debate about the state of technology for the production of architecture, and question the ideological and formal implications of various digital representational modes. Besides having a tied agenda in terms of its assignments, one of the ultimate aspirations of this is to become a dynamic testing ground for the emergence of new ideas and techniques that could be actively brought and actualized into the design projects.


The work explore new possibilities of communications, breaking with the linear process for a new model, dynamic, of multiple entries, which allows to read ideas but also to be the ideas at the same time.


We used as a point of departure for our investigation the search for interlocking forms and cellular aggregations. The task chosen for my team was the invention of an original geometrical mutation interlocking system and the understanding of this system in architectural terms (modules, panels, cladding…etc). We handled an integrated digital process of design and fabrication: we designed, modeled, represent, animated, and fabricated their interlocking system transitioning from digital description to physical manufacturing.


Software technology has affected design in a considerable way. Its geometric implications and process consistency has yield the way of a new set of parameters for design. Therefore it is important to acknowledge the relevance of the development and evolution of the different phases of the design process within this new set of techniques. As part of the Visual Studies sequence at SCI-ARC the course “Delineation and Dynamic Systems: static expression of dynamic processes” is an exercise on techniques that can produce a different way of thinking. The work focused on the development of procedural and parametric forms, geometrical tessellation, laser cutting, 3D printing and CNC milling.

A Sense of Order: geometrical tessellations
Delineation and Dynamic Systems: static expression of dynamic processes
2GAX Visual Studies/ SCI-Arc Fall 2008
Location: Los angeles, CA
Design Team: Bin Lu, Jiexia Xu
Instructor: Elena Manferdini