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Liu Mingxuan

Class of 2024Beijing, Beijin


Hello! My name is Lunar and my Polygence project is on comparing the differences between the structure of old Chinese buildings and modern ones, creating a 3D model for a new prototype that combines the characteristics of traditional Chinese and modern buildings. My physics knowledge will help to dissect their complicated structures, using my findings to create a result that will connect the past and present with a vision for the future. I chose to work on this project because I love the appearance of the impressive old Chinese buildings, and I believe those buildings embody our unique culture. I am interested in studying architecture partly because I want to preserve and celebrate our traditional culture. I think the older buildings are more charming for me because they are distinct from each other, unlike the edifices today, which all have similar shapes. I believe our older buildings have more exquisite designs, and I always feel I can empathize with the designer. After my project is complete, I would like to publish my findings and creations.


  • "A museum of Gardens" with mentor Alexandre (Jan. 8, 2024)

Project Portfolio

A museum of Gardens

Started May 11, 2023

Abstract or project description

This project aims at designing a museum of gardens, highlighting various types of garden from around the world. Gardens are usually adjacent to buildings, the complement the piece, here we are turning this idea around, with an architectural strategy to organize each garden and their characteristics. At this stage we are looking at Chinese, Japanese, French and English gardens, their topographie, edge, geometry are radically different so how do we insert them on the same land. Gardens are by definition a man-made vision of nature, either trying to reproduce it or shape it in an un-natural way. We could imagine a highly speculative project, making a skyscraper of suspended gardens, stacked on top of one another, or spreading them out on a large field or along a long route.