Sally Nguyen

Sally Nguyen

Winnetka, CA, US


The Shard

The Shard is a mixed-use high rise that contributes to the rising trends of skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles. The residential units and the office floors are split vertically by the tower’s core, allowing for the form to shift in different angles. The Shard also includes retail on the ground floor and a velodrome that is suspended three stories above ground. Collaborating with civil engineering students, the project explores a heavy timber structure system using glu-lam beams and cross-laminated timbers. The tower has a sleek but operative skin that allows for natural ventilation but maintain the tower’s sleek exterior.

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Status: School Project
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
My Role: Designed the form of the high-rise; format presentation boards; schematic renderings at key areas; coordinate with team members on structural systems