Eros in the Void

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Experimental Unit 6 Architectural Association School of Architecture Academic Year 2019 - 2020

Brendon Carlin & James Kwang-Ho Chung


E R O S E x p e r i m en t a l Un i t 6

Iunia Borsa

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V O I D

J un gl e Ho us e

A House for Confronting the Self

Joanna Man Hey Chau

St a irho us e

Cheryl Wan Xuan Cheah

(I n )Aus p ic io us Ho us e

A House for Fostering Fluid Kinships

A House for the Part-Time Family

Shanna Sim Ler Chung

K- Po p I n c ub ato r Ho us e : St a ge - Ga rd e n - Park

Ella Yue Jiang

(A n t i ) D o m est ic I n c ub ato r

Vedika Kapur

I n te r- c a ste Pa n d a l Ho us e

A House for 50 Permanent Idols

A House for Creative Innovators

A (Temporary) House for 50 Couples

Leo Yingqi Li

Sw im m in g w it h Pa in t in g Ho us e

Matthew Ka Kiu Lin

Highw ay Ho us e

William Jianfeng Liu

St rea m in g Gre e n Ho us e

Kyungjoo Min

2 2 2 , W hateve r B a n g, M eg a Sa n g- g a , No r ya ng j i n, S e ou l

Ania Vang Anh Tran

A rchite c t ur a l P r a xis Ho us e

Sean He Wang

Net- Ca fe - I n -T he - Fiel d Ho us e

Mark Tzu Shuo Wu

A C it y I n s id e - Out Ho us e

A (Temporary) House for Making Life a Form of Art

A House as a Self- Construct Kit for Living Outside the System

A House for 2000 Streamers to Stream and Live

A House for 3000 People

A House for Architects and Designers

A House for the Domestic Life in the Field

A House for the New Pedagogy


IN T RO D U CT IO N unit abstract

chapter 00

a n ov e r v i e w o f th i s yea r ’ s d e si g n p h i l o so p hy a n d p r i n c i p l e s

This year Experimental 6 developed architectures

The architectural projects we produced, strive

that tend towards non-typological: ‘generic’ and yet

not to idealise, sublimate, get trapped in the

precise, distinct and formal buildings that do not

image or problem solve per se. They do not even

assume, plan or idealise future forms of daily life

reject

and the self, but establish a platform or stage for

depoliticisation,

its collective reinvention. Each student conducted an

a

extensive close reading through drawing and writing

of

of at least two different subjects or groups.

course intimately entangled with new forms of

contemporary

continued

the

‘superf iciality’, explosion

breakdown

community.

These

of

of

nihilism, ‘junk’

historical

phenomena,

or

forms

while

of

instrumentalising domination, are also already One

or

carrying out a positive destruction of its historical

established status quo, the other was developing

exemplif ied

for

them

an

emerging

instantiations - “where danger grows, grows too

different ways of organising their space and culture

saving power”.

of their daily lives, ‘education’, labour, resources and so on. We wrote short genealogies on the

For too long, unwittingly, and despite even the best

historical emergence of these subjects and their

of our intentions, we architects have been complicit

space, and drew anatomies of their architecture,

in the shutting down of a possibility for radically

objects, routines, rituals and habits.

different worlds and of a ‘pure potentiality’ that behind the games and distractions - characterises

The

and

our very human being in common. At their

namely the ways in which people are always

projects

highest ambition, our projects seek to aff irm this

‘misappropriating’ and ‘misusing’ the city, its

essential openness and think about how we can use

architectures and infrastructures, ‘profaning’ them

architectural form to set free a politics, community

from their intended, idealised, canonical, ‘sacred’

and individual that is undesignable by anyone other

and instrumentalising functions. In other words,

than themselves.

learned

from

that

research

the city is always being freed from its capture in the ‘plan’ and the ‘spectacle’ - collectively (re)appropriated, and its forms opened to free, unforeseen and un-’designable’ uses that are in a perpetual state of common, negotiated becoming.

Collaborators:

Special Thanks to Our Guest Critics:

Doreen Bernath

Alex Butterworth

Francesca Dell’Aglio

Barbara Campbell-Lange

Maria Paez Gonzalez

Giles Smith

Olivia Neves Marra

Na Jongwon Rory Sherlock Roberto Boetteger



FR E E ,

R AT IO NAL,

chapter 01

A X I AL

tissue sample drawings

tra ns l a ti n g sp a ti a l p r i n ci p l e s , co mp o si ti o n a n d qu a l i ti e s i n to e xp e r i e n ti a l fo r m

The brief begins by developing swatches of two-

dimensions. Rather than looking at the drawings

dimensional line drawings based on the translation

and models at a representational point of view, this

of the principles of free, axial and rational.

brief focuses on using form and features to develop

These were derived and extracted from examples

an experience through the inhabitant’s lens. The

of historical architecture that embodied these

space designed explored formal, aesthetic and

conf igurations, the abstraction of the etymology

language principles in their interaction through the

of the terms, and the spatial compositions and

use of a distinct language within the model.

qualities. Using elements such as lines, points, shapes and topographical heights, the provokes

Free:

the

Open, Porous, Flexible, Field-like, Varied

distribution

of

elements,

and

abstraction

from rituals, sequences and geographical space. Axial: Within each team, a selection of two or three of

Bounded, Enclosed, Separated, Cut, Orientation

the student’s swatches were juxtaposed to construct a model that represented a 2500m2 space at

Rational:

1:100 scale, resulting in the 50cm by 50cm model

Simple, Geodesic, Tessellation, Even, Ordered


F R E E

R A T I O N A L

A X I A L

anonymity, movement, uncontrollable

logic, grid, non-emotional

directional, sequential, pilgrimage

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The juxtaposition of the grid and the abstracted marbling texture forms varying height levels and areas of seclusion, which allows for freedom in the form of anonymity within the in-between spaces.

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F R E E

R A T I O N A L

A X I A L

spontaneous, field-like, porous

ordered, logic, lattice

boundary, directional, pivot

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Porosity and fluctuation in landscape was imposed through the voids created by standing columns carve out pockets of spaces, where the varying densities of the columns distinguish the difference between public and intimate areas.

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F R E E

R A T I O N A L

A X I A L

individualistic, natural , unimprisoned

even, distributed, computational

directional, orientation, linear

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Contrasting the organic with the inorganic, it creates a material contradiction between the string and nails, with a fluctuating colour and density to instigate varying levels intimacy.

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F R E E

R A T I O N A L

A X I A L

organic, creative, non-conforming

mathematical , strategic, logical

processional, focal, symmetrical

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The topography is places on a grid of sixteen pieces that can be reshuffled to prescribe variety of scenarios for its users in terms of navigation, while introducing light and shadow through the various heights of nails.

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A

HO US E

W I T H

chapter 02

NO

ST Y L E

competition brief

t e s ti n g va r i a ti o n s o f co mp o si ti o n a l ra ti o n a l i t y to i m a g i n e u n co nv e n ti o n a l mo d e s o f l i fe

In 1992 Rem Koolhaas assigned Japan Architects’

bed (120x190cm) per person and one desk unit per

yearly housing competition the theme, ‘A House with

person (50x75cm or 75x75cm). The aforementioned

No Style’. The winning entry by Yosuke Fujiki simply

items, in addition to the dining, kitchen, bath and

took a rectangular plan of 32 square meters (8mx4m)

shower can either be separated or combined, in one

and iterated 100 versions of simple arrangements

space or in separate segregated spaces.

of solid and transparent walls, glass, toilet, bed, shower/bath, table, chairs and cooking areas.

The fundamental philosophy is to stick to these basic

elements

of

furniture

alongside

other

This brief was a short 3-day competition within the

minimal elements of architecture that Fujiki set.

unit, where the students gained inspiration for their

The integrated use of partition walls, columns or

own iterations by imagining what it would be like

curtains can be implemented if the student sees

to live in any of Fujiki’s versions. The constraints

f it. The objective is to experiment variations, some

of the mini competition is limited so that the house

more typical, some more non-conforming, and to

must accommodate three strangers. The spaces can

imagine the potentiality of inhabitation within these

arrange, or in some cases leave out, basic elements of

constructed spaces.

live and or work including one unit of a small double


TEMPLATE 1 FOR INDESIGN SCALE 1:100 at A2

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Iunia Borsa, Third Year


NO ROOF

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

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Joanna Man Hey Chau, Second Year


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Cheryl Wan Xuan Cheah, Third Year


N O RO O F

NO ROOF

N O RO O F

NO RO O F

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Shanna Sim Ler Chung, Second Year


TEMPLATE 2 FOR INDESIGN SCALE 1:100 at A2

TEMPLATE 2 FOR INDESIGN SCALE 1:100 at A2

TEMPLATE 1 FOR INDESIGN SCALE 1:100 at A2

TEMPLATE 1 FOR INDESIGN SCALE 1:100 at A2

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TEMPLATE 2 FOR INDESIGN SCALE 1:100 at A2

TEMPLATE 1 FOR INDESIGN SCALE 1:100 at A2

Ella Yue Jiang, Third Year


NO ROOF

TEMPLATE 2 FOR INDESIGN SCALE 1:100 at A2

TEMPLATE 2 FOR INDESIGN SCALE 1:100 at A2

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

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Vedika Kapur, Third Year


No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

No Roof

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Leo Yingqi Li, Second Year


NO ROOF

3 STACKED BEDS

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Matthew Ka Kiu Lin, Third Year


HOUSE WITH NO STYLE SCALE 1:100

HOUSE WITH NO STYLE SCALE 1:100

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HOUSE WITH NO STYLE SCALE 1:100

HOUSE WITH NO STYLE SCALE 1:100

William Jianfeng Liu, Third Year


6.0m

15.0m

6.0m

15.0m

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

9.0m

9.0m

9.0m

9.0m

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

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NO ROOF

Kyungjoo Min, Third Year


NO ROOF

NO ROOF

NO ROOF

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Ania Vang Anh Tran, Second Year


15.0m

6.0m

6.0m

15.0m

9.0m

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9.0m

9.0m

9.0m

Sean He Wang, Third Year


Stacked beds

No peripheral walls

Short wall with no roof

Short walls with no roof

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Mark Tzu Shuo Wu, Third Year




A

HO US E

O N

A

chapter 03

CE N T R AL

VOI D

design brief

t e s ti n g va r i a ti o n s o f co mp o si ti o n a l ra ti o n a l i t y to i m a g i n e u n co nv e n ti o n a l mo d e s o f l i fe

This assignment is based on a ‘reverse-engineered’

others, and success etc. (or the fulf ilment of

and revised version of Andrea Branzi’s 1986

desires) are perpetually delayed into the future.

“House on a Central Plan” in the book Domestic

We might say that the ultimate goal of these

Animals. There are 3 aspects to the assignment to

houses, as is the case with regard to the wider

be developed: a furniture, a central architecture (the

brief, is to operate through and on architecture, to

void) and a ‘perimeter’. Branzi’s houses are of course

make architecture speak about its own facticity,

not typical houses in that they do not have toilets,

to deactivate and render inoperative its usual

some don’t have beds, they don’t have kitchens etc.

communicative,

Therefore, they might in fact not really be what we

functions, and to open architecture up to common

typically understand as a House per say, but are

use and new possible uses.

signifying

and

biopolitical

instead architectures for living, for inhabiting: they are houses. Branzi seems to be arguing for form-of-

Put quite simply, and in other words, we want

life, not as a means to an end but where means is end,

to develop architecture that is architecture, but

where form-of-life is the end in itself.

that also at the same time, exposes the most fundamental formal and anthropological operations

The f irst case is more typical of our lives where

of architecture to open them to appropriation by

peace, security, aff irmation or recognition from

inhabitants who might only then imagine and create very unique, alternative ways of misuse, use and life.


The Entrance Ritual The Jungle House has a ritualistic entrance based on the principles of the Amazon retreats. At the end of the ritualistic sequence is a concrete slit that discloses the jungle, where species are arranged in clusters and the space is created through their quantitative qualities.

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JUNGLE

H OUS E

a house for confr ont in g t he self iun ia bor sa , third year

The project proposes a confrontation ground between the prescribed domestic and non-scripted space of the tropical jungle, all in the context of Brooklyn, NY. The main living area of the house is a jungle, created through an infrastructural grid and a series of tropical species clusters, creating different atmospheres and manipulating space formation. Here, the modes of inhabitation are not imposed; instead, the freedom of the jungle impedes the familiar habits to take place as they would in the city, challenging the inhabitants to rethink their daily lives.


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Restoring Balance: The Retreat The over-workers have their lives rooted in the urban, in a continuous pressure and hustle. This is often balanced through seeking different retreats. Some of these retreats are situated in the Amazon forest, others in the comfort of the city, replacing yoga studios around Brooklyn to host the ceremony of ayahuasca on certain nights of the week.


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Axis Mundi The Axis Mundi is meant to illustrate the parallelism between the urban living and the remoteness of the retreat. The calm, mindfulness and clarity of the jungle contrasts the precarity and uncertainty of the NY life. Can architecture support the unique qualities of a remote natural environment and replicate its exceptional qualities whilst allowing the emergence of new ways of inhabitation?


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Perspective Section The botanical qualities of the plants create a vertical layering similar to the one in the rainforests, this allows for varied openings, light diffusion, densities and a selection of atmospheres, from humid areas to warm and light voids. The jungle is supported by an infrastructural grid meant to deliver water, electricity and host the plant roots.


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Unprescribed Domesticity The proposal is integrated in the urban fabric of NY, Bay Ridge area. The jungle, as the main living space, is to be inhabited in a non-typological way by the residents, through their insertion of domestic objects situated in the storage at the end wall, around the forest. This is an active act of inhabitation where domesticity is not prescribed. This way of living contrasts the existing studio apartments around the site.

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Private & Collective Enclosures The clusters of species can be appealing to certain users and redundant to others. In this visualization, a void in the jungle close to the storage area serves as an ideal working space with direct lighting and a hidden view to a pond. The species serve as enclosures to create a range of densities, therefore a spectrum of private and collective spaces.


Quality Maps for Space Formation The design is based on the quantitative qualities of tropical species. Looking at how the plant clusters can create space and atmospheres, the research started by analysing the typical tropical species, their requirements to grow and mapping the spacial qualities once these are arranged in clusters. This was the basis for understanding the complex spacial features of the tropical plant pairings, in order to understand the overall layout of the Jungle House.

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Technical Studies Structural Design Diagrams and Drawings of Grid Intergration: Infrastructure, Systems & Services Delivery

Roots & Soil Spacing

Electricity & Heating Integration

Grid Module Configuration

Overall Grid Arrangement

Water Systems

Toilet & Infrastructure Plug-In

Botanical Species Study: Size, Smell, Humidity & Shadow Casting

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Privacy Through Densities During the night-time, a cluster of dense species creates an enclosure for the toilet, which is plugged onto the side grid. Here, the species create full privacy: the textures of the selected species are soft to allow a comfortable path towards the intimate space of the toilet.


Rational Fluidity Arranged to avoid assigning utilities into a particular section of the house, the non-prescriptive manner of this language introduces a new version of the fluid landscape, and its rationality becomes detached from any known and expected use of these spaces.

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STAIR H O US E a ho use fo r fo ster in g f l u id k ins hips j o a n n a m a n h e y ch a u , se co n d yea r

The stair is a space where there is constant movement, and now becomes a symbol of the possibility to move in between social groups to form new relationships. By appropriating the utility of the stair, the interior is expressed as a continuous landscape composed entirely of stairs, a house that opens up possibilities for a community of 50 people with desires to form different kinship relations, unleashing the potentiality for a f luid lifestyle.


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Embedded in the Saddle Stairhouse sits on a saddle overlooking the northern outskirts of Seoul. As the connection between the peaks is naturally a flatter ground condition, larger volumes of spaces can take up this area to avoid further interruption of the existing terrain.


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Negotiation of the Communal and Private Bedroom walls have now dissolved into an open field of steps and platforms, providing the opportunity for dwelling in a space of varying degrees of privacy. Circular voids of courtyards acts as natural buffer zones, diminishing accessibility and visibility from the large-scale activities at the trough to the stairs higher up.

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An Interior Landscape Perforated in the courtyard spaces, the house is enclosed with a series of glass panes trapezoidal in shape to follow the curvature of the roof, and pivoting centre hung doors upholding the fluid circulation of the house.


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Indented Pockets The consistent indentation of communal areas distributed throughout the house accommodates for a range of scales and activities. Instead of allocating a certain activity for a certain space, the configuration opposes a prescriptive lifestyle to allow for opportunities of fluid relationships.


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A Transient Manner of Living Utility spaces snapped to the grid are sunken into the ground, with stairs descending into the landscape, preventing any interruptions to the continuous flow of the stairs. A thin continuous roof in parallel to the terrain is supported by a hybrid of steel and wooden framework, extruded from the utilities.


Hiding in Disguise Front of House acts as a literal facade to camouflage the inherently taboo rental family service hub within the standard Japanese residential neighbourhood. Furthermore, the Back of House adopts a traditional materiality in its facade to further conceal it from public scrutiny.

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( IN)AUS PICIO US

H OUS E

a ho use fo r t h e par t- t ime f amily ch e r yl wa n x u a n ch ea h , se co n d yea r

The architecture aims to mirror the philosophy behind the employees’ constant role playing to suit scenarios dictated by clients who hire them; it acts as a point of reference to the canonical family ideal for the employees to lean on as a safety net, while simultaneously offering them the freedom to explore new forms of lifestyles, kin relations and personalities away from the imposition of the nuclear family dream.


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Reinventing Thresholds & the Once Profane Inhabitants of the house continuously misuse, use and therefore create new use for all spaces in the house, flattening the hierarchy of architecture and kin relations during the off hours of work.

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The Choreographed Performance Rental family service clients are shrouded in a sense of false security as the employees role play ‘family members’ according to the specified criteria designated by the former. The staged performance exchanges temporary superficial relationships with money as the commodity.


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A New Sacred Back of House adopts an open field condition that distinctly juxtaposes the segregated layout of the traditional NLDK family home typology seen in the staging houses. The full potentiality of this zero-degree nature opens up unforeseen use of the architecture to accommodate various modes of life.


Imagined Inhabitations With the use of portable furniture, the Back of House space could be occupied in unforeseen manners due to the lack of prescription in the otherwise compositionally rational, open field tatami space with no programme.

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Reflected Realities Varying degrees of distortion in the undulated, metallic and reflective ceiling within the Back of House is used to suggest levels of intimacy for its inhabitants. Similar to how the employees can reassemble their own self-constructed kin relations, the architecture opens up possibilities for them to reassemble their own domestic space.


(Mis)Use: The Living-Room Stage While the mirror symbolises the idol industry as the locality of practice and performance, it is infused with moments of domestic intermission. The K-Pop Incubator House shifts the focus from the idol-fan relationship of the performer and the observer, to, instead, the collective of individuals that are living together on their own terms.

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K-POP

INCU B ATO R

H OUS E

a ho use fo r 50 per man en t idols sh a n n a si m l e r ch u n g , se co n d yea r

Stage-Garden-Park Acting as a subversive scheme to the mainstream K-Pop industry, the project democratises the structured idol-production mechanism by enabling the construction and negotiation of the inhabitant’s own living condition. By domesticating the stage as a living room, the exclusive and precarious sphere of performing is made accessible as a garden-park; thus, the materialisation of their dreams into life-long projects shifts their status from temporary f igures to become permanent idols.


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Entertainment Houses: The K-Pop Idol Incubation Mechanism K-Pop is a South Korean music genre that can be characterised as a hybridised convergence of visuals, dance, music and fashion that is influenced by Western culture. After signing a contract with a mainstream entertainment company, trainees go through a vigorous in-house star manufacturing system, where they extensively train in dance, vocals, foreign language and behavioral classes for an indefinite period of time.


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Idol Factories: Materialisation of Desire This incubation mechanism portrays the familiarity of the idol’s spatial occupancy to their fans in order to amplify their familial connection, while promoting the approachability of this idol dream. However, only 20/1000 trainees, whom train for as many as seven years, get to debut. The system regulates the trainees in their personal life, body conditions and visual appearances. Survival, constant training and strict regulation take precedence over natural talent in the production of Korean idols.


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Random Play Dance: Fluidifying the Performer-Observer Relationship In Random Play Dance, a series of K-Pop songs are played and anyone can participate in mimicking the highly perfected choreographies with unsynchronised dance moves. The perimeter of the performance ring that is defined by their bodies is constantly shifting due to rotation of the individual’s roles as an observer to performer and back to an observer again: the spatial organisation and social relationship of the performer and the observer is fluidified.


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Han River Campsites: The Living-Room Stage Designated camp zones in Banpo and Yeouido Hangang Park are the location of socialisation and dining of these self-organised group of individuals. The park, as a stage, becomes a living room that is re-appropriated through domestic re-inhabitation. These campsites provide means for domestication to prolong their escape from societal confines and momentarily experience that inaccessible idol life of performing.


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Stage-Garden-Park: The Interiorised Exterior Courtyard Enclosing the park with the house establishes a garden that is re-appropriated as a stage. By domestically inhabiting the stage as part of the house, the performative space of the courtyard garden serves as both the stage and a living space for socialising, dining and living.


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(Un)Productive Space: Fluid Boundaries Departing from the cultural spectacle of K-Pop, the project blurs the structured typology of the productive spaces and non-productive spaces to instigate spatial ambiguity. Folding and overhead doors open completely into the courtyard to incur spatial continuity; thus, the distinct boundaries of the practice, performance and domestic space becomes less prescriptive and undefined.

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“Dressing” Room Cells: Construction & Production of the Individual Condition These individual “dressing” room cells provide an option for solitude, constructing a personal space that observes the complexity of everyday life and the intricacy of production. Left open to contingency, it facilitates the inhabitant’s first true experience of privacy, unhinging them from the external pressure of the idolisation process in favour of a self-determined way of life.

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(Extra)Ordinariness: The Subverted Reflection In the K-Pop industry, the mirror is used to monitor the appearance of one’s self, as well as others, to strive towards achieving ‘idol status’. Hence, the mirror represents the industry that turns ordinary figures into extraordinary idols; however, it is not the complete reflection of their actual - or desired - living circumstances. In the K-Pop Incubator House, the inhabitants are able to diverge from the symbolism of the industry’s structured typology to adopt an emancipated lifestyle.


(Re)Appropriation The project is inspired by how space re-appropriation is emerging in Chinese society, where spaces were transformed to have completely different usage compared to its original function. It also questions how human demands can influence the existing typology, and transform the space to something beyond what the architect or government proposed.

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(A N T I )

D O ME ST I C

I NCUB ATOR

a ho use fo r creat ive innov ator s el l a y ue j i a n g , thi rd yea r

The proposal is an open workspace for creative innovation with a living area for 256 makers to enable domestic, personal, and social activities to occur everywhere - while being a workspace. Although the domestic incubator has several f ixed conditions, it encourages the domestic to inf iltrate into the innovating process, manifesting the plasticity of individual daily life. The (Anti)Domestic Incubator is intended to be a new radical way to re-consider how incubator as infrastructure can be adaptable for multiple uses.


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Domestic Re-purposing An old warehouse is refurbished to accommodate 13 parties, having space for collective cooking, eating, and hosting local events.


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Non-Typological: Collective Living Existing typology is re-organized collectively by all members in the Omni Commons to adapt various demands. The core of a member’s life has gradually changed towards collective life, as the individual living space became less important.


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Axis Mundi: Conclusion of Robotic Arm Maker Group Research Summarizing the typologies occupied and re-appropriated by the makers, the drawing illustrates a series of actions that freely improvise and transform the limited spaces according to each individuals’ demands.


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The Blurring Between ‘Existing’ & ‘New’ A giant platform connects in between the existing housing blocks, blurring the entire structure into the residential microdistrict.


Fixed ‘Utilities’ A demonstration of how domesticity is able to infiltrate into the workspace for innovation as the general conditions are already designed to fulfill various requirements.

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Open Field for Innovation Development: Interior Perspective A field is used as an incubator workspace, with an inhabitable dormitory at the end. All facilities can be used and rearranged by the residents.


Technical Studies Structural Design Diagrams and Drawings of the Partial Demolition & Extension of the (Anti)Domestic Incubator

Detail Isometric Drawing of Steel Arch (concrete casting removed for clarity)

Detail Drawing of Perforated Metal Flooring_01

Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.29737.mm

Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.23654.mm

Concept Drawing of Partial Demolition & Extension

Detail Sectional Drawing of Steel Arch (concrete casting removed for clarity)

Detail Drawing of Perforated Metal Flooring_02

Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.mm

Services Section

Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.29737.mm

Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.30035.mm

Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.23654.mm

Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.24172.mm

Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.mm

Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.19212.mm

Karamba Testing Diagram Thickness of Steel Arch = 50mm Maximum Deformation = 0.30035.mm

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Deformation Analysis Diagram of Steel Arch


Inhabitable Cell: Interior Perspective The view from the individual bedroom cell that looks into the incubator space downstairs displays the comparison of functions and sizes to show the contrast between two different environments.

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The Threshold of Working & Domesticity: Interior Perspective The workspace will not only be occupied for productive purposes, but also for non-productive use as well. A threshold of entering the incubator from a space for complete domestic usage emphasises the blurry boundary between working and living.


Inter-Caste Wedding The wedding is in the centre of the pandal, the place in Hindu architecture with the most positive energies combined. The objects are centralized with the mandap, the fire element. Multiple Inter-caste weddings as well as typical weddings take place here.

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I N T E R - C A ST E

PANDA L

H OUS E

a (temp o r ar y) ho use fo r 50 co uples v e d i k a k a p u r, th i rd yea r

The project stems from understanding the deep-rooted social caste structure in India. Using this as a key foundation for my research the project questions these imposed ideals (inter-caste living and inter-caste weddings) for a less prescriptive way of life through the construction of temporary bamboo structures called pandals.


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The Pre-Wedding Rituals In an inter-caste wedding, parents do not accept the union and therefore do not attend the wedding. All the pre-wedding rituals (eg. hiding of the groom shoes and exchanging garlands) happen in the school buildings beside the marriage sports field.

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Inter-Caste/Faith Wedding in Rural India After the special marriage act in 1954, where marriages were accepted without parental consent began mass weddings. These were inter-caste and inter-faith, with no parents attending the wedding. The other couples yet to be married become family for the day and a part of this celebration.

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Symmetrical Weddings: City vs. Rural In both the typical and the inter-caste wedding they both maintain the ceremonial symbols of the wedding. It is mirrored everything from the symbols and decorations all is maintained. But, in the inter-caste wedding there is a necessary division and separation from the city to profane the typical alliance.


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A Trojan Horse for Inter-Caste Interactions Inter-Caste relations and weddings are taboo in the city. The project acts as a Trojan horse where the familiar is being used as a vehicle to bring the inter-wedding and living into the middle of the city.


Pandal Ornamentation The Hindu symbols are being shifted and being made to associate with something different. While the symbols are being re-appropriated it is still not being completely discarded but opens their significance. It still officiates the weddings and is appropriate to officiate a different form - the familiar forms showing a different kind of life.

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Raw Material Diagrams illustrate bamboo acquiring process executed by farmers to construct pandals.

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Technical Studies Structural Design Diagrams illustrate column components, , roof construction and flooring.

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Layers of Transparency The proposal looks at two kinds of spaces. The enclosed spaces which are the familiar spaces - the facade, the gate, the decorations and the whole ‘public experience’ and the unfamiliar spaces - the domestic living and the inter-caste living.


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The Familiar Cloaks the Unfamiliar The house explores how the familiar can wrap around the unfamiliar spaces and hide them through using the existing elements of pandals and changing the anatomy to have a place to live and a wedding to take place.

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Inter-Caste Wedding: The Unfamiliar The project explores the relation between domestic living, the wedding space, the ‘public’ accessible spaces and the pandal itself. A house for the accepted functions by the public. The construction workers and people getting married are not accepted classes.


An Exhibition as a Temporary House The proposal organises an exhibition as a temporary summer house in SongZhaung Artist Village. A continuous roof will be built from the exiting gallery and extended into the lake. The existing gallery will be used as storage space for a range of selected objects, which allows people to circulate within the gallery to pick it up and construct their own space for habitation under the roof.

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S W IM MING

W I T H

PAIN T ING

H OUSE

a (tempor ar y) house for mak in g life a for m of ar t leo yin gq i li, secon d year

Our everyday life is very scripted and institutionalised; thus, the proposal aims to provide the opportunity for people to misuse a space and to trigger possible and unexpected ways of living to de-construct the current institutionalisation in the city. In this temporary house, everyone becomes an artist, and it is where the distinction between life and art is blurred.


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The Formation of an Artist Village & Its Afterlife A group of artists migrated to a small village called SongZhuang and formed their own community in late 90s. During their stay, they misused the bedroom as working studio and playground, occupied the courtyard for collective dinning and performance art, and hosted activities along the river, such as fishing or swimming with a painting. This artist village became an official art district. Since then, institutions, such as galleries and art schools, and typical housing blocks were also built for the increasing population.


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Categorisation & Organisation The exhibition triggers possible and unexpected ways of living, in contrast to our existing scripted and institutionalized lifestyle. By categorizing the selected objects, it proposes different arrangements in the gallery space. Placing unexpected objects next to each other will provoke unforseen opportunities and trigger unforeseen moments.

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Day 0 On Day 0 of the exhibition, objects are laid out in strips within the gallery space, with pathways in between for circulation.


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The Deconstruction of Institutions This drawing illustrates a possible scenario of this exhibition, where people took some objects from the gallery and built up their own space under the roof for inhabitation. As the architect, I could not have expected how these objects will be used to create these moments. Everything that happens in this exhibition would be unexpected.


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Life is Art & Art is Life In this temporary house, it is where life is art and art is also life. It is hard to tell the distinction between Art and Life.


Curtains as Spatial Dividers Translucent curtains are introduced as soft divisions to create “urban rooms�, adding layers to the happening domestic activities.

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H IGH WAY

HO US E

a ho us e a s a sel f-co n st r u c t k it fo r l iv in g o ut s ide t he s yst em m a tth e w k a ki u l i n , th i rd yea r

Highway House is a prefab kit of parts enabling the construction of a ‘house’ beneath different f lyovers around the world. With an embedded service grid, the open ground plane and the private yet f lexible upper levels allow the possibility of any form of life.


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Harcourt Village Map Protesters occupied an 8-laned major traffic pathway and set up an occupation zone as a form of resistance to the authority. They collectively organized, negotiated and constructed their community from scratch to sustain their needs for everyday living.


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Self-Organised Efforts The public infrastructures in the occupation zone are collectively constructed. Tents are systematically organised as basic living units; resource stations are set up to collect and distribute supplies and a study area is constructed to serve the large group of student protestors.

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Public Infrastructure Water tanks, water jets and portable generators were connected to small shelters to form basic shower facilities; barricades are collectively constructed from basic materials to protect the protestors against the police.

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An Emerging Community The highway seemed to be the most unlikely location for any human activities, not to say community, to emerge. But instead, the protestors decided to settle on it as a form of resistance to the authority; however, given nature of the infrastructure, they constructed their community from scratch to sustain their needs for everyday living.


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An Open Ground Plane The ground level is intentionally left as an open ground to allow possibilities of alternative life forms. It is imagined that the users can bring in any furniture, any object, or intentionally leaving a void space; they can decide to enclose the space, or leaving it open, depending on how they want it; they can live their lives in their own ways, where the only limitation is the users’ imaginations.


Constructing the House Under Highways Construction workers set up the anchors and connect the rods to them to create the basic framework; a raised floor system is laid out to ensure an even surface and to provide services at regular intervals. After completing the basic framework, users can set up floors and partitions to create cells of different sizes depending on needs.

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Enclosed Cells on Upper Levels Contrasting to the open condition on the ground level, the levels above provide more enclosure. Each level can be subdivided into cells of various sizes depending on the desired usage. These cells serve as more private rooms, but still allow flexibility in terms of program and usage.

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Technical Studies Structural Design Diagrams illustrate kit of parts.

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Technical Studies Structural Design Diagrams illustrate kit of parts.

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A Non-Existent House The envelop of the house is designed to vanish from the cityscape; made of polished one-sided mirror; people inside the house can see through the faรงade and have a nice view towards the city, but from the outside, the house reflects the surroundings and dissolves into the environment. It is as if the house never existed.


Multiplicity of Life In this proposal, the multiplicity of life and desire is achieved through strategic commoning and undermining the spatial setting, programs and scales of the groups of streamers.

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ST R E AMING

GR EEN

H OUSE

a house for 2000 st r eamer s to st r eam and live w illiam jian fen g liu , secon d year

In the Streaming-Incubator-Green-House, where 2000 streamers live, share resources, props and equipment, labour, and stream, new forms of unplanned and ever-changing living will be invented. While a life of video streaming may, at f irst, seem superf icial and commodif ied, if a place to f lourish, share resources and to sustain their streaming life with others is given, the sheer diversity of strange and unusual realities created may break down historical forms of life. The proposal questions what it takes to contain various creations of streaming contents, both individual and collective, and whether the multiplicity of desires can be a mode of living.


RITUAL OF RUR

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RAL STREAMING

Rural Streaming Ritual Although the streamers have a proper house with all basic utilities and work as a typical villager, when they are streaming themselves cooking, they would deliberately focus on cooking using primitive materials rather than household utensils to romanticise life in rural areas. Hence, their practices are also affected by the desire of the viewers and effected by the viewers’ imagination of the rural area.


STREAMER PRODUCTION INCUBATORS Scale 1:100

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RITUAL OF URBAN STREAMING


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Streaming ritual

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Streaming City As the streamers in China are participating in streaming as means of business and profits, the streaming mansion enables the creative productions of individual through undermining programs and spatial settings. Thus, streamers liberated themselves from the mundane ways of living and the values of business.


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Streaming Green House Master Plan A house for 2,000 streamers with 1,132 rooms in different scales, where the only assigned program are the green rooms. The house integrates the existing context, such as the sea and landscape, with the cityscape.


Joining the Existing Cityscape The house integrates with the city features in the cityscape, while the green walls surround existing buildings, turning the buildings into a permanent prop. Set within the green rooms, the buildings may appear in any desired context for streaming.

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Scenario of the Rooms While Used for Streaming Unassigned to a specific function, the rooms can be used for a variety of streaming scenarios through a reconfiguration of the prop and equipment to build different narratives.

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Scenario of the Rooms While Inhabited A room that is originally set up to simulate the streaming of cave adventuring would potentially be inhabited and transformed to become a space for sleeping and resting, where the green props of rocks would be occupied as sleeping mats or resting areas.

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Services & Functions The roof is constructed using polycarbonate to provide the house with natural sunlight. Services of electricity and water would be distributed on the roof, while the rooms are used to host services and different groups of streamers.


The Facade Sang-ga becomes a living place for more than 3,000 people, totally enclosed from the outside world with no windows, containing every program for every mode of living. The existing surrounding Goshiwons and status quo works as the facade of the building to make the proposal blend into the existing area.

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W H AT E V ER

B ANG

a house for 3,000 people k yun g joo min , third year

222, Whatever bang, Mega Sang-ga, Noryang jin, Seoul Based on the research of Korea’s typology of Sang-ga and bangs, the project questions the prescribed form of living by designing an open scenario that supports constant mutation, which creates the various and unexpected forms of living that a romanticised vision of an architect can never plan.


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Sang-ga Sang-ga is defined in the dictionary as a building that consists of shops selling products for profits. From the dictionary definition, it is nothing different from the general commercial building, like a mall. However, the history and development of the Sang-ga shows an unusual mutation of the programs and configuration inside. Sang-ga can be seen as a frame for programs to plug-in. These programs can vary from secular to ecclesiastical, showing an extremely random and dense configuration inside the vertically spreaded profile. Sang-ga has various types: it can stand on it’s own, mix with residential, inside the station of public transportation, etc.


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Sewoon 5F RESIDENTIAL

Sewoon 3F

Sewoon 2F

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Axis Mundi: Summary of Researched Bangs Sang-ga and bang does not generate a new typology, nor is the Sang-ga and bang accommodated in an indeterminate space. Instead, the Sang-ga and bang is in a constant state of mutation to accommodate the banal but strict prototype of the building itself. It is fundamentally beyond the control of architect and planner - it is ‘other’: architecture without architects.


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Eating Up the City The Ground Floor is the only link to the city as the diverse eating level. It absorbs the surrounding residents of Goshiwon into the proposal as the neighbouring residential area doesn’t provide a proper kitchen.


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The Archive of Bangs The Archive level contains already existing bangs (rooms) as an archive that removes the judging eyes of the society and allows people to make their needs into bangs, enabling multiplicity beyond plan or control, becoming a laboratory to test out the bangs. This also triggers the production and mutation of future bangs.

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Technical Studies Structural Design Diagrams and Drawings of the Flooring and Ceiling Systems 3.3 RAISED FLOOR FOR WHATEVERR BANG

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Repeated distribution of the services allows unusual display of furnitures ; Some one maybe wants the toilet infront of work desks because they work better in toilets. Or some one wants TV infront of bath because someone likes to sleep inside bath and at the sametime watch the TV.

The repeated distribution of the services enables different furniture arrangements for different usage inside empty shell of bangs (room), achieving the flexibility that supports everyone’s desire for bangs.

Ventilation

Ceiling railings for walls, lighting Lightings can be installed easily to the rail

3.3 RAISED FLOOR RAISED FLOOR (PERIMETER CONDITION)

Power cables every 1.5m

Plug panel can be assembled to provide electricity to electronic devices

Grey, heated, cool water pipes are running every corridors

People moving furnitures from storage area.

Flexible plumbing pipe assembly with modular furnitures

Walls can be disassembled and re-assendbled wherever people wants

Raised Floor System (Perimeter Condition)

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Whatever Bang The last floor is the Whatever-bang, where whatever also means it cannot articulated: it is left totally open to the occupiers to invent new types of living outside of society’s judging eyes. For example, they can be not productive at all inside a large open area, which contrasts to the very enclosed and separated cells of Goshiwons. It is the only place that the occupiers can see the sky and the passing of time because other areas are enclosed to totally separate from the city.

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Mitigating Porosity in Collaboration The generic frame becomes a complex arrangement of enclaves that are gridded and superimposed. The unfolded expansive courtyard becomes a site for boundaries drawn by the yellow tape, where communal studio spaces are constructed, according to their needs.

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A RC H I T E CT U R AL

PR A XI S

H OUS E

a ho use fo r arch itec t s an d desi gner s a n i a va n g a n h tra n , se co n d yea r

The Architectural Praxis House is a live-in studio residency for 30-50 designers and architects. As means to facilitate an open practice, that allows mobility in constructing their spaces and lives, but creating an intermediary between praxis and house by which the residents would appropriate use, alter and construct their daily live and studio life, without strict limitations.


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The Courtyard The studio’s openness allows for constant visibility and opportunity for interactions. The boundaries between the modes of praxis and the daily life are very fluid and often transition into one another.

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Three Spatial Conditions The perimeter offsetted by 5m is the generic frame. The interior roofed courtyard is empty with workshop equipment and left for appropriation and reconstruction that is up to the resident. There are no specific protocols for certain sets of creative production. Exterior courtyard is reserved for large scale and heavy equipment based construction that is proposed to be open to the public.

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Praxis vs. Life The framework becomes a scaffold for living quarters, as the inhabitants construct their living spaces. The expansive interior courtyard becomes a site for praxis.

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The Generic Framework The columns are distributed at 3 mains lengths – 1m, 3m,6m. 1m directs to storage space, 3m for living quarters and more private space and 6m aims for a more communal space.

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Unrolled Perspective Section and Perspective Plan With an expansive interior and exterior courtyard condition by which the residents would appropriate use , alter and construct their daily life and studio life, without strict limitations. It maximises the opportunity for residents to construct their own space and forms of life, mitigating porosity in collaboration.


Field as Living Room Defined only by the furniture put onto it, a rather interior territory emerges in the field like a stage and functions just as the interior does, whilst the stage is fluid and ever-changing, corresponding to the activities.

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NET- C AFE -IN-T HE -FIE L D

H OUS E

a ho use fo r t h e do mest ic l ife in t he f ield sea n h e wa n g , th i rd yea r

The project proposes a house for 100 people near Tokyo, Japan where 55% of the house is about encouraging the residents to design their own ways of living in the open f ields, challenging the contemporary Japanese life where people are imposed with certain social roles. It takes advantage of the pathways between f ields and enables the f ields to be triggered as the main living space where various interior scenarios could take place without any predetermined def inition for living.


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Axis Mundi Net cafĂŠ is a highly well-designed type to accommodate as many people as they can with the lowest price and all basic amenities. Konohana Family got their spaces all over the village. They negotiate, invent their lives, and reinvent their living space by themselves.


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Wrapping the Fields Up The house serves as a trigger to different appropriation of the field. Fields are enclosed by units and play the role of courtyards, in other words, the shared big living rooms where people could freely arrange their lives.

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Juxtaposition of Spaces 45% of the house is very tightly designed in contrast to the open-ended fields, both which could be misused and appropriated by the residents themselves.

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Technical Studies Structural Design Diagrams illustrate sliding glass doors, individual room modules and details of the unit.

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Field as Extension of Interior The field, as an exterior space, serve as a common domestic space where various interior scenarios could take place.

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Bathing After Work Residents take a bath after helping to do farm work voluntarily in their spare time in order to receive certain discounts for their rent.

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Field as Living Room By putting tatami on the field, it creates a rather interior territory where a room is only defined by the furniture put onto it. It provides a stage and functions just as the interior does but the stage is fluid and ever-changing corresponding to the activities.


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Net-Cafe-In-The-Field House The net-cafe-in-the-field house becomes a living place for 100 people where fields could simultaneously be used to grow green onions and to be organized by the residents as an extension of interior space.


Staggered Exterior Facade The continuous exterior facade circumscribes the City Inside-out House. The facade gives the premise for all re-appropriations and mis-appropriations to happen inside.

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H OUS E

a ho use fo r t h e n ew ped a gog y m a rk tzu sh u o w u , th i rd yea r

The project proposes a house for 500 parents and students in Shanghai, questioning the stereotypical def inition of pedagogy and redef ines it as the approach to individual and collective enrichment through invention of collective lifestyles and forms of corporation that reject the idea of people’s lives can or should be planned by architects, educators or reformers.


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Collective Dining Outside the School Parents turn the street and sidewalk in front of the school into a collective dining room.


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Plaza Dancing Outside the School Parents gather together and misuse the street to perform plaza dances.


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Prayer Rituals Outside the School Re-appropriations of the lanes into a temporary shrine.


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Axis Mundi In Maotanchang Town, domestic activities are brought out and carried collectively, thus turning the town into a giant inside-out house.


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The New Pedagogy in Practice Parents and students appropriating the courtyard-rooms and extended balconies according to their needs after negotiation.

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Technical Studies Structural Design Diagrams illustrate beam-column and beam-beam joint design, perforated panel cladding joint design.

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The Collective Domestic ‘Interior’ Perforated metal screens attached on every edge of the balconies veil both the existing apartments and newly built walls to provide visual coherence and the sense of interiority.


Infrastructural Facilities Infrastructural facilities on the columns encourage residents to conduct collective domestic activities in giant collective courtyard-rooms.

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Re-Appropriations of Courtyard-Room and Extended Balconies Parents and students re-appropriating extended balconies and ground floor courtyard-rooms into collective domestic spaces, stimulating new modes of living and learning.


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Shaded Colonnade-Corridor Shaded colonnade-corridors on the ground floor serve as buffers as well as shelters for parents and students under undesirable weather conditions.

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