suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
julie ROBERTS + david CHEN:The project’s primary goal is to develop an integrated technique and aesthetic sensibility through interior environments. Working from the inside out allows the potential to create and refine specific affects, which transform and differentiate according to their own internal logic. The design aims to reach an unprecedented level of designed luxury and intensities recalling the excessiveness of baroque or rococo interiors. Emphasis lies in the qualitative differentiation of components and part to whole relationships in terms of changing intensities in a continuous system.
The building is an urban club in the heart of Tokyo in which a morphology of varying intensities takes the visitor from an intense night club to a serene spa atmosphere. The design take cues from the Japanese affinity for a machine aesthetic: the soft outer skin erodes to reveal the robotic intensities of the club. The project attempts to synthesize a multiplicity of the aspects that contribute to a complete architectural experience including form, structure, material, texture, ornament, color, transparency, light and shadow.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jR + dC: ali rahim, lebbeus woods, jisuk lee
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jR + dC: yes is more, a thousand years of nonlinear history, transformers, brand new
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jR + dC: NOX, servo, office dA, su11, kokkugia, c-a-p, asymptote, eric battino