los angeles CALIFORNIA
critic: andrew ATWOOD
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
jae hwan LEE & daniel cheng LEE: It is understood that cities and buildings are largely shaped by a dynamic flow of interrelated cultural, social, political and economic forces—the nature of possible interfaces between architecture and its various settings within the contemporary city. Rather, our proposal is a reinterpretation of how a building may deal with architecture on an urban scale.
Rather than relying on the surrounding context of the city to begin addressing the project’s behavior, a singular yet versatile design component is implemented to influence the surrounding context to create an iconic image for the city—an inside out approach to municipal systems. From an initial analysis of urban delineation and composition, the notion of the curve is extracted, abstracted, and injected back onto the city as a conceptual generative component. The spline is then exploited to create a tower and museum with intelligence gained from quintessential high-rise and medium building studies dealing with organizations of circulation, structure, and core layouts. Specifically, the programmatic spaces found within the tower and museum are parametrically generated by means of controlled rotational repulsion that are extruded in the Z axis to create three dimensional space. The tower vertically addresses issues of the blend between interior space vs. exterior envelope, structural feasibility, figure-ground relationship, and scale through coalescence and dispersion of the vectors. The museum, in addition to structural potential, uses the curve to experiment with atmospheric effect and scale via a hanging inverted fiber optics lighting field in which the shapes of the extruded profile faces are determined by gallery spaces and circulation below. Galleries take the form of hanging exhibition “pods” that levitate mid-air by the sheer density of vectors that penetrate through the space from the roof to the bottom floor. The project aims to give the visitors visual stimulation through experiential sensation at a multitude of scales and the processes are ultimately threaded together in hopes of creating an iconic figure for the city.
sP: Who or what influenced this project?
jhL & dcL: Andrew Atwood.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jhL & dcL: Stephan Moccio, atariSUNSHINE, Radiolab, “Breaking Bad,” Chaser (Korean Film).
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jhL & dcL: Andrew Atwood, Preston Scott Cohen, MAD architects, Axis Mundi, Machinators.org.