• Manifold Masses

    Manifold Masses, Kaohsiung Port Terminal, Taiwan
    los angeles CALIFORNIA


    critic: georgina HULJICH

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    jessica DOVLETIAN & wenny HSU: Manifold Masses: Kaohsiung Port Terminal, Taiwan. This project investigates formal internal orders of architecture, specifically saddle polyhedral and their potential for generating intensive massing and figural interstices. We were interested in a rigorous and playful examination of these systems and their capacity to generate new forms and spatial expressions that are themselves embedded within a deep underlying order.

    Our initial investigation explored the potential of saddle polyhedra to aggregate and generate figural primitives with features beyond strict surface conditions, followed by an investigation of the instantiation and hybridization of these systems into new massing orders: figural / figureless voids and figural / figureless masses.

    The design of the Kaohsiung Port Terminal dematerializes the physicality of the building by eroding the mass to create a porous interior. The two main interior figural voids bifurcate the mass to the exterior, connecting internal program to both city and sea. These erosions contain the system of saddle surfaces that converge and diverge from each other, thus allowing the two major programs, cruise terminal and port services center, to be visually coexisting while spatially separated. Various saddles are strategically truncated to create ellipsoidal apertures on walls, roof, and ground to intensify this visual connectivity.

    What or who influenced this project?:
    jD & wH: Geogina Huljich, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, Peter Pearce, amethyst crystals, orchids, Zuhair Murad.

    What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    jD & wH: “Structure in Nature” by Peter Pearce.

    Whose work is currently on your radar?:
    jD & wH: Preston Scott Cohen, Toyo Ito.


    tom WISCOMBE — There have been many projects the last few years dealing with aggregations of saddle-shapes, but this one deals with apertures in a smart way. I also appreciate the sectional model, which reveals a deep internal cavity formed by saddles which relate to, but are not necessarily continuous with, the outer surface of the mass.

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