suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
TINGWEI xu & XIE zhang: Confronting the rising sea level of New York, we designed an idea for protecting certain areas against water by wearing a “membrane.” Deriving the design from intelligent components, we created a surface system that can reveal a continually changing expression. The transforming surface can combine the multiple functions such as waterproof, lighting and agricultural planting. Rather than a traditional hierarchy design thinking, each component on the surface has equal essentiality. It is a irreducible integrity.
As the surface serves as a waterproof for the buildings, in turn, the building provides structure support to the surface. To blur the boundary, the surface seamlessly dissolves the old and rigid layer system of the buildings. Thus, the space between the old building and the new surface is totally fluid. Then, all sufaces form a new lattice system on the site. Finally, the system simultaneously evolves into an unprecedented ecological area in New York.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
Tx & Xz: Ferda Kolatan.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
Tx & Xz: Zaha Hadid, Ferda Kolatan, UN Studio, Liu Jiakun.