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  • Off On A Tangent

    Off On A Tangent
    los angeles CALIFORINA

    Advisor: Dwayne Oyler
    Special Advisor: Russell Thomsen, Jason Payne.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    carmelia CHIANG: “An art professor once told me that in composition, elements should either overlap or there should be some space between them; that it produces discomfort when things were tangential. . . .” — John Baldessari

    This thesis explores the implication of tangential space: the condition caused by two surfaces, either physical or implied, approaching to touch at a single point. The moment of the new kiss resolves itself in spatial discomfort, awkwardness and tension.

    Historically, tangential moments have been avoided by architects as they create what is considered to be dysfunctional space: the acute angle. In an effort to create “better composition” and seemingly usable space, methods of overlapping or distancing have been typically employed. As a rejection of this sensibility, the intention of this thesis is to treat tangential moments as catalysts for new use, novel spatiality, unique structural solutions and unexpected atmospheric settings. By designing architecture through tangency, this thesis explores the potentials of tangential space in order to provoke new forms of spatial, programmatic and practical relationships in architecture.

    As an established place for fashion and architecture, the Ginza area of Tokyo, Japan will be the location of a new Fashion House. Sited adjacent to the Mansion Hermès, the new Fashion House will be the expression of a distinct and iconographic presence within Tokyo’s high density urban context. Programmatically similar to OMA’s Prada store in New York City, the new Fashion House will fuse together aspects at the heart of fashion: retail store and runway. While outside one will encounter the tension through perceptual tangency; when inside, one will experience both the unexpected and awkward affects created by basic tangency, continuous tangency and perceptual tangency.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    cC: Dwayne Oyler, Russell Thomsen, Jason Payne, Jeff Kipnis.

    What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    cC: Kissing Architecture, Sylvia Lavin; “Folding in Architecture,” Jeff Kipnis, Greg Lynn edited; Move, Michael Schumacher. Holographic video starring Kate Moss, by Alexander Mcqueen.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    cC: OylerWu, Thom Mayne, SANAA, Anish Kapoor, Junya Wantanabe, Neri Oxman.

    Additional credits and links:
    carmelia CHIANG
    Credits: Nina Handelman, Chuy Le, Evelina Sausina, Jonathan Schnure, Kainoa Westermark, Chia-Ching Yang.

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