suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
di WU: This design project involves an experiment to find the best approach to establish an architectural concept and then to develop it by systematic analysis.
The project seeks to address a basic problem that can arise in architectural contexts that contain too much open space, which makes the overall context less appealing to visitors. Due to the lack of landscaping, appropriate facilities, or other attractions, these over-scale plazas are relatively uninhabited.
The main concept of this project is to embed some gray space in this area, to blur the distinction between outside and inside, and to create a setting which has the potential to become a highly dynamic space. By serving more effectively as a gathering place for people, this project will be able to support a variety of public events, ultimately improving the usage rates of open spaces.
As is commonly known, a hyperboloid is formed when two lines are not in a spatial plane. This type of surface can match the needs of simplicity and aesthetics, and it can also generate various types of gray space. This prototype provides a specific geometrical direction for this project to develop. Applying the theory of homeomorphism, in the process of development, can provide a method to control the geometrical transformation. By moving the key points of a triangular or quadrangular surface, the interfaces can be smoothened, ultimately creating a muscular and smooth facade. Naturally, different types of gray space will also be generated during the geometrical manipulation.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
dW: Ben Van Berkel, Bjarke Ingels, Toyo Ito, and Preston Scott Cohen.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dW: “The Function of Form” by Farshid Moussavi, “Forms of architectures“ by Jürg Conzett, Gianfranco Bronzini, Patrick Gartman.