University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Ali RAHIM
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Yoonsun HWANG & Lois SOO KYUNG SUH: Hydropolis provokes the existing typology of a skyscraper set in the densest metropolis: Hong Kong. Accumulating diverse attributes of the city at multiple economic and social scales and translations, the tower yields transforming facade, structure and circulation system, from intricate to ludicrous. The project challenges the aggressive attitude of land reclamation by embracing the harbor front as a crucial part of the project, operating closely with water.
The agglomeration of landscape, water, infrastructure and architecture creates a dynamic and efficient network that activates open and public space and allows for various pockets of space for distinct programmatic space.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
YH & LS: Ali Rahim and Michael Hansmeyer.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
YH & LS: Reading Kevin Kelly, Invisible Cities. Listening to DJ Tiesto, Psy.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
YH & LS: David Ruy, Hernan Diaz Alonso, and Iris van Herpen.
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