University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critics: Tom WISCOMBE & Nate HUME
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Cedric AL KAZZI & JiaRui SU: Following the idea of “Figures in a sack,” Architecture as a model highlights the importance of the component as an object. It shifts from the discourse of fields and surfaces to the notion of objects assembled. The super-component model as part to whole, reacts based on the shape, composition, and scale of the objects.
The absence of the figure does not mean the absence of the object. It still traces its impact on the surrounding figures, and becomes its negative virtual self within the original outline.
The super-component itself is based on independant and yet related objects; nested and yet not connected. Thus the removal of the figures creates these massive voids that dissipates into the mega seams in between the figures. These seams allow for the vis-a-vis and opportunities to fit the services that feed these figures as well as connect them.
As for the ground, it acts as a pedestal, where it receives the building’s shape, formally mimics some of its moves, but differentiates itself from the figure-based shapes.
The ground object is nested within the landscape that wraps around it and lays itself on it to uncover it as if its an excavated independent object.
The tattoo is resulting on tracing the impact of the missing figure and imprint its position. It stretches as a scarification along the surface with the black stripes , then is tainted yellow by the inner liner pushing outward and piercing the skin to form the openings.
The tattooed openings allow for the light to infiltrate through the main lobby casting an ephemeral shadow moving around the main stairs structure.
The micro-scale figures brings a new variation for the original composition, by it differentiation in scale that allow for a different program and affect. In our case it creates the grand staircase chandelier in the main lobby.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
CAK & JS: Bart Hess, Constantin Brancusi, Feric Feng, the Tokyo Opera House proposal by Jean Nouvel and Philippe Starck, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library by Gordon Bunshaft/SOM.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
CAK & JS: Reading Graham Harman’s “The Road to Objects” and Jeffrey Kipnis’s “Towards a New Architecure.”