advisor: Florencia PITA
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Emily CHEN CHOI: Deep Facade is a thesis that privileges the façade as an architectural element and pushes the façade to become the entire architectural experience. Traditionally, a façade operates as a two dimensional element that indexes the building and establishes boundary. It is the threshold that separates the interior from exterior, indicating a change in experience as one approaches and enters a building. By thickening the facade to an extreme, Deep Facade challenges this traditional notion of a thin surface facade, thereby prolonging the cadence of entering a building and blurring the distinction between interior and exterior.
Deep Facade looks to the narthex, traditionally the room immediately beyond the facade of a church that gives a non-believer the chance to be baptized before entering the congregation, in understanding an interstitial space that negotiates between two worlds and strives to achieve a similar progression of experience. Similarly to the narthex, by deepening the facade, a space is created in which one is aware that they have passed the threshold but not yet arrived at their destination. In exaggerating the depth of the facade, Deep Facade experiments with an excessive amount of surface that continuously twists and turns, creating both vertical and horizontal spaces that intertwine with one another. By having the facade surface be both exterior and interior, Deep Facade also defies the contemporary notion of a skin envelope taking on most of the architectural agenda while operating almost entirely independent from the interior. Deep Facade is both boundary and space. It is both narthex and its destination. It challenges both the traditional notion of a thin facade and the contemporary expectation of skin envelope.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
ECC: Florencia Pita, Ali Rahim, Toyo Ito, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alexander McQueen.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
ECC: Reading: “The Politics of the Envelope” by Alejandro Zaera-Polo , Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. Listening to: Gustav Mahler, Antonin Dvorak, Vampire Weekend, and Foster The People.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
ECC: Herzog & de Meuron, Toyo Ito, Elena Manferdini, and Florencia Pita.