University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Hina JAMELLE.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Brett Dong Ha LEE: A hybrid condition building as a continuously grafting and shifting system, this project delves into how such systemic thinking is transferred into generative rules for lighting, furnishing, façade treatment, circulatory and programmatic organizations, and changing topology of units.
Shifting of surfaces and volumes turns into a system of spatial organization where plans and sections purposefully shifts to introduce a third façade to the building and to turn corner seamlessly. It also becomes a system of opening to bring the natural light into building, to graft public program into private area and to connect with urban context through terraces and pools hovering over Vestry Street. Grafting of surfaces and volumes generates solid-cavity variations that keeps the facades away from being a flat curtain wall, but inquires a more complex relationship between exterior and interior. It also becomes a system of unit topology where every single unit is customized to provide the hotel visitors and residents an appropriate unit for their stay and dwelling.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
BDHL: Hina Jamelle, Patrik Schumacher, Peter Eisenman, and Simon Kim.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
BDHL: Reading: Anthony Vidler, The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely; Stan Allen, “Field Conditions”; Peter Eisenman, “Post-Functionalism”; Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture; Ali Rahim and Hina Jamelle, eds., “Elegance,” AD 77 no. 1.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?