advisors: Jeffrey KIPNIS & Andrew ZAGO.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Daiki TSUTSUMI: Semordnilap proposes the potentiality of delaying the common perception of symmetry, and it recaptures the understanding of one of the oldest tools in architectural history. . . .
The mark of the bad modern architect is the positive cultivation of asymmetry for decorative reasons. — Henry Russel-Hitchcock and Philip Johnson
If today we prefer to discuss effects rather than meanings, should we not set aside fearful memories and revisit one of our most effective tools therein to discover even more of its powers. . . . — Jeffrey Kipnis
Semordnilap proposes the potentiality of delaying the common perception of symmetry, and it recaptures the understanding of one of the oldest tools in architectural history.
Symmetry is often considered to be a traditional and outdated technique in the history of architecture, however there is much more potential to explore. In this thesis, symmetry is not the conventional mirror type. Rotational symmetry is a type of symmetry that has not been explored as much as axial symmetry. Moreover, the mirror symmetry in traditional project such as ‘La Rotonda’ by Andrea Palladio (1508–80) always occurs in two-dimensions (plans or elevation view). To break a notion of boundary, Semordnilap steps inside of a three-dimensional field in order to achieve symmetry.
In typical symmetries, because of how they are produced, one geometry has to deal with many functions even if it is not ideal. For example, the living room and the dining room need to be the same size. Semordnilap seeks to formalize contemporary symmetry in a three-dimensional field which produces more opportunities to discuss the relationship between form and function. As a result of three-dimensional symmetry, one geometry will be able to generate two or multiple-functions; such as a wall that carries out the function of a ramp: or a column that functions as an escalator shaft.
If we describe traditional symmetry as “function follows form”, and the counterpart of “form follows function” by Louis Sullivan (1856–1924) to describe modern asymmetrical architecture, in this thesis I will define Semordnilap as the simultaneity of form and function.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
DT: Zago Architecture (Andrew Zago); Jeff Kipnis; Strange Symmetry by Paul Mecomber; FAT Architecture; Preston Scott Cohen; Jimenez Lai; and Gunnar Asplund.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
DT: Reading: Gunnar Asplund’s book; Preston Scott Cohen, Contested Symmetries and Other Predicaments in Architecture; Jeffrey Kipnis, Fearless Symmetry. Watching: Inception and The Lego Movie.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
DT: Zago Architecture; RUR Architecture PC; Kengo Kuma; BIG; and SCI-Arc.