University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Hina JAMELLE.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Angela HUANG: The proposal is a mixed-use of retail, hotel and residential apartment project that is looking to reinvent the identity of the brands, the user’s experience, and to breed a new type of shopping experience through notions of elegance and fluidity.
The technique of creasing is introduced in a way to stimulate the undulating movements and interactions of the people and the environment. Creasing is also used as a system of structure that control the size of the aperture. Beginning from the sidewalk, the creases gradually grow up to form the facade and inside of the building to become part of the circulation and furniture system.
The site is located in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, NYC. The first three levels and the basement are designated to several high fashion boutiques. Levels four to eight are hotel and apartment units. Starting with the self-similar units, when the aggregation occurs, the units re-organize and transform themselves based on the function and condition of the space to integrate each other until reaching their final forms. For the residential and hotel units, they interlock and collide into each other to form private areas and create a hierarchy of spaces.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
AH: Hina Jamelle, Ali Rahim, Zaha Hadid, Hernan Diaz Alonso.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
AH: Reading Architectural Design (AD), particularly the special issues: Mark Garcia. ed., “Histories, Theories and Futures of the Details of Architecture” and Marjan Colletti, ed., “Exuberance”; and Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher, eds., Total Fluidity.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
AH: Zaha Hadid; Tom Wiscombe; BplusU; Xefirotarch; and Xuberance.