critic: Dwayne OYLER.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
PoYao SHIH: Through an intense reading of urban context, this project starts with a series of lines that trace urban systems, further considering ways of transforming these vectors through manipulations in wrapping, twisting, and entangling.
Treating the site in the same way, line systems enter from multiple directions, maneuvering from the track into the site and, finally, into the project. Where these lines enter into the volume, they split into several postures and directions. In this project, the line doesn’t always remain as such, often floating in space and at other points, mimicking either surface or volume. Structural lines become beams, inferring the form of the volume; some drop down to become columns. Non-structural lines function toward the opposite effect, where they not only form the volume but tear the skin of the shape, creating their own spatial language. Finally, these linear systems are manifest in a pattern along the façade. Varied during day and night, the line system from the outside communicates with interior vectors through a transparency of volume.
The project is divided to multiple zones, beginning with the ground-level main entrance that separates visitors into the gallery space to the North and the theater to the West, subsequently bringing them up to the library and media center. To separate visitors and workers, classrooms and offices are located on the top two floors in the Eastern zones. From the entrance of the metro station, visitors transition from the linear volume into the building’s program spaces.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
PYS: Dwayne Oyler, Coop Himmelblau, Frank Gehry, and Lebbeus Woods.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
PYS: Reading Haruki Murakami; listening to Sigur Ros; and watching Interstellar.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
PYS: Frank Gehry, Louis Vuitton Foundation; Hernan Diaz Alonso; Coop Himmelb(l)au, Musée des Confluences; and Oyler Wu Collaborative, Screenplay.