• House as a Manifesto: Domestic Collection and Consumption of Air

    Zherui WANG, "House as a Manifesto."
    brooklyn NEW YORK

    Pratt Institute
    critic: Nate HUME.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Zherui WANG: This house speculates on domestic living and its relationship, in the near future, to air. No longer considered, matter-of-fact, as an available resource, fresh air is commodified as a luxury consumer item—obsessively collected, carefully stored, and consumed in a contained environment.

    This house cultivates this obsession and explores social, technological, and spatial qualities of this near-future scenario through its treatment of form, surface, spatial sequence, and domestic rituals.

    The surface of certain domestic spaces are articulated with Celia-like lashes through which stored air is filtered into the interior. In contrast to the modernist’s articulation of surface as smooth and hygienic, these surface are soft, hairy, and have a character of their own, thereby creating a new domestic ambient experience. Different volumes and layers of the house are carved and peeled away from each other, pulling and pushing inhabitants seamlessly from one to the other.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    ZW: Preston Scott Cohen, Emmanuel Petit, Heather Roberge, and Philippe Rahm.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    ZW: Reading: David Gissen, Subnature, Jason Payne, “Variation on the Disco Ball, or The Ambivalent Object”; Emmanuel Petit, “Involution, Ambiance and Architecture”; and J. G. Ballard, “The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista.” Watching Stalker (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky).

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    ZW: Young + Ayata, Endemic Architecture, M. Casey Rehm, MMA, and Achim Menges.

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    • John Says:

      “air. No longer considered, matter-of-fact, as an available resource, fresh air is commodified as a luxury consumer item”
      what the hell is this even supposed to mean? is he even listening to what he is saying? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE??!
      there is no chance this “project” is architecture whatsoever.
      doesnt explain a thing of the mechanisms it portrays to have figured out. 20cm all around walls and structure? what is this magical material you are using?
      dear student, why dont you admit you like to use software created for visual effects to create weird shapes without any construction intelligence whatever.
      after that threshold of honesty maybe you will confront people on the other side that are trying to advance the discipline and stop those shortcut lovers trendy students

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