University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Andrew SAUNDERS.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
David Zhewei FENG: Blendscape is a new gallery extension of the Norman Fisher House designed by Louis Kahn.
The project itself is a hybrid that blends the topological transformation of Naum Gabo’s sculpture, the trope of Louis Kahn’s architecture philosophy and the thresholds of the Fisher House. By generating variations from the topological transformation process, the project acquires its own identity with new morphology that served the space with unique elegance and vitality. This project also carefully examines the thresholds of the Fisher House, including the stone plinth as a spatial threshold and the wood façade as a material threshold.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
DZF: Louis Kahn for his architectural tropes like “Room within a Room,” and Naum Gabo and Preston Scott Cohen for their exploration of ruled surface.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
DZF: Jean-Michel Kantor, A Tale of Bridges: Topology and Architecture.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
DZF: Andrew Saunders; Young & Ayata; Preston Scott Cohen; Tom Wiscombe; Neil Denari; and Li Hu.
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