critic: M. Casey REHM.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project
Thomas MICHAEL, Kai-Si HSU, & Omar BAQAZI: Our building depicts the contrast between different states of aggregation. . . .
We created our model as a massive volume, generated by merging different alphas extracted from the site with the breaking and distorted candy jar. It coherently evokes the impression of porosity, connoting melting as well as vaporizing and movement. This building consists primarily of three perceivable parts: first, the solid, colorful belly; second, the embracing, ribbed volume that overlays the center of the mass; and third, the glass cantilever which exposes the continuity of exterior and interior, from envelope to grid, solely through extrusion. The resultant architecture seems fragile not only as it appears to change, due to its frozen movement, but also according to its material and its intrinsic “weak-programmed” space. By leaving the boundaries of the plot, the character also leaves its immanent physical order behind and creates a visual connection and interface to the street. It further creates ambiguity between the actual volume and the illusion of the texture— this is best exemplified when one looks closely at the interlacing of texture on the aforementioned embracing part and its holes.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
TM, K-SH, & OB: Different States of aggregation, urbanism, software, and professor Michael Casey Rehm.
sP: What were you /listening to/watching while developing this project?
TM, K-SH, & OB: Reading Kevin Lynch, City Sense and City Design/ and watching Benjamin Bratton lectures.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
TM, K-SH, & OB: Wang Shu and Peter Zumthor.