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  • Homonym Typology

    Andrea BAENA & Sophia NOWINA-KONOPKA, "Fragmented Monolith." Model.
    troy NEW YORK

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    critics: Brian DE LUNA.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Ellen WONG: Within Homonym Typology, a suburban house is no longer an isolated entity, it engages with neighboring units to form a community.

    Within Homonym Typology, a suburban house is no longer an isolated entity, it engages with neighboring units to form a community. Each unit has common formation, creating a part to a spatial-whole relationship. Each duplex is made up of two uniquely designed units which are fused together to create a set of relationships in which the full function of a house is achieved through this connection. The experience of spatial intersection is formed through having one entry point into the duplex where common areas are and diverge into individual living areas. The duplex is fused in a row house typology to create a sense of community. The close proximity of two duplex forms a space for interaction.

    The multiplicity and overlapping of profiles generate ambiguity at ground elevation. Each void space is contained, but venerable at the same time. The profiles create a multi-layered entry and exit relationship. The plan and elevation of Homonym Typology set up an ambiguity identity, where no clear distinction is established.

    The texture blurs the seams of connections, slips over and glides between roofs and walls on the exterior and penetrates into the interior walls, floors, ceilings, cuts the façade to create fenestration. It then contorts into partition walls, stairs, and furniture on the interior.