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  • Fuzzy Monolith


    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critics: Russell THOMSEN with Dylan KRUEGER.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    Aaron CHOI & Kaiho YU: This project addresses the dichotomy between two independent and highly incongruous architectural problems – the monolith and the frame.

    As frame meets monolith and monolith meets frame, a symbiotic interdependency is produced where the final form does not rely exclusively on one system. Instead, it relies on a unique equilibrium between monolith and frame. The monolith can be perceived as a solid, legible, and even an icon, yet the logic of its generation is rationalized by the basis of the frame as an extensive system. However, this is not achieved by the mere assimilation of these dichotomies but through the slippage of frame and mass to generate a misregistration of the whole.

    As the dichotomies integrate, a mass is produced that is not constrained to the exterior but also begins to define the interior. The frame begins to push and pull with the mass to define the interior spatial logic and create a form that synergizes both interior and exterior. Through the pushing and pulling of the frame, walls, columns and slabs are generated. Through this process, the space within the building becomes flexible where the grid becomes the spatial reference to define programs and the frame is utilized to generate the actual space.

    SP: What or who influenced this project?
    AC & KY: Marcelo Spina, and Ferda Kolatan.

    SP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    AC & KY: Graham Harman, “The Quadruple Object”; Peter Eisenman, “Giuseppe Terragni: Transformations, Decompositions, Critiques”; Greg Lynn, “Multiplicitous and Inorganic Bodies.”

    SP: What or who influenced this project?
    AC & KY: Peter Testa & Devyn Weiser, Greg Lynn, First Office, and Pier Vittorio Aureli.

    Additional Credits/Links:

    Co-Advisor: Marcelo Spina, Devyn Weiser, Darin Johnstone.

    http://kaihoyu.com/
    http://aaronyoungchoi.com/

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