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  • Tiling within Tiling
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critic: tom WISCOMBE

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    cheng GONG & kiem HO: In researching scripted panelizing systems, we sought a script that would maximize our control of the parameters & visual/spatial effects without sacrificing variation and complexity. We rejected typical gradient controls of varying opening patches of different panel types could vary & adapt as abrupt as necessary. We favored scripts that allowed us to build in a higher level of variation while also creating vague, unpredictable relationships between a large multitude of panels.

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  • Negative Pockets
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    cheng GONG: For a public library the main idea is to emphasize the order and relationship between solids and voids. The final geometry derives from petals of flowers and small branches from trunks, the building walls are two sides within the site and grow like a generation of branches in their early development phases. Floors are inserted into the volume to divide spaces vertically while creating a domino structural system. Branches are detached out of a bounding solid which is restricted by the site so that the rest of the space in the solid box plays the role of an envelope. As a result, voids are large spaces with abundant light. In contrast, in spite of providing light to the other interior spaces, visitors are able to “touch” and “feel” the negative spaces in between the masses.

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