Monday, May 26, 2014
This project aims to explore the possibilities of a mid-rise tower with a disrupted center rather than the normal differentiated top or bottom. The disruption is created through the bending and twisting of wood planks in order to produce different conditions based on the amount of twisting or bending applied. The disruption of material into a twisted or looped condition is an attempt to rethink the role of the envelope as a barrier between outside and inside. By creating a twisted or looped condition where the surface is constantly weaving in and out of itself, the distinction between inside and outside becomes blurred, producing series of intertwining public and private spaces. Four of these twisted tower conditions were created and then grouped around a center core. The program is a standard office tower, where in normal towers, the bulk of public area is located in the top and bottom of the tower. Here, the envelope splits and twists at the middle thus opening the envelope to the outside resulting in the moving of most of the public program to the center of the tower. Program differentiates between the center core and the middle of each twisted part of the tower. Down the center, standard floor types occur. In the twisted conditions, two story cubes along with outdoor floor-plates are nestled within the twisting envelope creating continuity between the twisted envelope and the cube. Placing cubes in the center of disruption also allows for the ability to explore ways of transitioning the envelope between disruption and normal conditions. The use of two envelopes explores the use of de-lamination as a technique to create space between two surfaces that are being pulled apart. The project also explores the possibility of a de-laminated corner condition where each corner of the building is dissolved as a result of the twisting disruption.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Final Animation for Spring 2014 Hernan Diaz Alonso vertical studio.
Student: Wenxin Lin, Ou Liu
Instructor: Hernan Diaz Alonso
Teaching Assistant: Evan Bernal
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
After a material investigation that consisted of beads and latex, I proceeded to a formal investigation with the intention of evoking a similar reaction as these two materials when combined, a subtle discomfort and curiosity.
By blurring the legibility of the familiar primitive forms, the observer or interpreter is forced to make a connection and therefore invited to create a story, to make a wild guess or to keep wondering.
The goal of this formality is not to obtain an "awe", instead it is supposed to incite a mild discomfort and will most likely be classified as "weird".
The building is composed of three main layers or components, each one with its own personality but yet belonging to each other. The inner most component is the membrane that separates the private space from the public. The structural component holds the public space all around the peripheral in the center of the building with undulating floor plate designed for an active public space where the circulation becomes the destination. The outermost layer is the skin, composed of three different systems of translucency and geometry.
The deformed spheres are the "bigger" and most flexible spaces that can be adjusted in accordance to needs.
The program of this "office" tower is to be more of an "open work" space, where desks can be rented hourly, daily and weekly. which I think is where the future of office buildings is going.