One’s daily routine in the city can be seen as a repeated cycle of point to point connection, between places: domestic (home), productive (workplace/school) and consumptive (entertainment/recreation). Leisure as the non-productive consumption of time most often happens in either domestic or consumptive places. However, I define free time not as a destination, but as the time on the way, existing between places, responsibilities, and ideas.
From previous research in the fall, I was interested in the quality of commute time in subway, during which people are confined in a moving container underground, isolated and detached from the city above, so as called the reality. One of the major source of anxiety and stress for current day New Yorker is the goal-oriented mindset. People always think of what to do next and forget about the time in-between, which is hidden within one’s daily routine. However, in the context of everyday life, time on the way is the only true free time, because one if free from the social identities and corresponding responsibilities of domestic and work life -- is just a person moving physically.
In response to the goal-oriented mindset, embodied and reinforced by current transportation system in Manhattan, “Dream Express” is a train going nowhere. Proposed for new leisure activity in Manhattan, Dream Express is consist of multiple lines of dream capsules moving through the city in loops without destinations, for people to escape from their banal life in reality to dreams. During this “incarnation vacation,” people are physically passive but mentally active, responding to the changing surroundings, which are surreal environments constructed by defamiliarizing natural landscapes and real life settings. During the curated dream experiences, the interior qualities (form, material, color, lighting) of architecture stimulate sensations and emotions to challenge and alter people’s perception of space, time and reality. After a ride, people always return back to the origin, and nothing has changed. Or everything is changed.
Located on Via della Concilliazione, as the connection between Rome and Vatican City, the proposal is a field of diverse urban spaces for both visitors and local residents to learn about the history of Rome. In response to Mussolini’s demolition, which recognizes religion-St.Peter’s Basilica as the dominant force on the procession way, we strive to bring back the presences and influences of other cultures, such as music, languages, arts & sculptures, food and architecture to enrich urban life.
The strategy is
1. Anchor proposed nodes to exiting culture-related programs on the site, through research
2. Redirect flow of people from ground level to concealed programs inside the buildings by ramp
3. Reveal the culture nodes to public by changing the façade material to glass.
Tourist Vortex / Rome, Italy / 2018
Moonlight over Sea
A counter display for a fragrance bottle
Fragrance Display / 2019
On the edge between built environments and natural landscapes, the project is an art academy for both the production and consumption of art. Within the field of collective practice, the project seeks to also provide intimate spaces for individual creation, by using water as the distancing device and formal configuration of the wall. The formal identity is informed by material experiments with foam. The idea of weave-in edge and boundary is explored across scales, in both the overall plan organization and material treatment of the wall.
Art Academy / Wave Hill, NY / 2016
The project is an exhibition for the “Core” Sculpture series (4 pieces) by Isamu Noguchi at the couryard of MOMA PS1. The story taken from the sculptures about rebirth and cycle is transformed to visitor’s movement in the space. By referencing the rotating door found on site as the organizing device, a path is sculpted along the hinge line of the door to transport people from ground level to the roof. The design of the stairs is derived from an analysis of an existing detail and then informed by the idea of core. A unit of stairs is a spatial node, with 4 circular steps extended out from the center and completed part of the circle at different levels. The visit route is consist of twelve units in the combination of different materials: concrete, steel and glass. The exterior wall is also carved and textured to resemble and materialize the traces of hinge door as well as the action of removal in the sculptures.
Exhibition / MOMA PS1, NY / 2017
Wall & Void
The relationship between books and people is addressed in the spatial, organizational and structural systems of this library building. The spatial relationship that storing space as the scaffolding supports diffused studying seats, is derived from a study model and transformed to the organizational system of the building. The L-shape structural wall also supports books stacks with reading rooms punched through and extended out from the wall at the outer corner of the site. The different configurations of wall and void in both plan and section provide free wandering spaces for the readers.
Library / Manhattan, NY / 2015
This project is a community center for upcycling of materials produced in the residential area Hansaviertel in West Berlin. Upcycling, also called creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Under the canopy, three cells house the cleaning center, workshop and art classrooms for local resident to transform waste materials for art production. Exterior landscape is also designed for exchange and other recreational activities, such as flea market and playground.
Pavilion / Berlin / 2017
The project is a freshman dormitory for Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Located on a commercial avenue, the dormitory opens up the ground level with courtyard park and bus station to the public. In consideration of individual and collective life for college students, the project seeks to provide a wide range of communal spaces for the students, such as gallery, auditorium, cafeteria, lounge, library, gym and communal kitchen. The private room is reduced to satisfy the basic needs of sleep and storage. The corridors become the living space for students to interact with each other.