Since the jury on Friday I have been working on putting the booklet together which summarises the area of investigation of my Re-Con – the opposition and the third space between the Built and Unbuilt. The booklet will cover the following points:
_Introduction – Third space between the built and unbuilt.
_Building/Context – Two opposites that both represent the Peak project.
_Field/Object – While the project is a single building (as mundane as a case study house), a level of complexity is introduced through re-describing the city.
_Chameleon/Antichameleon – Zaha needs to fabricate the context in order to situate the building.
_Eye/Lens – To achieve the shattered, extruded, compressed and inclined effect, Zaha uses an exaggerated camera angle, that further distorts the city.
_Static/Dynamic – As a result the city and the project feels dynamic and in motion, while the reality of it is static and rooted.
_Suspended/Grounded – The static V.S. dynamic qualities reflect in the materialisation of two opposing realities through the medium of physical models.
_Artificial/Natural – In case of Zaha’s vision for the Peak the layers of natural and artificial fabric of the city weave together into one continuous fabric.
_Material/Immaterial – The physical materiality is only achieved through the materialisation of the hyper-real version of the Peak.
_Reflective/Matt – The mutable material quality of the visionary reality os opposed to the static and matt quality of the hyper-real version of the Peak.
I have also gone back to the introduction that I have written for the presentation and had a few thoughts on how I can carry it on into the Brief 2 part of the project. The introduction goes as follows:
Built and the Unbuilt. Two opposing realities leave a big question mark on what happens in the third space – the space of transition. Or rather, why do the two realities end up being so oppositional? There is no better project that attempts answering this question than a competition – a project that is pushing the boundaries of the Unbilt with a promise to be eventually Built.
My response was to attempt constructing my brief in a form of a competition with the site of either Hong Kong or London. It would require writing the competition brief, criteria, constraints, competition panel and of course the competition entry itself. As a result the competition can be the format to tackle the brief of Architect as Project 1.
In terms of the jury comments, I am drawn towards several of them. First one being the idea of a lens or instrument that I can use to perceive the city. Second is the relation of the context and the building and what is this relation for me (i.e. Zaha transforms the context in order to describe her project). Finally, I am wondering about the scale I would like to work with, whether it is a building or a masterplan.