Cooper Union Summer School
This is a summer project under the advisory of Cooper Union. Starting with an umbrella as an object to study, it creates a minimal and mobile shelter for the body. I do a series of analytical drawings exploring its assembly, membrane and operation aspects within the umbrella. Then I study the spatial and dynamic relationships
between the umbrella and the body examined through the tactile, the visual and the kinetic. Expanding the conceptual discoveries made in umbrella and umbrella + body, I continue my investigation by framing an exploration of the relationship of the object to context. I study the spatial and reciprocal interactions between the frame structure and water, such as the interactive impact of water forming exterior visual patterns to the transparent structure. Finally, I transform my conceptual inquiries from previous researches into a proposal for a water pavilion. By creating a twisted tunnel pavilion which allows water to interact with, it aims to blur the boundary of inside and outside and deliver a more playful space.
Moving forward from the relationship between umbrella and human sensations, I focus the sensation on visual pattern and abstract the umbrella as a transparent folded structure.
It becomes a study between folded structure and water pattern formed on it. I did ten different structure designs and recorded the water patterns of each of them.
The structure and water interaction study brings out an idea about how to make architecture as a media to allow external environment talk to people who are inside or using the architecture.
In most cases, architecture separates external environment to create internal spaces for people’s activities. But can it not only create internal spatial environment but also allow outside environment interact with people inside as well? Or even more than that, it allows outside environment delivers more information to inside.
Starting from this question, I design a water pavilion that nearby the water landscape to allow water interact with the people using it. It is a twisted tunnel structure with multiple opening as different locations to allow water and people entering and exiting.
Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands:
Curtsied when you have, and kiss'd
The wild waves whist,
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
The watch-dogs bark.
Hark, hark! I hear
The strain of strutting chanticleer
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! now I hear them—Ding-dong, bell.
— William Shakespeare “Ariel’s Song