Research from Shixi high school Group 1

27 May

Team members: ZHAI WEITONG, ZHANG CHENGJIA, WANG JIAYI, JIANG NAIXIN, LINA, CAI HANSEN

Research:

The Team 1 students are interested in the city space and especially how it has been shaped by constraints from it’s surrounding context. As we all experienced that unlike in the rural area , any urban development is inevitably located within complicated constraints both from nature and culture: sunlight/ventilation/connection/height limit/set back…, They students take one project by Denish Architecture Firm – BIG for example.

In this project, the architect asked how could we go beyond the traditional perimeter block but still stay within the letter of the building code? By inflating a block of apartments to the limit of the maximum urban volume, we can generate a cathedral like architecture of sloping roofs and spires. Too deep to be inhabited, the prismatic volume contains a public cavity – the courtyard as a collective living room. The volume is deformed as to liberate spaces for plazas at both sides and slanted in order to let light flow unimpeded to the neighboring buildings.

The second project they are looking at is an urban park, renovated from a previous factory; the park featured all sorts of bean related plants. The use of organic material provide a natural feel for the visitors, which are mostly from the neighboring district.

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