Biodegradation Cradle 20+

Related Staff : McKee DC

Student: Yip Ken
Student Instructor: McKee DC

This thesis explores the integration between architecture and nature. It rethinks the whole life span of architecture from construction to demolition. Today long-lived architecture consumes enormous energy and resources for construction, operation and demolition. Meanwhile, it creates lasting toxic waste to our environment. Through the study of material biodegradation, this thesis experiments how architectural volume, massing and program are decomposed, with an intent to reinterpret architecture as an organic object from the earth, part of the earth’s ecosystem and back to the earth.

Mai Po is a vivid undisturbed realm in which every life is interacting, interrelating and inter-depending on each other in a harmonious state. Eco-tourism development by Hong Kong government increases human interruption in the area. Mai Po becomes a testing site for this zoetic habitat, and along with the passage of time, its architectural role and structure as a tourist habitat integrates with the nature (animal roost structures the site, organic construction components becomes the fertilizers). Architecture hence responds to ecosystem, opposing to nature occupancy.

Ken Yip, Biodegradation Cradle 20+, 2011Ken Yip, Biodegradation Cradle 20+, 2011Ken Yip, Biodegradation Cradle 20+, 2011