Related Staff : Thomas Daniell
Students: Chen Buran, Ha Wing Hay, Huang Minjun, Lam Chi Fung, Lau Julian Tsun Lim, Lau Yun Tzy Gigi, Ma Chang Ling, Qian Ruobing, Wong Chi Chung, Wong Ming Ho, Yu Lingyin, Zhuang Haoming
This studio examined the issues raised by urban borderlands, specifically the Zhuhai-Macau Cross-border Industrial Zone, an interstitial area that simultaneously connects and separates the Zhuhai SEZ and the Macau SAR. Students created a masterplan for the entire area, and then implanted a hybrid architectural complex that incorporates a new border-crossing facility. The masterplan arose through a controlled series of multiple superimpositions to create a three-dimensional “urban interference pattern” that acted as the armature for future development.
The architecture of the border-crossing facility was developed using techniques of superimposition, parallax, and porosity in order to create a distinctive waterfront presence and hybrid architecture. Flow diagrams of people, vehicles, and merchandise were used in the generation of architectural form. The incorporation of radical ecological concepts that address air and water pollution were encouraged. Design techniques investigated included the manipulation of porosity at every scale (ground surface, water edge, territorial border, urban layout, architectural massing, building envelope), the use of circulation patterns to generate architectural form, and the superimposition of incongruous compositional systems to create visual ambiguity and complexity. Students were asked to critically address the contrasts of water and land, nature and artifice, continuity and individuation, difference and repetition, while meeting functional objectives in terms of access, programmatic relationships, and respond to wider climatic and contextual influences. The resulting designs are hybrid structures that straddle the scales and ambitions of architecture and urbanism.