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MArch 1 Studio: Building Simplexity

Studio Instructor: Kristof Crolla

The explorative architecture studio “Building Simplexity” investigates how simple algorithmic design procedures can lead to complex geometrical built form. By researching the architectural opportunities of mass customisation within the developing Chinese low-skill/high-tech building environment, the studio focuses on the strategic application of procedural digital design tools within building production lines. The practical application of the geometrical and material possibilities that these design methods provide is explored through the re-design of Lantau’s Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Project. Lantau Island is Hong Kong’s largest Island and a historical site for fishing villages. It has recently experienced a major transformation through the development of several large-scale infrastructure projects such as the new Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland. The recent addition of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car encouraged tourism by providing easy access to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue and surroundings via a 5.7 km cable car journey between its Tung Chung and Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminals. This studio critically revaluates the Ngong Ping project by analysing and re-designing the cable car infrastructure. The design challenge lies in the development of a series of discrete buildings and building elements (terminals, angle stations, towers, etc.) that bridge Lantau Island’s extremely diverse environments. The initial step is to set up inherently adaptive, genotypical building systems that intelligently vary general topological properties across a range of specifiable site-conditions and parameters. Topography, environmental aspects, larger urban conditions and many other influencing properties provide the driving force behind the following development of resulting phenotypes as site-specific expressions of the master model.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE