Studio Instructor: Kristof Crolla
Studio “Hyper Materialism” investigates how architecture can confront materialism, both countering it as a cultural socio-political ideology and embracing it as a physical material tectonic. Property development and regulatory restrictions have taken Hong Kong’s public space hostage. Shopping is the last remaining tolerated leisure activity for the happy few. In response students designed a small-scale cultural building in Hong Kong. Programmatically, spatially and materially this building reacts against commercial dictates and rethinks the way architecture can be a catalyst for creative and public use by all demographics. Students capitalised the power of digital design tools for the design of this building. Research on software’s space-generating abilities formed the basis for a fully integrated tectonic in which “Form follows Matter”. Real-time performance analysis and topological optimisation tools assisted in the exploration of a non-Euclidian architectural language in which a singular and continuous structural design system defines the architecture. Hyper materiality is exaggerated and integrated tectonics are embraced as spatial articulator, pattern and ornament. The accidental, the unpleasing, the ugly and the perverse form an integrated part of our aesthetic explorations. This studio seeks to provoke sensual, haptic reactions from users of an activating and catalytic architecture.