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Periscopic Landscape: A Chinese Embassy in Tokyo

Related Staff : Eric H Schuldenfrei

Student: Chan Kin Cheong
Supervisor: Dr. Eric H. Schuldenfrei

Incompleteness encourages participation. When we see chaos, we look for order. When we see fragments, we imagine the whole.

The notion of “Architectural Sequence” should then be re-examined in terms of discontinuity, fragmentation and montage. In such perspective, our own trajectories become the order to the space. Architectural elements become disconnected objects in space which can only be connected through our body movement and perception. One space is incomplete without experiencing the others. The underlying relationships between the apparently disconnected spaces are gradually revealed through one’s memories and articulated over time.
Our readings of space are then radically altered by the way we approach, we experience and we juxtapose those fragments. The duality of architecture is perceived through conflicts and juxtaposition, and thus encourages reading after reading by the user.

Architecture can now be understood through active composing of architectural fragments into a meaningful entity. To compose means to participate. It requires the awareness of our own bodies and movement in space. It is about “being in the place” rather than perceiving the scripted journey by architects.

The design of this Embassy is to address those ideas. Embassy is a place that deals with a complicated network of relationships; relationship between people of its own country, between people of different identities and nationality, and also, between counties. It represents a territory on a foreign soil and it embeds the history of the country and the civilization of its people. It should then resist a single interpretation, but rather present multiple readings of both architecture and the country.

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UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE