Different from normal libraries, there will not be any librarians who work at the In Between Library. Members of the community become both the served and the servants. Experts of different subject matters are afforded work spaces in the library in exchange for teaching the public on their areas of expertise. The expert offices and teaching classrooms are interspersed on the periphery of the building as trays that cantilever from a building-high wall of structural bookshelves. The wall of shelves surrounds a central atrium of cascading lecture halls. Library users circulate through the wall of bookshelves and weave in and out of the classrooms and lecture halls stopping along the way when a book title catches their eyes.
AT HOME, TOGETHER
Collaborator: Kyungmin Cho
This carbon sink rethinks the conventional relationship between agribusiness and environment by proposing a pilot community that could ultimately become a model for reruralization. Brejo Grande, one of the poorest and underdeveloped cities in the northeast region of Brazil, will explore sugarcane and bamboo production and their potentials as building materials for local construction. The mission is to promote its economic growth and community fabric in a carbon-free way through agro-ecological approach. The pilot community becomes a seed for new towns to be rolled out to the wider northeast region. We seek this new form of sustainable living to empower rural farmers in reaction to massive industrial agriculture operation.
The project aims to revitalize a urban corner where users can occupy and interact with others during different times of a day. Thus, the change across time, defined by shadows, becomes the driving force that shapes the sculptural form of the project. The position of the stair volumes changes by a degree of ten as they ascend, while also increasing the floor to floor height to provide expanding views to the city. These revolving stairways are further hinged by a recreational pole, which allows users to climb up and down as the stairways fold out to the sidewalk.
Collaborator: Kilmo Kang
Live, Play offers diversity in both the composition of residents and the variety of collective spaces and activities. Two housing typologies of different unit layout, core configuration, and roof profile are interspersed on the site to create moments of encounter. They meet together through the veil-like envelopes that hug the domestic realm, creating dynamic facades which blur the boundary between inside and outside.
The concept of the project is to explore the edge condition of a tile. Curvilinear voids are carved out of a concrete block to create different types of apertures. By rotating and flipping the modules, a systematic inhabitable wall is assembled. Rims of apertures are extruded both in the front and back to further emphasize the opening and create a cohesive geometric facade. In a larger scale, it could become a second skin of a building. The extrusions provide opportunities for intimate spaces, such as reading niche, lookout window, or balconies. It activates a urban street through the playfulness and the flexibility of the proposal.
UN / SEEN
Collaborator: Kyungmin Cho
Infrastructure has been considered in general unpleasantness. Strategies of sequestration have been used in city planning, moving the unpleasantness away from spaces of habitation. In New York, one way of such isolation happened in ventilation buildings, a strange circulatory construct which oscillates between a work of engineering and architecture. Our project seeks to create a symbiotic relationship between infrastructure and open space through reformulating the exhaust towers as important parts of the building. In juxtaposition with the United Nation, UN/SEEN acts as a counter-institution where the public can research and study different issues regarding to infrastructure, while also serving as a platform for protest and civic engagement.
PLAY YOUR PIER
Defined by recreation and public access, this new pier complements neighboring parks in program and form. The continuous promenade extends out onto the river, weaving different lagoons of aquatic activities. Users of all ages have the opportunity to swim and bath in the outdoor pools, which are supplied with water filtered from the East River. People could also kayak around the pier to enjoy the views of the city. At the end of the pier lies a underwater seagrass island, which creates a habitat for marine animals. Its intertidal walkway offers users chances to fish and observe aquatic life, while also creating a continuous walking experience. Play Your Pier not only extends out onto the water to reactivate the river edge, but it also connects back to the city through a underground passage in order to provide users easy access to the waterfront open space.
PARK FOR ALL
Collaborator: Po-Han Lin
In response to the physical inaccessibility of Sara D. Roosevelt Park and the ongoing gentrification of Manhattan Chinatown, Park For All seeks to create a campus which on the one hand strengthens the industries of the neighborhoods through education and on the other hand further enhances the open park experience through the typographical public amenities. This community spine houses a series of eight vocational schools that work together as a new types of knowledge space and function in network with the surrounding neighborhoods.
Collaborators: Gilmo Kang, Yvette Liu
This project explores the idea of inverted forms of pure tension. Inside a six-cubic feet volume, a piece of stretchable fabric is anchored on the bottom surface and tightened on edges of all sides. With the additional forces from the four central vertical posts, the fabric is on the state of pure tension. Forms are achieved as a result of calculated structures and materials. Concrete is then poured on this framework to permanently capture the unique tensile surfaces. Inverted forms of pure tension, thus, become a compression shell that branches out from its four anchorages.