Rooming a Space

In a limited time of site survey, architect collects information by observing, taking notes, sketching, photograph, video, and so on. Returning to office, information were transferred into reports, diagrams and maquettes. Together with other more detailed information like photos, maquette, serving as the most integrated representation of the site, assists architect to grasp the site entirely. More often than not, maquette is physically separated from the site it represents in this working process. Continue reading Rooming a Space

Lamp A

Our tiny apartment in Milan, 2012.

The second house we lived in Milan was a super tiny one, about just 20 m². Small as it was, everything had to go vertical: Washing machine on top of fridge; bed on top of a balcony in between bathroom and wardrobe, connected to the living room with a moveable wooden ladder; orange tile on top of bathroom, indicating you could sit there eating watermelon in summer; of course, you could lie or sit or put things on top of wardrobe too.

Although it was so small, it had almost everything to support our life: except fridge and washing machine we talked before, there are a tiny balcony, a ceiling fan, an oven, a shower room, a bidet, and so on. We loved it when we saw it the first time. Continue reading Lamp A

A Morning Greeting

a morning greeting | 2012 | In this project, we tried to create a private living space in urban area by managing the balance between a friendly gesture to city and a peaceful personal life: The deeper you walk in, the more you feel the existing of a “host”. This environment does not say “welcome” as a good place, but only say “hello” as a kind man.

Basket Bin

14/03/2012 Someone left a cup in my basket.
15/03/2012 I added a red plastic bag to attract more cups but got nothing at the end of the day.
16/03/2012 I changed into a professional looking blue plastic bag but got nothing at the end of the day.
17/03/2012 I persuaded people by words, but still got nothing.
29/03/2012 I went back to blue-bag-only solution, and the bag was taken away by someone!
30/03/2012 Someone left a cup in my basket again! I learned that people enjoy throwing trash in semi-right place—a container never says it contains trash.