A HOUSE WITH PHENOMENAL TRANSPARENCY #2
the flagship store of Chinese costume
May. 2014-Jun. 2014
Heavy Timber Framing
Land area 900.12㎡
Construction area 479.52㎡
Building basement area 660.54㎡
The eastern culture is in a way mysterious, like the translucent cloth they make. In this flagship store of Chinese traditional costume, a couple of very cultural elements, the translucent cloth (Chiffon), Chinese wash painting, and timber frame structure, are reinterpreted and composited to be a building. Customers, thus, are able to experience the cohesive atmosphere created by both the architectural space, and the cloth they are shopping.
The site is located in Eindhoven, Holland, which is considered to be one of the center of advance technology in Europe. It is very experimental to introduce Chinese wooden construction into a popular Plaza in Holland. Due to the limitation of the site, this construction is supposed to be pop out, fast assembled, temporary and disassemblable. So I design a orthogonal wooden grids and apply every piece of surface of building on it, With a grasshopper script, I can compute the circulation in the plaza and select a path below the structure, which is fastest shortcut for people passing by. And also with the same script, I generate the heights of floor for each section of the construction to leave appropriate space underneath the construction.
The fluidity of the space allows customers to read and experience the building when shopping. It is, however, not straightforward either – any spots close by are always interfered by elements like displaying cloth, layer of translucent glass or plants. The expected result is the visual extension in a small space – the mystery of space.