Blend-es-Scape

"A pavilion for the Fifth International Architectural Biennale – Beijing 2013"

Beijing has gone through a critical transformation within the last two decades. Especially in the last couple of years the environment has experienced a critical shift. A lot of the original urban fabric that offered a unique and specific living environment has been vanished and replaced with generic architecture. In addition the air pollution has reached a critical stage, making it almost unbearable to stay outside.

The concept of the design for this temporary pavilion is based on classic / traditional elements of Chinese architecture and culture that can be found in traditional Chinese gardens. Chinese gardens are all about the fusion of architecture and nature. The key elements for this project are the wooden screen, the Chinese lantern, the traditional roof, the openings in Chinese gardens and the classical wooden stool. The pavilion is an embodiment of these elements and synthesizes them through a simple modular system that serves as structure, circulation, screen and seating. The goal in this design is to blend inside and outside and outside with inside. The project generates transitions between solids and voids, opacity and transparency, and blends between the urban realm and the natural to generate a continuous transition.

The design concept is based on a set of spherical spaces that each contains a light source. These spaces are merged together in order to generate a continuous experience for the visitor. The process used for the transformation of this merging process generates swelling and converging spaces that vary the experience throughout the journey of the pavilion.

There are two entrances to the structure. One for grown ups and one for children. Both entrances lead into the first space of the structure from where the visitor can take his journey upwards. The blended spherical spaces form a continuous transparent landscape yet clearly describe discrete spaces that invite the visitors to sit, gather or play. In the center of each of these spaces floats a big lantern that works as the focal point and projects the boundaries of the space outwards. The journey of the visitor spirals through the structure to the roof. Throughout the visitors journey the organization of the space allows for various viewing vectors making the experience interconnected, while blending the inside with the outside. The different density of the structure blends between revealing and disclosure of the environment, achieving moments of surprise. On the roof people can gather and enjoy the context from a different perspective, while the structure still provides privacy and intimacy similar to Beijing courtyard houses.


Project Title: "Blend-es-Scape"
Location: Beijing, China
Design year: 2013
Type: Competition entry
Client/ Organisation: CIAB Beijing


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Rocker-Lange Architects

Principals

Ingeborg M. Rocker
Christian J. Lange

Cambridge, MA, London, England, Hong Kong

Projects

2015 100 Van Ness, Urban Adapter, sculpture bench
2015 Shanghai Lilong Tower Urbanism, Towards an Urbanism of Parametric Preservation
2014 The Ideal City of Refigured Civic Space, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale, Hong Kong
2013 Blend-es-Scape, Beijing, China, A pavilion for the Fifth International Architectural Biennale Beijing 2013
2013 Taichung Cultural Centre, Taichung, Taiwan
2012 Wallhouse, Cambridge, USA,GSD Pavilion 2012 2012 Density & Openess Reviseted: Recoding Building Bulk in Hong Kong, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale, Hong Kong
2011 Busan Opera House, Busan, South Korea
2010 Serial Architecture Systems of Multiplicities, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2010 Tokyo Fashion Museum, Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Urban Adapter, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale, Hong Kong
2009 Catalytic Connector - Museum of Natural History, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009 Living Bridge London Bridge, London, UK
2008 Villa Inside|Out Outside|In, The Ordos 100, Mongolia, China
2007 Domicile Heldt, Eckernfoerde, Germany
2006 Villa Risse, Krefeld, Germany

Product Design

2010 Zhuhai Lounge
2009 SP-Table_01
2009 SP-Table_02
2009 Urban Adapter

Research

2010 Parametric Structures, Spring Seminar, The University of Hong Kong, Department of Architecture
2009 On the Brink, Spring Seminar, Harvard University, GSD
Versioning: Architecture as Series
Cross scalar and functional scaling: adaptive facades
Algorithmically controlled surfaces

Publications

2008 Versioning: Architecture as Series?
2008 Berechneter Zufall: Max Benses Informationsaesthetik
2008 Architectures of the Digital Realm: Experimentation by Peter Eisenman / Frank O. Gehry
2006 Digital Revolution: Feedback between Architecture, Technology, and Culture
2006 Calculus-Based Form: An Interview with Greg Lynn
2006 When Code Matters, in Programming Cultures: Design, Science, and Software
2005 Re-Coded: Studio Rocker
2004 Das Denkmal fuer die Ermordeten Juden Europas in Berlin: Erinnern, Bewahren, Hinterfragen
2004 Virtuale: Il Senza Forma in Architettura: Di Ingeborg Rocker
2003 Fugitive Realities: Konrad Fiedler
2002 Versioning Informing Architectures, in: Versioning: Evolutionary Techniques in Architecture
1998 Memorizing, Maintaining, Questioning: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Peter Eisenman
1998 The Virtual: The Unform in Architecture