In the recent months, there is an apparent emergence of ambiguous space envelope composed of modular light frames. While these projects respond to different set of context and brief, the aesthetics seem coherent when put together, side by side. The renowned Serpentine Gallery by Fujimoto was designed with the intent to “melt into the green”, creating a seamless boundary between the interior and exterior. The absence of mass was also echoed in Arqbauraum’s competition entry for Pink Floyd’s House which was announced as the winning entry, with the intent to challenge the conventional perception of house.
Fujimoto didn’t stop there. In his very recent masterplan proposal for a Middle Eastern city known as the “Souk Mirage” or “Particles of Light”, the series of towers are similarly composed of modular units that are governed by a kind of grid but affording the design to appear organic by varying the heights of arches.
On the same page, the tall trees of the forests have been the reoccurring theme that inspired the projects shown below ( Bordeaux stadium by Herzog de Meuron, Taiwan Tower by Sou Fujimoto & Kanagawa Institute of Technology by Junya Ishigami). These dense arrangement of tall and slender columns are applied by each of these projects for the same intent and a hybrid purpose, to serve as a conceptual manifestation which dictated the overall appearance of space as well as to transfer load effectively. This is a bizarre idea, as if to challenge the former perception of columns as obstructions in spatial design.