Author: Xiaonan Yang
Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI- Arc)
Depending on the position of observing object, the result could be different. Object shift from a hovering perfect flat plane to a bent and curved continuous surface of light and shadow which allowing the brain to exist in blurred states between 2 and 3 dimensions, between darkness and light, between compression and expansion, between knowing and not knowing. As the beginning of architecture as a profession, making drawing in two dimension to expressing spatial relationship in three dimension world and finding ways of construction is the crucial job of architect. It is the most important process that how does the translation happen from the 2d drawing to the 3d space or reverse. Especially during the process of design the huge amount of information missing brings the consequence of vague explanation and self-misreading. These mistakes are the impact that pushes the design forward.
2D Depth is a description of the dubious condition of contents translating between 2d and 3d. Lines stay in diverse forms simultaneously. It bears a unique topography of striating lines, gaps and folded operating on planes. In addition the multiple position of drawing plane would participate into the translation course as well. From the same point of view, since there are too many explanations which are tenable so that it is hard to tell the correct condition, in other hand, all answers are both right and wrong. Along with the change of position, the form varies continuously which brings the time dimension into the object. 2D Depth allows us to see the eye’s inherent limitations as well as the excess of what they produce on their own. Faces disappear and again reappear. Forms are hidden and revealed.
This design is trying to bring a new exhibition area in West Smithfield Market for Museum of London. Since the context is full of historical meaning and already left deep memories, the most important concept of this new addition building is to establish new exhibition space and to keep the spatial logic of the original building at the same time. The project takes the existing building’s plan, elevation and section as the 2D start. Using these noticeable 2D elements the new 3D space relationship is built. Then the image information from perspective view of existing building is projected on to this new 3D object to create vaguely familiar details variation on the new building. This projected 2D then can generate even more in next level. By doing this when audience experiencing this new museum their memories would always be recalled. It is hard for them to tell which part of the museum is new because everything seems to be like a Déjà vu. Audience need to keep changing their position to confirm their observation that fights with memory. The museum itself becomes the most valuable exhibit that carrying the extremely varied history.