Self and Domicile

Degree project Spring 2018


The thesis is an investigation of body intimacy across scale.

Within the setting of a dwelling,
I explore the relationship between my body and architecture.

Intimacy is evoked through skin and eye.
It is the sensation of tactility and enclosure.

The intimacy inhabits in the house.

The thesis is an investigation of architecture discipline through the process of making -- a way of working toward architecture through crafting.

To me, architecture is an intimate body relation,
a physical process of making and thinking through hands.

In working across discipline,
I embrace the physical connection of my body with materials that I work with.


The investigation starts with the half dyed bundle of string: dyeing and unwinding the string bundle, then weaving it into a fabric, and constructing the woven piece into three-dimensional form. Dye color reveals a trace of the origin of the string bundle. 


Within the width of my shoulder, I use my body as a loom, weave directly on my body. I, as a weaver and a loom at the same time, connect my body with the half-dyed strings with tension and construct soft structure around me. The weaving pieces are hung as its placement on my body. It leaves a trace of me at the finite space.


A methodology from cutting and flipping

The methodology of exchanging the interior and exterior is developed through cutting and flipping on a two-dimensional surface. The non-90 degree cuts allows the surface to grow and transform organically. It establishes an intertwined inside and outside spatial configuration and density. 

The very first cut of this double sided black and white surface is connected by blue tape. The piece of blue tape is cut, flipped, and shifted on both sides. As the half dyed string, it leaves a trace of its origin — the initial cut.




Exchange of the program of use

In the making of the dwelling, methodology of folding and flipping allows the exchange of program on a smaller scale. It breaks the unit of room, and joint the program of use through elements.

The methodology developed previously is performed on an imaginary dwelling. Colors indicate the original rooms by function -- the cutting and flipping process break the tradition rooms into the use of each room: a slice of bedroom inside the living area becomes a day bed.

The dwelling is a process of staggering through the scale of furniture. The seat of the dining area extends and becomes the floor of living area; the sofa connects to the hearth and a corridor to study room. The desk of study room connects to another floor. The constantly stepping of the floor engages body movement and constructs the way body act to space.


Intimate scale: body engages with soft space

At an intimate scale, furniture stages body movement within the dwelling. Objects and architectural space change its relationship as the body moves through them.


Window, door, furniture

Windows and doors unfold into furniture of different use, as desks, shelves, and connecting mechanism. As two constantly flipping elements, windows and doors allow the interchange of inside and outside. It unites and divides the light, color, and spatial relation of the dwelling.


Dwelling choreographes body movement

Programs of use are presented through the function of furniture — it breaks the notion of room and allows the architecture and furniture space to become a singular entity. The use of furniture orders the shifts in elevation, as well as directs body movements within the space.


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