Trace the non 90 degree theatre

The course approaches architectural design from a material study of tracing paper. The accumulation and subtraction process of an unrolled piece of trace allows the exploration and definition of depth on a flat surface. The understanding of solid and void in architectural plan and section leads to the making of interchangeable architecture space.

Accumulation and subtraction of 

depth and flatness

The action starts from unrolling 150 feet tracing paper, then fold it to five feet. Through the action of folding, the unrolled trace accumulates into a surface with different pitch and density. Cutting and rearranging subtract the continues piece of trace paper. 

Through the accumulation and subtraction process, two sides of the trace developed different configurations. By scanning the trace from both sides, and overlay them, two sides of the trace collapse onto one image: develops ambiguity reading of spatial condition. 

The tape is added to the trace not only function as the structure mechanism but also as a projector of depth.

Literal and phenomenal transparency

The depth of the trace surface is created through two different lighting condition: light from the back, presents the literal translucency of trace; light from the front, presents the depth with different pitch and density 


Exchanging the solid and void

Ambiguity reading of the trace surface is developed through the non 90-degree folds of the traces: imperfection when folding the 150 feet of trace paper. The plan of the trace is constructed by a set of shifted non 90-degree segments, while the section remains a continuous roll.

The mis-fold of plan and the continuity of section merge and enhance the ambiguity of a spatial condition: solid and void are interchangeable. 

A passage to theater

The mis-fold plan and continuous section merge into a passage in a theatre — from the entrance to the performance hall. The constantly transforming between solid and void build an always shifting lighting condition. The mis-mis-matched floor, wall, and ceiling create the possibility of alternative readings of the architecture as body passing through. Ambiguity exists across the scale. 


Gathering the light 

The density of trace created by accumulation and subtraction describe depth with two types of lighting — lit from front and back to results in literal and phenomenal transparency. The passage within the theatre hosts various lighting condition to define the use of architectural space. From fragmentary of lighting to the unity in the gathering hall, lighting indicates the shift of programs. Materials with different opacity at various scale enhance the reading of lighting performance. Audiences are set to navigate towards, into and through this reciprocal passage of visual interplay. The ever-changing montage of light and space becomes a part of the performance that integrated into the performance hall. 

Using Format