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University of California, Berkeley

The reading of form is linked directly to its parts.  When one looks at the Great Pyramids of Egypt, one cannot but help perceive the different sides, the other pyramids in its proximity.  The photogenic quality of a mass is linked to the parts that constitute it.  This project looks at the pivotal role that parts play in the perception of form.  The project is an amalgamation of multiple parts that are in conversation through seam work, aperture, form and blankness.  Each element uses the other to both cancel one another out and at the same time accentuate their own role in the building's image.

The mass of the building is articulated with self similar parts that are then were nestled into one another to create coherence.  The graphics aid in the coherency of the project.  At times they become deep and large enough to become aperture, while at other times they are shallow, and are used solely as a graphic.  The ambiguous relationship between graphic, tattoo, aperture and relief give the building a language which we used to articulate the interior as well.  The tectonics of the project became a very important feature in creating the overall interior space.  Portions of the building were articulated so that the line between interior and exterior would be ambiguous.


The graphics of the drawings are used to distort the popular adherence to the idea that in renders be made hyper realistic.  There are always stylistic choices that are made when creating an image.  A photographer does not literally capture reality, they are curating a scene to be captured in a very specific way.  If we were to articulate the surrounding context in its most pristine, realistic interpretation then we would be setting up somewhat of a lie.  To trick the onlooker into thinking that this is real, or could be real because it looks so real.  It does not matter that it is not real, because the power of the image is in the image itself.

Studio: SCI_arc 3B Studio

Instructor: Jenny Wu

Location: Berkeley, California

Program: University Library

Collaborators: Ziad Saadi

Project Date: April 2017

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