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  7. The Garden of Forking Paths / officePROJECT

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The Garden of Forking Paths / officePROJECT

  • 19:00 - 13 December, 2016
The Garden of Forking Paths / officePROJECT
The Garden of Forking Paths / officePROJECT, © Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, China

  • Architect in Charge

    Chang Ke, Li Wenhan
  • Design Team

    Zhang Hao, Zhao Jianwei, Chen Shimeng, Lan Kaifei, Cui Lan
  • Project Year

    2016
© Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting

Text description provided by the architects. 40 days from design to construction completed-How to transfer a half-way building into a co-working factory 

Before
Before
Implantation and Demolition Diagram
Implantation and Demolition Diagram
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© Sun Haiting

Longyue Hotel is a unfinished building for 10 years in Tianjin. OfficePROJECT was invited to transfer this abandoned 5000spm hotel space into a co-working model.

© Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting

The first step is to catch the identity of the existing space. The space is high and empty. The rough feeling of an unfinished atmosphere is attractive and fascinating. We want to keep this identity as implanting several different space installation. Some different routes and experiences were set to encourage the communication and interaction between people and the primitive space. Through these paths, people start to encounter and observer. A new observation network formed. The desire of space exploration becomes the motivity of the creative productivity.    

Spatial  Installation Diagram
Spatial Installation Diagram

“wander”,”watch”,”enclosure”,”fold”, “look”,”traverse”,”loop”. These installations explain some basic ways of spacial experiences. We interacted these experiences as an complicated “The Garden of Forking Paths”. In this Borges’ novel, time sometimes endless, sometimes become a loop. The major character chose all possibilities. Different ending generated. This is the idea of today’s internet. An echo here presented between online and offline.

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© Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting
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© Sun Haiting

These installations have two materials- OSB boards and stressed steel panels. These two materials forms contrasts in different way with the primitive concrete space. These contrasts lead the breaking of the familiarity.

© Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting
© Sun Haiting

15 days form schematic design to construct drawings, 30 days of construction, this is an informal design process. This process represented a normal condition in China’s renovation projects nowadays. 

1F Plan
1F Plan
2F Plan
2F Plan

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Cite: "The Garden of Forking Paths / officePROJECT" 13 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/799908/the-garden-of-forking-paths-officeproject/> ISSN 0719-8884
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