The site here is used to be Italian concession, in which many buildings featured by Italian building style were well preserved. The peculiarity of this location was resulted from its unique history context and city texture. The scale of buildings, streets along with the relationship between them are well designed so that they form comfortable urban space. Therefore, outside space is an important element in this location. During my process of hotel design, I emphasized the relationship between interior(solid), exterior(void) and grey space and also responded to the city texture and original scale.
This academic project was of great importance to me, as it was the start of my practice on issues that how to blur the boundary between interior and exterior, and it detailed my consideration in aspect of the relationship among architecture, nature, and culture. From this point of view, it was the real start of my design.
Solid enclosure/façade limits the void space – simultaneously – the void defines the solid mass along with the form of a building, which makes the solid become “solid” and meaningful
The pattern and ratio of elevations of buildings in this area are quite typical, from the research on the existed ratio of these buildings, the module relationship among them could be recognized and summarized, which are analysed in detail in the following.
Prototypes of Space Defined by Solid Rooms and Void Courtyards