Fluid within Fluidity

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Fluid within Fluidity

Los Angeles, California

Instructor: Coy Howard

When being asked to design a bathhouse, I shifted the focus of this project on to the experiences within this structure. Materiality, light penetration, volumetric differences become the driving force of this project. Water is a very important elements in a bathhouse. Fluidity form is one of my strategy to reveal the “water”, but it is concealed by the thick roof to make the building look more mysterious rather than too explicit. In terms of experiences, you can feel the warm and cold tone at different positions within the building by the material application. Apart from the experiences, this building also responses to the topographic context to preserve the ordinariness of that neighborhood.

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