Undulating Lines in Nanchang

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Undulating Lines in Nanchang

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19 Aug 2016

Undulating Lines in Nanchang

Design: Mohen Chao Design Associates

Location: Nanchang, China

Undulating Lines in Nanchang

Undulating Lines

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Statement from the architect:

For me, the beginning of every project is the most head-aching. From brainstorming on how the problem should be tackled, creating unique design, to fulfilling the purpose and characteristics of the project – a huge amount of time has been spent. Yet, if I don’t spend enough time on examining, analysing and visualising about the case prior to developing a feasible solution, deep down I would feel very distressed. Without a doubt, it goes the same for this project.

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

In fact, the design process is much more complicated than this description itself since the client was involved every step of the way. There may be unexpected changes from their side, for instance, which in such cases leads to the challenge of how ideas are logically communicated between us. All sorts of complications can happen along the way that may eventually lead to a detour in progress back to ground zero, even when an idea is halfway developed. It seems to me as if this repetitive process has become a part of my daily life. Hence, in my opinion, it’s more about being rational than sensible during the design process.

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

The foundation of this project is a based upon classical western architecture, which the owner entrusted me with a mission to create a style that is classical yet luxurious. At the entrance, there is a two-storey open space looking up to a large sky window. On either side are two relatively smaller sections. Given these characteristics, coming up with a classical theme is indeed not challenging. However, I personally don’t prefer approaching it the simple and easy way. Despite the favourable result that was achieved in the end, I feel that my capacity to innovate was limited given the symmetrical frame of the space. To be honest, I just wanted to follow my heart and do what made me happy. In light of this, I have decided to deviate away from the normal approach to this project and adopt something much more distinctive.

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The initial plan was to install a standard set of symmetrical double-running stairs at the entrance, which I have eventually replaced with a pair of individual stairs – one curved and the other a spiral. From a bird’s-eye view, the two sets of stairs may seem standard and classic. However, since this case was handled much differently, the three-dimensionally view delivers an unprecedented surprise. Stereoscopically, the stairs combine to create an enchanting sculpture. During the course of development, I realised that if an extension is tagged on to connect the end of the staircase with the sky window above it, the visual impact could be enhanced when seen from the entrance. I truly enjoyed encountering such kinds of contradictions as I can play around with my ideas. With the staircase as the core focus, it naturally helps to bring in the sub-areas into the big picture. The two sides are bridged with a dilating linear design in order to emphasise attention to the key focus.

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

The creation of the stairs was not based on sumptuousness, hence, I gravitated towards using materials with a higher touch of luxuriousness such as marble, titanium, wood, etc… along with a combination of gold, black and a series of warm colours. The contrast of the hue is not perceived to be very big while the contrast of the value is relatively stronger. Meanwhile, the tonality of the hue is relatively unified but the change in value creates contrast, adding a touch of liveliness.

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines – Building Information

Main architect/designer: Hank M. Chao
Project Location: Nanchang
Unit size: 1500sqft
Year of completion: October, 2015
Year of design: March, 2016
Material: Titanize stainless steel, Marble, Wooden panel, goldleaf

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

Undulating Lines

Photographer: Guo Min Lee

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