Luminous Support

Ruoyu Wei (website), Haochen Yu
Columbia University GSAPP
Advanced Studio
Faculty: Steven Holl (website), Dimitra Tsachrelia (website)


The purpose of this studio was to study architecture languages. The design was begun with analytical drawings and model studies. Each person was assigned to a masterpiece of modern architecture to study its language. After everyone made individual language analysis, every two people were grouped into teams and their languages were combined. The final design was only required 50% of completeness. Detailed programs or architecture issues were not mandatory.

My study object was Mies Van Der Rohe’s Brick Country House, and my partner was Le Corbusier’s Firminy Church. We conducted two language creations. In the first one, Mies Van Der Rohe’s linear wall element was extruded into a volumetric concrete shell. The shape of the structural wall was transformed into the source of light – a luminous cut into a volumetric space. This typology then reiterated into a sequence of angular variations of ‘Luminous Support’ submerged under the ground to emphasize the sharpness of light in contrast to shadow.

The second language, the ‘Transparent Light Can­nons’, attempted to echo to the ‘Luminous Support’. It formed a language of curved geometry in layered. The translucent materiality allowed all spaces above ground to be washed in softer light. Like a music piece in two parts, the ‘Luminous Support’ and the ‘Transparent Light Cannons’ are two works in dialogue.





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