330_Tzu-Jung Huang: Sutro Performance

Tzu-Jung Huang from United Kingdom/ London: “Tzu-Jung (Dexter) Huang is a graduate who completed his bachelor at the Feng Chia University and now studying at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2).

His works mainly focus on prototyping, narrative architecture embedded within cultural patterns and the notion of sustainable development. He is passionate for exploring the intersection of social complexity and natural phenomenon which you can see in the projects. Tzu-Jung's works have been awarded for international architecture prizes such as Rethinking The Future,Asian Contest Of Architectural Rookies Award and Lafarge Holcim Awards.”

Website: http://dexterhuang.cargo.site/Projects

University: The Bartlett School of Architecture

Professor(s): Marjan Colletti / Javier Ruiz

Instagram Username: @dexterhuangsketchbook

Name of Project: Sutro Performance

Project Description: The project starts with a rigorous examination of two artifacts found in museums, investigating into the materiality and characteristics of them. The first one is the hammock in Guyana which demonstrates the versatility of ropes and showcases spatial possibilities of fibrous materials. Another artifact, Japanese contemporary vase, its rich ornamentation derives from the floral behaviours, elaborating the aesthetics of nature. These observations lead to a series of digital testing, resulting in deeper research into the spatial performance of the artifacts.

Taking inspiration from the key features of the artifacts, Stigmergi©hair mimics biological movements to optimise structural capacity and material efficiency of ropes. The chair is woven through following the trajectory of swarm movement, articulating poetics of collaborative behaviours in nature and flexibility of fibrous system with high resolution.

The next stage begins with a study on science fiction space as science fictions often provide us with speculative narratives in the future. Thus, the objective of the research is to look into the spatial potential of sci-fi space, resulting in more imaginative scenarios in design proposal. The subject is Giger Bar in Switzerland which is decorated by alien-like components. Through modelling the space, the Giger language can be better understood. However, compared with other sci-fi places, the bar is rather ‘lifeless’ as its architectural elements are less dynamic, interactive and performative.

To inject the bar with new life, alternative tectonic components and structures are developed which stem from the previous exploration in Stigmergi©hair. Furthermore, Performative Theatre also aims at addressing some constraints in architecture in terms of spatial arrangement and flexibility. It introduces the concept of “form follows behaviour”, contributing new relationship between human activities and environment.

Sutro Performance continue exploring performative and vernacular ornament through implementing atmospheric devices which elaborates environmental narratives. The performative ornaments regulate environment through the exchange of fluid and showcase the mesmerising behaviour in nature to prototype a sustainable paradigm in San Francisco.