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Jia Xin Chum

Jia Xin Chum

Singapore, SG

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Collage of Hong Kong highrise warehouses - original images from Michael Wolf
Collage of Hong Kong highrise warehouses - original images from Michael Wolf
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Suits!

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Current sustainability logics smooth over differences and deny individual subjectivities. Suits! rethinks the relationship of the individual to that of a larger ecology- not dissimilar to how 'suits' defines an individual to their immediate surroundings, reclaiming the term sustainability as a smart technology for architecture. A hybridization of energy flows in the office environment – intelligently reusing physical forms of embodied energy and harnessing invisible latent energies.

Suits! also attempts to identify the byproducts of daily occupancy and usage and evaluate them impartially as both potential sources of manifold energy and as design opportunities. The landscape of the office environment transforms into an amorphous energy-scape, whereby designing the workplace from the inside-out, new forms of social connections and organizations are created.

Demolition and reconstruction becomes aberrant as the urgency for office spaces within high density urban areas catapults rental prices. Minimal intervention and adaptation of existing structures seem most logical when demand for spaces are high. Here, intricate waterways are embedded within surfaces most frequented by human and heat producing objects, to trap excess energy for electrical conversion. These thin water systems, seen here running underneath the floor system (not unlike radiant cooling tubes) creeps up to walls as well as puches through the horizontal datums to create a vertical element. These tubes when exposed to the air as vertical rods, are condensation surfaces to extract moisture from the environment and increase the comfort level of the nearby occupants. This system is catered especially to the Hong Kong climate, where the humidity of the air is seen as an asset, and converted into a medium that contributes to energy generation.

Thermography is borrowed from the medical world as a mode of representation, as all materiality are stripped away of its normative categorization - clothing, furniture, work station, building etc., as the project is to be seen as a unified whole. 

 
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Status: School Project
Additional Credits: Special thanks to Nasra Nimaga, Brendan Shea, Michal Koszycki, Stephanie Velazquez and Amanda Chang

Advisors: Lindy Roy, Liz Diller, Ryan Neiheiser

 
Program migratory logic
Program migratory logic
BTU catalogue of office equipments
BTU catalogue of office equipments
Section (day)
Section (day)
Section (night)
Section (night)
Thermographic floor plans showing relationship between ambient temperature and workspace density
Thermographic floor plans showing relationship between ambient temperature and workspace density
Furniture and accessories as part of cooling/dehumidifying system
Furniture and accessories as part of cooling/dehumidifying system
Case studies of existing suit technology
Case studies of existing suit technology

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