Ching Huen Leung

Ching Huen Leung

Brooklyn, NY, USA



Our concept addresses the way and the rate at which materials erode over time due to the increase in sea level rise. As the land erodes, Corten steel becomes exposed indicating a measure of time. These steel strips are embedded in the ground at a ten foot structural bay increment that either embraces or directs the rising sea level on our site in East Boston. Three cisterns are placed in relation to the current and projected high tides and are used as generators for energy and a spectacle as the surrounding landscape is built up around them. The strips hold the shape of the built up land as the rising sea level eats away at various soil types, from sandy soils at the shoreline to clay inland. The building is made up of what appears to be three buildings on the first floor that are connected on the second floor. Each entrance opens up to a larger program that relates to the context. The form is derived from the metal strips that organize the building from landscape to roof. In two instances, the primary beams separate the building into sacrificial zones that allow the building to completely open up during pleasant weather; the cafe and the aerial yoga studio. The circulation on the first floor is jagged, allowing for pockets of retreat from the larger spaces for disaster relief. The second floor circulation is a more clearly defined directive towards the main program, an auditorium for the storm water ‘ritual.’

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Status: School Project
Location: Boston, MA, US
My Role: site plans, collage, renderings, detail section & elevation, single-bay axonometric diagram, physical models.
Additional Credits: Partnered with Margaret Mary Frank
Instructors: Julie Larsen & Mathew Celmer
Spring 2019