Cheng Gong

Cheng Gong

Los Angeles, CA, US


International School Museum of Flamenco / VIBRANCY

Flamenco, as one of the typical Spanish culture that still actively extends its vibrancy today. Its most impressive aspect could be found in the strong rhythm that generated from the synthetic reaction in between music and dancing.

Based on the inspiration of the articulated expression of ancient ornamental iron patterns as well as the order of the columns and arches in the sacred church spaces, our strategy is to re-appear the exuberant atmosphere within the context. Architectural programs are mainly defined by the columns and the fluid partitions offset from the outer domain. At the same time, a more active and dynamic roof and vertical sub-structural system grow from the regular column matrix with the purpose of not only forming a highly rhythmic sound wave cover but also extracting people from the surroundings and gathering them into the site to have a interactive moment such as dancing and communication. The transform of shading and light effects emphasizes the comparison between the columns and the mutated roof.

In terms of the traditional mode of flamenco pedagogy, dancing teaching is more a face-to-face process than a dogmatic step. To encourage the interactive mode of dancing teaching, we magnify the role of public space with the method of intersecting two matrixes of columns so the spatial regularity is partially destroyed and replaced by the disorder. Dancing happens in the columns, the roof as well as the building itself.


team credits: Cheng Gong, Jinming Feng

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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Spain
My Role: design team member
Additional Credits: Jinming Feng