Through Thick And Thin
Master of Architecture
How people move in a building is such a profound and joyful meditation for architects. Robin Evans advocates "matrix of rooms" in his "Figures, Doors and Passages", "an architecture arising out of the deep fascination that draws people towards others; an architecture that recognizes passion, carnality and sociality. The matrix of connected rooms might well be an integral feature of such buildings." For that to happen, architecture may have to do something compelling to human. In the matrix of connected rooms, due to the absence of corridor, one has to go through a room to enter the next one, the organization of this sequential depth that drives people towards others, is called Thick Plan here. The release of this enforcement is its anti-type on the second level: Thin Plan, a singular collective open space that allows visual and circulational immediacy. Being essentially a corridor plan, the Thin Plan projects itself on Thick Plan which help the later evolve towards a new type of "matrix of rooms": rooms generates variations of local conditions according to their thick-thin overlappings. A performance arts center in New York serves as a showcase here: the Thick Plan creates circulational cross over between theater productions and public meandering routes, while the Thin Plan is about seeing both the shows and the activities on the Thick Plan. The combination of thick and thin plan produced a proactive interface, which makes backstage displayable. To the city, this building abandons traditional circulation that lobby distributed everything, instead, it opens to public through the peripheral rooms such as bar, cafe stores, inviting visitors to explore full spectrum of interior public from intimate thick plan to collective thin plan.
plan; circulation; room; sequence