Modern skyscrapers liberate human activities from gravity. Skyscraper featured by verticality makes us break away from familiar senses and consciousness of being existing. “An existence without evidences” is not only the description of varied skyscrapers but also of the life it accommodated. Architecture should respond to its specific site actively and establish dialogue with its context， thereby bringing correlation of spatial experiences and continuity of visual consciousness, which makes people, space, movement, and event tied to environment in a bigger scale.
From Vitruvius’ Ten Books on Architecture on, facade has been seen as the interface between inside and outside. The containerization of architecture reduces facade to pure pursuit of being “looks good”. From the perspective of city, facade is not a interface standing to partition inside and outside but a media to encourage dialogues. It is the penetration of the spatial experiences as well as the internalization of the environmental atmosphere. From Le Corbusier’s Architectural promenades to John Lautner’s Infinity Space, architects are always discussing how to tied people to their environment by allowing them viewing, by which to dispel the bewilderment of being existing. So, in this project, we propose a concept, “Fluid Facade” i.e. the variations and nuances of details of building facade in different heights and directions which evoke the association between human movements, interior spaces, and exterior environment and avoid unconscious transparentizing throughout the facade.
Yimeng Mountain lies across the East China plain and Yi River runs from mountain land in middle south of Shandong province, meandering eastwards through Linyi city. Linyi is so named because of Yi river.The site is located in Lanshan area in Linyi city. It faces Yi River in east, which gives it tremendous vista and in west, it is beside Yizhou road which is a traffic artery of the city. The twin-track Yanshi railway both for passengers and goods lies in south of it and cross-river bridge of Taoran road connects the airport and railway station that are on two sides of the river. So， its geographical location facilitates its importance in the city since it’s in the intersection of waterway, highway, and railway transportation.
细节：对话环境|Detail：Dialogue with the context
Views of the site are varied. In north and east sides, the straight line of the plan is folded up to the river in the east side, which forms triangular spaces around the margin of the building. The folded surfaces are two kinds and one is transparent glass on long side and the other is aluminum panel on short side , to lead the people’s eye is looking forwards the view from Yi river . Not only enrich the interior space but also strengthened dialogue with its context, Infiltrate the outside landscape into the building. Every folding unit is 2.1-meter long. So, the scale of it is suitable for two to three persons to have rest and enjoy the awesome view around the building.
▼空间界面衍变示意， folding diagram
The east and west sides are folded up perpendicularly to face the river and the urban respectively. Solid aluminum panels in east are sharper and leaving a 1.8-meter glass surface to guide the view to the riverside actively. On contrast, the west is relatively gently and because of the issues of western exposure and views etc., the width of the glass surfaces are reduced to 1.2 meters. Overall, it forms a condition that the fluid facade is relatively more see-through in southeast and more solid in northwest to respond its particular context.
Physically, the façade of architecture exists in an unmitigated static state but in environment, the time and space give it correlation between dynamic and static characters. When people walking around the building, its facade seems to compose a cento where light and shadow flows alternately, the void and solid mixes gradually. People, architecture, and environment are no longer distinctive individuals but they produce a vivid scene with their interrelationship. The penetration between the inside and outside and the interdependence of movement and stillness give a sense of ambiguity, which is our exploration of the dynamic facade correlation.
▼东面裙楼细部，detail of the east podium building
▼北面裙楼细部，detail of the north podium building
Facing a times that “all that is solid melts into air”, an ambiguous form of the fluid facade is more diversified and comprehensive than one with distinctive meaning or an acute semantic. This is not eclecticism but an idea that emphasizes people’s experiences. The ambiguity endows more potentials to be activated for architecture and its environment. The visual appealing is not the point of this project. Instead, how to establish the relationship between the old and the new, the architecture and its context by which evoking the vitality and spontaneous growth in space-making is our principle intension.
▼首层平面图，first floor plan
▼五层平面图，fifth floor plan
▼标准层平面图，typical floor plan