Translucent World

Yifei Lian, M.Arch '21


ARCH 793B: Architecture Directed Design Research

Gallery: Innovation Through Mastery

Instructor: Wes Jones

Glass as an architectural material always contains a property that fulfills the space visibly but intangibly with light, granting the space meaning and making space into place without substantiating it. For Philip Johnson Glass House, Johnson uses the materiality of glass to combine the exterior and the interior, which provides a sense for residents living in the surrounding environment.

This thesis starts by analyzing different lighting tricks that the glass can do; it aims to twist the light in a space and provide joy for the whole place. They turn the glass box into an art gallery with reflection from below to space and casting shadows from above. Instead of creating another glass box, using glass sliding doors to replace the traditional wall to gives residents flexibility to completely open the space.


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