THE MINIATURE ROOMS
The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Miniature Rooms’, focusing on how architecture can be reinterpreted from a microcosmic perspective. By treating the box as a project and as a site, the ‘Miniature Rooms’ are intended to re-think the exhibition culture of architecture and to confluence how contemporary architecture can be constructed, curated, and exhibited in the broader cultural landscape. The autonomous space contained by the box suggests a mobile room space that is non-place, timeless and scaleless. Candidates are allowed to freely reimagine the box in terms of scale, time and space. The sensation and cognition of space can continuously mediate between the three back and forth. Architecture can be significantly miniaturized and projected to the box-room space through the means of curation and exhibition. Depending on the display methods of the box device, the physical boundaries of the box can generate various spatial parameters, as in the forms of walls, tables, mountains, reading-machines, books…etc. The program of the architectural design can be considered within the range of a gallery, museum, exhibition space, archive space, depository, library, Renaissance ‘Studiolo’ and even ‘Box of curiosity’. Two parallel competition phases will be taking place simultaneously as follows:
Phase I – The Ecstasy of Influence To collect inspirational found objects from the city. This will build up a collection of ‘The Ecstasy of Influence.’ The objects can range from daily found objects to artifacts as the inspiration of an architect. All these found objects will then be the collection of display objects curated by the architectural design. The collection of objects can be 1to1 but also can possibly be copied, miniaturized, and even plagiarized according to the design concept and to be compacted into the mobile room space.
Phase II – Miniature Rooms To construct the architectural devices shown on the list as the basic parameters of the mobile room space. By treating the Miniature Rooms as design sites, the mobile room space of the boxes will then be curated and designed architecturally so as to exhibit and display the collection of ‘The Ecstasy of Influence’.