Sub–Hubs : A New Breed of Architectural Objects – 地下枢纽：新一代建筑体
Dominique Perrault Architecture + DPA–X For the ‘Eyes of the City’ section, DPA–X presents the Gangnam International Transit Center as a prototype and archetype of a new breed of 21st century architectural objects: the sub–hubs.
DPA–X presents a large model of the GITC project to underline the questions raised by this new type of monumental constructions that are emerging in global city centers today. The model is made to highlight the anti-architectural nature of the project. Invisible and underground by nature, façade-less and exterior-free by design, plugged to transports, towers and malls to maximize the flow of users, commodities and information, these projects defeat many architectural principles. They are more akin to system architecture components than that of usual architecture since their ethos is that of circulation and connectivity rather than accumulation.
The model responds to the curation of the Biennale by proposing that contemporary connectivity is not limited to the digital in the 21st century. Connection and circulation continue to shape our cities through the emergence of unprecedented urban typologies. The model also underline its stance through the literal “mise-en-abîme” of the exhibition space of the Futian Railway Station, the largest underground station in Asia until GITC is built, located in one of the most populated and most future-forward metropolitan areas in the world.
The model of GITC is split through its length in order to allow the visitors and commuters to pass through and appreciate the project from within––that is how it will be experienced. How to show an underground building? How to convey its many connections? How to engage with such a large unprecedented urban form?
Credits: Dominique Perrault, Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost , Richard Nguyen, Octave Perrault.
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