©2019 by UNIT 17, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Chaplin (Cheuk Wang) Ko

chaplinko@gmail.com

The project aims to explore architecture with a focus on the human body and its possibilities as a critical tool within the design process. The body as an engaging element provides resistance to the conventional design of architecture through the use of gestural expression and the intuitive way the body integrates with space. These conceptual relationships between the body and space are sensitive and subtle.

They are not necessarily recognizable on a daily basis unless intentionally examined. Being attentive to these subtleties may allow for restraints and opportunities that
open new possibilities within the design of architecture.

The body acts as an instrument to measure oneself in relation to the world with one’s horizon. The dynamic movement of the body enables one to connect to space at specific time and moment. Through these connections, one can develop a unique sensual experience of the space, which one might not get in a static dimension such as a plan.
Through the process of abstract drawing with the body, it teases out the subtleties. By working with these sensitivities
in design, it opens up the possibilities to create more intimate and pleasurable space for the body’s movement and
its senses.

The aspect of multiple bodies in space is explored based on the understanding of a singular body in space. Negotiation
occurs in order for multiple bodies to interact, forming unique events at specific times within a restricted space. In
order to create these unique events, programmes and functionality are considered. In these events, obstruction of
movement affects the negotiation of the body’s experience of space.

Through repetition of these negotiations, it becomes part of the routine, developing habits by one’s subconscious, which forgets the physical presence of space
through time. With obstruction and negotiation, this develops the rhythm of the body in space, build upon on how
one perceives space with one’s movement.

Our consciousness shapes the perception of the world, influencing how the body learns about space in every waking
moment. These sensitive and subtle ideas might seem minor but they are the fundamental elements that affect the
sensation of the body. Drawing with the dynamic body in space allows us to understand our body capacity and boundary. These boundaries are then expanded and projected in the landscape through designing a bere barley
farmhouse, considering how the body might affect the larger landscape through time.

Actions and processes of the
farmhouse have been studied alongside with the conceptual relationship between the body and space. Together,
these elements contributed to create spaces that are functional and also pleasurable for the human body.