Huikang Zheng, The Porous Space [×]
How can designers make human senses in interior spaces communicate more intimately with external surroundings in different environments by using principles of porosity in surfaces?
A person’s bodily senses are intimately connected to their surrounding environment. So too is the internal experience of a space influenced by the dynamic relationship to the exterior. The closed boundary of much modernist architecture creates a barrier between people and the environment. The Porous Boundary is about the relationship between human beings, architecture, and the environment.
The research considers how to balance or rethink the needs of people, buildings and the environment, provoke interactions and bring them into a state of dynamic flow. The research asks: how may the design process reconceive the surfaces or boundary as a porous phenomenon that enables a more intimate communication between the interior and exterior surroundings? This exploration creates more possibilities for human interaction with the natural environment through the use of partitions, porous apertures, and incisions onto surfaces or the combination of different materials of the boundary to facilitate the communication of information and phenomena from the interior and exterior.
The result is a sensitive interior space that facilitates sensory experience. These methods can be called porous surfaces. As part of this exploration, I have considered the role of site conditions and the role of nano colour-changing materials on the porous surface as another means to bring external information into the interior.
This research seeks to rethink the forms of future boundaries between interior and exterior space. By dissolving and harmonizing these oppositions I seek to heighten communication between people and the external world, to improve people’s well-being and develop more potential and possibilities for internal space.