Projecting the Ringstraße-Building
Architecture and urbanism works at a scale today like never before. This project explores the possibility when a single building operates at the scale of a large part of the city, and its ramifications with respect to the effects to the city in three folds: legibility, circulation (program reconfiguration) and urban condenser.
When the scale of a single building reaches a certain level, it evokes the property of its entity and provides cohesion to a large part of the city. By acknowledging its physical property, the architecture also recognizes the specific social conditions that associated with it thus becomes a representational means for its entity. As the world’s largest manufactory campus, Foxconn Shenzhen provides a very specific case in this regard: a single corporate entity that has continuous land ownership over an enormous part of the Shenzhen city, and the urban enclave condition out of the economical disparity between its workers as individual and the Foxconn as a whole.
The proposed ringstraße-building responds to this case at two levels: 1. At an urban scale, by setting up the ring along Foxconn’s property line, it gives Foxconn legibility and cohesion and emphasizes the mediating role of Foxconn in engaging with public entity; 2. At an architectural level, by adding various building nodes to the ring, it makes individual perceive and see the building at such scale possible.
By creating the porous ring and nodes at the periphery of Foxconn, the ringstraße-building migrates programs and brings people from both sides and facilitates the exchange in-between. It produces this new type of urbanistic architecture that can create urban intensity wasn’t there before: it is a civic center at an urban scale, it is also a social interface at an architectural scale. Eventually, it constructs an architectural win-win model without breaking down any existing urban fabrics.