Mansion of the Beautiful


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Designs of collective housing community in Taiwan after the 1990’s often times used architec- tural codes from elsewhere as decorative elements. Interestingly, these codes would sometimes forgot their definitions and transformed into its’ own unique forms.
Residential community could always reflect a variety of ideas and desire on belonging of the community dwellers. Thinking and feelings of the residential community were always projected onto forms. The utilisation of these codes were related to the idea of house as a consumer item. It reflects the consumer’s desire to be in elsewhere, and eventually become the Others.
However, the misappropriated or re-created architectural codes that “look alike” elsewhere causes my confusion and displacement of identity. I could hardly see myself from within, and could not help asking how could I handle the relation between me and the Other.
Mansion of the Beautiful presents the inner space produced from the reflection of oneself towards these housing landscapes. Using the forms of installation and 3D scanning, architectural codes transform into images under the gaze and influences of consumption as well as colonisation structure. It is as if a beautiful illusion, projecting aesthetics and desires of the public, but also create displacement of self identity.








台灣1990年代後的集合式大廈社區在設計上,常會使用一些他方的建築符碼作為裝飾,有趣的是:這些 符碼有時還會忘卻定義地自行變形,獨樹一格。
居所常常可以呈現地區住民對於歸屬的種種意念與慾望,而它所承載的思緒往往也被投射於形式上:這些符碼的使用和住宅作為消費物件有關,它反映 消費者欲置身他方,甚至最終想要成為他者的那個想望。



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