MAN LAM CHENG
“ROOM TO BREATH”
The project draws heavily from ‘stop short’ moments in Mario Botta’s Bianchi House (1971) that is now used to allow different spaces to acknowledge the presence of one another without the discomfort of being too close or too far apart. Physical barriers in the form of changing levels between programmatic elements of ‘house’ are created to reinforce the need for separation between work and rest, especially with the ‘workshop’ element that is integrated with the house. Work and rest, while seemingly on opposite ends of the spectrum, exist in the same space without intruding on the other, giving each other room to breathe.