Narrative Architecture

A good work must be derived step by step, and each step has its own essential logic. A good building is like a good movie. In a scene of architectural space, tell a story, let you experience an atmosphere and convey an emotion.

We will use a studio to help you deepen the program itself, experience the narrative architectural design method, let the architects, and use the director’s approach to connect each of your spaces. From the source of the method, the concept of narrative, case analysis to the final stage of the expression of a complete logical chain. The program itself is the essence and greatest competitiveness of the portfolio.

In a nutshell, narrative architecture is a more artistic approach to architectural research. But unlike some methodologies that advocate “overhead to reality”, narrative architecture has a very rigorous logic. It must be clearly related to reality, pay attention to the particularity of the place, and proceed from the place and the reality. Each step is related to each other. And mutual proof, while paying great attention to the artistic methodology of the senses and stories. Peter Zumthor explains this: Every building is a specific society, in a specific place, to achieve a specific function. Try to answer those questions that arise from simple facts accurately and critically.




-Europe’s top design school – Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark

Work and Artistic Experience

-Trace and Architectural Office (TAO)

>Lesson 1 Location

>Lesson 2 Place to Mapping

>Lesson 3 Mapping to narrative concept

>Lesson 4 Return to the place and start a narrative

>Lesson 5 Detail tell a story

>Lesson 6 Collage Expression Narrative Concept

Lesson 1

The interpretation of the place and the research on the context are the most important part of the narrative. Because we need to know a lot about our place, the story of the place, the character and particularity of the place – the same type of building that occurs in Norway and Hong Kong will produce completely different personalities and results. Everything is based on very in-depth research. We need to know where to interpret the stories of these places and places.

Lesson 2 Place to Mapping

When we have a basic understanding of the place, we need to start collecting the most effective information in the place and reflect the information as mapping. The information reflected in the mapping is scientific information, data, and detailed human information. It is 100% based on facts, not empty, non-nutritive guesses, and then the information is drawn into the mapping with artistic collage. These mappings that contain information are the basis for the entire design to be referenced at any time.

Lesson 3 Mapping to narrative concept

When we got all the stories and information from the venue, we started to make these materials relect a design concept. A concept that tells the story of the place, we will continue to think deeply about the story of the place, the concept of development.

Rather than a concept that only describes our own dreams, this is the area that many domestic architects often fall into. Their stories are just those that they are wishful to make, but they are separated from the story of the place.

What is important is how to reflect the story of the place into a narrative concept.

Several key words: specific, special, visible

Lesson 4 Return to the place and start a narrative

We return to the place with a narrative concept that contains the story, realizing the narrative concept into a building, a real building. The components, composition, and formulation of the building are all based on the narrative concept.

Lesson 5 Detail tell a story

“Too much attention can not be given to produce a distinct Character in every building, not only in great features, but in minor detail together; even a moulding, however diminutive, contributes to increase or lessen the Character of the assemblage of which it forms a part.”

The detail and element of the building can be reflected in the narrative, but it is easy to be ignored, because we are used to too many unthinking doors, pillars, walls. The story told by Detail gives the viewer more patience and a more microscopic experience of the narrative of architecture.

Lesson 6 Collage Expression Narrative Concept

There are many ways to express design, rendering, and line graphs. This is the diversity of expression. For narrative architecture, collage can be said to be the most suitable and easiest way to express its effects. In this lesson we will use some works to elaborate on how to use collage to express narrative concepts and narrative buildings. As well as a very important question, back to the original place, the purpose of our map is to express the feeling of the place.

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