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Graduate School of Photography

Part 1 Project 2008
Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang Nguyen
National University of Singapore Singapore Singapore
The key concept focuses on transitory spaces to underline movement; using factors that can captivate the lifestyle of photography such as the interplay of light and shadow, enclosure versus openness as the contrast of private and public spaces; together with site factors of urban versus natural conditions; located in the corner with 4 clear boundary lines that control and make the building form as it is.

Physical elements used are the street, the bridge, the corridor all of which become the frame and boundary of the school and also the links connecting the individuals. The street is always considered public space but somehow it can also be appropriate as a private domain, confined in between two vertical elements and containing within itself smaller units of different functions at different levels of openness. Cubes of pocket events are introduced to allow activities to occur on the large surface, keeping to themselves their own privacy but still visually accessible among each other.

Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang Nguyen


The design brief challenged each project to shape a site-specific response that robustly engages the natural environment to the benefit of the program.

Trang chose the program of a graduate school of photography as vehicle to engage the landscape. The program questions the superficial calm of the rolling golf greens by reinforcing the sense of a fractured landscape through introducing a juxtaposition of building forms that cuts diagonally across the landscape, picks up topographical scar lines and continues to etch its intervention on the site. Photography is seen as a reflection of objects frozen in time & space in contrast to a perpetually changing reality. Working with prevalent environmental conditions, she shaped a series of movement patterns and spatial qualities to correspond with the rhythmic shifts of environmental conditions as a celebration of photography and reality.

Her effort reflects a mature resolution of formal composition as well as spatial resolution that grew out of a relentless process of exploration.

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