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Into the Rabbit Hole Design Competition
– Top 3!

United States

Woman in Swimsuit

Bingkun Liu (Benk)

Woman in Swimsuit

Mange Zou (Maggie)

Woman in Swimsuit

Miaoyan Ge (Alice)

Woman in Swimsuit

1 Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.
We are currently completing our master degree in architectural design at the Southern California institution of Architecture, which is also known as SCI-Arc.


2 When and how you were first introduced to architecture?
[Benk]
My own family is not an architect family, but because of what I just said, I have witnessed the prosperity and development of the city, and many new ideas and new buildings have appeared around me, so I feel that my first contact with architecture is very natural. And there is no time point. But I have a building that has a very profound influence and that I think may have a subtle influence on me, the terminal 3 of Shenzhen Airport, which was designed by Fuksas. I feel that although it is a traffic building, the experience in it is completely unparalleled. So that building should be regarded as a node of my understanding of architecture.

[Maggie]
When I was an undergraduate, I majored in urban and rural planning. In China, this major belongs to architecture college. It is very interesting to watch students of architecture major draw pictures and make models every day, so I was deeply attracted by this major and transferred to architecture major during my postgraduate study.


3 What is your design philosophy?
[Benk]
I was born in a rapidly developing city. I am one of the lucky young people who can witness the rapid development of a medium-sized city into a megacity. Every day my city presents its new inhabitants with a completely different look. The driving force behind this is of course the development of the country, and these new buildings themselves are also a part of economic development. This is naturally beneficial in circle of economic development, but if the building is simply regarded as a tool of capital, the building has completely become a glass box that pursues interests. So I hope that I can break through the boundaries of the building itself, and create some spaces that make people experience completely different, rather than buildings that make people feel the same, without the temperament of the space itself.

[Maggie]
I think architectural design should first meet its practical and rational needs. The most important thing for human beings to create the ancient subject of architecture is that it can meet the functional needs of life. Secondly, on the basis of meeting basic needs, people will have an improved demand for space comfort. After the basic needs are met, people will ask for the spiritual civilization created by the architectural space. For example, creating beauty, comforting the soul and creating atmosphere. The philosophy of this competition design is mainly aimed at the third level, that is, the part of spiritual comfort.


4 What does architecture mean to you?
[Benk]
Architecture is a hobby for me at first, now it is a profession, and it may be life in the future. The multiplicity of architecture, its contradictions and problems are all in itself, so for me he may be a challenge that will interest me.

[Maggie]
Architecture is different from many subjects, which gives consideration to practicality and aesthetics. So it is very challenging, and architecture is a very interesting challenge for me.


5 Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
Since human beings became conscious, their pursuit of spiritual civilization has never stopped. We can see the location of temples and altars from ancient city sites. With the development of human beings, religious architecture was born. However, with the globalization, people of different races and backgrounds are constantly merging, and the way religious buildings heal the human mind has certain limitations. Therefore, we are looking for more essential emotions to produce new architectural forms, hoping to produce a new architectural space that heals the soul in this way.

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Into the Emotion Wonderland By Bingkun Liu (Benk) Miaoyan Ge (Alice) Mange Zou (Maggie)

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Into the Emotion Wonderland By Bingkun Liu (Benk) Miaoyan Ge (Alice) Mange Zou (Maggie)

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Into the Emotion Wonderland By Bingkun Liu (Benk) Miaoyan Ge (Alice) Mange Zou (Maggie)

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Into the Emotion Wonderland By Bingkun Liu (Benk) Miaoyan Ge (Alice) Mange Zou (Maggie)

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