Date: Fall, 2017
Institution: Harvard GSD
Instructor: Cameron Wu                                                                                    
The Hidden Room Project aims at creating five architectural spaces that are experienced by the viewer as four. It is the architectural version of a sleight-of-hand. In this iteration, the building is approached from 2 sides at different levels. A visitor accessing either entrance sees a ray of light emanating from what appears to be the other entrance and on trying to access it, gets subtly displaced, arriving at a different location than intended. The effect is further emphasized when they turn around and look back in the direction they came from and see another ray of light emanating from  what appears to be the entrance from which they entered the building but is in actuality another opening of similar proportions placed to facilitate the illusion. 

Model Photo

Model Photo

Lower Level Plan

Mid-Level Plan

Hidden Room Level Plan

Top Level Plan

Roof Plan

Section A-A

Section B-B

Section C-C

Section D-D

Model Photo

Model Photo

Model Photo

This set of drawings explore the tool of montage to attempt to create an immersive experience through the architectural space. These perspectival jump cuts are viewed as specific cinematic scenes that explore the various key moments within the sequence, from the approach, through the illusion until the false reveal. The
end of the sequence reinforces the original illusion but like the final scene of a good movie, the entire mystery is never resolved, only unconvincingly perceived to be so.

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