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Hospital of Nested Bags

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posted on 2022-09-12, 09:06 authored by Kang, Zhiwei

The key ideas of, “The Container, Contained and the In-Between” is an encapsulation of the motivations in my design. The poetic suggestion of each word constitutes the philosophical essence that overlaps the field of architecture. This overlap resonates with the ideals that philosophy and etymology bring richness to architectural language. To create a play on words, the linguistic slippage of the world of holding, containers, and luggage is the baseline of architecture when designing for children. The etymology of the terms ‘suitcases’ and ‘baggage’ are enforced to create a dynamic paradigm for understanding a hospital and the ways in which they are occupied. By recognising the linguistic associations of ‘Baggage’, the semantics of the word can be understood and the figurative connotations of the form can be reflected in architecture. The commonality across all of these words - trunk, suitcase, baggage, luggage, valise, container - is they are all spaces in which we can find a deeper connection and place our own identity.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Architecture

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University Library

ANZSRC Socio-Economic Outcome code

200299 Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified; 280104 Expanding knowledge in built environment and design

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2 Strategic basic research

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Victoria University of Wellington School

Wellington School of Architecture


Wood, Peter