The Architectonic of Loneliness: New Cinematics for Design & Representation

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The Love Hotel

The Architectonic of Loneliness uses a narrative script as the basis for design exploration: After Dark by Haruki Murakami. A sequence of events are depicted in a format of storyboarding. Then, a system of notations are invented in order to transcribe the phenomenological counterpart of architectural elements. A wall becomes the texture of lust, a door transforms into the geometry for terror, windows are the surfaces of longing, and dining tables the extrusions of loneliness. In doing so, the thesis engages in cinematic practices; two individuals’ mental spaces are projected into physical spaces that exists in parallel to objective reality. In the short film, architecture becomes the projection screen for emotion.

At the heart of this thesis lies a fascination with storytelling and its fundamental power to weave the structure of human relationships with architectonic relationships. Consequently, this thesis stipulates that architecture is ultimately a motivation of love and death. 

Li Wen Choy Storyboarding
Do building elements have emotional counterparts? Haruki Murakami's After Dark is interpreted as sequences of character-building relationships.
Li Wen Choy Notations Collated
How do you diagram a narrative? A system of notations reduces the storyboards to three types of actions, six emotions, character movement and sensation within the architectural settings.