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Edward Kim − SCI-Arc, California

[Shortlist: 10 students from around the world] The AR highlights 10 emerging architecture students from renowned architecture schools across the world

Edward Kim (Best Graduate Thesis Prize, Recipient) − SCI-Arc, California

Tutor: Hernan Diaz Alonso

Heartbreak Hotel

This project looks at the issue of architectural permanence as an underlying theme to built structures - whether it is ever brought up, discussed, affirmed, or rejected. Though the idea of permanence is most often associated with material durability and structural integrity, this thesis proposes the kind of permanence that springs from the notion of inevitability of change. This idea of permanence is created through continuous transformation of the built form. Heartbreak Hotel is a place where spaces are prevented from being complete and are in a constant state of mutation, creating a vibrant relationship between the building and the user.

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