It’s heartening that one of Yung Ho Chang’s unbuilt works had recently been realized. Though it remains an issue how projects with such experimental bent could only manifest under the aegis of art-architecture biennales. Even if it is, perhaps having it built, and now highly circulated as an image, and an idea, online allowed Chang to disseminate his past fertile imaginings that resulted from a critique of architecture’s trope of horizontal transparency.
It is even more fascinating to discover that the design based on a competition submission entitled “Vertical Transparency - An Urban Glass House 2001” for the Shinkenchiku International Housing Competition had originated from a series of watercolor and charcoal drawings of domestic scenarios depicting strong figure-furniture-space relationship. They seem to suggest the control dwellers could have over their perception and use of a space characterized by the intimacy of completely walled interiors with visual continuity across floors that affords a view of both basement and sky. Having these earlier conceptual drawings alongside the sections and plans would have told a better story.