TETRA V.2 is an urban design installation reacting as a commentary to the contemporary state of economic, sustainable, and local environmental development (Hong Kong) and international issues, surrounding the state of utility within our urban and socio-political function of citizenship within the urban environment.
Using a modular system that functions at a variety of scales, from the object scale all the way up to the urban scale, the design is based off of a fractal geometric logic creating an urban architectural intervention “without end”. TETRA V.2 becomes an urban addition within the city, formulated by architecture.
The assembly of modules is based on a concept from fractals and the continuing nature. The sets defined themselves as portraying self-similarity in different scales, mimicking the organic nature as growth of plants. The flexibility allows the sets to vary in size and number. By alternating the combination of the pieces and the urban settings, it could be anything from a self-standing furniture piece to a social interaction hub. It provides a definitive addition and discussion between human and nature, generating a continuum between the human scale and that of the building or urban space.
The basic module of TETRA V.2 is inspired by the elegant and simple form of a tetrahedron. Each family of tetrahedrons is made up of three different sizes, but all with the same size opening at the points of connection. The slight changes in the parameters of these different pieces allows for variation, without losing the relationship between them. By truncating the edges of the tetrahedron and developing a concave form, the reinvented shape breaks the uniform geometry of the pure tetrahedron. The carved out space becomes a porous enclave for interaction, redefining space within the urban Kowloon Park.