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Vertical Free Space

How does free-space look like when it becomes more vertical and three-dimensional?

We can never neglect gravity, therefore a freely floating fairy-tale space is not feasible as a vertical free-space proposal. We cannot just remove floors in section like we remove walls in free-plan. However, because of this gravity concern, we change the definition of free-space when transforming it from horizontal to vertical: from blank and uninvolved, to proactively providing opportunities for users to interact and collide to form new activities. Instead of removing floors, we manipulate floors to form extremely complex network, as a totally opposite approach, so that people find pocket free-space in between functional units. We break huge horizontal blank space into pocket vertical free-space, to be more easily occupied by users with a more intimate scale.

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The story sets in the future of 2050, the time when a lot of tasks are replaced by artificial intelligence. Even though HSBC still stands as one of the largest bank in Hong Kong, a lot of employees are fired because their jobs can be done by AI. As a result, a lot of space in the HSBC office building becomes vacant. Then what do we do with the large space in the building? We made a completely new radical spatial layout for the remaining bank employees to use. It is an experiment of free-space, to be experienced in a more vertical perspective. From arranging a free-space in plan, we now challenge to arrange a free-space in section, from the original free-plan of HSBC to "free-section" of HSBC, I hope to bring to you a new concept of free-space in verticality: free-space can be all around us, not just in one plane but even in the vertical direction.

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