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2021 // 

5ftx5ft cut-out roof section from two timber-constructed houses and one steel-constructed warehouse to study the roof eave to exterior wall connections. The timber houses mainly used traditional platform framing and Japanese joinery technique, and the warehouse utilized steel plates and nails as roof-towall connections. Since the simplicity of these connections, it was easy to de/re/assemble on different sites.While the form of this new folly is developed from three 3x3 grids that create three distinctive yet intertwining parts, the folly showcases three types of roof-to-wall connections: traditional wood connection, wood to concrete wall connection, and steel to CMU wall connection. Each keeps the simplicity that only uses the basic connection of Japanese joinery for attachment and steel plates for reinforcement, making the folly also easy to de/re/assemble. And so, the materials all come from the salvaged buildings.The project intends to inspire outdoor canopy buildings for public spaces, taking the advantage of salvaged materials and original connections. The newly designed rotations of the roof can be used for modern architectural design of “the fifth facade”, which calls for diverse spatial experiences other than traditional roof spaces and makes the usually inaccessible roof spaces opening up to welcome events and circulations.

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