Folding Surprise

In the first few months of the new coronavirus pandemic, three times as many Americans showed signs of depression, and the situation may be worse now, said Caitlin Ertman, an expert at the Boston University School of Public Health, Sputnik 13 reported.  Long periods of sedentary and home-based offices tend to make people anxious, bored, and other negative emotions. As it says, "Buildings are deeply emotive structures which form our psyche". Faced with this situation, it is worth considering how to change people's emotions through space design.

Scientific research has proven that people secrete more dopamine in the face of uncertainty, which means people will be much easier to cheer up and concentrate. Folding Surprise aims to explore the mental excitement and freshness that architecture brings to freelancers who are often enclosed in a small, single-function space, more likely to be trapped in painful emotion.

This project hopes to design a sequence of spaces for freelancers to soothe their working environment, helping them to gain pleasure and inspiration. To realize that, the project explores the impact of different spaces on people's moods in terms of the combination of walls, roof, and "holes." It is known that the height, width, depth, angles, and the connection of "walls" can generate a different spatial emotion. As the connections of spaces, "holes" on the wall play an essential role. It can decide how we "enter" other spaces physically or visually.