Core of Impatience
Time is extremely valuable in city life. While people are put in a situation of ‘Waiting’ which might not be necessary; or in an unforeseeable / uncontrollable threat of waiting or delay, not only the actual TIME that they have lost, but also the PATIENCE, TEMPER and positive PSYCOLOGICAL status.
The VALUE of TIME?
In a Travel Characteristics Survey affiliated to the Hong Kong Population Census 2002 conducted by the HKSAR Gov. in 2002, office workers were asked for HOW MUCH they are willing to pay in exchange of travelling time to work. The result is HK$ 1.29 /min for each household member with household monthly income greater than HK$40,000.
HK$1.29 is an enormous figure. If you sum up the values of saving 8 minutes daily of all the people occupying a tower, it eventually adds up to the total construction cost of the tower over a period of 30 years. In short run, that also equates to 7.14% of the rental rate of a standard Grade A office. If we transformed the time saved into man-day, in just 5 years’ time, it will equal to the total man-day required to construct that building.
This is an research driven by the values vested in that 8 minutes of time. It attempt to streamline and relay the Horizontal traffic and the Vertical traffic of the building CORE. The value of Impatience is completely unleashed and the core and the building is a self-generative monster that shapes itself from the innermost to the outermost. Every step is brutally and critically deduced by its previous step, giving the very first priority to minimize travel time and waiting time.
ENVELOP of TIME
The core is driven by minimal traffic duration, and as its logical extension, the building boundary is hence, the direct tangible manifest of the shape of time of its own traffic within; while the core solidify itself as the sculptural built of speed, capacity, acceleration and flow. Everybody get to his desk within the same, minimized, controllable, deducible duration. Time is tamed within the Envelop.