Author : Ryan Hong

University : University of California, Los Angeles

Status : MArch, 2013

Advisor : Jason Payne

Title : The Ambivalent Object | 433 Cupid House

This house is an exploration in:

curtain as poche, organizational hierarchy, tectonic continuity and the exterior variable presence or exterior blackness.


Articulation occurs at certain moments of the alternate and nested exteriorities along the outermost surface. This onion like layering reveals its multiple exteriors with a scalar logic.  

The moments of exterior blackness are not so much to do with light but more produced by a timid boundary condition that suggests the anti-finite.

The exteriorities of 433Eros’ clone – (this asteroid and in addition, the nested clones there within) which I have named 433Cupid are self referential conditions.  These nested conditions suggest a cyclical infinite nature through repetition and pattern recognition.


The interior exhibits a concentration of materiality, orientational disjunction and an uncanny layering.

The interiority developed surface drawing captures a particular stage in the physical process of physically unfolding the surface, similar to that of its dynamic material properties. The developed surface of these curtains become those that define the interiority, conventionally these are walls.

Touching From a Distance

Curtain as poche: an ambivalent arbitrator


In order for the square footage of the plan to be more familiar with a domestic scale, the exterior had to be enlarged, thus the outer surface area is much greater than the floor area.

The floor plate is not a direct offset of the exterior but constrained by its exterior while asserting its own proportion and scale within its given boundaries.

Similar to that of a curtain’s estrangement to a fixed position, vector stippling communicates ambivalence as it lacks the commitment of a solid line.


The curtain mediates the exteriority and interiority relationship and tangency. Not as a neutral object but as an ambivalent arbitrator.

The curtain is fixed or pinned tangent to the exterior geometry yet takes on an amorphous disproportionate draping creating its own interior perimeter different to that of the exterior. This is the same technique used to determine the floor plan.

The poche, typically a residual space, now a place of synchronic ambiguities – which is described by the relation of events of a particular or existing time, without referencing historical context. In this case it is the realm between the geometrically complex interior and exterior. Conventionally un-occupiable, the epoch’s material uniqueness allows a homogenous continuity as a poche, curtain, bed drape and floor. The curtain does not separate the interior and the exterior but joins them. The synchronic ambiguity also describes the representational stippling between the line drawing and render.