Starting with the idea that every Architect must have a theory of Fat. The most infamous advocate for the necessity of Fat is Phillip Johnson, who (along with Paul Rudolph) stated that “Architecture is the Art of Wasting Space”. Others have subconsciously internalized their appetite for Fat so that it is barely identifiable in their architectural diet, transforming spatial excesses into essential ingredients of their organizational or spatial languages.




The project analyzes and differentiates excess and efficiency, as well as what is Fat and what can be considered as Big. Starting with Aldo Rossi’s’ work to understand his Fat theory and then aplying the same principales to form a house for three strangers. The theory of Fat is tested in three sequences where Fat is lean (Fat), regular (Medium Fat) or excess (super Fat). The result is what we get out of this experimental approach.


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1- Small Fat House


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CH3145_ leong phase 2
CH3145_ leong phase 2
CH3145_ leong phase 2
CH3145_ leong phase 2


3- Supe Fat _ Site Map

On a larger scale the Fat theory is also envisioned on the scale of an Incubator and later on one of a Convention center. When living, working and leisure come together, the challenging notions of temporality, scale, program, interiority, exchange, collectivity comes along and the idea of a cosmopolitan architecture takes place.

The concept of Fat in this case is seen through two main elements: infrastructure and the in-between spaces of the different programs. The infrastructure provides a platform of external and internal exchange between: Context - Site, Site - program, & Program – Program.  This platform generates an understanding of the in-between spaces where they are seen as active spaces that helps communicate different parts of the project, creating new instances of collective spaces.