Prior to starting her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art, Jamie did her Architecture BA at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. She gained her practical experience at Casper Mueller Kneer Architects in London, working on private residential projects and exhibition design for the Barbican Art Gallery.
Jamie is interested in translating abstract concepts and research into atmospheric spaces and experiences. On the basis of studying in History of Art and Chinese Studies before starting her architecture education, Jamie’s work is characterised by theoretical concepts and the context of history and culture. More recently she explored new methods to represent architectural projects both materially and visually. Within the interdisciplinary frame and workshop culture of both the Academy and the Royal College of Art, working with a variety of materials has informed her tactile approach to projects.
Site Apparition — Disguising as one of its neighbouring buildings - like a Doppelganger, the extended Mirador reflects and distorts its environment. As a shadow, mirrored above Mirador Mansion, it blurs into Kowloon’s mountain chain.
The anonymous realm of metropoles with a society in perpetual motion is difficult to categorise. The disappearance of culture creates a world which fosters multiple identities within cities, buildings and within a single subject. The act of disappearing is closely linked to apparitions that dissolve the momentary state into a new appearance. It is a process of becoming something else unexpectedly.
The project explores the advantages of unexpectedness and ambiguity in a residential skyscraper in Hong Kong. The city’s unique temporal and cultural intermediate state between Great Britain (until 1997) and China (from 2047) adds to the hyper-legibility of the space, giving room to contradiction and difference. By accepting a multifaceted environment and society; conservative division is overcome through an architectural project and disappears into a time- and placelessness.
Places that suggest that discontinuities and all its influences make up Hong Kong’s identity, are disappearing. The composite building typology such as Mirador and Chungking Mansion is often overlooked and misinterpreted. Like heterotopic microcosms with shops, restaurants, guesthouses and apartments, they harbour all the city’s diverse aspects. Due to the government’s demolition policy, redevelopment is lurking above them. The traditions of Hong Kong cinema have raised an awareness for the cultural value of Chungking Mansion and are said to have saved the building from demolition. Like momentary inventories of the city, its inhabitants and their interior, psychological world, the films capture Hong Kong’s transient character like a kaleidoscope of colours and identities.
Similar to a city scale film studio, this project investigates how the creation of multiple stories, spaces and layers of identification contributes to a building’s cultural significance at the example of Mirador Mansion.