Exploring the Mechanism of Spatial Narration: The Representation and Significance of Programming in OMA’s Architecture

Translated title of the contribution: 空间叙事机制探究: 程序设计在OMA建筑中的表现和意义

Tianchen Dai, Li Lu*

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Starting from the theoretical thinking of ‘Spatial Narration’ and ‘Programming’, this paper investigates the meaning of ‘Programming’ in ‘Spatial Narration’. Viewing ‘Programming’ as a core mean of spatial narration, this paper explores its representation and significance in architectural projects designed by OMA. Its performance includes reprogramming of the horizontal and vertical spatial order and temporal sequence in experience, as well as the juxtaposition of multiple temporal and functional contexts. Through careful programming in design process, OMA embeds a critical sense of identity and a sense of place with rich temporal and spatial experience in its architecture.
Translated title of the contribution空间叙事机制探究: 程序设计在OMA建筑中的表现和意义
Original languageChinese
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalThe Architect
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

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  • Case study
  • Architectural analysis
  • Spatial narrative theory
  • OMA
  • Programming


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