Telos: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui
with guest architect Eugene Tssui
ArCH Film Festival at HCAF
An unorthodox and revolutionary architect, Eugene Tssui questioned traditional building standards and put nature and the environment at the forefront of his designs long before “green” and “eco-friendly” became buzzwords.
Kyung Lee’s film is a lively portrait of Tssui as a Renaissance man: an athlete, a designer, a singular visual artist, as well as an architect. Designing since he was 11, Tssui has always balked at convention and modeled his parents’ home after a microscopic invertebrate. The home was completed in 1995 and is impervious to water, fire, and termites.
From his childhood to his formal education, including three expulsions from architecture school and a close relationship with his mentor, the “organic” architect Bruce Goff, Lee traces Tssui’s singular creative life, unmatched in the present architectural landscape.
The film is barely long enough to cover all of Tssui’s costume changes and half the job titles on his business card, which unfolds to the size of two cards to accommodate “architect, city and regional planner, contractor, inventor, research scientist, author, fine artist, industrial designer, composer, clothing designer, and public lecturer.”
– Sam Whiting, SF GATE
Directed by Kyung Lee
Cinematography by Kyung Lee
Editing by Jennifer Chinlund and Kyung Lee
Music by Luke Wyland
Cast: Eugene Tssui