Architecture is more than just shorthand for the word ‘buildings’. What transforms it from just a collection of hard surfaces is not just its function, but often the designer’s imagination.
Architecture can be fleeting or it can last in the world for decades or centuries at a time. It’s often suggested that we would have a much stronger design culture in our society if architectural design were easier to understand. It’s a profession that often seems obscure and remote to the general public.
Here are some creatively fertile ways to think about designing and interpreting architecture. These examples show you that artists are equally capable of creating interesting architectural proposals.
Take notice of how important the users/owners are in all of these designs for different places.
Featured image: Body experience diagrams for Kroppsrom (Corporeal Room), 2013, Atelier Oslo.
Shelter / enclosure: Fog assembly
‘Fog assembly’ was one of a series of five artworks Eliasson exhibited at the Palace of Versailles, France in 2016.
Credit: Timelapse showing 'Kroppsrom' (Corporeal Room) being installed. Video courtesy of the National Museum of Architecture, Norway 2013, Atelier Oslo.
Architecture studio Atelier Oslo created ‘Krosppsrom’ as a ‘kit of parts’- a puzzle that they put together for the ‘Under 40’ Exhibition. Once inside the pavilion each bend, step and curve asks you to move your body in a different way, meaning you really get to know the scale of the room versus your body. You can see this illustrated in their drawings in the feature image to this article. Like taking a walk in the woods, the architects created hidden spots and places with pools of light to encourage visitors to explore and experience the room.
Credit: ‘Our Time’, 2014, Video, courtesy of United Artists.
United Visual Artists are all about our perceptions, and senses. Through their architectural installations they want us to get in touch with what it means to be human. In ‘Our Time’ lights swing at different paces across a darkened room like pendulums with an accompanying soundtrack. Even on video, you’re drawn into the artwork. Imagine experiencing it for real. You’d be at the centre of this artwork about the passing of time, not quite knowing where the space ends and where it begins but getting some clues from the movement, sound and light the artists use to such a powerful effect.
Members of United Visual Artists also work on more commercial projects with their company, Another Space.