Content tagged: sensuality as interaction
‘Lux Nova’ or ‘new light’ refers to the Gothic inven¬tion of polychromatic dyed glass and the emotive potential of coloured light. This proposal for a struc¬ture at the MoMA PS1 in New York uses arrays of multihued polycarbonate blades to enclose spaces of multiple scales of habitation, from collective to inti¬mate. Walking through it, these multihued spaces of¬fer luminous atmospheres, drifting dynamically with daylight — a landscape of light and colour — creating temporary atmospheres for contemplation and col¬lective occupation. The project aims at reinforcing the link between collective experiences and social practice. Easton+Combs are an architectural practice based in New York.
This proposal for a zero-carbon house from lightweight self-insulating concrete components combines performative aspects of this sculptural material with plastic three-dimensional form making for aesthetic and inhabitational means. Structurally, the concrete wall elements overlap and stack over each other generating a highly articulated plastically modelled elevation. Configured of three base types and an additional trio generated by flipping the wall element by 180, a wide range of facade and room differentiations are generated. These sculptural forms produce expressive internal and external pocket spaces and loggias, poches with dynamically shaped walls, open to appropriation through the user/viewer. Barkow Leibinger are an American/German architecture firm based in Berlin.
This pavilion for the EXPO in Shanghai 2010, creates two specifically separated conditions: on the one side an atmospherically immersive space that enables the visitor to experience Austria on an emotional, nonverbal level, on the other a more didactic exhibition about the country’s economy. The pavilion’s main concepts of seamlessness, both spatially and materially, and curvilinearity produce an intense spatial experience for that evoke associations of bodies and skin with almost erotic connotations. Span Architecture and Design are based in Vienna, Austria. Photography: Maria Ziegelboeck
This site-specific installation of a compressed vault system at the SciArc Gallery, Los Angeles, uses a featherweight sheet material, intentionally confusing structural and material strategies. The project attempts to defamiliarise and create conflicted readings of normative architectural typologies. Voussoirs – wedge-shaped masonry blocks that form an arch – were created by folding paper-thin wood laminate along curved seams. A digital design and fabrication process enabled the exploration of the spatial consequences of mathematical relationships, such as curvature, number, size and relative position of components. The result has a strong sensorial presence: a light, porous surface of luminous wood pieces. Voussoir Cloud manages to engage its viewer on both a cognitive and sensual level. IwamotoScott is a San Francisco based architecture and design practice. Photography: Judson Terry.