ARTITECTURE 6 / SHELTER (…where everything in this world comes down to one’s mind…)
This proposition raises questions regarding our behavior and comprehension - personally or publicly – of the ramifications of space in our contemporary lives and its requirements. This visual endeavor speaks of intimacy, open-mindedness, awareness and engagement; it aims to challenge one’s perception of space, to reevaluate one’s apprehension and position within a given topos as well as to explore the idea of the ’impossible’
The structure itself, is visually and mentally understood as an ’open’ structure - as a conscious yet playful construction of spatialities and its various layers and realities. - and functions as a mere work of art, a sculptural or architectural intervention as well as as a topos, a place of departure for the investigation of spatial perception and also a vessel to inspire thoughts beyond the formal restrictions set up by a conditioned perception.
Both in intellectual and practical terms the given structure is, amongst other influences, related to the concept of the bricoleur, a term coined by French philosopher Claude-Levi Strauss as the antipode to the ingenieur or the idea of the HOJOKI (HOJOKI: A hermits hut as a methaphor by Kano-No-Chomei) and the HOJO (representing a 1O’ square) , a place designed to be a space of contemplation and meditation ( …where everything in the world comes down to ones mind...), of modesty and simplicity , where the exterior becomes the interior and vice versa, a space functioning as refuge and a place to reflect upon a manifold of aspects of social, intimate or political nature. SHELTER can be seen as a place of passage or resting, a place to find fulfillment or indulge in wonderment; the structure can be experienced as a place of resistance as well as toeing the borderlines of spatial experience. It wants to inspire thoughts about the impermanence of nature and life as well as induce the idea of serenity . The structure functions as a hybrid, interconnecting the properties ofmathematicalspace andexperientialspace.Experientialspace is related to the human being by a vital relationship of subjectivity and objectivity – it forms an in-between space, a space for a physical and mental voyage, to interconnect a confluence of ideas with the confines of personal thought, to extend ones personal perception, to initiate reflection or meditation upon the multilayered interdependencies of human existence and its natural environment.
SHELTER is an invitation to go on a journey, an open-ended journey.