Concavitude: a modular armchair prototype at AcrossRCA (London, UK), 2017.
“First of all, it must be noted that the two terms ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ pose problems of metaphysical anthropology that are not symmetrical. To make inside concrete and outside vast is the first task, the first problem, it would seem, of anthropology of the imagination. But between concrete and vast, the opposition is not a true one. At the slightest touch asymmetry appears. And it is always like that: inside and outside do not receive in the same way the qualifying epithets that are the measure of our adherence. Nor can one live the qualifying epithets attached to inside and outside in the same way. Everything, even size, is a human value, and we have already shown, in a preceding chapter, that miniature can accumulate size. It is vast in its way.”
Gaston Bachelard, 1957
Building Ruptures: Re-imagining Common Spaces has been a workshop which initial input was to create modular elements for use in and around Dyson/Woo buildings.
The project studies social, outdoor and in-between spaces.
The action has taken the form of constructions to place in the common areas of the campus. The end goal was to create functional ruptures in the architectural space, thinking about an area with different uses from ones it is going to rapture.
The conceptual background of the project takes roots in politics of space, ongoing studio space negotiations and research on collectivist architecture of the early 20th century.
Animated by the readings of “The Poetic of Space” of Gaston Bachelard, and in particular by the quote in which he says that “A living creature fills an empty refuge, images inhabit, and all corners are haunted, if not inhabited”, the idea was to create more of this inhabitable corners.
It took the shape of an armchair with a propensity to be lived inside. For this reason, it is the shortest side of the given shape of the trapeze to be left open while all the others are voluntary disproportionately tall to create a rough and anonymous outside that works as a shell, a shelter for the life that can happen inside.
It is a 1:1 space, for moments of relief from what is going on around, whether in the Dyson Building or in any other public or collective environment in which the structure can be positioned by itself or as a modular element in different configurations.
with Yara Boulos and Stephanie Siu.