SCI-Arc_2014 || ESTm || Smoke and Mirrors Final Studio
Advisors: Marcelo Spina and Casey Rehm
Robot House Coordinators: Jake Newsum and Curime Batliner
For the last decades, motion has been a present issue for architecture, the introduction of new technologies has opened the spectrum for an approach towards a machine-like transformation, where the building physically displaces itself in space while the observer remains immobile, in a traditional spectator-performer relationship. By inverting the roles, the project allows for a more feasible building where reflections and perception translate into the mechanics of motion, moving between the problem of disguise and camouflage in an experiential way, to the accepted notion of formal primitives and heavy mass in the geometrical and material understanding of motion.
The project presents itself as an artificial mirage, challenging the spectator into creating his personal understanding of the architecture, relaying on the spatial positioning of the spectator. The use of kaleidoscopic effects coupled with geometrical strategies, allows for a visual encryption of the project, where the building can only be accessed(understood) through a set of specific spatial positionings of the observer. A game of “hide and seek” between the observer and the project takes place, conspiring to find the secrets that lie beneath the building. Allowing for conspiracies to be cracked and plotted in a real yet secret facility.
Four points on the site are selected to generate perspectival vectors aiming towards the mountain, where the collision creates a set of perspectival carvings. The reflective material along with the angled divisions of the carved walls, create a sense of continuous ground camouflaging(while at the same time moving) the perception of the building hidden beneath it.