The unbearable lightness of being
Inside the viaduct.
Inside the viaduct.
Sketches of 7 architectural elements (walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, columns and cores)
From the set "A room within a room", series of models with movable elements.
The flat horizontal building is designed like a maze and intentionally gets the visitors lost. As they walk towards the middle the elements disappear starting from L shaped units to become walls to become arches to become pillars.
Each floor is composed by a series of L shaped units. As you walk towards the center of the building the elements disappear: first the solid walls, then the glass walls, then the doors and frames, then the pillars to finally get to the center where there is only a trace on the floor of where the unit should have been.
The viaduct is composed by a line of walls (facade) followed by 4 lines of pillars. The ceiling is supported by a series of beams that are placed on a grid and create arches.
The right part of the ceiling is composed by more beams to give more support where the train passes.
I imagined the viaduct to be inhabited by someone who travels a lot and does not necessarily have an attachment to any place. That is why there is no furniture or fixed element.
This lifestyle comes from the idea of lightness and recklessness.
Replacing a part of Brixton viaduct by a new version of a viaduct: the arches become walls to separate the street from the inside (Brixton market) and the opening are only 80cm, just enough to let someone through.
Collage for a Lifestyle.
The title comes from the movie The Swimmer by Franck Perry and Sydney Pollack (1968) where the main character (Burt Lancaster) creates his way home by jogging from pool to pool to swim the whole neighbourhood.
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