Architecture - Page 60

Apartment in Katayama by Mitsutomo Matsunami

Photo © Mitsutomo Matsunami
The beautiful facade of this apartment building caught our attention, and we couldn’t help but ask the architect to show us the interior of each unit. we must say that simplicity and complexity interact in a perfect manner here, making this one of the best design for a small apartment building in Japan in recent years Continue Reading

Apparatus of viewing

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Through studies of Charles Ginnever’s sculpture Rashomon, this project explores the concept of animate space.

Rashomon, an open geometric form devoid of right angles or parallel members, presents an intriguing scenario where only the rarest of witnesses could recognize it as the same work from one position to the next.

In connection to this, Sergie Eisentstien commented on the animated body’s ‘plasmaticness’; this is its ability and perhaps willingness to morph. Rashomon affirms philosopher David Morris’ concept of our perception of space as rooted in movement. Movement around the sculpture reveals space as plastic and a subjective experience filtered through our perception. Rashomon`s form captures the plasmaticness of animated space, which Eisentstein saw as the essence of animation.

The approach to the building involved an intimate relationship between artist and environment through movement. The building frames a fluid space constantly in flux based on the position of the viewer. The building acts as an apparatus of viewing consisting of a continuum of views.

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