"Demolition sites: The high walls with their bister-colored lines around the chimney flues, reveal, like the cross-section of an architectural plan, the mystery of intimitate distributions... A curious spectacle, these open houses with their floorboards suspended over the abyss, their colorful flowered wallpaper still showing the shape of the rooms, their staircases leading nowhere now, their cellars open to the sky, their bizzare collapsed interiors and battered ruins. It all resembles, though without the gloomy tone, those uninhabitable structures, which Piranesi outlined with such feverish intensity in this etchings."
Questionning our basic ideas, we tried to understand the ambivalence oft the notions "balance" and "embracement" and to find out which atmosphere it expresses. Inspired by Benjamin Walter's "Arcade Project", we would like to explore on the one hand the feeleing of security and on the other hand confinement and restriction, which are all included in the notion of embracement. Representing opposed elements of Benjamin Walter’s quote like „the staircases leading nowhere“ and „cellars open to the sky", our project won't express balance only physically but also conceptually.
Our project is a tower, and consists of a spiral staircase, which disposes rooms circularly. We decided to put it in the middle of the proto-structure, it permits to watch the other projects from different levels in different dispositions.
Fragment of the proto-structure 1:10
Proto-structure with details 1:10
Fragment of the spiral stairs 1:10