Felix Vallotton, Interior with Woman in Red from the Back
First draft at constructing different spaces
Establishing a construction system for walls
Tests for facades
WEEK V & VI:
lightness, balance & interstices
Concept and Inspiration
Extract from Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion
Stairs can be plain and simple but they can also hold a tension, a sense of movement. In this scene, from Hitchcock's movie Suspicion, the tension is created not only by the music, the lightning and the acting of the two characters but also by establishing a slow and dangerous pace with each new step taken. This feeling is also enhanced by the shadows created by different window frames and the stairway rail.
I decided to make a stairway intertwined with a wall or filter, both supporting and balancing each other. The tension is then created between the vertical and horizontal planes intersecting in a tight specific spot and creating two contrasting spaces as well as the 20° angled steps. On one side, the space is confided: the steps are cut neatly and induce an inward movement that forces us close to the facade, on the other, they are elongated in an open space where one can walk freely. Both spaces are connected, as the facade is porous: one can walk from one to another by two different pathways on top and down the stairs.