Tag Archives: light

Staged Nature

Photographer Noemie Goudal creates natural environments using artificial elements.  Her use of light, clothe, water and photographs help create the illusion of nature.  Her art evokes a sense of wonder and mystery as one is unsure of what is natural and what is artificial.

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Absence and Growth

The absence of humanity within a built form does not mean there is an absence of existence and growth.  The decay of the structure’s finishes such as the wall paper and paint imply an existence of natural forms, a sort of simulation of growth within the decay.  Nature then finds a way to break through the man made forms in a unnatural location.  The lines of nature and built form are blurred in the destruction of a building and overtaking by nature.  The simulation of nature provides a mystery and exploration similar to the experience of nature in a forest.  It is the absence of reality that allows nature to overcome and become a new reality.

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Light peaking through the ruins simulate nature and growth

Nature grows within the ruins of the abandoned structure

Pealing paint and light simulate layers of destruction but also growth

Pealing paint and light simulate layers of destruction but also growth

Greenery grows within the urban ruin providing new life and of a sense renewal within the decay

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Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

Artist Olafur Eliasson new installation to the ARoS Museum of Art in Arhus, Denmark provides a 360 panoramic view of the cityscape.  Every color in the spectrum is present as this design looks to erase the boundaries between indoors and out to question the comfortable limits for which people are accustomed to moving, ultimately altering and defining the perception of the city below.

ARoS Museum of Art | Arhus, Denmark

Rendering of Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

Interior of Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

Interior of Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

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Holocaust Memorial | Peter Eisenman

Today’s lecture in my elective was about the Deconstructivist architecture of Peter Eisenman.  The last project presented was his Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Berlin, Germany.  The memorial is a a disorienting exploration of blocks that fluctuate as they move in a grid along and undulating topography and raise taller and taller.  Experiencing the enormity of this memorial first hand I was struck by the feeling of being lost and confused.  This feeling was only magnified at night.  The interior of the museum makes you reflect and contemplate due to the information, but also how it was presented.  The museum winds you through the history of the murdered Jews of the Holocaust, stimulating each of the senses along the way.  The use of light and darkness help Eisenman create a somber and effective memorial to commemorate those murdered during Hitler’s control over Germany.

Holocaust Memorial | Berlin, Germany

Holocaust Memorial | Berlin, Germany

Overlooking the Holocaust Memorial

Interior of the Holocaust Museum

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Bruder Klaus Field Chapel | Peter Zumthor

Another example of a chapel in a field:  Bruder Klaus Chapel by Peter Zumthor is located in Wachendorf, Germany and is an example of the amazing effect light has on a building.  This chapel is constructed out of poured concrete over trees shaped like a wigwam tepee.  Once the concrete hardened the trees were then set a blaze leaving a charred concrete interior with the wooden form. Light penetrates the chapel through the entrance and the opening in the roof.  This chapel is an amazing example of the versatility of concrete and makes one feel a spiritual presence not by iconography which is only present in the cross over the entrance, but with the use of materials and the use of light and more specifically shadow.

Approach to the Chapel

Approach to the Chapel | Wachendorf, Germany

Entrance within the Chapel | Wachendorf, Germany

Images of the Chapel

Bruder Klaus Chapel | Wachendorf, Germany

Sections Bruder Klaus Chapel | Wachendorf, Germany

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Juha Leiviska

Last fall I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany and during that time I traveled to Helsinki, Finland and was lucky enough to meet Juha Leiviska and tour some of his projects.  He was an extremely humble man with great pride in his projects.  He was extremely eager to show us as many projects as he could in one day We toured his Swedish University in Helsinki, Kirjasto Library, Kulttuuritalo Sandels and my favorite Myyrmaki Church last.  His projects explore the slipping of light into a space and the way it effects the space and feeling of the space.  In Myyrmaki Church Juha Leiviska played the organ for us and the feeling within the space was illuminating.  His use of light and materials made the space feel spiritual and welcoming to even the least religious person.  His generosity made me respect him even more and his work reinforced it as well.

Myyrmaki Church | Juha Leiviska | Vantaa, Finland

Juha Leiviska | Myyrmaki Church | Vantaa, Finland

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Field Chapel in Boedigheim

The Field Chapel in Boedigheim, Germany was created in a Design and Build Studio at the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  I find it to be beautiful and clean solution to a Protestant chapel within a large open pasture.  The chapel evokes spirituality in a natural environment and reinforces a landscape that promotes reflection of self.

Sketch of the Field Chapel

The sketch of the chapel is a clear example of a gestural drawing impacting the overall essence of a space.

Field Chapel | Boedigheim, Germany

The chapel is elevated on a light plinth to mimic that it is an object on a site, and does not naturally belong.  Rather it rests on the landscape respecting its placement and purpose.

Field Chapel | Boedigheim, Germany

The louvers are gradually spaced out at increasing intervals to allow more light to enter making the space feel more spiritual.

Field Chapel | Boedigheim, Germany

The chapel is accented by a tree to its right that is its same scale to give it a grounding to the site.  Maintaining this common scale makes the chapel appear to have more relation to the site in which it sites.

Louver Detail

The material chosen is a local wood that evokes a sense of being and nature within the cornfield landscape.

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