展覧会名｜ヴェネチアビエンナーレ2023 国際建築展関連企画 'Time Space Existence'
施工 ｜Europe Cultural Center
TIME SPACE EXISTENCE
Our proposal is a site-specific space called 'DEFRAGMENTATION', along with the theme of the exhibition : 'TIME SPACE EXISTENCE'. We read about a cultural background different from Japan and designed a space that can only be achieved in that place. The exhibition hall is a historic building dating from the late 11th century, used as a private owned palace, after that it was used a privately apartment until World War II and now owned by the European Cultural Centre. We will try to reorganize the fragmented spatial elements of this building to give value from a new point of view, and create an ambiguous space that mediates between past and future.
The point of the proposal is as follows. We surveyed about 200 rooms in three exhibit areas owned by the ECC, and selected one of the attics in Palazzo Mora after extracting the parameters that make up the existing space from each space. This exhibition room has a chimney peeking through the opening, a minimal opening representing the person that used to live there, a dormer roof symbolizing the attic, a niche that remains as an afterimage of the previous spatial composition, and difference in level to keep the ceiling height, such as the light leaking from the top-light of the next room etc., historic traces are left in this existing space. We follow the traces of the past space, while replacing these fragmented elements.
In Japan, people live between various things. For example, they do not completely separate inside and outside, but find multiple boundaries between them. Each of the boundaries has a weak force and maintains a balanced state with a certain sense of distance. We go back and forth between the territories, find the place where we hope to belong, with the change of seasons, the flow of time, and the relationship with people. It's just like the process people change their behavior and ecology in a context.
In Italy, we will try to propose that Japanese transition space. We will collect more fragmented traces and reorganize them as a space with various boundaries. In the exhibition room, the aforementioned fragmentary elements exist, but they are not related to each other, they are just there. A temporary thin roof is inserted from inside to outside so as to sew these fragmentary elements together. As the roof elongates, past landscapes, relics, traces of life, and physical steps begin to appear in a different sense. The chimney expands the area inside the room, and the steps become ambiguous boundary.
These can be rephrased as invisible reality, that is, "release from function". New territories emerge where they deviate from their original purpose. By inserting this roof as a medium, find new territories in the fragments and gives the viewer each owns place.
For example a prayer space, or hut. This space, which gives the viewer a variety of interpretations, is like Andrei Tarkovsky 'Solaris'.
Photo by NI&Co. Architects