Issue 14 - Air
At a basic, primary level, our buildings rest (downwards) on the ground, on the earth, and extend (upwards) into the air, into the sky. The earth meets the need for anchorage, and the air offers the possibility of expansion, opening, taking off. If architecture is, ultimately, solid, here we have to interact explicitly with the gassy, kinetic conditions of the medium. We have to reflect on its consistency, over and above the need to protect and enclose.
Fil de Cassons
by Ramias Steinemann
The Fil de Cassons is a mountain range 2700 metres above sea level in Grisons, Switzerland.
In the Romanic language, fil means ridge; i.e. a mountain range without an obvious peak. It forms a two and half kilometrelong northern end of the famous Flimserstein, a massive wall of rock that is a...
by Josep Lluis Mateo,Till von Mackensen, Chasper Schmidlin, Ramias Steinemann and Florian Sauter
PAINTING WITH AIR
At an artistic level, the picture could be painted with the remains of the sky;
making the enclosure ready to receive and...
“Brazil is a place, where we can build buildings, which have the same air inside as outside“
Lecture by Angelo Bucci
No one in Brazil is concerned with thermal bridges, and this is not because we don’t care, but it‘s simply a fact that there is no negative...
Jorge Oteiza: Void as Matter
by Isabel Concheiro
By definition, void and matter are complementary terms; the void is generated by the subtraction of matter and it is perceived in relationship to its opposite, a concrete or physical boundary. In the work of Jorge Oteiza the relationship between void and matter is reversed. His sculptural research...
J. M. W. Turner: Lost Paradise
by Florian Sauter
What makes us human is the liberty to invent things that do not exist in nature. Undermining that fact, J. M. W. Turner in his paintings deliberately depicted not the direct impressions he observed, but filled the canvas with his imaginative power. Vaguely defining the main outlines of a scenery on...