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Palimpsest and Emotion
The Cultural spaces
Nargisse Rafik, July 29, 2018
Design Zentrum P. David Klammer
Design Zentrum P. David Klammer

Cultural Spaces / A Question of Space

Museums, no longer focussed exclusively on what they display, now seek to enhance visitor experience and encourage their participation. Recently, museums have found an ideal home in industrial buildings, which have the unusual quality of offering interplay in proportions and flexibility way beyond the norm. Today, such spaces constitute a paradigm of contemporary aesthetics.

In these contemporary exhibition spaces where change and creativity are constants, the emphasis is on the emotional experience of the public space – one of the fundamental aspects of architecture. This global experience is being explored in small-scale events that will point the way to the future. Of course, change is nothing new for museums, already challenged by other aspects of contemporary art, but we are seeing an increasing freedom in the use of space finally being put into play. The settings play on the differences of scale of the structures: between the height of the ceiling, the span of the walkways, etc.; on the qualities of the materials; or the contrasts of textures and colours between old and new, each more or less highlighted according to the exhibition; as well as on the relations between the natural and artificial light framing the immaterial space – all of which contribute to one’s feeling of being hermetically sealed within the artistic or aesthetic experience.

Thus the overall building-conversion process appears to be an exercise in stylistic palimpsest, while also giving rise to complex and innovative architectural solutions that confirm, as Auguste Perret said, that “the object and function of buildings are the transitory conditions of architecture”.

 
 


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