Sala de Lectura (prototipo), 2010
Ed. of 5 + 1 AP
53 x 80 x 80 cm (20 7/8 x 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inch)


Taking up studies of panoptical buildings such as the Presidio Modelo in Cuba this construction merges the forms of a bookcase and a building, exploring the transformation of a simple piece of furniture into a spacious object and vice versa. An enclosed reading room with an aperture to the surround social space brings up all the pertinent discourses of social relations and exchange of knowledge. With the opening to the outside, the architectural space, as well as its character as an island of knowledge, is immediately extended to the social space, alluding to the relationship between the reader and the people outside. The consciousness of social forces and the moment of visibility characterize the structure's fascination. Referring to a long tradition of rotundas, the work adopts the immanent dynamic of inside and outside, of closed and open form, of functional and fictional possibilities. (Taken from “Handwork - Constructing the World”, 2010)

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