corpo atelier has renovated a studio apartment in vilamoura, portugal, nearly vanishing the line between architecture and sculpture. inside a white box, three differently configured yellow objects are individually placed. as an immediate consequence, one´s physical experience of the previously empty space has been dramatically altered. the perception of a person´s movement, of the box´s limits and of the position of the yellow objects is now inevitably intertwined.
under closer inspection, the pieces’ shapes might resemble an abstraction of the classical architectural elements: an architrave, a fallen column and a plinth, arranged separately as a puzzle, only to be revealed when mentally placed together, evoking the experience of a site-specific sculptural piece that engages with the containing space of a gallery room. or perhaps, these yellow objects only hold objective value as pieces of furniture, produced to store other smaller objects both inside and on them.
in such scenario, their arraignment might be justified simply as a naive attempt to create some kind of spatial hierarchy in a wall-less apartment, marking and defining different areas according to a specific domestic use: an entrance hall, a central living room and a bedroom with a panoramic view. it´s never truly clear which of these possibilities might be accurate, or, if any actually is.
architects: corpo atelier
location: vilamoura, portugal
team: filipe paixão, rui martins, susana café
constructor: window to the future
photography: alexander bogorodskiy
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edited by: maria erman | designboom
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