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// Claudius is the oldest. When I arrived, I felt that the cell was his. Even now.
He cuts images, he sticks them on the walls. He seems feeling at home.
shelves, stuffs. I do not ask him anything, my wall is nude. //
Words of the captive Koffi, Si bleu, si calme, an extraordinary documentary by Eliane de Latour
Ulica Krakusa, 31, Lodz, Poland. It is coldly snowing today. After having walked
through an unpretentious entrance hall, we discover
the back of a courtyard.
Here in this old building, there is nothing else but empty little storage. It is
as dark inside as it seems to be outside.
The owner of the space asked us to propose an accommodation program fitting the
existing building dimensions (560 x 1287 x 677 cm).
The freedom this program
offered led me to base my reflection on the boundaries we need install between
publicity and privacy.
Communitarian life implies spatial cores dedicated to each
degree of sharing. This is, above all, a matter of time: from the sunrise
sunset, the social organisation involves a spatial materialisation adequate to its
needs. The furniture can extend the function
of a room. Movements are sufficient
to create a core of activities.
Large curved windows open the rooms on the outside. The private spaces - four
bedrooms, with bathrooms - are directed towards
the South, whereas the public
cores enjoy the light of the North West. I defined these common spaces according
to three responds
to our needs: food and drink, on level 0; culture and creation,
on level 1; relaxation and table tennis, on the roof. These spaces
are open to
each other, developing a continuum from one level to another. The concrete
furniture corresponds to extended
shapes on the walls, i.e. to the simplest
answer to the basic needs of living, and this is the most directand invisible
that allows habitants to appropriate space - for example, by deciding
to paint these shapes, like tatoos - in an architectural
object which would be
empty of history without them.