Project Type: Single Surface Design
ARC 204 - Introduction to Architectural Design Michael Meredith (MOS Architects)
Angst-Arkitektur, architecture of anxiety...architecture of the age of anxiety. The latter: the feeling one should sense while visiting this space. By folding and cutting, the space created is not only a transfiguration of a flat surface but an attempt to address and revisit the expressionist tradition of architecture.
Heavily influenced by Caspar Friedrich’s “Sea of Ice,” architects like Bruno Taut and Paul Scheerbart pursued the biomorphicity of nature to shape utopian and dystopian visions and inform the construction and rendering of buildings during the interwar period. Expressionism played an important role in cinema as well, we see this in the set design for Robert Wiene's Dr. Caligari’s Cabinet (1920).
The aim of this project is then to blend the two latter visions regarding the tradition of expressionism, biomorphicity and dystopia, while playing around with surface. The result: a space characterized by sharp edges, crystal-like protuberances, and an interior that will inevitably make anyone “scream.”