An Architectural Medicine
The images started as an answer of how we can still find joy in the simple things, even though technology overwhelms us nowadays and we tend to lose contact with our human side.
Therefore, this is more an exploration than a project. It is the exploration of spaces through feelings and images. Living in this noisy, tech-addict days, disconnects us from the basics. I believe that real happiness is still in the simple things – a nice day by the pool, a lovely outdoor view or just a colorful pavement. All these have neutral architecture, somehow naive, and nature as background, which becomes a medicine, a model to coexist.
What dictated the images selected for the various collages?
I have always been an image collector. Whenever I see something appealing, something that I can relate to, a feeling, an atmosphere, a color, I save it. So when the idea of this project popped into my mind, I tried to focus more on paintings, textures, materials or shapes that would support it. Therefore, I ended up with a collection of very serene, hopeful and optimistic images that invite you to take your time and either dream, admire or just relax. (I would like a modern return to Douanier Rousseau, I would really like to be a new, innovative Douanier Rousseau, that I consider an astonishing, unrivalled refuge!)
In an era in which we are bombarded with images, how important is it to use already existing material and give it new meaning? // I think it is our duty as architects to preserve and make last what’s really meaningful. The past is and will always be a reliable source of inspiration because as we have experienced it, we are able to take its good parts and carry them on. Already being familiar with something, we are more likely to accept it. It doesn’t mean we copy something, it’s all about adapting it to our current needs, taking into consideration the times we live in. So I guess it’s not a completely new meaning, it’s just an addition to something old, like a touch of light on a rusty megaphone.
How does the previous context and life of these fragments influence your constructions?
As time passes, everything that surrounds us gets more connotations and values. Aging is part of the human nature. I like the roughness and authenticity that different objects get while they age. To me, seeing a brush stroke on a canvas, a pair of shoes forgotten in some corner of the house, indicates a human act, driven by a feeling, not by a phone. So in order to experience things at their most pure etat (state), I think we have to take a look back.
How did your last year experience influence this project?
It was very curious to me to see how people coming from various cultural backgrounds (European, Asian, American) are all driven by media and technology nowadays. And this affects the way we think buildings and cities too. China stroke me the most in this way. The city lost its touch with humanity, all the new constructions are so imposing, dull, and out of scale.The pleasure to wander and admire is ruined.
Where and how do you see this project developing?
I don’t see this as a built project, but more like a personal achievement, raising awareness about the world that surrounds us. The cutouts represent very common happenings in our daily life, so if we would just lift our heads up and take a deeper look around us, we would be able to discover that the real joy still resides in the simple things. But if I’d really have to take this project to the next level, I can see my images as an exhibition diverting peoples attention towards naive relaxing activities within the context of modern corporate buildings.
Ada Tache is a junior architect at PandaPanda in Bucharest. http://www.pandapanda.ro