kawahara krause architects: line, surface, space
may 30, 2012
kawahara krause architects: line, surface, space

‘line, surface, space’ by kawahara krause architects, hamburg, germany, 2012
image © kawahara krause architects

hamburg based german-japanese firm kawahara krause architects have developed ‘line, surface, space’ for the 2012 summer architectural triennial
in hamburg, germany.the installation plays with the perception of space. it is a fragile structure of threads stretching from floor to ceiling that seems
to dissolve and recompose into new appearances in the room. varying between transparent and closed surfaces, the spatial perception changes with
each step taken through the exhibition.

it is erected on the plan of three interlocking twisted squares of different sizes. while the threads of the outer box suggest the edges of an imaginary area,
the more densely arranged strings move toward the middle appearing to create surfaces. the ordinary filaments evolve into lines in space that create facades which
seem to comprise of volumes. profiles and faces overlap in various constellations to develop a fragile structure that grows and changes its appearance on approaching,
walking around or through it.

exhibition space
image ©
kawahara krause architects

the perception of architecture is affected by the physical experience of
the relation of one’s body to its surroundings and the image that our
brain produces
from the sensual impressions. the installation strives to make visitors aware
of this relation by playfully questioning the basic geometric
principles of design.
it blurs the thresholds between line, surface and space. it offers a new image of these three ideas and expresses an understanding of how much an area
to be defined in order to become recognizable. the ambiguous overlapping of threads
creates a complex impression as a single element is hardly visible
the space a void of indistinguishable comprehension.

image ©
kawahara krause architects

to question the essential principles that are usually taken for granted and to
see them as opportunities, original architecture was developed to
spatial experiences that are created by providing ordinary woolen
threads with a new use. a clear plan and easily
available materials creates a complex environment,
by simple measures of thread, paper profiles and screws, which can easily be recycled and reused. japanese artist noboku watabiki,
who normally draws large abstract
forms in vivid colors onto paper or canvas, painted several pieces of the yarn, so that colorful areas materialize on the
the areas overlap and
keep on changing their composition as one progresses through the installation. the coatings add another layer to the construction,
affecting transparency and
perception of the surfaces,as the pigment glows vividly on the facades, dematerializing the pieces even further.

painted threads
image ©
kawahara krause architects

image © kawahara krause architects

image © kawahara krause architects

image ©
kawahara krause architects

image © kawahara krause architects

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