[Urban] Space

»The built and physical architecture will be able – now that in contrast to the few and limited means of previous epochs a multiplicity of such means is available – to intensely focus on the qualities of space and the fulfilment of psychological and physiological needs. It will also relate differently to the process of its »erection«. Spaces will therefore, much more consciously, have haptic, optical, and acoustic qualities, they will imply information effects, and they will also be able to directly correspond to sentimental needs.« 

Hans Hollein, 1966/67

»The argument that a direct approach to the changing of consciousness could be possible through a concentrated experience of space, led to the construction of a pneumatic space capsule named »Yellow Heart«. Through a lock of three air rings you got to a transparent plastic lounge. Just big enough for two people, it reached into the middle of a small sphere-shaped space that consisted of soft air chambers. Lying down you could observe that the air-filled cushions whose bellies had almost touched you a moment ago, now slowly receded. The surrounding space seemed to grow and form into a translucent sphere, only to softly flow towards you again, almost reaching you. Big dot screens on the inside and outside of the air cushions changed in rhythmic waves from milky spots to clear patterns. The space pulsated in drawn intervals.«

Haus-Rucker & Co, 1968

Foto: Tobias Roch, Hagen Bildrechte: VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2014 Bildrechte: gemeinfrei, Foto: Peter Hinschläger Bildrechte: Calder Foundation New York / Foto Stiftung Lehmbruck Museum

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