“Sometimes, I believe in as many as six impossible
things before breakfast.” Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland
“The Book. The book is the binding that holds the craft together, that molds the minds of the observer, and that overlooks the inspiration established. The book is the story that holds its ground, yet leaves room for interpretation and opportunity for imagination to flourish.”
The Art + Architecture building tends to envelop crafted minds. The envelope is filled to the brim with an imagination that is beyond measure, an imagination that collides and transforms and outlines the atmosphere.
Just as the building has an essence of its own, the book holds its ground with a correlated representation that is crafted into a mold that fits into its surroundings while in its own remains unique and vulnerable to new welcoming. “The book holds its ground. The book remains firm, while in its own imagination it shapes new imagination from which it is construed. It isn’t necessarily a clear-cut. It chooses not to be fully understood, relying on its impact and presence.”
In choosing the book for the specified site, the correlation of imagination and flourishment between Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol and the atmosphere of the Art + Architecture Building held a strong tension.
As Alice steps into the reflection of the mirror from her mantel, there is a similar aspect and reflective quality that is held in the site. The window pane tends to reflect just as the mirror in which Alice walked through to access the “Looking-Glass House”, which was an imaginary world that had many similarities to Alice’s own life, but many differences as well, where there was a backwards interaction between her new surroundings.
In the Art+Architecture Building there too seems to be a different world as one enters; a world filled with imagination and similarities to everyday life, but remaining in its own realm in various aspects. It’s a contradicting world, just as the looking-glass house was.
The site holds the book, the site is the envelope, yet the book remains in holding its own ground. With the visionary aspect of the physical reflection against the glass pane, furthering a draw towards the subject.
The site acts as one that represents the journey one may take within the building and the work itself reflects what is within, framing the site and bordering the idea.
“Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you.”
Spring 2015 | First year, Bachelor of Architecture | Professor Scott Wall