The Project On The City Of The Captive

This project by Aksel Coruh speculated that when architectural practice implements 'design', it employs 'captivation' to provoke wonder whilst inducing undeclared consent to how people use buildings. The project was presented in a solo exhibition at the Schielandshuis Historical Museum of Rotterdam.

The Project On The City Of The Captive


This project investigated the idea of architectural practice employing 'design' to link two spheres: the perception of seeing and the rational discourse of planning. It proposed that 'design' strives to create a relation where the perception of buildings reciprocates the planned intentions of architects. In effect, architecture aims to captivate its users: by provoking wonder (captivation) it also induces a certain behaviour inside buildings (hold captive).

Two proposed structures in Rotterdam - a public walkway and an open-air pavilion - are situated around the Schielandshuis Museum. The walkway, which borders the museum's garden, is a folie to the act of passage. It hosts two sets of parallel paths connected via portals, forming a labyrinth in which visitors cross boundaries and weave a spatial figure. Located on a square opposite the museum, the pavilion is an extension to the Schielandshuis. Encompassing three conditions - underground, ground level, above ground - its plan is a geometrical game whose key lies in an inaccessible ground level containing ninety compartments. The compartments exhibit historical artefacts beside live video projections of Rotterdam. By moving below, above, and around its perimeter, visitors can discover a juxtaposition of the city’s past and present.

This project was presented in a solo exhibition at the Schielandshuis Historical Museum of Rotterdam.

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