The Wall Curtain
photo credit: Anders Ingvartsen
Wall Curtain investigates soft spaces in contemporary context of computational design and simulation based design together with questioning a role of textile layer in interiors and its relationship to architecture and human body. The project wonders, what the current position of textile is, what it means nowadays, when technologies can substitute its former main tasks. The project is also interested in simulating properties of textile material in computer not to analyze the behavior, but to use it as a design tool. It also looks for objectivity, while there is a huge space for intuition, subjective beauty, gestures and personal taste in textile art and clothing, architecture always searches for a way how it can be marked and read, made and fabricated. We are surrounded by textile layers every day. We cover our bodies, we use blankets and duvets when we sleep, table cloth while eating, carpets while walking, tents and umbrellas to protect ourselves against the external conditions. As we can´t escape architecture, it is impossible to avoid textile spaces, covers and surfaces. Textile layers have had a long history in our interiors in forms of tapestries, curtains or textile rooms. Nowadays, textiles can fulfill many needs architecture is not able to satisfy. It has potential to create various spatial situations without changing architecture itself to escape and deny logic of rigid construction. I believe that the space between our bodies, clothes and architecture or walls around us is not empty. It is full of intensities, it is a dense space, which can be also built, marked, sewn and worn. How can we connect our transferable textiles with the ones remaining in interiors and walls around us to create in-between layers, soft, pliable, continual spaces for new activities and adventures?
Wall Curtain dresses a room, while still remains habitable. If the smart usage of material is the key issue in architectural research, textile is just one among others. Foldability, low weight, easiness of transportation and ability to create a space without applying enormous amount tend to have less impact on environment and cost. Wall Curtain is an inhabitable textile space in space of a room made by two layers with various in-between pockets. It offers different type of experience than hard, orthogonal and squared forms of our common houses, while it stays ephemerally atmospheric using textile features as softness and stitches, translucency and play of light, colour and pattern, which is introduce by striping. The computational method has been developed in order to work with textile without just using sewing as an analog technique and it shows that it is possible to control its instability and simulate its behaviour. Thus, the textile space has a potential to be full-valued part of our buildings without only a decorative inferior function as it is mainly seen today. The new textile layer is an lively interface between facade and a room, flat surface and inner space and it includes traces of body, which it accommodates and architecture, on which it is hang.
Have you ever noticed how SPATIAL your garment is?
How do we make notations of architecture? We use plans, sections, we use schemes and diagrams. We understand the default language. If architecture can be attacked by other fields, how will the way we note change?
If we believe (as Semper did), that textile is the basis of architecture, where will the various methods of marking clothes (garment patterns) and architecture meet?
Doctoral Dissertation from 2013/2014 -
Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava - Slovakia, Department of Architecture
supervisors: Peter Stec, Marian Zervan, Monika Mitášová, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen (CITA)
collaborators: Phil Ayres (CITA), Petras Vestartas (CITA)