Follies/Factory of imagination

Architecture of exploration


AUTHORS: Gabriela Kamenska, Lina Ben Khelifa
PLACE: Unknown
YEAR: 2018
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM [1]: @gabrielakamenska
INSTAGRAM [2]: @lina_bk


One year ago we have been given the opportunity to animate a series of workshops on spatial awareness intended to children with autism spectrum. This experience has been a milestone for us and has established the beginnings of our thematic research for this graduation project.

The approach to learning trough the act of playing and trough simple geometries, which has been presented to us during our experience, laid the foundations of our ideas. So was born the idea to create an architecture of exploration aspiring to provoke a learning trough the experience.

We explored the possibilities offered to the play by three elementary forms – the square, the circle and the triangle. From a reduction to these primary forms, a language is established. This language is telescoped in three scales: the small scale which is the one of the manual manipulation by the child, the medium scale which involves the body in movement and the large scale: that of the imagination which includes the whole playground.

The medium scale is approached trough follies proposing different experiences. The association of the simple geometry of the follies with certain archetypes of the architecture leads to a phenomenon of iteration, composing a long series of possibilities.

The large scale, which aims to be the amnion of these pavilions, is inspired by folly parks and rewrites them in a much smaller scale and in a more contrasted way thanks to the diversity of the proposed experiences. Like the follies, which can vary ceaselessly, the scale of the plain can be composed in various ways. The proposed possibilities present four different natures of composition, each of them offering an adventure of its own but also an adventure within the space that they invest.

And finally, the small scale, represented by the construction units, spreads on the whole surface of the playground. This time the three elementary forms are divided in two and propose uncountable possibilities of assembly on the scale of the hand of the child. They allow the kid to build its own world.

In this circle isolated from time and space, the child is writing, by the movement and the experience, its relationship with the world.

[This research represents a study case because it does not propose a final project but a multitude of possibilities in all the different scales.]


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