Space Episodes

St Gallen, Suíça
Photo © Patalab
Photo © Patalab
Photo © Patalab
Photo © Patalab
Photo © Patalab
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Patalab Architecture
Architectural Forum, St Gallen, Suíça


Exhibition Design
Patalab & Uberraum Ltd

When is the architect in a position to be able to respond to the guiding idea set out by the great sociologist Henri Lefebvre: that he needs to be clear about the space first, before starting to think about the architecture? When we think about the act of building, this idea is easily forgotten. Then space normally means something three-dimensional that on the one hand is tangible and can be experienced by our senses but on the other has to respond in the first instance to rigid regulations, planning guidelines and budgets. However, what spheres could be reached, when following Lefebvres recommendation!

In this spirit, Uwe Schmidt-Hess, Director of Patalab Architecture, conducts design based spatial research. His architectural installation was presented at the Architectural Forum of East Switzerland in St Gallen. By questioning supposedly settled spatial agreements, new potential of architecture was demonstrated. Architecture as generator of a general truth does not exist anymore. Rather it emerges in the irregular and idiosyncratic.

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