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Previous questions: How to condemn someone who did not have a perspective on their political actions? How to condemn someone who lived in a non-existent reality?

The aim is to condemn this corrupted people to live in an optical illusion, a distorted reality box. The project is the materialization of this volume. The condemnation is to inhabit a calculated disfigured, illusory, unrealistic, stretched, irregular, distortion … They lived in a non-real reality, so now they are condemned to stay in a non-real room.

It is an optical illusion in which our penitents must live. The space does not follow the usual optical rules, it follows the famous ‘Ames room’, a distortion space. The distorted room is used to create an optical illusion constructed so that it frontally pretends to be an ordinary room in a cubic way, but internally it is not.

An ‘Ames room’ is a distorted room that is used to create an optical illusion. An ‘Ames room’ is viewed with one eye through a pinhole such as to avoid any clues from stereopsis, and it is constructed so that from the front it appears to be an ordinary cubic-shaped room, with a back wall and two side walls parallel to each other and perpendicular to the horizontally level floor and ceiling. However, this is a trick of perspective and the true shape of the room is trapezoidal: the walls are slanted and the ceiling and floor are at an incline, and the right corner is much closer to the front-positioned observer than the left corner (or vice versa).

As a result of the optical illusion, a person standing in one corner appears to the observer to be a giant, while a person standing in the other corner appears to be a dwarf. The illusion is so convincing that a person walking back and forth from the left corner to the right corner appears to grow or shrink.

 

PROJECT DATA

Typology Architecture, concept
Location Norway
Client Arquia
Design team CREAM Architects

 

 

 

 

 

 

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