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[eng] 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.



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







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