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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

wonderWALL in Lisbon, Portugal by LIKEarchitects

 
February 18th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LIKEarchitects

wonderWALLis an exhibition space designed to receive the masterpiece The Poolby Jen Lewinin Colombo Shopping Mall, in Lisbon, Portugal, built with approximately 20,000 strips of white and black fabric.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

  • Architects: LIKEarchitects
  • Project: wonderWALL
  • Location: Colombo Shopping Mall, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography
  • Design team: DiogoAguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and JoãoSalgueiro, Daniel Mudrak
  • Date: 2014
  • Curatorship: Emília Tavares
  • Client: Sonae Sierra
  • Production: State of the Art

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

It is a structure suspended from the skylight on the central square, with about 14 feet in diameter and 4 feet tall, which defines space – exterior and interior – by the (des) multiplication of numerous strips of fabric. Never touching the floor of the mall itself – which exposes the artist’s work –it allows to see,from the outside,a continuous line of coloured light coming from the inside, and, from the inside,to see an unbroken line of light from outside.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

The temporary museum presents an abstract skin, a textile facade built in black fabric, completely apprehensible by visitors and continuing throughout its surface, which oscillates with airflows. The cylindrical space seeks to emphasize the centrality of the exposed artwork, which has assumed a critical importance in the design space, enhanced by the abdication of a main entrance in favour of a fully permeable facade that dissolves the entrance along the entire periphery of the installation space.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

For brightness control issues, the work of Jen Lewin is not visible from the outside. Unlike the previous year (please see:http://www.likearchitects.net/#/projects/the-andy-warhol-temporary-museum/ ), the interior of the exhibition space is also not noticeable from the upper galleries of the mall. Instead, the coverage presents itself as a large circular weaving screen that highlights the manual process that characterizes the construction of this dome space, bringing out a unique textile texture.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

wonderWALL was sought to create an immersive space, which raises awareness of the act of entrance through the will in finding a space that is not completely visible from the outside. At the same time, the absence of physical barriers to free movement demand from visitors in the appropriation of space, preparing them for interaction with the work of Jen Lewin.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Protected from the bright light from the shopping, the interior of the exhibition space is a totally white dome created to make stand out The Pool, by reflecting, in its immense surface, the chromatic variations that characterize the interactive light artwork. At the same time, the material continuity and the absence of spatial references helped to make visitors getting lost, even if just for a moment, in that colourful wonder space.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

Image Courtesy © LIKEarchitects

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