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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.

Gentle Genius in Altamura, Italy by Architects GG-loop

 
February 5th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Architects GG-loop

The city and its various parts can be seen as a music score, the edifices acting as notes played by different instruments simultaneously. A melody is created by, what the Romans used to call Genius Loci, the spirit of the place, the conductor of the city.

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

  • Architects: Architects GG-loop
  • Project: Gentle Genius
  • Location: Altamura, Italy
  • Photography: Michael Sieber
  • Size: 250 m2
  • Date: 2014-15

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Historic centres usually have a clear, harmonious melody, but oftentimes the soundscapes of the outer layers of a city are disrupted, lacking a conductor able to integrate architectonic interventions throughout space and time.

Notes follow each other without a scheme, unbalanced, creating feelings of abandon and indifference.Gentle Genius is born in such environment, aiming to generate awareness of the critical current condition. It sets a new key in the urban music score, recovering a deep note lost in time, reinventing local instruments to manifest as a sound from the future, allowing the Genius Loci to compose new music again.

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

The Genius Loci of the area, after decades of abandon, has finally arisen from its sleep. The facade starts to vibrate and due to its structure creates an ever moving surface. The red represents the strength of the genius. Red has the longest wave length of the visible spectrum and can be associated with the longest sound-waves that rather than touching our ears are felt in the torso. Hence it touches the instincts of the viewer, it is not linear, it is multifaceted perception that reaches out from the walls, transforming a residential building into a sculpture. The dormant feelings in the subconscious of the

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

viewer are awakened and stirred augmenting the intensity of the predominant emotion, acting like a mirror. The spirit has found a place to emerge again, he shakes and touches those that are outside andprotects and shelters those that have welcomed him.

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

Image Courtesy © Michael Sieber

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