Deutsche Steinzeug Agrob Buchtal

Hamburg, SE


25 sqm

competition, first prize, built 2012

Budcud: Mateusz Adamczyk, Agata Woźniczka

Jochen Stuber


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Perspective is used for building the image depth, performing 3-dimensional space onto a flat surface of the painting. In house of Siricius in Pompeii optical tricks built narration of additional chambers, created the notion of infinite “dream” space. Contemporary artist – ‚illusionist‘ James Turrell provides spatial distortions, using surfaces of light and color panels. Playing with optics is another kind of architecture – the one built inside the observer‘s eye.

Less real, but more subjective. Our design proposal follows the theme of optical distortions of defined space. A spa is a space of relax. It provides an experience parallel to mundane activities, that we do on a daily basis. The spacial atmosphere inside spa is also different- more eerie, even occult.

That is why we decided to distort spacial definition of a spa- dissolving it into ‚liquid‘ environment rather than building restrained cubes. It’s like being in a dream, someone would say. Not only tricks of perspective cheat the eye. Also a specific usage of color gradients can distort the regular proportion of a spa room, putting the visitor into more abstract space.

The gradient made of tiles creates ambiental landscapes in a room. Composition of fades and brights squeezes, tweaks and bloats a regular room, making it a completely new, uncategorized space. The light in the spa mock-up is provided by the spotlight focused on the brightest strip of the wall – a horizontal white row. The white strip seems to glow. Just above the white tiles small orifices push the vapor to the room, making it moist and creating a rainbow, when looking from a certain angle. Spa space becomes very subjective, different ambiance for every visitor.