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Aarhus, Denmark
2018


Dark House is the last in a series of translations through various media: photography, installation, prose, graphic, diagram, and architecture. These translations each explore related conceptual facets stemming from the analysis of a photograph of a dancer mid-performance. A brief written narrative was composed describing the dancer’s encounter of an unexpected presence through the exploration of an interior space. This then served as the main inspiration for a collage collapsing pivotal moments of the narrative into fragments of the final scene, and ultimately the design of her residence adjacent to Aarhus Central Station.

The manifestations of these translations served as conceptual, material, and spatial inspiration, guiding the architectural translation towards the design of a sequence of spaces that programmatically function as the essential rooms of a house. The building provides spaces for eating, dining, sleeping, washing, and relaxing, that are differentiated by light and furniture. The sequencing and access of these spaces is guided by the changes in spatial perception described in the written narrative. The overall design positions each “room” as a stage, and each program as a scene in a theater performance. Within the larger skeletal framework of the concrete enclosure, floors become suspended platforms elevated to collectively build up to a final climactic meeting.

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