Ampelphase 4 - Intermezzo
The context is always the most substantial parameter of all of kadawittfeldarchitektur’s designs: in this case the Vitra Showroom from 10 to 30 September 2009 at a busy crossroad in Frankfurt’s city centre. A place characterised by dynamic processes – set amidst the participating actors of passer-bys and shop windows, visitors and streetscapes, motorists and exhibits. The theme: intermezzo – an area of tension between soft, subjective factors – motion, standstill, speed, interaction – and the actual static characteristics of the place.
Our interpretation of the context’s heterogeneity is expressed in a counterpoint, an amplifier of perception, which questions the expected reality in an unpredictable way. The inspiration is found in the kinetic sculptures designed by Alexander Calder, of which the mobiles appear to defy gravity, Jean Tinguely’s motor-driven art varying from cheerful to melancholic, and Joe Colombo’s 'Spazio Elastico'.
The static structure of building takes a back seat to cognitive dynamics. No longer bound by gravitational pull, almost becoming airborne in the design process, in order to give free rein to creativity. This is how the models float in a uniform circular motion at different processing and design stages. It is a whirlwind of thought, which expresses the work methodology in an endless metamorphosis of presentation and consecutive design stages. For the onlooker, the seemingly completed process remains dynamic and modifies continuously.