Author: Andreas Stadlmayr
Tutor: Gregor Eichinger
Academy of Fine Arts Munich
This project tries to show how light and shadow influence our feelings and our emotions. Light and shadow can have a significant impact on our perception. We associate certain situations with feelings and respond to them with changed perception. How do we achieve an emotion with the medium of light and shadow which makes the viewer feel the character of a space?
The three inspiration images hold the atmosphere which I am striving for the design. It is a game between serenity and seduction. The proximity and distance creates stages of an intimacy in which the feeling of serenity recurs. The incident light from above, on the other hand, makes the feeling of seduction arouse.
To achieve this, I play with the shape of the building because it is the tool to control light and shadow. The inspiration for this comes from the crystalline structures found in rocks or ice. Like an uplifting, Gothic palace, it gives the interior its character.
It is well-known that a major part of sport is in our heads, because only the right attitude and motivation can achieve the full performance. So it is also important in which environment you are and how it affects the individual. On the basis of this idea, the design gets the function of a climbing hall.
The exciting thing about this sport is precisely this interaction between serenity and seduction. The mental preparation for the ascent requires concentration and rest before the mountain can be physically conquered. The two emotions are reflected in the horizontal and vertical movements.
To the top, the space opens more and more and, before changing into a light space which is traversed by shadows. The lively play between direct light and contrasting shadows gives the room its special dynamic.
The comparison shows how the atmosphere of the inspiration was implemented in the design. A relaxed atmosphere is created, which brings the desired peace and serenity. The quality of the room character in the active direction of movement is turned upwards, and the feeling of seduction arises.
And so we can well observe the enormous impact of light and the shadow on architecture, its perception and our feelings.