suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
johan VOORDOUW: the project describes an annexed library for the museum of manuscripts at villa d’este in tivoli, italy. rather than exploring the configuration of conventional spaces the project sought to explore the library through a series of books, the book becoming an expression of physical and imagined spaces. using a combination of text, illustrations and sls models the project formed architectural space on and through the page, an oscillating interplay between two-dimensional and three-dimensional space and experience, one that can only be fully appreciated when flipping cover to cover.
the spaces within the book are hand-carved to blur the boundary between model and paper. the book, first digitally modelled was then physically crafted, the voids forming the context for the content; the models, images and text continually reveal additional information about the intensions of the library creating a link between reading the book and reading the building. this re-forms victor hugo’s assertion of architecture as didactic space, a place with continual exploration and discovery.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jV: manuscripts and book art, architectural drawings and representations of space, mapping and the tutelage of marcos cruz & marjan colletti
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jV: heavenly mansions by john summerson, foucault and victor hugo’s assertion “ceci tuera cela”
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jV: thomas heatherwick, mad, isen dell’uva, saraben studios and the horhizon network