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  • ghostly illumination

    ghostly illumination
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    sofia BORGES / danika VOORHEES: Ghostly Illumination enhances the sensory potentials of the Orthodox church through the strategic alignment of spatial boundaries. Through a series of pulls and pinches, spaces that once maintained rigid edge conditions begin to erode. This spatial erosion provides for a more dynamic and engaged experience for the user as sight lines collapse and extend and programmatic hierarchy dissolves, allowing for wider range of opportunities to intermingle between the priests and their patrons.


    Inspired by the meandering nature of traditional Orthodox services, Ghostly Illumination heightens the fluidity of the interior through increased spatial and visual connectivity. The dynamic surfaces of the church negotiate between abstraction and figure, channeling the Orthodox onion dome (or eternal flame) as a central yet illusory figure. Appearing in both interior and exterior surface conditions, the figure emerges, flickers, and fades in an ongoing dialogue between icon and the ephemeral.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    sB/dV: Iplexi glass, Heatherwick Studio, meringue, smoke stacks, onion domes

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    sB/dV: Lost, Janelle MonĂ¡e, Woolfy, Paloma Faith, Mini Viva, Michael Jackson, Renaissance and Baroque by Wolfflin, Schinkel, Michael Osman, Kivi Sotamaa, Marcelyn Gow, Ulrika Karlsson

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    sB/dV: Giacomo Costa, Corinne Vionnet, Randall Stoltzfus, Agnieszka Kurant, Aleksandra Wasilkowska, Tobias Putrih, Lead Pencil Studio, Tokujin Yoshioka

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