suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
lisa SOMMERHUBER: Academia Somaesthetica envisions a new perception of interior and exterior through the human body. It elevates outdoor fitness to a new, urban dimension: The Copacabana beach promenade, known as the largest outdoor sports field in the world and situated in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, gets extended into the building.
Additionally, Academia Somaesthetica takes advantage of the local climate to create a new kind of non-enclosed architecture with a humongous outdoor void inside the building.
The central vertical circulation is arbitrary to both the spherical void body and the horizontal floorplates and shoots the human body right through this void volume—on escalators, an experience elevator and an adventurous swing.
The play on interior and exterior is being reflected by the program:
—Individual workout happens in zones that open up to the central void through large openings provoking stark visual exposure of the exercising bodies. The intensity of the training increases as one travels upwards (warm-up – strengthening – body building)
—Class rooms are more isolated to provide the right environment for internally focused techniques like yoga.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
lS: Studio Lynn at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Kari Jormakka, my bodily perception as a dancer.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
lS: Dancing to salsa, hip hop and zouk, reading Richard Shusterman’s Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art.
Special thanks to my family, my fellow students in Studio Lynn, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Ben Brüll, and Joanna Maria Helinurm.