AA First Year
“This time I m not going to tell you a story. I'll just say that insanity is the inability to communicate your ideas. It's as if you were in a foreign country, able to see and understand everything that's going on around you but incapable of explaining what you need to know or of being helped, because you don't understand the language they speak there.”
-Paulo Coelho, 'Veronika Wants to Die.'
As a introduction project at the AA, we were to choose a space and find an analogy for it. Here we turned the rear presentation space into an architect's asylum, the wall and floors are layered with mirrors to create an illusion of infinity. 52 columns are added to the space, to create the effect of an expansive forrest, one where they insane runs crazy. Why the insane? Simply because people at the AA are often characterized as the "crazy people" in the architecture industry.
The layout of the space is inspired by the Rosasch test, (a psychological test that greats complex algorithms). Practically, the columns are a support system for the platforms. The platforms can be move up and down depending on what the function of the room needs to be. They can be set into a work area, a lecture room or an exhibition gallery. The different heights of the platform represents "different perspectives", as afterall, crazy people, are only people who think differently or in another point of view. We hope by changing the structure of this room, the space will inspire vistors and the AA community to think even wider, further and to be even more creative then they already are.