Coluoirs à habiter

 

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Native  selected this video for the exhibition “Construct the Future” at the Hoxton Gallery in London ( 59 Old Street, LondonEC1V 9HX) , from the 8th to the 10th of April 2016.

 

Coluoirs à habiter

 

Life colonizes corridors in unexpected ways. The geometry of a corridor for example provides degrees of proximity, allowing people to meet, chat, exchange ideas or even getting in conflict. In a corridor is possible to run, not just walk, making this connection spaces a natural settings for running or chasing scenes in many movies. A corridor connects but separates the spaces in a house giving room to atmosphere of solitude or even fear. As the most connected place in a building, the corridor can easily turn to a device of control, highlighting the relationship between people and institutions, conscience and authority. Even the erotic dimension in the corridors might be very strong, narrow spaces in fact enhance physical contact and amplify intimacy.

The video cut-up “Corridors” is at the same time a celebration and a critic of the corridor through the language of cinema, defining it not just as transitory but as inhabitable space. A space able to enhance inner dimensions, at the same time a place for dialogue to communicate with yourself and the others, a community place. According to different properties like geometry, light, colours or even textures the corridor provides for different types of activities, emotional dimensions and uses.

Hallways in movies are more than narration devices emphasizing scenes and narration, they reveal in fact a tight connection between people and space. Even if the corridor is not a proper room, many crucial movie scenes occur in this type of space. As shown in the movie “Old Boy” for example where the main character fights for freedom in a long narrow corridor, or the love scene in “Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind” where the main character unveils his vulnerability in an almost icy atmosphere. Corridors have a precise emotional connotation according to specific atmospheric effect.

From the point of view of architecture, Modernist architects have designed corridors to optimise spaces according to human needs, developing tools to analyse, define and organise space layouts.

The notion of “Existenzminimum” defined as the “minimum of space, air, light and heat necessary to men for developing their own vital functions without restriction due to the lodging”, and the research on the “The Functional House for Frictionless Living”( by Alexander Klein) identify the corridors as a neutral place of passage. The function of corridors started to assume a very specific role according to movement.

This kind of specialisation has always been explicit in the etymological origin of the word “corridor”, from the Latin “currere”, which means “to run”. The “Vasarian Corridor” in Florence or the “Borgo Pio Passetto” in Rome are early architectural examples of this functional specialisation.

“Corridors” is an ongoing project which aims to re-examine from the architectural point of view the role of corridors from the traditional functional aspects to the aesthetic qualities, exploring the unexpressed potential of these important spaces in new contemporary buildings typologies.