Channah Mourmans

Channah Mourmans

Morpheus. MMA+ Maastricht (Netherlands)

We use cookies to enhance our website. Read more

Accept

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_pasfoto.jpg


Architecture and the logic of dreaming

I'm chasing the night so I can find rough bones and bitter diamonds Let it find you. 
-Oscar and the wolf

Just as the contradiction in the band name ‘Oscar and the Wolf’, which on the one hand embodies the light and cheerful but on the other also the dark and sombre, these lyrics reflect a contradiction as well. On the one hand they are about the chase, the act of feverishly searching for and finding of something you are longing for, even though it also has a rough, painful, bitter side. On the other hand, the songwriter is advising to have whatever it is that you are actively searching for find you instead. To let go of the convulsively search for a while.

This ambiance of antithesis shows some analogy with the quest of the architect for the right, appropriate design. In particular this applies to the quest of the architecture student during the graduation project, in my opinion a process of finding and being found, balancing between actively focused searching and leaving things up to chance. And which, more specific, design assignment serves in this view as the ultimate selfflagellation for the architect? The autobiographical house, and preferably designed for a well-defined character that floats between dream and reality, that does and does not exist. A biographical house already presents quite the challenge, but an autobiographical house requires a perfect tailor-made approach and demands for an intertwining of the designer with the client and his life.

The conductor of this quest for an autobiographic house is the soul of Oscar and the Wolf, to me a surrealistic muse that personifies the current zeitgeist. As architect I get under his skin and the psyche of the character indicates the rhythm.

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_photo1.jpg

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_photo2.jpg

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_photo3.jpg

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_photo4.jpg

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_photo4.jpg

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_photo5.jpg

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_photo6.jpg

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_photo7.jpg

MMAMaastricht_Mourmans_photo8.jpg

SCHUNCK cannot guarantee the correctness of content and expression. The participants themselves are responsible for their entries. The copyright of the projects underlies to the authors, any reproduction or use of the shown material is strictly forbidden.

Top