As part of the Architecture Biennale di Venezia 2014, Bekkering Adams architects have realized ‘Fundamentals: Form-ContraForm‘, an installation that reflects on the concept and perception of space, time and existence.

The essence of Fundamentals is conceived as the elementary space that every person needs. Architecture is fundamentally created by the definition of co-ordinates in space. The installation Fundamentals: Form-ContraForm deals with the experience of mass versus the cavity. The intention is to provide an experience that is not only shaped by the physical boundaries of space, but is extended beyond the tangible.


Within the exhibition room a homogeneous volume in the shape of a cube of 2,4 x 2,4 meters is defined. It is formed by 14.000 balls hanging from wires on a grid of 10 by 10 cm. The cube defines a mass within the room. Inside the cube a cavity is created where visitors can enter. The cube does not fill the whole space between floor and ceiling, thus creating the effect of a floating form. When the visitors stand inside the cavity, they are wrapped in a cloud of special balls. In this way they will experience the boundary as well as the perception of the endlessness of space. The cavity is enveloped, but due to reflections also the perception of an infinite space is created. The reflective surfaces offer a view into a space that does not exist, suggesting unexpected new vistas.


With light projections, the perception of the cube is influenced. These light projections change the cavities colour, shape and size, thus offering a different appearance each time. From the outside the cavity can be seen as a changing illuminated shape between the light reflections of the cube.

The exhibition Fundamentals: Form-ContraForm runs until November 22nd 2014 at Palazzo Mora, Venice (Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 closed on Tuesdays – Free Entry).

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