The Painterly Effect | Theater Design
SCI_Arc | Fourteen weeks
This project searches for a contemporary architectural understanding of the term Chiaroscuro; a set of painting techniques from the Renaissance that use hard light to create sharp contrast between form and context. In this sense, the “painterly effect,” refers to the use of hard shadows to represent drastic spatial depth and alter the perception of form.
By projecting a pattern onto the object, based on the shadows of the object itself, form is blurred with context and the figure becomes distorted. This is further articulated by a transparency effect on the exterior shell of the object that physically dissolves the building with its context.
When approaching the building, one is confronted with a sculptural mass that influences movement towards the entrance on the plinth level. A large public atrium is the first space experienced. This space can be seen as the formal mediator between the program within and the context beyond. The public space, formed by pulling the interior programatic volume away from the exterior shell, became the space of interest and the focus of the project.