INTRO This piece features photography of abandoned architecture from the portfolio of photographer Christian Richter. In photography the architectural subject is both contextual and syntactical. The space is a setting for event and experience. Syntactical elements are arranged in fixed pattern and define possibility. Richter’s photographs record opulence from a past era of privately owned architecture. The finished surface and structural quality of architecture are artifacts of economic times and give clues to engineering capability. Richter presents the subject with contemporary technique which brings attention to detailed ornamentation. Bringing a viewer’s attention into the architectural spaces, the writing supplements selected photography by Christian Richter. (Photographer website http://richterchristian.com)
Enter through the mind. Close the gate behind you. Architecture is the region for your movement and the architectural choreography continues through each doorway and vestibule.
Meander, circumambulate, or zigzag through the open interior. When enclosed, a body is at rest ˗ relatively. An architectural space is an organized environment, so any body in it is contextually involved. Place yourself within the surrounds and awaken to the signs.
Know an empty space of proportion and sensibility. Prospect possibility and recourse. Examine the relationship of each part to the whole. See ways beyond the space that captures your disoriented attention. Some places are only hubs until a next stage.
If it were a term, an ‘architectural conflux’ might be a space available for converging and diverging activity. A nexus suggests possibility for change and conditional movements through a system of networked chambers. When a room of doors is empty it demonstrates that transitions are complete.
Compression and tension are words related to sensory perceptions of architectural changes. The sensations are strongest in brief moments crossing between adjacent sections. Distinguishing qualities of the experiences include difference of light, shadow, contour, vertical, horizontal, recess, protrusion, material, and color.
Architecture guides us back to the heart of itself. The shape of a central space is an enclosure that wraps us in its story with a plot outside its walls. The core of architectural centrality is its periphery of passage to a repository of interconnected rooms.
Leave behind the empty hall. Engrave a memory for scenes that changed in the advance of time. Now halls are built for the commotion of cities built for barrier-free mobility. Today many more of us engage with the architectural form. There continue to be ways to travel into, within, and up any structure.
Written by CPG