building blocks.

One of my favourite parts of my job is when colleagues show me projects that were completed prior to my employment. Today's post is dedicated to one of these projects.

Back in 2010, Terroir participated in an exhibition titled 'Building Blocks'. The exhibition consisted of 9 international architects, each with a child as a client [in our case, six-year old Alma, pictured drawing her name in the bottom image] - with the aim to explore the spatial intelligence of children.

Alma's brief focussed around themes consistant to most six-year old girls, namely princesses and castles. When asked what her favourite place of a house were, she suggested the attic and basement - revealing how she thought of the basement as a place for 'grown-ups' whereas the attic to be a light and beautiful space. Alma explained that in her perfect house, she would live in the attic, a friend in the basement - and they would meet in the middle via slides. 

I really like the idea of constructing a brief from a child's point of view, as they see the world in a completely different way to us. Alma highlighted built elements which she perceived in a completely different perspective to that of an adult. An example of this, is the final part of Alma's brief which involved a discussion of a world between the walls and floors. The article attached to the project on work's website speaks of how it is interesting to note that Alma addressed the architectural notion of poche - the pocket or in between spaces that tend to be forgotten, and unseen. 

As a 6 year old, I would have loved this little project. I love the intricately linked volumes and they way they connect in a maze-like network. And let's be honest - how much fun would it be having an enthusiastic and excited six-year old as a client?!


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