Folly



fol·ly noun: folly; plural noun: Follies
1. The state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.
2. A foolish action, practice, idea, etc.; absurdity: the folly of performing without a rehearsal.
3. Architecture. A whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece, lend interest to a view, commemorate a person or event, etc.: found especially in England in the 18th century.

With this folly I tried to design the setting for certain feelings, a building with no other function than to experience. This is how I imagined it…

I am walking through the landscape and stumble upon a door. A door in the middle of nature. It makes me curious, and I decide to walk towards it. I open the heavy door and step inside. It automatically closes behind me and it is quiet. The sound of the people, nature and the excavation of the quarry is gone. I am in a huge hallway. The walls are high and the corridor is narrow. It feels oppressive. I can see the light shining through the glass roof. Rain drops are falling on top and the sound feels comforting. I am walking down a steep slope, the walls appear to grow higher. It feels like I am shrinking. Suddenly the material of the walls change to glass, the space feels much wider and I am entering a platform floating in a valley. Through the opening in the front glass I can feel the breeze. I can smell the scent of summer rain. I can absorb the surroundings, the valley, the mountain, the view. I feel free.

Photos:
Model 1:50 (x4), model atmosphere

April 2012