Due and help to dissolve the city’s alienation

Due to the placement of the work in the natural environment,the reflections made in the glass allow the pavilions to effectively merge intothe surrounding rural landscape. The interruption of other buildings found inthe city is not an issue here, and the adjacent placement of the two pavilionsprevents the otherwise possible obstruction of one another’s reflections fromexisting within their surfaces. When the viewer is reflected in the material, he/sheappears multiple times among the structure’s surroundings. This reduces thesense of claustrophobia found within a small space and emphasises the desirablequalities of infinite and immeasurable space. When the surrounding light allowsthe façades to appear transparent, the onlooker is able to continue their view ofrecurring space in the landscape. Graham is aiming to create a utopian image ofa more successful and satisfying city with reduced spatial limitations and the removalof unequal, dominating positions of power determined by the architecture. Hestates that the Two Adjacent Pavilions’are both emblematic of the power of the corporate city and help to dissolvethe city’s alienation effects’ (1999, p.

175).In Graham’s Two Adjacent Pavilions, Turrell’s Deer Shelter Skyspace and Mantegna’s Camera degli Sposi, the significance of the ceiling and itsinfluence on the final desired effect of the work is a common denominator. Thisstrongly contradicts Schmarsow’s disregard of the roof in terms of definingarchitecture.

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The recent ability to view a city from the top floor of askyscraper has increased the prominence of the roof and ceiling in architecture.We are now able to look down upon the roof of a building that horizontallydivides interior and exterior space, making this element of architecture moresignificant than before. The perception that Turrell’s Skyspaces are covered with a transparent sheet of glass emphasisesthese ideas and brings the relationship between Turrell and Graham’s workcloser together.

This recent sense of division provided through the top andbottom of a building as opposed to its sides would perhaps change Schmarsow’sopinion of the roof of a building if he were alive today.  


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