a concept by CENTRALA of the third time of the day as an architectural component takes root in Zofia and Oskar Hansen’s House in Szumin

 

the project is part of the Chronobiological Architecture series

a concept by CENTRALA of the third time of the day as an architectural component takes root in Zofia and Oskar Hansen’s House in Szumin

The model is a score for choreography of everydayness in a form of white polychromes patching the building’s internal and external spaces. CENTRALA’s research on the house built for their own family by Zofia and Oskar Hansenthe Team 10 architectswas focused on the embodied and material aspect of the house.

Photo Anna Zagrodzka, 2018

The house, designed in accordance with Hansen’s Open Form, was changing and was changed to reflect its user’s ideas. But learning about family’s routines and observing the house beyond its compositional principles revealed that it is also synced with the day-night cycle. It allowed the family and guests to function without electricity during the crepuscular and matutinal hours. The white polychromes are reflecting light during these dimmed hours of the third time of the day which in Szumin can last even 4 hours a day.

Photographic analysis of reflection of light in the Hansens’ house according to CENTRALA’s conception of the third time of the day.

Photo Anna Zagrodzka, 28/29.03.2018

The model executed in 2018 presents the architectural state from 1975 and focuses on the white polychromes painted by Oskar Hansen himself. CENTRALA interprets the polychromes as a system of navigation during dawn and dusk (the third time of the day). A white stripe leads the hand to the keyhole, the white ceilings and surfaces capture the light of the moon or candles, and the white rim of the well acts as a warning.

Photo Anna Zagrodzka, 2018

Artist Iza Tarasewicz interpreted light oscillation, based on CENTRALA’s architectonic studies.

Photo Michał Matejko, 2018

The Szumin house model and Tarasewicz’s installation were part of the Amplifying Nature exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018. In 2020 the Szumin house model entered the National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning (NIAiU) collection of architectural models.

the project is part of the Chronobiological Architecture series