NonA Weekly: MAZE DESIGN 🤯
Dear readers and friends,
A labyrinth can be considered as a folding or even extension of space 🌌. Geometrically 📐, the principle of the labyrinth is, within the confines of its overall shape 🔲, to fold the pathway to the centre 📍 so as to make the walking 🚶 length as long as possible. The labyrinth performs an extreme of how architecture 🏛️ transforms spatial proximities by the arrangement of boundaries and connections.
1. JOHN MILLER’S LOST MAZE DISORIENTATES 😵 VISITORS WITH MIRRORED PANELS
If MAZES weren’t confusing enough already 💫, American artist John Miller has built one from mirrors to further bewilder lost visitors 🤪, at Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art.
2. MODERN MAZES: 15 LABYRINTHS MADE OF GLASS, STEEL, LIGHT ☀️, AND SALT 🧂
Escaping the convoluted confines of the conventional hedge-in-a-garden, the LABYRINTH takes on ever more complex forms to better confuse you with, especially when mirrors, glass, or mechanical elements 🦾 are involved. These immersive installations use unusual materials and disorienting configurations to encourage visitors to wander 🧭, explore 🔎, face uncertainty about their paths, and pause 🛑 to marvel at the beauty of it all.
3. WHY EVERY CITY 🏘️ NEEDS A LABYRINTH
Building MAZES is a sort of fun, low-cost way to tap the potential of a space like, say, a public plaza ⛲. It’s also a great way to demonstrate local architectural talent, native building materials 🧱, and sheer engineering ingenuity. Cities could compete with public mazes the same way counties do with fairs.
4. THE WORLD 🌍 OF ‘SQUID GAME’: AN ARCHITECTURE OF OPPRESSION, EXCESS, DESIRE, AND SAVAGERY
Studying the varying inspirations behind the spaces of the Squid Games series 🎥, we delve into the evocative architectural aspects of what makes Squid Game immensely binge-able 👀. A LABYRINTHINE, multicolored hall of stairways is perhaps the most striking feature of the set design
5. THE ARCHITECTURE 🏛️ OF SQUID GAME
Arguably the most striking architectural space in Squid Game, the intermediate space that competitors must walk through to access the arenas has already become iconic 🚀. Hwang has said that this towering LABYRINTH of staircases was inspired by M.C. Escher’s famous Relativity lithograph, and the parallels are clear. The maze-like quality of these spaces conjures feelings of unease 🤯 as if one might lose their way — or even their understanding of gravity — at any moment.
6. LA MURALLA ROJA 🏠/ RICARDO BOFILL
La Muralla Roja, Spanish for ‘The Red Wall,’ is a housing project located within the La Manzanera development in Spain’s Calpe. The building makes clear references to the popular architecture of the Arab Mediterranean Area, a result of the architects’ inspiration by the Mediterranean tradition of the casbah. The striking colors ✨ that cover the outer and inner facades are selected to either contrast with nature or complement its purity. The Red Wall is best described as a LABYRINTH, corresponding to a precise geometric plan based on the typology of the Greek cross, having, in this case, arms that are five meters long.
7. YINKA ILORI CREATES A MAZE OF COLOUR AND SOUND 🔊
Designer Yinka Ilori has created a colorful maze-like INSTALLATION called Listening to Joy 👂 for the V&A Dundee, exploring the difference between how adults and children 👩👧 approach to space.
8. THE CLOUD MAZE ☁️
RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang was invited to design the interactive installation at the entrance of Xintiandi, and this is the origin of The CLOUD Maze. The design team is looking forward to presenting the metaphor of a series of questions such as the meaning of individual 🧍 in the city 🌇, the meaning of communication between people, the interpersonal behaviours, and the new urban space image built by human information. What’s more, the designers expect participants to find answers to their hearts.
Stay creative and see you all next week! 👋