Traditional notions of ‘space,’ as it pertains to architecture, often evoke a sense of containment, boundary or program. We have been conditioned to understand space as that which exists between wall, floor and ceiling, making a clear distinction between interior and exterior.
Recently we were given the challenge of re-purposing an existing building in downtown Calgary into a contemporary modern art gallery. One of our key objectives was to both expand and contract these notions of space in an effort to create a spatial layering of the gallery’s spatial requirements such that interior and exterior begin to blur together and boundaries dissolve into a seamless milieu. Lastly, we explored the idea of inverting the typical notion of art as an elitist activity by projecting art back onto the city.