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Reading Space in Ca’n Terra by Ensamble Studio

Reading Space in Ca’n Terra by Ensamble Studio

We are happy to announce Ensamble Studio’s Virtual Reality Exhibition at ‘T’ Space The exhibition features the project Ca’n Terra: Architecture of the Earth, which transforms an abandoned quarry in Menorca to make imaginative architectures about reading space, recycling landscape, and quarrying light. From jumping around by clicking on the map view,  ‘walking’ through the space, and opening surprise, embedded videos as if discovering a user acting in their natural habitat, the exhibition brings Ca’n Terra to life, allowing us to experience it first hand from our living rooms. In NESS 2, we portrayed Ensamble Studio in our Documents Section. In the Interview Beyond Design, Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa told us about their design process that circles around the found and the fabricated. This digital experience situates and furthers this dialogue within our current reality and asks us to question notions of comfort and relationships between our actions and our environment.

Courtesy ‘T’ Space & Ensamble Studio.

Ensamble Studio’s virtual reality exhibition, commissioned by ‘T’ Space, is the latest project to come out of their acclaimed Ca’n Terra: Architecture of the Earth. The architects propose “a trip to the interior being of matter, and recognize the freedom with which it gives us spaces to live.” 

This interactive virtual exhibition immerses viewers in three areas of the architects’ creative process from observation to materialization: Discovering (The Scan), Carving (The Action), and Living (The Atmosphere). Initially, 3D laser scans “drew” the quarry’s interior in the darkness to precisely record its existing structure. Next, varied interventions, especially carving light, and then adding bare necessities, made the space habitable while preserving the “essential layers of time.” Living in Ca’n Terra invites us to think about the essence of habitation and the direct relations between human actions and nature.

In the online virtual tour, we can interact with these processes through on-site scans, maps, and spherical images. As we glide from room to room, virtual reality allows us to seamlessly explore by using hyperlinks to original-state images, construction images and videos, 3D scan “drawings”, texts, ambient/living videos with audio, time-lapses, and high-res images of the present. It is through experiencing Ca’n Terra’s spaces that we immerse ourselves in an Architecture of the Earth, understand its properties and values, and reassess what comfort means.

Given our Covid reality today, ‘T’ Space invites audiences into an immersive experience from their homes. This experimental exhibition asks audiences to contemplate nature and our futures beyond using the land as source for endless exploitation.

DATES: July 18–October 31 / LOCATION: ‘T’ Space Rheinbeck, tspacerhinebeck.org / ARCHITECTS: Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa / PROJECT TEAM: Javier Cuesta, Borja Soriano, Alvaro Catalan, Massimo Loia, Marco Antrodicchia, Sebastián Zapata, Arianna Sebastiani, Claudia Armas, Ekam Sahni, Yu-Ting Li, Joel Kim, Gonzalo Peña, Yvonne Asiimwe, Mónica Acosta / CONSULTANTS: Urculo Engineering / PHOTOS: Ensamble Studio, Iwan Baan, James Florio / TEXT: Edited from the press release by NESS

Find NESS 2 featuring Ensamble here & read an excerpt from the interview here

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