ALCHEMISTS’ HOUSE – ARCHITECTURE PARLANTE IN POST-FUNCTIONALIST ERA

  • Gala-Walczowska, M.
Abstract:
Architecture of the Alchemists’ House, which was carried out according to a design of Dariusz Koz?owski in Mochnackiego street in Cracow, inspired cogitation on architecture parlante and threads of significance in architecture of the post-functionalist era. Architecture parlante was born in France and it means „speaking architecture” – expressing through its form, details and general character of a building, content and meaning carried by the architectural work. Turning to the past, postmodern architecture returns to the expression of architectural form, conveying its destiny, but above all, the content value, material and semantic, of the architectural work. The postmodern architecture parlante balances between figurative motives drawn from history or imagination, symbolism and abstract expression of geometry, it is ambiguous and perverse, subordinated to conventions adopted by architects. Individual dialects of creators take under consideration expression of form and architectural composition – symbolism and conciseness of geometry, the meaning of figurative motives: sculptures, details and ornaments. In his architectural and painting work Dariusz Koz?owski advocates a formal and content labyrinth, redefining the concept of architecture parlante. The architect, taking from resources of imagination, uses the language of forms drawn “from the past”, which he subjectively reinterprets, building new, processed meanings. Expressive, mysterious and theatrical architecture of the Alchemists’ House is complemented by a sculpture of the Mouth molded in concrete, evoking the trademark of the lipsticks producer HEAN cosmetics factory. The sculpture, nonchalantly leaning against the entrance elevation, shows the surreal character of this architecture.
SGEM Research areas:
Year:
2018
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
architectural form and composition; threads of significance in postmodern architecture; architecture parlante
Volume:
18
SGEM Book title:
5th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2018
Book number:
5.1
SGEM Series:
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts-SGEM
Pages:
13-20
Publisher address:
51 Alexander Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
Bulgarian Acad Sci; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Slovak Acad Sci; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; World Acad Sci; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Ac
Period:
19 -21 March 2018
ISBN:
978-619-7408-33-1
ISSN:
2367-5659
Conference:
5th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2018 , 19 -21 March 2018
DOI:
10.5593/sgemsocial2018H/51/S17.002
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