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10.5593/sgemsocial2018H/51/S17.002

ALCHEMISTS’ HOUSE – ARCHITECTURE PARLANTE IN POST-FUNCTIONALIST ERA

M. Gala-Walczowska
Tuesday 10 April 2018 by lib_admin

References: 5th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2018, www.sgemvienna.org, SGEM2018 Vienna ART Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-33-1 / ISSN 2367-5659, 19 - 21 March, 2018, Vol. 5, Issue 5.1; 13-20 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2018H/51/S17.002

ABSTRACT

Architecture of the Alchemists’ House, which was carried out according to a design of Dariusz Kozłowski 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 Kozłowski 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.

Keywords: architectural form and composition, threads of significance in postmodern architecture, architecture parlante


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