OMU – among architecture experts these letters are not only the initials of Oswald Mathias Unger but also the trademark of the strict and geometrical constructions of the German architect.
The Kunsthalle Hamburg, built in 1995, is exemplary for Unger’s affinity for repetitive patterns and grids. In May it became the matrix of a video installation by the German interaction designer Daniel Rossa from Urbanscreen. Conceptually the projection is based on the raster of the building’s façade – a rigid and static structure which Rossa tried to break visually. Two giant hands seem to rest on the the façade, according to their movements the cubic elements of the façade’s grid start to shift.
Architectural elements such as windows or spaces were distorted and re-projected on the façade. The result is a completely new spatial perception of the architecture and the direct environment.
“How it would be, if a house was dreaming” Daniel Rossa