The melting façade. The designer explained the state of the building saying  “There were barely any floorboards, it’s very fire-damaged at the back and water-damaged at the front, and had fallen into ruin,”

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“I like the contradiction of taking a subject that’s dark or depressing or bleak, something like dereliction which suggests something quite negative socially but also aesthetically, and delivering a playful experience within that context,” the designer explained. “I don’t think it’s a negative comment on society, it’s just trying to give society a positive experience.”

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I don’t believe that the experience the designer wanted to deliver is reached. For one thing, there is a fence around the building which gives the sense that this is a restricted territory. This fence would set boarders between the people and the building not allowing them to interact.

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The designer has reached creativity in construction. The technique used to build this curved brick wall was smart and creative.

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On the other hand, if we would talk from the artistic perspective, I don’t feel that the “melting façade” is really melting. I see it like imitating architecture not expressing art. For me, melting should be expressed in a sense of fluidity. However, when looking at the stiff static brick façade, I don’t feel that sense. In addition, the art work missed harmony.  The whole building speaks a total different language from the façade.

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The connection between the façade and the building itself is kind of a weak connection. It feels like just attaching the façade to the building by sticking it. I believe that art is all about harmony. The piece of art is treated as one piece even if it should express different feelings.

By Rehab Ayman Lotfy Abdel Fatah

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