As part of this year's venice architecture biennale, spanish practice ensamble studio has created 'balancing act', an installation to be showcased at the arsenal building. Consisting of two giant beams, a spring and a rock, the project is a play of balance.
Negotiating between the old structural columns of the building, the two lines created by the installation draw a diagonal incision through the space. the result is a new order, a new rhythm to the 'tempo' already established by the existing columns. this foreign composition creates tension and friction, offering a new and disturbing reading of the space.
The predominantly horizontal structure affects the verticality of the room, breaking its scale and introducing a new element to the arsenal building.
'we have understood the whole arsenale as a theme of multiple counterpoint, where after the appearance of the original space, different voices occur around that theme, developed and carried in intervals, creating a complex compositional sequence, an architectural ''fugue'', in which different spaces follow one another, and in which the dissonant balance of the 'balancing act' is just one chord.' -ensamble studioBy playing with the forces present in the space, and the gravitational force that the structures generate, 'balancing act' makes the concept of balance tangible.....more at designboom