Bruno, Eusebietti, Latronico

Turin Architecture Festival / Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel, The Harvest
Project by Andrea Bruno, Stefania Eusebietti and Vincenzo Latronico

Reading Amy Hempel’s short story is like falling asleep on an airplane and being awakened suddenly by turbulence. The fear quickly passes, the flight proceeds normally … but that slight sense of restlessness remains and you don’t fall back asleep until landing.

A traditional story … that abruptly approaches a door opening to its inner workings. You can see the making-of the story, the reasons for every omission and lie … It is the proof that there is no “reality” in the story …

Our building sits on the edge of a cliff … The side entrance [leads to] a fluid and readable space, … on the right is a glass wall facing the landscape. The space appears to be very controlled. … From the floor several concrete elements emerge, their proportions similar to those of the columns and door. The overall impression is of coherence. … The objective of the space may not be clear — it probably exists only to admire the view, and the concrete elements are seats; but the architectural means by which this is obtained … are perfectly explicit. …

Below the entrance … is another same-size door …  leading to a descending ramp. The space it leads to is similar to the former; it, too, contains concrete elements … While descending along the ramp, we realize that the former space, which seemed to be excavated in the rock, is suspended above the latter; and that all we had gathered, upon entering the former, was a misunderstanding and a lie. The columns that seemed to bear the ceiling continue below into the lower space but do not touch the floor, thus being only decorative and not structural. Vice versa, what seemed to be seats are instead the tops of the elements bearing the first space.