The Medialized Church
Sant’Ignazio di Loyola is known for it’s trompe-l’œil frescoes which create the illusion of transcendent 3-dimensional spaces on flat surfaces. Its critique of architectural space was nearly the same as that of Instagram, Pinterest, Jencks, Drexler and Venturi: two-dimensional representation seems to suffice. Additionally, our pre-conceived image of a “church” (or any architecture) is now so strong that even the most impressive spatial experiences can feel routine because we have already seen it (and nearly felt it) before as an image in a book or on our phone.
This project argues that since space is now received much the same way as we experience an image, architecture might instead attempt to recast images as forms in space.
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Nave Columns and Arches