Quarantine thoughts in a house, in a room
Room - noun
1. space that can be occupied or where something can be done, especially viewed in terms of whether there is enough.
2. a part or division of a building enclosed by walls, floor, and ceiling.
While we talked about the room as a concept, we came to thinking about which elements are involved in the definition of a space. The walls, the windows, the ceiling. What makes a room more than the elements creates it? Thinking about that, the idea came to our mind of a room being more than a space in a building as we normally think of it. Why do we configure rooms as we do today?
Randomly, while this thought was in my head and just looking around my books, I remembered a book I bought while visiting Garage Museum in Moscow about Galina Andreevna Balashova. She is a Russian architect and designer who was associated with the Soviet space program. When I got that book, I was impressed with her work. Galina is the only female designer in the history of Soviet cosmonautics involved in the creation of more than four generations of space crafts; and along with interior designs, she created pieces of furniture for living modules.
Balashova’s aquarelles of capsule interiors, where she is not just worried about the technical issues but also the aesthetic power of design and color, illustrate the power of thinking beyond the boundaries of the space, or the design elements involved in it.
Is it gravity what makes a room different from a spaceship? How do we understand the limits of space-time in our human eyes? What is a room as a concept?
I just want to emphasize Galina Balashova’s work, and acknowledge her great contribution to the understanding of the inner space of a room in an outside non familiar space. Not just to bring utility to the space, but also the feeling of home.
Book: Galina Balashova: Architect of the Soviet Space Programme