Blur Building

Diller and Scofidio 設計の Blur Building(霧の建物) は、スイスの西部にあるヌーシャテル湖の南に建てられた2002年スイス・エキスポのためのパビリオンである。その名の通り、建物を覆う外部との境界線は霧でできている。霧なので、天候に大きな影響を受ける。風が吹くと流される。気温の変化で上下に動く。






The Blur Building designed by Diller and Scofidio is a pavilion built for the 2002 Swiss Expo in Nussloch Lake in Western Switzerland. As its name implies, the building is surrounded by a mist that blurs the boundary between the exterior and interior of the building. 

The mist is affected by the weather and can move with changes in wind and temperature. Inside the building, with limited visibility, the experience is focused on sensory stimuli other than sight, such as sound and smell, as visitors move forward cautiously. This low-resolution world contrasts with the high-resolution digital images that we are familiar with. 

The realization of a metasocial reality where avatars live in high-resolution virtual spaces is imminent, but the low-resolution reality within the mist runs counter to the progress of society. The experience of the Blur Building is a reminder of how the natural veil of mist can transform the high-resolution world and stimulate our brains artistically.

I once had a memorable experience in Taj Mahal, India. Taj Mahal is a tomb built by an Indian king for his beloved wife who passed away at a young age. From the opposite bank of the river, I was admiring the Taj Mahal with its beautiful outlines, reflecting the king's memories of his late wife. However, soon the sky turned cloudy and it started raining. The surroundings were enveloped in a thick mist, and the beauty of the Taj Mahal faded into the darkness, becoming barely visible. 

Despite coming all the way to India to see the Taj Mahal, I was filled with regret. But, eventually, the mist started to clear, and the Taj Mahal regained its white and beautiful appearance, shining under the sunlight. The whole experience, like a dream, lasted only about 10 minutes. The mist is a natural veil that can change the high-resolution world and sometimes, it stimulates our brains poetically and becomes an artistic medium for building and construction.