Habitáculos

Inspired by a scaffold, 7 small models were built creating a new way of looking at a city through 11 recurring objects in the urban scene: a drain, a mirror, a gallon water bottle, a funnel, a grill, a ladder, an antenna, a wooden crate, a door, a metal bottle top, and a tire are alternatively given new meaning as a domestic object, an urban element, a moving artifact and recycled material. The distortion of the objects through a peephole suggests a playful way to live between spaces, to dwell in transitional spaces such as the ramp, the ladder, the elevator or the tunnel. The peephole also creates the effect of placing the observer inside these spaces; thus turning into a scale-regulating artifact, and into the key to being within invisible spaces. The habitáculos build a new spatial experience that is not lived through its real scale but rather through its perceived one. The mobile and spatial articulation of the objects produces a new architectural dimension, unknown and mysterious, questioning both reality and fiction.

The habitáculos were inspired on a series of photographs made throughout a year of recurring city objects. These photographs were compiled as a sort of domino representing an urban network of connections between such objects. Little by little, some of these objects’ functions mutated and began connecting in unexpected ways. This resulted in an Urban Domino that was later used to conceive the connections between spaces in the habitáculos.

Project: Rozana Montiel
Collaborators: Martín Soto
Project Year: 2001
Photographs: Dante Busquets | Rozana Montiel