Studio Viktor Sørless was established in 2018. It focuses on exploring how to construct with earth and contribute to the global breakthrough in using earth as a natural building material, with the aim of superseding concrete as the most commonly used construction material. In artistic terms, Studio Viktor Sørless concentrates on the different aspects of physicality and the value of human interaction, for which architecture can only ever create the foundation.
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR BEEING THERE
Somebody is present. A small sentence with an incredible abundance of consequences. The presence of bodies defines the way we speak, laugh, act and move in a place. Corporality has an effect on how we live and experience our lifes but also how we experience the experience of life. The individual can become another person by entering into the event of relation, into a dialogue of corporality and the other. That’s why architecture should be the background for human activity, the experience of corporality and its boundaries by stimulating all senses through interactions, light, a feeling of inside and outside and the poetic play of perception. In short, people should feel present. Because there is no substitute for being there.
BUILDING WITH EARTH – NOT AGAINST IT
Building with earth materials have become a goal in our building practice. Concrete may be the foundation of modern life taming time and elements. But its manufacture consumes abundant energy. Concrete is rigid, turning our blue and green environment increasingly gray. There is an ecological alternative: building with earth. That’s why we work on a paradigm shift in construction.
ARCHITECTURE IS POLITICS IN 3D
Architecture can be democracy in 3D. It should empower a society without borders and classes and dissolve hierarchies. The value of interactions defines people not the value of people the interactions. If this is properly conceived, interactions are inclusive. They spread when people thrive in dialogue and enter a relation with each other.
LIGHT IS A STORY OF SHADOWS
Light is a sculptural material that can influence or affect the medium of perception. Where there is light, there are shadows. Light is a story of shadows. This duality reflects the ambivalent nature of human existence. To sculpture light means to show and hide, reveal and cover. In this sense transparency is inhuman, because it removes any negativity. It is the pornographic use of light.
WITHOUT BODIES THERE IS NO MEMORY
Presence makes memory. Encounters make memory. Events give sense. A bodyless and uneventful space no longer creates memories. Have you ever fallen in love in a white space where nothing happens?
A poetic quality of a place unfolds in its metaphorical charm. When we design, we try to remove all words from our minds and work with metaphorical images to leave the semantic domain behind us, which is something already understood. The image should arrive before its word. Then we apply the knowledge and theories of engineering to meet the standards of sustainability, social context and the history of the place. Metaphors are models for making sense. Architecture the way of building it.