Studio of Norwegian Architect Viktor Sørless based in Oslo and Hamburg. In our work we are dedicated to explore the double aspects of corporality, the sculptural quality of light, the value of interactions, the boundaries of rooms between inside and outside and the metaphorical essence of objects.
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.
INTERACTIONS ARE CONTAGIOUS
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 contagious. They spread when people thrive in dialogue.
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.