Transparency: literal and phenomenal
In a paraphrasing of Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky’s eponymous essay published in Vol 8 of 1963’s Perspecta, transparency is both a physical material state of permeability to light and air, as well as a deeper legibility beyond optical characteristics. A simultaneous compositional perception of multiple forms in a perfectly choreographed spatial order.
Every step of my journey through the Citi Wealth Hub Level 7 Garden Lounge revealed a well calibrated and intensely scenogaphic approach to the rituals of function and how one experiences the space visually. Unencumbered lines of sight are masterfully balanced with gentle areas of occlusion meant to build anticipation and also offer the much needed visual and aural privacy to the financial operations of the Hub.
The fluid compositional lines, from the arrival at the lift reception area, through the social welcome of the Feature Bar and the naturalistic pockets of landscape ebb and flow in an effortless balance, reinforced by a well edited material palette. Like Alice through the looking glass, I was suddenly transported to a world made possible exclusively by design.