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Blur Interior

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

An absent building as a trap for senses.


We are here in the middle of the Blur Building, the renowned temporary structure designed by Diller + Scofidio in 2002 as a centerpiece pavilion of the sixth Swiss national exhibition. Placed in Lake of Neuchâtel near Yverdon-Les-Bains, the Blur used water as its main building material. A smart technological system read weather conditions and regulated pressure-nozzles, so water was transformed in a fog mass, in a turbulent volume which brushed against the lake's surface.

The short live-footage shows the structure: a gimmick well-conceived as a trap for senses. The pavilion doesn't contain anything specific to see, it is made of almost nothing but immaterial fog. Visual acoustic references are erased, and the main task for this always changing building is to offer a low-definition sensorial experience. A sound design by Christian Marclay was accompanying visitors during the experience of such a muffled condition.

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Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Mentioned project: Blur Building
Project location: Yverdon Les Bains, Switzerland

USA 2002
Duration: 4'27''