“Inner space” at MNAC within Lisbon Architecture Triennale ’19

Inner Space is part of an ongoing research project into the construction of the architectural imagination. It sets out to investigate the space between the inner and outer realities, a space that could be inhabited and explored in itself, looking for those moments in which the two realms interact most vividly.


Inner space, Irena Gajic


Besides, it also identifies two parallel and strictly intertwined movements intervening in the construction of architectural imagination: a collective one and an individual one, two spheres complementing each other. The aim is to identify imagination as an immersive territory that can be experienced, crossed and even inhabited, defined as a human ability which partly relies on a collective process.


“Inner space”
5 October – 2 December, 2019
MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art
R. Serpa Pinto 4, Lisboa


This collective moment in the construction of the imagination intertwines with an individual one, developed by each author. Inner Space also identifies how architectural imagination is capable of nourishing other disciplines: from art to videogames, virtual reality, comic books and forensic investigations.


Dogon village, Mali, Calavas Collection Musée de l’Homme

Inner space © Fabio Cunha

The architectural design process usually starts with the identification of a number of ideas and mental images, which are translated into a series of documents (sketches, working models and drawings). This process does not resume each time a new project begins, instead relies on a lifelong construction of imagination fed by a casual voluntary relationship between the author and a field of images and concepts over a long time. Architects drew their inner space, constructing inventive means to connect the outer world and inner realm of their mind. The exhibition looks behind the curtains of the design process, questioning how the cognitive process of imagination unfolds and how it gets translated into a work of architecture, by identifying two parallel and strictly intertwined movements in the construction of imagination: a collective and an individual one.


Inner space © Fabio Cunha

Innerspace © Lorenzo Roncaglione


News source: Lisbon Architecture Triennale ’19
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