What is a screen? Is it a retractable object that only blocks the sun when we chose? Is it a fixed object that alters it rotation to our desire? Are there just two modes of operation; on or off, open or closed? Can a screen be a wall as well as a screen, or a screen as well as a wall?
These questions, combined with the goals given by Olson Kundig Architects, pushed the research for this screen, questioning the traditional heirarchy of a screening system. We wanted to create architecture that gave the user superpowers, after all, who doesn’t want to see through walls?
The Phi Phenomenon, discovered by Max Wertheimer in 1912, published in his “Experimental Studies on the Seeing of Motion,” is ,succinctly, “the disembodied perception of motion produced by a succession of still images.” It is a perceptual illusion, not an optical one. Your eyes physically see what is before you correctly, but your mind cannot properly put it together, so you perceive the image behind as being whole. Imagine a fan as it spins, your eyes can only physically see through the 20% of the fan that is transparent at any one time, but your mind pieces all those 20%’s into one 100% image. This is the primary functionality of this screen.
A wall that is 90% opaque, blocks 90% of the sun, yet allows for 100% of the views.
A solid wall you can see through. Magic.
Project by Dan Blohowiak & JK Choi