Embedded Hortus Conclusus: The Maker and The Other
The Embedded Hortus Conclusus explores an architectural landscape of atmosphere in efforts to address issues relating to insularity and place-making within the context of Córdoba, Spain. This project challenges our awareness of ‘otherness’ within the city fabric, seeking to express and incarnate layers of architectural ineffability. Throughout this exploration our pre-existing notion of architectural space is inverted to present a new topographical plane of existence situated within the distortions of dwelling: The ShadowSpace.
The shadowspace is considered here to be a heterotopic third space which exists alongside architectural measured space. It is the realm of experience and atmosphere situated between the body and the world, and created through their interaction with one another. Like the shadow of a woman cast onto a stone floor, the shadow belongs neither to the world of the stone, nor to the world of the body, yet it is both. It is through this shadow landscape that this thesis is able to explore the cultural and historical setting of Córdoba, extract layers of unfamiliarity, and present to the Patio de Los Naranjos a perfumery and sunken rose garden that is made of and by the Mezquita-Catedral. In doing so, it also draws from the city’s rich botanical history and, by extension the cultural markings of colonisation.