Building as Camera Obscura


AIA Minnesota Announces 2006 Honor, Divine Detail Awards

Other winners
Other 2006 architecture award winners – Star Tribune December 8, 2006

“Architects Cermak Rhoades designed a life-size camera obscura as a temporary structure for the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Its cedar exterior gives way to an all-white interior, where the gardens can be seen in a new way.”

What better way to visually re-experience (a chance to perceive) a landscape than a room size camera obscura… A place to pause and ponder. Useful or Useless? It’s up to you to make it what you need. However, it does provide for an interesting distinction between looking and seeing…


An 1817 encyclopedia page from the Wilgus Collection

All the rules are there for giving an architectural form…

I think the place deserves better photographs than what I could find…. more about the architects by the architects here…. AIA Minnesota here….. other recognition for Minnesota work here….

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