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Inspiration Monday – The Upside Down House

As we reach the last leg of development on our first project, The Unfinished Swan, we will share some of the fascinating things that we found along the way. Every Monday we’ll feature something from the world of art, architecture, music, nature, and some from places you’d never expect. These inspiration pieces are intended to reflect the tone, aesthetic, or general sense of wonder that we hope to create with The Unfinished Swan. As a bonus if we can find one, we will try to pair the post with a game that we feel explores that concept in some meaningful way, like pairing a fine wine with cheese (or a soda with jelly beans if you’re Ben).

For our first inspiration post, we found a sculpture from Austria that takes the domestic setting and flips it on its head:



The upside down house was created by Polish architects Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozanski, and was built in the Austrian village of Terfens to serve as a tourist attraction. (via buzzfeed)

I’m always fascinated by upside down spaces, especially everyday scenes. In a way, these images are what the brain actually sees when the eye receives light – due to the way light hits the retina, our eyes send us upside down images, which are then reversed by the brain. Are we perhaps, in creating upside down spaces, able to see the forms and structures for what they really are?

Souvenir is the most recent game that comes to mind that plays with this concept. Souvenir is an MFA project from Parsons that allows you to explore domestic architecture exploded in different directions and orientations — effectively unwrapping space and time. Have you seen any distorted spaces that got you thinking in a new way? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Responses to “Inspiration Monday – The Upside Down House”

  1. Kyle Prahl Says:

    No specific examples for this week’s question come to mind, but I can’t wait to hear more from the team about The Unfinished Swan and (hopefully) the development process. I’m sure the experience of playing it will be excellent, and I’m pulling for you!

  2. Austrian sculpture – a house built upside down | 1X57 Says:

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  3. John Hamrick Says:

    I recall two games that altered perspective (somewhat) … Kingdom Hearts had an environment, related to Alice in Wonderland, where the character exits one way to return through another portal a different size and the room upside down, or on its side, etc. …. the other is Katamari, where you start very small, and roll up objects you encounter, growing bigger as you go.

    I’ve always been fascinated by artwork that plays with perspective. For example, suspended beads that form a shape (http://funhight.blogspot.com/2006/11/amazing-3d-hanging-art.html) and 3D sidewalk art (http://www.moillusions.com/2006/04/3d-street-art-optical-illusions.html)