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The Heterotropic Gallery "In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface; I am over there, there where I am not, a sort of shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent: such is the utopia of the mirror. But it is also a heterotopia (...)it makes this place that I occupy at the moment when I look at myself in the glass at once absolutely real, connected with all the space that surrounds it, and absolutely unreal, since in order to be perceived it has to pass through this virtual point which is over there." Michel Foucault - Of Other Spaces (1967), Heterotopias


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environment Conceptual design process

The gallery's kaleidoscopic skin functions like camouflage, confusing foreground and background. By looking carefully at the construction the spectator looks at the environment around him. However, the skin can also generate microclimates within the gallery: When put on an asphalt road - the gallery's climate turns gray, while surrounded by vegetation - the climate becomes green and when floating on the river - the climate is blue...

Integration of the gallery into the site

the roof

10.6 cu yd

30 revolving shades the floor

1. portable gallery

2. gallery decomposed

3. assembled gallery


video projection / mixed media


photography/ paintings


3D / sculptures



gallery location gray / green / blue


registration number 7519

TOGS 3 Competition The heterotropic gallery  
TOGS 3 Competition The heterotropic gallery  

competion Panel