The Typology of Holes begins with the premise that site-specificity can extend from the particular to the general. The generality (for us, the inheritors and inhabitants of modern space) is the arrangement of spatial zones that abut and overlap in a mappable way. Holes alter this arrangement, functioning as a catalyst for the transformation of the perceptual experience of the occupant.

The Diffusion Hole has developed through an inquiry into ancient and Renaissance Roman structures. This hole type explores how openings between discrete architectural zones shape light projection while simultaneously directing the viewer’s line of sight. The hole blurs the architectural distinction between zones, by illuminating a view while hiding its source of illumination.

Two contemporaneous but distinct openings through adjacent spatial zones are required in order to create a Diffusion Hole. One opening allows for the diffusion of light into enclosed space; the other enables the active and changing sightlines of a viewer. The intersection of these trajectories creates complex iterations between viewers, light and sight. 

Hole Typology:

Figure 1: Wormhole;
Figure 2: Cinema Hole; Figure 3: Horizon Hole; Figure 4: Diffusion Hole

Diffusion Diagram 1

Diffusion Diagram 2

Diffusion Diagram 3

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