• Sarah De Villiers And The Fantastical Realm of Growth: The Idea Bank

Architects: Sarah De Villiers  

Project Year: 2014
Photographer: Sarah De Villiers

School: University of the Witwatersrand

Architecture is a solution oriented process and it aims at making life more valuable. Through questioning the present, designs are able to develop important stepping stones into the future. And though ideas at times seem wild at their inception, in the long run they prove formidable. Sarah De Villiers questions and challenges the present financial institutions with her heartwarming and welcome proposal to their current users. She proposes all-inclusive, easily accessible and homely institutions as opposed to the current exclusive, isolated and highly cautious ones..

From The Architect…

What if you could spend an idea to earn money?

Investigations into 21st century institutions of money (including the bank, shopping mall and casino) indicate that these structures increasingly display themselves as enclosed, protected entities. In addition, owing to their consequent isolated natures, they develop their own rules and sense of risky madness. Here, it is all smoke and mirrors.

What if the way in which financial architecture currently operates was flipped on its head for a movement; made to be more playful, exciting and part of the everyday? What if you could buy a stock-share on the street? An idea trading floor is designated as the principal programme; where the possibility of intersection of capital, presented by an investor meeting an innovator with an idea is available, in a stripped down form. A recalibrated composition of physical experience is proposed which makes entry, participation and exit in financial systems more understandable; and therefore also more probable.

Leakier architecture, thus, provides a momentary loophole in space, where many, who would normally expend large distances and energy to enter a certain bureaucratic system, are afforded a short circuit into fantastical realm of growth, imagination and future.

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