Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky. Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal p ‘Transparency,’ ‘space-time,’ ‘simultane- ity,’ ‘interpenetration. Two Modes of Transparency: Literal & Phenomenal. The key aspect to Rowe and Slutzky’s seminal essay on Transparency: Literal & Phenomenal, is the .. Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky in their essay ‘Transparency: Literal. ‘tltlder the tille “Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal”. The significance of this lematic of Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky’s co-authored writings under the title.

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The subject in the building engages in a theatrical voyeuristic gaze passing through the framed spaces. The opening of light is concealed and hidden away from view, the channel or shaft forces the light to bend, to reflect, and to become more diffused while entering the space. Light is captured by the indirect lighting mechanisms, whether they are carved voids, fingers of light, or channeled networks, and is transported yet transformed as the illumination gets redelivered into the interior space.

The figures are endowed with transparency: The two modes of transparency can be combined, fused and integrated to achieve a doubling of transparency, a simultaneity of modes of transparent rowr.

This site uses cookies. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Hence, phenomenal or conceptual transparency is achieved, following what Rowe and Slutzky mentioned with regards to tramsparency notion of stratificationthat is, the sequential layering of frontal planes and spaces.

Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal

Email Address never made public. The filtering and penetrating effect of light through translucency achieves a litrral glowwhere natural light passes through, slows down, softens, bleeds and diffuses from one space to the next, from exterior to the interior, and through different layers of the interior, creating a superimposed overlapping penetrative effect, bringing daylight further and deeper into the space.


One can perceive the glass and framing behind it, and the space behind the colni is easily recognized. The boundary is blurred. Indirect daylighting explores the articulation of the formlessness of light.

One can, for this reason, distinguish between a literal and a phenomenal transparency.

Rowe and Slutzky makes a distinction between two types, modes, or conditions of transparency in their seminal essay on Transparency: It is such that transparency is a condition of betweeness in these terms of successive and continuous stratification, overlapping, layering, and superimposition of spaces. The Bauhaus would appear as a huge curtain of translucent glass with a plane wall lying behind and a gridded division of the translucent plane by the metal on the glass.

This site uses cookies. As can be seen from the dictionary definitions, the term transparency implies the optical or observational notions of showing or seeing through.

The perforous screen like the diaphanous veil or the layered transparent planes simultaneously reveals and conceals, connects and divides in a tranpsarency of contiguous discontinuity.

However, I finally grasped what he described when I realized that the frontal view of the villa at Garches compared to a frontal view of the Bauhaus yield very different interpretation of the buildings at hand. Conversely, phenomenal transparency exists when a designer deliberately abstracts space, not through the use of overlaying transparent planes, but through phenokenal reorganization of multiple spacial grids that would normally define a plane.

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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Perceptual transparency is a transparency of lookingas the transparent conditions arise due to an overlapping of material or substance, whereas Conceptual transparency is a transparency of readingthus engaging the mind of the viewer or reader, in order to interpret and understand successive layered spaces as modes of transparent phenomena. They blur their arbitrary boundaries. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Plummer in his rowd of pulverized light mentions.


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The Raumplan demonstrates a framing of frames, a seeing or penetrating through the successive frames of view. In this way, the viewer is called upon to conceive znd reordering of the painting in order to complete the thought. A doubling of transparency, both literal and phenomenal, perceived and interpreted.

To reiterate the dialectical overlapping and multiple readings of conditions of transparencyliteral transparency is a perceptual and actual transparency of seeing or of substance, whereas phenomenal transparency is a conceptual and implied transparency of reading or of organization.

In a sense, the architect provides a suggestion of what the pheno,enal of the space might look like behind the opaque walls, and the viewer is allowed to conjure up the hidden spaces. By breaking up and mixing spacial planes, designers are able to complicate the notion of physical space and do not need to rely on transparent materials to reveal the volume hidden behind a fasade.

This interpretive study can transparecny seen as a forerunner to his own investigative projects of layering planes and spaces, seen especially in his early house projects. I cooin not design floor plans, facades, sections.