Neil Macalister        2020       

Ebb and Flow - A Perception of Architectural Space

Cinematography and architecture intersect in their framing of moments, be that in a film or in everyday life. Both should consider light, sound, scale and movement ultimately for the goal of narrative both atmospheric and literal. My thesis sets the question of “can a building be examined through a cinematic lens, exploring everyday moments that are framed by elements of architecture and can be the design respond to embrace these moments?”


The cinemographs take us on an experiential journey through the Marine Laboratory at a human scale. The camera is never in any impossible place, no dramatic movement ever distracts from the experience of being in a space, viewing it as we would in reality. The light is still, noise is diegetic, and movement exists only in the banal. The images exist on the periphery, observing but never interrupting.


Much like the cinematic themes, the architecture seeks not to distract from the elements of life within a scheme but rather allow for them to occur. Whether that is an opening window, allowing the sounds of the outside world in, or deep white skylights drawing light and focus down onto the lab bench’s, reinforcing the importance of scientific work. Some spaces may lack human interaction, but life still exits to affect the architecture in small ways.