Architecture in sequence

Monograph edited by Quodlibet, 2018


Why have a long, narrow, dark corridor before a large, bright, circular room? How do you induce movement along a precise path? What reactions does a series of rooms in equal succession in shape but with different colours cause? What if the use of light varies? Or materials? The sequence is a compositional method, it is a system of organization of a series of elements according to a scheme of meaning.
This text is intended as a reconstruction of a general picture of the sequence defined as the compositional method of architecture, understanding its potential and characteristics in function of the different interpretations of space, and consequently of time. In this path, we will notice how in relation to different artistic and social influences, the concept of sequence has been modified in the course of history and applied to architecture in different ways. Thus, from a first definition linked to the visual world – starting with the cinema or the picturesque – the sequence becomes a program, movement, and finally perception, experience and narrativity.