Open Mind Spaces • Christoph Hesse Architekten
158 p, ills colour & bw, approx. 9.44 x 11.8 inches, hardbound, German/English, Deutscher Architektur Verlag.
Christoph Hesse developed “Open Mind Places” in his home region of Sauerland in Germany. The project consists of nine follies that invite pause, reflection, and the exchange of ideas. Hesse designed them as low-budget and simple constructions with a mindfulness towards nature, made from locally available materials and erected by volunteers, including local residents, craftsmen friends, and even members of his family. The sites can be seen as spaces that, in their archetypal essence, relate to French philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s ‘Poetics of Space’ (1960). Hesse’s ambivalent objects evoke subjective images while simultaneously encouraging people to use them.