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"Surrealism and Architecture"

Following my new studies in History of Art at A Level, I wished to develop my interest in Surrealism and its connections with architecture. Surrealism, to me at this time, relied purely on visual forms so fluid and intangible as if like a mirage. Through this paper I explored its psychological origins and also how its influences within film, painting and sculpture could identify surrealist characteristics within works of architecture: Le Corbusier, Notre Dame du Haut, 1954, Ferdinand Cheval, Le Palais Idéal, 1912, Friedrick Kiesler, The Endless House, 1924-50 [unbuilt], Edward James, Las Pozas, 1962-89

Extended Project Qualification submission titled  'To what extent does Surrealism affect 20th century architecture and how is this evident?', in part of AQA Baccalaureate.

"Whilst Surrealist architecture hides in the shadow of painting, film and literature, I conclude that the psychological effect that buildings can have on a spectator is used as a great device by the architects that have been mentioned. Although Le Corbusier’s Chapel proves as the strongest example of manipulating feelings of the spectator depicted through the use of light and atmosphere, it is clear that Le Palais Idéal, Las Pozas and The Endless House show elements of using this psychological aspect to enhance the Surrealist experience. The strong aesthetic, oneiric nature of these buildings lifts the spectator into an alternate world, where these buildings come to life, thriving on imagination which is triggered once seen."

Conclusion, 'To what extent does Surrealism affect 20th century architecture and how is this evident?'

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