Storytelling Store [year four // semester one]
"Night upon night, I marveled at his power to hold listeners in rapt attention. He could tell a story with such detail, such flourish, that afterwards I could swear it had been my own memory, and not a tale at all."
From the beginning of time, people have told stories that carve out paths through the world with their narrative. A narrative may differ from the order in which events occur in a story. In stories, time moves backward as easily as forward. Storytelling differs from written stories because it lives in the present and grows and changes, like a crackling fire, dancing with the energy exchanged between teller and listeners. Storytellers rely on memory just as memories rely on stories, individual and collective. Storytelling is an art where fiction is used in order to tell important truths.
Architects are ever storytellers; to themselves to imagine designs, to clients to convince them to share in their dream and to builders to realize their story world. The storytelling store in Georgetown, northwest of DC will include a non-fiction story room, a fiction story room, and a special story room. It will also include a library, recording room, cafe, and a private residence for the storekeeper.
Reflection can be used in multiple senses. I zeroed into the word reflection in terms of shadow and how the manipulation of darkness, lightness, weight, distortion and perception can influence the mind while experiencing a narrative. When we create, listen, or feel stories, there is a detachment between reality and the dream world. How do you define fantasy? How do you remove yourself from reality in order to immerse yourself into the words of a story?
My exploration of this truth resulted in a series of experiential spaces throughout a storytelling realm, connected by an elevating circulation pathway. Each space relates to a specific story (Ghost of Christmas Past, Phantom of the Opera, and Peter Pan) that coincides within it's story category. Through light and shadow, these spaces reflect the same emotion that one experiences while hearing, reading, or watching a story. The iconic structure converses with the surrounding town and canal through vertical and horizontal moves and axises.