Since its inception, architecture has had two objectives: on the one hand to offer living solutions for the present, and on the other to imagine living solutions for the future. With his latest project, visual designer Dionisio González has dedicated himself to this second strand, imagining futuristic cabins from the past.
Wittgenstein’s Cabin is the name of the series of cabins that González visualised and transformed into renderings.
The roots of the Spanish visual designer’s work can be found in the life and experience of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), an Austrian philosopher and logician who around 1914 retired to the Norwegian fjords where he developed a small house overlooking Lake Eidsvatnet in Skjolden, so isolated that it could only be reached by boat. The house was built on a stone platform and was characterised by an asymmetry that led to the rooms being on different floors.
These are all characteristics that we find in Dionisio González’s cabins, with just one small difference: they seem to come from the distant future. The style and design of the houses is vaguely inspired by that of the 1960s and 1970s – it is impossible not to think of Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House – but they also resemble spaceships ready to leave for other galaxies.
With a touch of modernity, Dionisio González wanted to recreate that isolated place, surrounded by green fjords and in the middle of a body of water imagined by Ludwig Wittgenstein, but projecting it into the future.