A Room Where Sex is Better?

We've all known ways to make the bedroom sexy -- candles, maybe some rose petals scattered on the bed and floor, mood music (Barry White, for those of us who remember), a little bubbly.  But now an architect is designing rooms themselves that make you feel like having sex.

In short, they’ve created places that make sex better, as Richard J. Williams says in Aeon magazine this week, notes C.C. Sullivan of smartplanet.com.

Dubbed "the Lady Gaga of Architecture," Zaha Hadid  has been able "to cultivate an audience for her audacious, aphrodisiac forms," writes Sullivan at smartplanet.com. "Many critics have imagined Hadid’s elegant shapes moving, pulsating, unfolding and swelling."

In Copenhagen this week, an exhibit of her work opens.  Sullivan describes it as a room where, inside, "an illuminated fabric ceiling stretches and contracts, as flickering arteries of light pulse like corpuscles. The room is dark — a 'borderless, scenic universe' of digital geometry — yet it takes only a few minutes for visitors to realize that the room is responding to their presence and movements."

Say what?

It's just that Hadid's work is, well, full of swirls that circle back on themselves and bloom like flowers, or the inside of a woman's body.  Her rounded curves are sensuous and shocking as they swell out from the tops of buildings and swell into huge, swooping half-circles, inside others.  Her work is characterized by the "powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures," as The New York Times puts it.

Her buildings catch the eye for their rounded floors, whose walls swell out from every angle as if to form a belly.  Hadid has been noted for her use of "biomorphism," an art movement that began in the 20th century, which "models artistic design elements on naturally-occuring patterns or shapes reminiscent of nature and living organisms."  Some of her buildings remind me of sand dunes, with their softly curling layers, like after the sea has touched them.

In other parts of the museum where the show is taking place, Hadid's work is grouped in sections displaying sculpted towers or floating shells — all with her usual graceful curves.

I scanned the whole article to see where it said sex was better in the rooms she designed, but didn't come across it.  But I suspect what both Sullivans mean is that her touch is so feminine and sensuous, with its swelling curves and folds, with its undulating waves, that it reminds us of our bodies, moving in delight.

As C.C. Williams quotes Le Corbusier on architecture, "On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.”


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