Carving the Senses

Venice Architecture Biennale installation

In affinity with architecture, Satyendra Pakhalé responded with a tectonic piece, three meters high, that is a sculpture, design, architecture and nature all at once. By integrating his innovative add-On Radiator produced by the renowned Venetian design manufacturer TUBES Radiatori into a tectonic space; Satyendra Pakhalé created the archi-sculpture – ‘Carving the Senses’. The archi-sculpture invites the viewer to experience its atmosphere through form, texture, color and light by evoking all senses at once.

The moment one puts an object in space it already becomes architecture. Architecture is not merely a building, but the expression of the human ability to inhabit the space through form. As a consequence, for Satyendra Pakhalé it has been a natural progression to be engaged with architecture over several years. Architectural design has become an integral part of his studio practice though industrial design remains the core.

For the Venice Architecture Biennale Satyendra Pakhalé wanted to create an atmosphere designed to nurture the senses. Primal yet having the sense of future, the created space is a monolithic form where tectonics brings the material into presence. The idea is to convey the sensation of inhabiting a warm living space and creating an imagery imbued with poetical analogies by allowing the step into the realm beyond all form. Carving the senses is a statement on the nature of creating forms to dwell the world with all the concern for human being as a social being.

In architecture radiators are technical looking components and often neglected, even though they are one of the most utilitarian products. By blending industrial design into this archi-sculpture with add-On Radiator, it becomes a protagonist tectonic element in an architectural setting. When Satyendra Pakhalé designed the add-On radiator the idea was to go beyond functionality. It was thought to occupy a space with its totemic presence addressing all human senses and more.

Carving the Senses aims at creating a unified sensorial experience through inclusion. What Satyendra Pakhalé is interested in is the perception of atmospheres that evokes all the senses including the ‘sense of thought’. Carving the Senses is a sculpture to dwell, which attempts to kindle that poetic sensorial quality.