Student: Helena Tse
Instructor: Howard Davies
Studio: Arch 673
Year/Term: Winter 2020
Jaffa Gate is an interpretation centre that uses limestone, glass blocks, and mirrors to portray the duality and intricacy of Jaffa’s rich history. These three materials are orchestrated to frame, distort, or conceal the views of Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and The Mediterranean Sea. The materials were chosen to juxtapose the conflicted views of Jaffa’s significance in history and how these opposing sentiment are deeply rooted in names, events, and places.
The mirrors are deployed to replace the view before you with the reflection of objects in the periphery. Sometimes the mirrors distort the illusion of permanent structures or they cloak impermanent, moving objects such as people. Depending on where you stand, your view may be partially clipped and replaced with a reflection. The engagement of any reflection is therefore inevitably accompanied by the shrouding of its respective blind spot.
Depending on who you ask, the riots of 1920’s is a story about loss and expulsion or a story about independence and nationalism. Fast forward to the 1950’s, after the War of Independence, otherwise known as the Nakba, these stories are reversed and a reflection of each other. The interpretation centre is to commemorate these stories and their underlying similarities and paradox.
Full Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FOJlL2FluY