According to C.G. Jung an important theme of alchemy is “ The renewal of the King”. It describes the conversion of the king from an imperfect state, to heal and become a perfect, whole and incorruptible being. Psychologically the King was a symbol of awareness and of the dominant spiritual and religious notion in a culture.
The union of Rex (Sol = Sun ) and Regina (Luna = Moon) signifies the union of the day principle, symbol of the light-filled consciousness with the night light, symbol of the unconscious. On an individual level, it initially leads to a resolution of ego consciousness and thus disorientation, but then to a new birth, a renewed awareness.
The renewed consciousness does not contain the unconscious, but forms with it a wholeness that is symbolized by the Son.
The design process for my family’s house started following an intuition, that developed over time taking the form we can see now. During the evolution of the project a transformation, like the renewal of the king, has occurred in me. One of the major catalysts has been the album “In the Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, inhabiting my subconsciousness unravelling itself through catharsis in this project.
This refurbishment project is composed by two parts: an exterior one called Gentle Genius, an interior one called the Infection. These two parts correspond to two different movements: the observation enabling protection from the outside, the action enabling the curing potential from inside. Together they form The Seed of Time, the union of conscious and unconscious. The foundations of the current edifice are built on large stones that according to ancient maps could belong to the bottom of a tower from the time of Turkish domination. At the beginning I imagined to restore the building giving it a coherent fortress-like look again. Whilst the tower took shape in my imagination, a castle emerged in which the King had trapped himself, overwhelmed by his fears, his dark side, prone to decay and death, the Nigredo. The court where tension, resignation and sacrifice evolved into hope, rebirth, the project itself.
The walls of the tower are built out of prismatic stones, each of them representing an event of the family inhabiting the tower. In some parts the surface appears flat, more calm, representing the quietness and the joy the family has experienced. In others the surface is more chaotic, revealing the intensity of some specific dramatic moments.
The sequence of extreme joy and deep sadness which belongs to the album. The sequence of the diverse states of the characters inhabiting the court of the Crimson King.
The shiny finishing of the facade reflects the sky appearing blue as one approaches the building and looks at it from below. The red and the blue are the dominant colors of the album cover, as much as the musical content of it: red as feeling of rage, madness and passion, and blue as feeling of loneliness, quietness and sadness. The King and the Queen, the red and the blue merge within the surface.
The multifaceted facade replicates this effect, manifesting itself in a range of forms and states based on its interaction with light and the emotional condition of the viewer.
Like the album evokes and augments the current state of mind of the listener. The exterior carries the story of the king and serves as protective shield allowing a generative action to take place on the inside, to purify and heal the interior of the tower where he resides, to nullify the echoes in the void inner spaces. New life enters the wounds, to restore, to create a new positive condition and cure the king. The growing white plant gives birth to stars that form the constellations of a new sky.
The frozen image of a starry night acts like a clock, a landmark of a new age. Colorful branches of the tree are planets orbiting in this new universe and, like magic fruits, feed the positive emotions of the inhabitants.
The experience of the sentiments contained in the king’s journey, the reflection upon them, the process of acceptance of the past, have made space for something new. They have generated a sentiment of hope, a willingness to change, they have prepared the soil to heal. The Seed of Time was always present, it has been unveiled during the catharsis of the creation of Gentle Genius and the curative actions of the Infection. The son out of the union of king and queen is born, the moonchild. It manifests itself showing the constellations of a new era, revealing a new bright Hyperuranion.