INTER.ONE Tools for Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of architecture undergraduate students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg. Work at TFA aims to develop new experience driven design methods.


Providing sacred spaces organised around an appreciation of a single natural element.

These 3 scenes show geometrically simple symmetric enclosures – voids.

In each of the scene, a spotlight of natural light is coming from an opening above and highlighting the figure. That creates a contrast between the figure and a ground, creating a strong focal point.

So, when a visitor enters a large silent space, his eyes are drawn to a single small figure. Strong contrast between figure and the ground creates a monumentalising effect of an object, embodying dignity and strength of a viewer.