Contextual Study Point 1: Movement

Can you find 5 other examples of interior design that appear to capture movement in their designs?

Add images to your learning log with analysis of the space, including what methods have been used. Eg. form, lines, texture, lighting etc.

1. Galleria Centercity in Cheonan, South Korea designed by UN Studio

Fig. 1 Gallery of Galleria Centercity / UNStudio – 7

The space is a department store, with a food court, an art and cultural centre and roof terrace, so an all in one place to shop, eat and socialise. Fig. 1 shows interior from the entrance looking up. The user entering the space will be enticed to look up by the repetition of pattern on each visible ceiling (edges, lights and what I’m guessing are grooves). The design is repeated but slightly differently on the top panel unit hung just below the ceiling where through curved gaps light seeps down. The platforms look a bit angled, as if not quite level, the interior was designed with an upward exploration in mind. The interior is tall and light with very limited colour palette but by no means boring. The glass balustrades make the space feel more open, at the same time I can imagine they invite to come closer and have a look.

Fig. 2 Gallery of Galleria Centercity / UNStudio – 12

Fig. 2 shows same interior (as Fig. 1) but seen from opposite perspective. Somehow looking down does not seem as exciting as looking up. The patterns are not visible. We can still see shape of the platforms but without the light enhancing them they do not seem as inviting. The opening of the plateaus into the void aid orientation within the space. I think the voids presence and patterns cast by sunlight capture the movement best in this view. We can see repetition of shapes which are identical on each level on the left-hand side and pattern cast by the ceiling panel onto the shiny floors below, filtering the sunlight through, these patterns will move as the day goes by.

Fig. 3 dzn_Galleria-Centercity-by-UNStudio_2

The façade of the building is clad with two layers of vertical mullions which create a moiré pattern effect (Fig. 3). As the viewers position changes so does the pattern on the façade. The architect incorporated visible movement even if it is only optical illusion. The cladding also works as light openings and light shades, it cleverly lets the light in through openings but not too much, which is good for preserving energy on lighting and cooling the space.

Fig. 4 dzn_Galleria-Centercity-by-UNStudio_9

UNStudio designed dynamic lighting effects and animations to be displayed on the façade of the building at night (Fig. 4). This is facilitated by 22000 LED lights installed in the façade.  So even after the sunset the movement is still visible on the façade.

2. Bienville House in New Orleans, USA designed by Nathan Fell Architecture

Fig. 5 07-Rear+Unit-1st+Floor

Fig. 5 shows open plan kitchen/ dining / living room. The interior space has sliding doors in place of two walls, so it fully opens to the swimming pool and outdoor decking. There’s multitude of materials visible, concrete floor tiles, concrete wall cladding, wooden deck and kitchen are made of different types of wood, outside cladding turning inwards and covering the internal ceiling of this space. glass sliding doors framed in black metal, black metal fans hanging from the ceiling. I think the movement in this space is visible in the linearity of materials. They are arranged very straight but at different patterns. The most movement is visible in the ceiling lights: straight, long, narrow, they really stand out against the anthracite ceiling. Their form reminds me of passing lights at night, at high speed; that is what dotted lights in movement would appear like.

Fig. 6 05-Rear+Unit-1st+Floor

Fig.6 shows same space as fig. 5 but in different perspective. We can see the structure of the wood on furniture units. In my opinion the organic patterns of the wood grain have a certain ‘flowy’ sense. of movement. We can also see floor finish in a closer view and the black window profile as a border between inside and outside. I can imagine the fans, moving air will give a very physical sense of movement, not only visual, one could feel the air on their skin. This combined with the ceiling lights will add to the feeling of movement of this room.  I must also mention the chairs next to kitchen island, their vibrant colours make them pop out and it seems as if angled legs might start walking any minute.

3. Opium Pop Up Store (The Flip Flop) at Mumbai Airport, India designed by Renesa Studio. The project is called The Flip Flop because of an ingenious display technique, where the singular shelves on the walls can be flipped open.

Fig. 7 Gallery of The Flip Flop / Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio – 1

This design really captured movement. In Fig. 7 we can see it in repetition of black grid on the floor and walls, arched doorways which look like they have been copied and pasted along with the interior (also this shape is repeated in the floorplan), and fluorescent green display units for sunglasses. The ceiling is painted black with a square grid just below, upon which spotlights are placed. The movement is captured by repetition of pattern and contrast of black, white and fluorescent green.

Fig. 8 Image 12 of 55 from gallery of The Flip Flop / Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio.

In Fig. 8 the same space is viewed from a slightly different perspective. Here we notice black framed mirrored in hour-glass shape that can be swivelled. I also noticed a sales counter that repeats the shape of doorways and the floor plan. The design looks sharp because of very limited colour palette and only 3 shapes are repeated in a very bold manner.

Fig. 9 Image 16 of 55 from gallery of The Flip Flop / Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio.

In the image above (Fig. 9) the movement is captured in the curvature of the wall, emphasized by its contrast to the straightness of the floor. The black gaps on the curve seem to flow towards the lens.

Fig. 10 Image 5 of 55 from gallery of The Flip Flop / Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio

In the photograph above (Fig. 10) it seems that the interior is moving, while the viewer is stationary. As on previous images we can appreciate the strictness of the design and the grid size implemented, as well as perfect execution. Here we can also see how the interior relates to the space outside, and interesting patterned ceiling outside. Outside looks almost like it is in another dimension.

4. Polet Restaurant in Moscow, Russia designed by Asthetique this project won Platinum A’Design Award 2020.

Fig. 11 No title 1

In the space above (Fig. 11) the movement has been captured by the use of interesting light fittings in a form or coloured, translucent circles hung at different angles (they seem to be captured half-swing, although I’m sure that isn’t the case), the row of copper lampshades over the counter, three tall and narrow fittings with tube bulbs (across the room)and of course the lit from below airplanes installed on the cement column. The shiny surfaces on the left-hand side and stainless-steel cladding on the column contrast with cement and wood on the floor, and along with the play of daylight across the floor they add to the sense of movement. The ceiling in this high space was left exposed showing all the systems just below.

Fig. 12 No title 2

In the photo above (Fig. 12) we can see cement wall that has carved-in artwork depicting planes next to some abstract parts, it has clean looking edges, and it really attracted my attention, Also here we can appreciate the grand size of the room emphasized by the lights; massive windows with floor to ceiling curtains; white, vertically striped panel past the column and aforementioned carving. I also appreciate the limited colour pallete of copper, blush pink, black, beige, grey and wood. There are multiple textures visible that I think improves the cosiness of this place; rough and geometrically shaped concrete walls and smooth concrete tables, warm wood floors, shiny and smooth metal and glass surfaces and soft and plush seats on copper frames.

Fig. 13 No title 3

In Fig. 13 we can see same space but from yet slightly different perspective. Here we can see how the shades of glass in circular light fitting and glass screen above the counter add to the movement capture. They’re both in pink-coppery-brown shade. The lit-up lines across the circles add interest and contrast with black lines around the glass screens. I can also see the finish of stainless steel better, it is mirror smooth and shiny, it reflects objects nearby. Those reflections are deformed and would move as we move. The strip of spotlights behind the glass screen looks milky-blurred and attracts attention. The visitors can also see into the kitchen which is finished in white tiles with dark grouting, stainless steel, and black accents.

5. Rooftop Office in Dudelange, Luxembourg designed by Dagli+ Atelier d’Architecture. This Office is a showroom extension to HQ of local building engineering firm.

Fig. 14
Fig. 15
Fig. 16

The above 3 images (Fig. 14, 15 and 16) show that interior design does not have to be complicated, busy or ornamental to capture movement. The interior has white walls and ceilings, grey carpeted floor but somehow there is a flow to it. Its secret lies within the grey gradient stripes that either run parallel (staircase in fig. 14 and 16) or meet at a very sharp point (Fig.15).  I selected this space when I saw the photo as seen in Fig. 15. I thought that is movement captured, before I read anything about this project. The only other element that adds to the movement would be the light fittings, long bright lines – they seem to be showing the direction of the movement.

Reflection on the task:

That was something really abstract to research (again). I thought ‘how can you capture movement in something still?’. I really enjoyed researching, looking at the photos and contemplating how was the movement captured. I am expecting, that once again (like with lines) I will become obsessed with the idea of movement in design and start noticing it everywhere. I am looking forward to it.


Abdel, H. (2019) ‘The Flip Flop / Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio’ At: (Accessed 11/05/2020)

A Design Award Competition (2019) ‘Polyot Restaurant by Julien Albertini and Alina Pimkina’ At: (Accessed 11/05/2020)

Asthetique Group (2019) ‘Polet Restaurant’ At: (Accessed 11/05/2020)

Archilovers (2011) ‘Galleria Centercity’At: (Accessed 09/05/2020)

Cilento, K. (2011) ‘Galleria Centercity / UNStudio’ At: (Accessed 09/05/2020)

Corvese, A. (2010) ‘Principles of Good Design: Movement’At: (Accessed 09/05/2020)

Ephgrave, O (2011) ‘Dynamic media facade lights up South Korea’ At: (Accessed 10/05/2020)

Etherington, R (2011) ‘Galleria Centercity by UNStudio’ At: (Accessed 10/05/2020)

Etherington, R (2010) ‘Rooftop Office by Dagli+ Atelier d’Architecture’ At: (Accessed 12/05/2020)

Licht, F (2011) ‘Galleria Centercity, Cheonan, Korea_720p.mp4’ At: (Accessed 09/05/2020)

Nathan Fell Architecture (2019) ‘Bienville House’ At: (Accessed 10/05/2020)

Pintos, P. (2019) ‘Bienville House / Nathan Fell Architecture’ At: (Accessed 10/05/2020)

UNStudio (no date) ‘ Galleria Centercity’ At: (Accessed 10/05/2020)

List of illustrations:

Fig. 1 Richters, C. (2010) Gallery of Galleria Centercity / UNStudio – 7. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 09/05/2020)

Fig. 2 Richters, C. (2011) Gallery of Galleria Centercity / UNStudio – 12. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 09/05/2020)

Fig. 3 Richters, C. (2011) dzn_Galleria-Centercity-by-UNStudio_2. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 10/05/2020)

Fig. 4 Yong-kwan, K. (2011) dzn_Galleria-Centercity-by-UNStudio_9. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 10/05/2020)

Fig. 5 Nathan Fell Architecture (2019) 07-Rear+Unit-1st+Floor. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 10/05/2020)

Fig. 6 Nathan Fell Architecture (2019) 05-Rear+Unit-1st+Floor. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 10/05/2020)

Fig. 7 Gupta, N. (2020) Image 1 of 55 from gallery of The Flip Flop / Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio.  [Photograph] At: (Accessed 11/05/2020)

Fig. 8 Gupta, N. (2020) Image 12 of 55 from gallery of The Flip Flop / Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio.[Photograph] At: (Accessed 11/05/2020)

Fig. 9 Gupta, N. (2020) Image 16 of 55 from gallery of The Flip Flop / Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio. ]Photograph] At: (Accessed 11/05/2020)

Fig. 10 Gupta, N. (2020) Image 5 of 55 from gallery of The Flip Flop / Renesa Architecture Design Interiors Studio. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 11/05/2020)

Fig. 11 Asthetique Group (2019) No title 1. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 11/05/2020)

Fig.12 Asthetique Group (2019) No title 2. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 12/05/2020)

Fig. 13 Asthetique Group (2019) No title 3. [Photograph] At: (Accessed 12/05/2020)

Fig. 14 Hempel, J (2010) 8.-im11-3-1024×867 [Photograph] At:×867.jpg (Accessed 12/05/2020)

Fig. 15 Hempel, J (2010) 7.-im10-3-1024×769 [Photograph] At:×769.jpg (Accessed 12/05/2020)

Fig. 16 Hempel, J (2010) 9.-im12-3-1024×688 [Photograph] At:×688.jpg (Accessed 12/05/2020)

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