Airy Tales is an obsessive interrogation of air and its substance in architecture, in the attempt to embrace and acknowledge its frequently forgotten existence. The vitality of air was put to light in the recent commodification of bottled air, with entrepreneurs in New Zealand, Canada, and so on, selling cans of “fresh, clean air” to heavily polluted regions of Asia. The objectification of a natural human right and a subsequent labeling of its monetary value leads to the questioning of freedom becoming a luxury good.
Though it by no means provides a long-term solution, buyers are provided temporary relief with its therapeutic connotations. This satirical provocation is an architectural response to this arguably new specie of commodity; the objectification of the breathing space, and the appeal of purchasing and consuming air from other places.
The airy tale begins with the ‘air booth’, landing in the crevices of the city, with its body wedged into neglected alleyways. Its face peeks through the street front, as a welcoming ticket booth, where ‘air time’ is available for purchase for those in urgent need of therapeutic air. It is a place one could buy an oasis like one would buy a can of coke. With the purchase of ‘air time’, the consumer (or named patient of therapy) ascends into the ‘runway’, a looping corridor nestled above the urban roofline.