Depth of Focus

A couple of images have really caught my attention recently for the way they manipulate a closed, orthogonal space and give the sense of something richer and deeper.

 

These are contemporary trompes d’oeil; they use perspective and graphic qualities to suggest space that isn’t actually offered.  There is great potential for their use in buildings which need to draw in their users, to provide diversions and landmarks and offer a kind of escape – the first example, by Nightingale Associates, is part of an adolescent unit in a hospital.  It’s the kind of setting where the calming, subtle effects of light and shadow and the suggestion of being elsewhere could be really valuable.
I can’t quite place why I’m so enamoured of these at the moment.  They’re just important, somehow, and I’m trying to work out why.