We all know how effective art can be in successfully merging two very different subjects. But London-based architect Miguel Bolivar’s book The Archisutra just proved to us just how innovative a creative marriage between two inflexible worlds can be.
Sex, the most primitive of human instincts, and architecture, the product of hard mental work and engineering, are two contrasting angles that do not have anything in common. But in The Archisutra, they are both seen in the same perspective, just under a different light. To the simple-minded, the book is a sex manual, but an ingenious one at that to a creative. Basic Kama Sutra positions are purposely drawn in precise measurements with annotations and human ergonomics to ask the question: “How should we design for sex?”
The drawings themselves are inspired by the diagrams of Le Corbusier’s The Modulor and da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. But the inspiration came to Bolivar “after overhearing a colleagues’ consultation with a client about the design of his house. To my surprise, she blushed at the client’s request to fit a lock on the bedroom door and the thought of people having sex in a building which she had designed. Her awkwardness made me think about how often sex is considered when an architect designs a building and inspired me to write a tongue in cheek book highlighting this.”
“Get an Eiffel,” “The Pompidou,” and “Truss Me,” are just some of the Kama Sutra drawings included in the book.