the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit christchurch, new zealand in 2011 left more than 16,000 homes in the area uninhabitable and slated for demolition. australian artist ian strange has documented the dramatic loss in his latest artistic intervention and film ‘final act’, staging an architectural installation which saw him deconstruct, dissect and carve holes from four of the now-vacant suburban structures. you can see more pictures and read more of the article at designboom
Maison d’Artiste by Theo Van Doesburg : Paris via somewhere I would like to live
In June 1929, Theo van Doesburg, almost 46, finished the plans to build his own maison-atelier in the outskirts of Paris. Facing for the first time a real project to be built, his former theories of 1923 maison d’artiste for the De Stijl exhibition in Paris (Galerie Rosenberg) changed into a more concerning and possible architecture. In May 1930, while his house was being built, he visited Spain and lectured in Residencia de Estudiantes, Madrid. The lecture gives some clues of this change. But as in the very beginnings of his career, he will go on in his own aspiration of breaking the limits between art and life. The maison-atelier is the test ground. For him, as in 1923, architecture had an important role to contribute to life and society not only in an esthetical but in a moral and ethical way. «We are painters that think and measure» he said, as a way to reach a different and new culture. But also: «functions of life can not be projected in two dimensions on the drawing-board. Our step, our way of sitting, eating, drinking, sleeping, working, etc., are arguments of a certain order, a rhythm in time. This order, defines the arrangement of things in space.»
In Vers le Peinture Blanche, he identified white color as «perfection, purity and certainty». So does his own maison-atelier. Some years before, Le Corbusier had talked about the ripolin blanc or the lait de chaux (L’art decoratif d’aujourd’hui, 1925) as a moral argument toward the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs’ interiors excesses. In both cases, they will be thinking in artist’s houses to exemplify their theories. The former in his own house, the latter in Ozenfant’s maison-atelier.
Loewe and Junya Watanabe Comme des Garsons Collaboration by Schemata Architects
Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Japan-Spain Interexchange, Junya Watanabe designed a special collection in collaboration with Loewe. We designed the exhibition space for the show at Spanish Embassy in Japan. Temporary walls are inserted, forming various angles in the gallery space of the Embassy. And photographic images of the Royal Palace of Spain are collaged onto them. We attempt to distort conventional perception of space by intentionally disaligning internal and external corners of the interior spaces in the photographs and the actual walls, and also by using wrong scales deliberately.
window house by yasutaka yoshimura architects : kanagawa, japan
this amazing house, small and compact sits on the edge of the sea with windows so large, that you feel one with the forces of nature. from one side the owners of this weekend home has vies to the sea, and from the other, views of mount fuji. with basically one room, split between levels, this house is an ingenious use of space, and shows what a beautiful design can come from limited ground.
new york-based artist deborah simon walks the line between taxidermy and toy, fabricating a series of faux-bear sculptures that materialize their vulnerability to human-initiated adversity. for more photos and the rest of the story go to designboom
this 200 year old stacked stone house in linescio, switzerland was completely left in its original state on the outside by Buchner Bründler Architekten. inside a new minimal concrete shell transforms the space into modern living. photos by Ruedi Walti via cabinporn
i recently added one of these photos by mistake into an article i wrote about gordon matta-clark, how could i have been so stupid. so quickly i removed the photos and i’m here to pay my dues. i have seen past work by richard wilson, like the oil filled room at the national gallery (london) which blew me away. yet this one, in liverpool 2007, sets to impress me even more, not only for its beauty but for the immense technical difficulties he must have had to go through to produce it.