Architects: Arata Isozaki
Location: Joshua Tree, USA
Photographs: Iwan BaanRead More
Curated by Ai Weiwei Location: Jinhua, Shanghai , China Year: 2007 Photographs: Iwan Baan
Architects: Till Schweizer, Christ&Gantenbein, Tatiana Bilbao, HHF architects, Liu JiaKun, Wang XingWei, Buchner Bruendler, Chen ShuYu, Wang Shu, Ai Weiwei, Toshuko Mori, Erhard An-He Kinzelbach, Johan de Wachter, Fernando Romero, Herzog&de Meuron, Michael Maltzan, Zhang YongHe
"The idea is that half of it is above ground, and from this particular angle it looks like a normal house with a pitched roof. From the other side, however, you can see that in fact half of it is submerged - in section the building is hexagonal. The pathways in the forecourt are also hexagonal, in fact. The building is a single long slab, cast in reinforced concrete." /Ai Weiwei
Master of Plaster // Rachel Whiteread
Rachel Whiteread studied painting at Brighton Polytechnic and sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art. Using plaster, rubber and resin, she makes sculptures of the spaces in, under and on everyday objects. Her work operates on many levels. It captures and gives materiality to the sometimes unfamiliar spaces of familiar life (bath, sink, mattress or chair), transforming the domestic into the public; it fossilises everyday objects in the absence of human usage and it allows those objects to stand anthropomorphically for human beings themselves.
Her choice of subject-matter reflects an awareness of the intrinsically human-scaled design of the objects with which we surround ourselves and exploits the severing of this connection, by removal of the object's function, to express absence and loss. Her early work allowed autobiographical elements. Later works move towards the expression of a universal human position, and their titles become correspondingly more prosaic.
She won the Turner Prize in 1993.
She lives and works in London.
Photography: Courtsey of Tate.org, Gagosian Gallery
David Chipperfield Architects and artist Antony Gormley have designed the Kivik Art Centre in Österlen, Sweden. The concrete structure consists of three parts with equal volumes: an enclosed space in the base, an open viewing platform further up and a tower with spiral stairs leading to an 18m high viewing platform.
Gormley says: "I see the work as a meditation on the status of sculpture and architecture and their respective relationships with light, mass and space using the material most associated with modernity: concrete."
Kivik Pavilions is a project that combines architecture with art and design. Fundamental are issues of environmental solutions, a symbiosis of the landscape and the pavilion, and corporate partnership with industries in the region. The latest pavilion was created by architect Petra Gipp and visual artist Runa Islam in 2011
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