One of the most talked about site-specific art installations in London at the moment is called simply Dig by sculptor Daniel Silver. It is placed in abandoned, empty site between very busy streets of London. Visiting the site is an experience itself. It is a mystery, an adventure into an unknown. Continue reading
Serpentine Sackler Gallery is the first building designed by Zaha Hadid in central London. It is an extension and renovation of The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store close to Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. It occupies 900 square metres of new gallery, restaurant and social space. As always, Hadid’s work is dividing the opinion. Some love it, some hate it. But it is worth visiting even only to see the amazing exhibition by Adrián Villar Rojas. Continue reading
It was initially a shock to find out the most beautiful and elegant Barcelona Pavilion filled with junk. However, it made sense after all as the installation called PHAMTOM by Spanish architect Andrés Jaque is extremely timely one. It follows the trend to re-discover the roots of the place and the building with an archeological approach.
“The AF’s headline event and trans-disciplinary meeting of minds this year presents architect Liz Diller (Diller Scofidio + Renfro) in conversation with artist Christian Marclay. A headline annual event provides a unique opportunity for the public to engage in a lively conversation across borders, offering a wide-ranging discussion of architecture and its relationship to the wider world”.
Aside from keeping the rain out and producing some usable space, architecture is nothing but a special-effects machine that delights and disturbs the senses.
– Liz Diller
This year’s Serpentine Pavilion was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. “Taking an archaeological approach, the architects have created a semi-submerged design, drawing on the eleven previous Pavilions as their starting point. Twelve differently-shaped columns, eleven signifying the previous Pavilion designs and one unique to the current Pavilion, support a floating platform roof that collects rainwater and reflects the ever-changing sky. Going beneath the surface reveals an interior clad in cork, chosen for its sensory qualities that echo the excavated earth. Creating a public space that is not quite above or below, earth or sky, this year’s Pavilion will inspire visitors to look beneath the surface and back in time”. Continue reading