When Architecture Meets Art
Some say Architecture is the mother of all arts while others say that it is just the slowest. But what happens when Art and Architecture collide? In this summer article we bring you some of the most interesting collaborations between artists and architects to see what happens when the explosive responsiveness of art combines with the reserved permanence of architecture.
A House for Essex is designed by UK artist, Grayson Perry, and
FAT Architecture. It is both an artwork in itself and the setting
for a number of works by Grayson Perry exploring the special
character and unique qualities of Essex. The building has been
designed to evoke a tradition of wayside and pilgrimage chapels. It
belongs to a history of follies, whilst also being deeply of its
The 2012 Serpentine Pavilion was a collaborative
effort between Swiss architects, Herzog and de Meuron, and Chinese
artist, Ai Weiwei. The Serpentine Pavilion is usually reserved as a
design opportunity for architects that have never built within the
UK. Herzog and de Meuron, who are responsible for London's highly
lauded, Tate Modern, were able work around this rule through their
collaboration with Ai Weiwei. Their design took visitors beneath
the surface of the Serpentine's lawn to explore the history of the
previous pavilions in this archeological inspired pavilion.
Inspired by the ethereal northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic scenery, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, or Harpa, was the result of a close collaboration between Danish firm, Henning Larsen Architects, and Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson.
Light and transparency are key elements in this
building and the geometric facade, which are comprised of
twelve-sided space-filled modules, captures and reflects light
which causes the building to dematerialise into the surrounding
This 5000 sq.m kinetic facade is a collaboration between North American artist, Ned Kahn, and Australian firm, HASSELL covering a parking structure at Brisbane Airport. The facade is composed of 250,000 hinged aluminium panels that sway in the breeze and create a never static surface that is constantly distorted by nature.
Watch the video to see this amazing structure in action.
The Steilneset Memorial in Norway was designed to
honor the 135 victims that were burned during the witch hunts
during the 16th and 17th centuries. This monument was designed by
Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor, and French artist, Louise
Bourgeois. A slender scaffolding structure supports a 125m
suspended silk cocoon.
Often described by architects as the most beautiful space in the world, the Teshima Art Museum by Ryue Nishizawa (one half of SANAA), and artist Rei Naito, is an undulating concrete shell that draws the line of absolute minimalism. This organic architecture which is composed of only free curves creates a harmony with the surrounding hillside as it appears to be an extension of the surrounding landscape.
Last updated: July 21, 2016
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