Craig Dykers co-founded the architecture and design firm Snøhetta in 1989, the same year the firm won the international competition to design the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. Snøhetta established a New York office in 2004, the year it was awarded the commission for the National September 11 Memorial Museum and Pavilion at the World Trade Center. The international practice emphasizes site-specific and environmentally responsible design solutions that “enhance…qualities of place and create diverse and rich architectural experiences.” Recent and current work includes the Lillehammer Winter Olympics Art Museum, Norway; Norwegian Embassy, Berlin; and the Wolfe Center for the Arts, Bowling Green State University, Ohio. In this podcast, Dykers presents the Norwegian National Opera, Oslo.
Largely underappreciated during her career, Eileen Gray’s work was a source of inspiration to Modernists and the art deco movement. Her distinctive luxurious take on the geometric forms used by her contemporaries Le Corbusier, Charlotte Periand and Mies van der Rohe resulted in pieces like the Bibendum chair and classic E.1027 table.
The rue de Lota apartment designed by Eileen Gray with her Bibendum Chair, Serpent Chair and Block Screen visible in the doorway
John Hejduk “Wall House” designed between 1967 and 1973, built in Groningen, The Netherlands 2000-2001
New York, NY - 2001 (Unbuilt)
The hybrid nature of the Museum of Art and Technology, both museum and production/education facility, provokes an architecture of cross-programming and spatial interweaving. The architectural concept begins with a pliable ribbon that partitions the programming; production spaces to one side (blue) and presentation spaces to the other (gray). The ribbon undulates from side to side as it climbs from the street, floor folding into wall, folding into floor, slipping back gradually to fit the diminishing zoning envelope. With each change of direction the ribbon alternately enfolds a production or presentation space, thus combing together the major program divisions and populations of the building (residents and visitors) as well as their diverse activities and speeds. While residents use the east core and visitors use the west, each must pass through the spaces of the other when circulating between successive levels. The ribbon is sometimes sheared and slipped into alignment with a level above or below, thus, conjoining a production and presentation space. The building is designed as a system of controlled contamination. Between the blue and gray plies is the building’s nervous system, which can be stripped out every several years. The project was selected in a two- part international competition.
Arcspace features photographs of the beautiful Seoul National University Museum, designed by Rem Koolhaas.
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