14 Dec “Where Architects Live?”
Quite often we admire buildings that architects have erected to strangers. But what houses they live, how interiors prefer the atmosphere in which work on their projects? These are the questions tried to answer the curator of the exhibition “Where Architects Live?” Francesca Molteni. In preparation, she visited the most famous architects of our time, has recorded an interview with them, and took off the facades of houses and interiors. Set designer Davide Pizzigoni engaged in “video reconstruction” of each of the buildings. As a result – an interactive installation, which tells about the ideals of architects, their style and beliefs.
The event took place in 2014, but we decided to make a small retrospective, and tell you about some heroes of the exhibition and their homes.
Marcio Kogan – founder of the architectural bureau Studio MK27, is known for his versatile talents. He not only designs at home, but happily engaged in interior design. Over the years, Kogan and the team was repeatedly rewarded variety of prizes. And the architect in 2011, was in the list of 100 most influential people in the world.
Architectural construction MK27 love for their attention to both external and internal functionality of the building, the ability to beat the details and find an individual approach to the decoration of each room. Kogan and his architects – known supporters of Brazilian modernism that characterizes his sound aesthetics.
Marcio Kogan House – his personal project, won the competition in 1980. Of course, not without the influence of Brazilian architecture. Room apartment is quite massive in size and very bright. In the center stands a grand piano, where in his spare time he likes to play music architect. And on the shelves you can see a lot of amusing gizmos: works Kogan, friendly gifts and souvenirs from the many trips. According to Kogan, he carefully applies to all subjects, and knows the history of occurrence of each of them.
Daniel Libeskind can rightfully bear the title of “citizen of the world.” He was born in Poland, but at school age moved with his parents to America. He studied music in Israel and degree in history and architecture was awarded to him in England. In Germany (Berlin) Libeskind opened his famous architectural firm Studio Daniel Libeskind.
His professional activity is also not confined to one country. In the record of the architect’s studio and a lot of successful projects: residential buildings, theaters, exhibition centers, shopping centers. One of the most famous projects Libeskind – the house in Connecticut, made of mirrored panels.
But despite the fact that the geography of the architect’s work is so great, all the other cities he chose New York. His home, more like a refuge from the outside world, is located near Ground Zero in the Tribeca neighborhood. Libeskind knowingly reputed bibliophile: most of the space in his house take the book and only the book.
The rooms are very bright due to the wide windows, in an environment dominated by black and white colors, and the most notable parts of the work can be distinguished chairs by Le Corbusier. There is an architect and unique relic – the antique table with legs in red and granite counter tops, which he cherishes and transported from place to place, before finding its home in the open around the world America.
Renowned architect Mario Bellini – multiple winner of various awards for achievements in architecture, but also an honorary citizen of Milan. Bellini conducts scientific work, lecturing in various universities and cultural centers of the world, and has served as editor of the magazine Domus. His projects have been exhibited both abroad and in his native Italy.
Architect’s really a lot of years in a row is a devoted fan of urbanism Milan, and of course the city. The house where he lives, is housed in a nineteenth century is restored Piero Portaluppi. The centerpiece of the room holds a huge library, which shares its length and breadth.
Francesca Molteni notes that home decoration (paintings, furniture, books) if reproducing paintings by Antonio de Messina. Fine details successfully harmonize with abstract paintings on the walls. The apotheosis of this kind of interior solutions become luminous sofa and a huge stately gray stone fireplace.
But in the future plans to replace Bellini housing and realize his old idea - to build a building in the shape of a cube. So, according to him, it is the home of their dreams.
Another representative of the exhibition, an architect of world renown – Zaha Hadid. She founded the studio Zaha Hadid Architects, and in 2004 received the Pritzker Prize for his contribution to the development of architecture. It is dominated by three creative projects, successfully combined, components, architecture, urban planning and design. The most famous project studio Hadid became the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, Aquatics Centre in London (one of the key sites for the 2012 Olympics), Cultural Center of Heydar Aliyev in Baku, which had an architect to fully disclose his unconventional vision of designing complex zones.
Several works Hadid (Guangzhou Opera House in China, Center for Contemporary Art Rosenthal in the US), according to critics, given the opportunity to talk about them as a new concept of form and space, changed the usual look at the possibilities of architecture, and, in general, to prejudge its further development. Zaha Hadid, as Marcio Kogan, on the list of 100 most influential people in the world.
The architect likes to call himself a gypsy joke or tumbleweed, and has no permanent residence. In an interview Hadid recalls the home of his childhood in Baghdad, in which she would like to come back. At the time of the exhibition, she lived in a London studio apartment. The room is very bright, and even the rainy weather that the city is not a hindrance. The apartment has an auxiliary light source – a system of optical filters, built on a glass roof.
The walls are hung with her first studio work, the inspiration for which she found in the artist El Lissitzky. There is also a kind of gallery of portraits, as well as decorative items and furniture – a direct continuation of avant-garde ideas of the architect.