I don’t know about you but the thought of living inside a glass house seems just a little bit daunting. A person’s home is a sanctuary – a place where you can cut loose, be yourself, and… you know, walk around in your undies goddamit. On the other hand, there would be a few benefits to living in a glass house – seemingly endless spaces; no need to paint the walls, hang wallpaper or artwork as surrounding nature would ‘design’ all the interiors. Pretty neat idea, huh?
To Switzerland, today, where outside the little town Balsthal stands this sweet cottage by Pascal Flammer. Looking at the photos, I can’t stop the walls and roof morphing into gingerbread. I’m starting design work on my own little house in the woods, so when I see a project like this, out comes the pen and I start taking notes.
At the Bellelay Abbey (Abbatiale de Bellelay), lost in deepest darkest Switzerland, a mesmerizing installation of Romain Crelier’s work is on display until September 16th. Crelier is a Swiss artist who explores many techniques, amongst them beautifully ghostly reflections. Entitled La Mise en Abîme, the installation comprises two large, extremely precise and impeccably finished receptacles in which vast quantities of used oil are contained…
To Switzerland, today, to look at a wonderful (enormous) house on the northern shores of Lake Zürich by Gus Wüstemann Architects. The building comprises two houses – one of concrete, one of wood – at opposite ends of a large suburban plot. The design intent was to occupy the entire site and draw people through the garden by giving them a destination. I like this very much. The garden becomes somewhere to be, rather than something to look at. The residence (concrete) is up high. The pool house (timber) sits below. The former is a sort of glamorous bunker one can live in. The latter an airy rectilinear folly for outdoor braais on those long summer evenings of the northern hemisphere…
It’s not often I allow a “press release” do all the talking, but when the architects’ words are this good, you just have to go with it. Although, one would expect the project description provided by the (st)architects like Herzog & de Meuron to be shit hot. After all, they can afford to engage only the top-notchest of people (unlike yours truly, as you can see from exhibit A). Alas, enough of playing silly buggers. Let’s delve into the words of Herzog & de Meuron’s excellent copywriters…
Zimoun sound installation consists of 329 DC-motors, cotton balls, filler wires, power supply, lighting system, bench foundation, toluene tank.