Jul '09 - Oct '09
My class just returned from our second and final study tour around western Denmark. We swung through Aarhus, Silkeborg, and Koldinghus, which were all quite lovely towns. Incidentally, they were also filled with fabulous architecture!
We covered alot of ground, but I'll show my own personal favorites from the tour. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, but thanks to studiomates Ryan Consbruck and Anna Pietrzak (who were so kind as to lend me some photographs), the day has been saved!
Herning Center of the Arts - Steven Holl
My favorite stop was at Holl's newly finished museum, the Herning Center. They're just now beginning to unpack art and construct installations, so it was a unique experience to wander the galleries as completely empty and purely architectural spaces.
That's me sketching on the right, there. Anyways, the museum was very reminiscent of the interior of Holl's Kiasma in Helsinki. Alot of the same tectonic strategies/materialities were employed, it seems. Use of concrete, white matte finish, curved forms veiling skylights, etc.
Apparently fabric was one of Holl's primary inspirations for the project. He pays tribute to Herning's relationship with textiles and a nearby factory (that currently houses the museum's collection) by pressing a fabric texture onto the exterior walls of the structure. Even the buildings concept was influenced by this textile/fabric theme. I quote from Holl's site, "...the shape of the building resembles a collection of shirtsleeves viewed from above." Slightly corny, but hey!
Anyways, here's a shot of the exterior walls - it's a neat effect.
ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum - Schmidt Hammer and Lassen
Another great building was the Aarhus Museum. Click on the link above and check it out - it's a beautiful project with a simple, clear concept. Superb detailing and craft were evident everywhere.
Performer's House - Schmidt Hammer and Lassen
And at last, the Performer's House in Silkeborg - a simple form with a very provocative facade! The building is sheathed in corten steel, perforated with circles all over. We saw the building around dinnertime, so unfortunately we didn't have the opportunity to see the building glow at night, which allegedly is really beautiful.
Errggh, back to studio - only one more week till we pin up. I'll be sure to post images of my final project and the crit. Talk to you later!
University of Cincinnati, SAID, 2010