Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’

Store upside down – Victor & Rolf

Sunday, December 27th, 2009


In 2005 fashion designers Victor and Rolf created a very inventive boutique in Milan to showcase their clothes. The Versailles style interior is build completely upside down. At first glance, it seems like the interior was just turned upside down, but the elements of the original ceiling are cleverly used to make a new logic that fits the ground. The archways are transformed into benches and chandeliers change into flowers sprouting out of the floor. The ceiling is made of a oak parquet that is normally used for the floor. Victor and Rolf executed their idea very consequently. The front door is upside down as are the chairs, the doormat is on the ceiling, and the cornice moldings for the top of the wall now outlines the floor. Every element of the room seems as if the room itself is turned on its head.


What I like about this artwork is that it is completely made out of elements, patterns and structures that normally make the interior of a house. It looks like everything was already there, but the elements are slightly changed and rearranged and now make up a whole new reality. The boutique is beautiful and makes you feel like you are in a fairytale. In the store a TV that is turned upside down displays a Victor and Rolf runway show. I wonder if they also put their shirts and pants upside down on the shelves?


The work of Victor and Rolf might be inspired by Henry Roltair, an architect who built houses and their interiors upside down, for example at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900 (le manoir a l’envers).


Via Saint Andrea 14
20121 Milan, Italy

The Bird’s Nest, Olympic Stadium Beijing

Sunday, November 29th, 2009


Architects Herzog and de Meuron created an exceptionally beautiful olympic stadium in Beijing based on the way a bird builds its nest. They made the stadium look like they started with some random construction lines, just as a bird starts building its nest with some random twigs. It is hard to perceive any regularity in the structure of the stadium, and at the same time, it looks completely logical and beautiful, just like a bird’s nest.

The organic character of the Bird’s Nest is unseen in modern architecture. In modern architecture, a construction line is never random, but always follows the most logical (strongest) way to create the desired building. With the Bird’s Nest stadium, the construction is not following, but leading the design. It looks like the stadium wasn’t build, but just grew. The architects made the regularity almost impossible to see. I believe the Olympic Stadium of Beijing is a genuine piece of art. Written in a new language, based on existing languages of bird’s nests and soccer stadiums, but translated and applied into a new context, and not to forget with a great sense of beauty.