Junya Ishigami: Architecture as Air

nternationally acclaimed Japanese architect Junya Ishigami is one of the pioneering architects of his generation. Working between the spheres of architecture and art, he redefines the aesthetics of minimalism by playing with perception, materials and scale. For his first UK installation, Ishigami has conceived a new structure built in response to the distinctive Curve gallery, which he describes as “melting endlessly into space”. The structure comprises of a single curved line of delicate 4-metre columns running the entire 80 metre length of the space, which appear to be held in place by air and atmosphere alone. Only on close inspection are the transparent structural components revealed. This work is a development of Ishigami’s experimental installation, Architecture as air: study for château la coste, which was first shown at the 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010 and won the Golden Lion for best project.

28 June 2011 – 16 October 2011

The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, London

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