A number of months in the past, we introduced a brand new sort of structure competitors, Clean Area, which targeted on storytelling. The primary theme was “Fairy Tales” and we couldn’t wait to see what the winner would provide you with. The winner is definitely a staff—lengthy-time associates Nicholas O’Leary and Kevin PH Wang—whose profitable entry was entitled “Chapter 13” and impressed by Lewis Carroll’s Alice [in Wonderland]. Their darkish interpretation of the story takes the type of a suicide word, and its visible counterparts are a set of 5 oil work finished by Nicholas consisting of simply pink, ochre, black, and white. Do I’ve your consideration but?
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The work depict Alice, now in her 20s, and her “Wonderland” world as a up to date metropolis that’s someway merged with nature, so that you’re not fairly positive what or the place it’s. This was intentional—it leaves every little thing open for interpretation.
However first, why select Alice? Kevin and Nicholas say “not solely does the character instantly turn out to be acquainted to the reader, the world she inhabits might be freed from all preconceived logic. Permitting structure to be greater than it might ever be in our ‘actual’ world. As a tool, Alice was needed for each the fairytale and pushing structure to its limits.”
Within the story, Alice begins by saying:
This isn’t the world I grew up in. A chess piece pinned on a 2 hundred sq. foot white field. Bounded. Absolute. Unrelenting partitions inexorable after the hours I stare.
She goes on to speak about doorways, obstacles, clean partitions, metallic bars… and as you learn it you begin to see the interaction between structure and the physique, intentional nods to architectural theorists like Descarte and Kant… cleverly finished. The clean slate that Alice mentions appears to be much less of a real “clean” area however extra of a naive, uninfluenced view—certainly one of innocence.
The structure, Nicholas and Kevin clarify, was built-in as all structure is: to offer shelter, mild, heat, and so forth and never simply one thing lovely to take a look at—it’s much less about impressing individuals with lovely footage of buildings and extra about presenting it because it features.
They clarify: “‘Chapter 13’ clearly takes an excessive view of the modern metropolis. A view that’s wanted to push somebody off the sting. The story shouldn’t be taken as an assault on the state of the present architectural surroundings, even when Koolhaas has raised his considerations. The story nevertheless intends to strengthen the concept an architect’s job doesn’t cease on the design. Structure is for individuals, it impacts people who stay in them, maybe additionally people who construct them.”
Nicholas and his work in progress
I really like that Kevin and Nicholas collaborated on this artistic undertaking whereas dwelling in totally totally different nations, because of the Web. Nicholas is presently dwelling in Norway to grasp his artwork in architectural illustration at MIR and studied portray underneath many artists alongside the best way, most just lately with Odd Nerdrum. Kevin is presently furthering his architectural research in Oxford. They are saying the collaboration course of was truly very straightforward with minimal compromises. Sketches have been made and despatched forwards and backwards, storyboards have been scraped and endings reinterpreted. Even minor particulars from Alice’s gown to the smoke popping out of the pipes have been mentioned. I hope to see extra from this duo quickly—hold your eye on them!
You’ll be able to learn “Chapter 13” in its entirety alongside its lovely visuals right here.