Revery Architecture Reconsiders the Air Duct in an Installation for the London Design Biennale 2021
2021 Best of Year winner for ARchInstallation
As the effects of climate change grow ever more apparent, the mechanical systems that keep buildings usable have never been more essential—or, with the CO2 emissions caused by their use, more dangerous. Representing Canada at the London Design Biennale 2021, the Vancouver-based firm created the cheekily titled, 100-square-foot installation at Somerset House, which invited reconsideration of that humble MEP functionary, the air duct. Design principal Venelin Kokalov devised a pair of oversize conduits that traversed the space, stopping visitors in their tracks and forcing them to contemplate, navigate, and even duck beneath the pipes. “Facing the first duct, visitors couldn’t see what was coming ahead, symbolizing an uncertain future,” Kokalov explains. Instead of carbon-intensive steel, the ducts were made of gold-mirrored wood, the finish chosen for two reasons. “Seeing their reflection, viewers were invited into the artwork, like an insider,” Kokalov continues, “plus gold represents wealth,” the architect hoping that invited thoughts about where we, as a society, spend money: on giant heating and cooling systems or something else? Factoring in inclusivity too, counterweighted door panels allowed wheelchair users to navigate freely around the low-slung work.
Atelier Brückner’s Lisbon Archaeological Museum Arrives
Want to brush up on your Visigoth artifacts? Stuttgart-based scenography experts Atelier Brückner has just made that easier with its innovatively immersive redesign of Archaeology in Lisbon: The Núcleo Arqueológico…
Best of Year Awards 2021
Interior Design celebrates design in all its forms with the 2021 Best of Year Awards. See the winner’s gallery here.
SheltonMindel and Architecture + Information Earn an Iconic Old Classic Best of Year Award for a Private New York Office
2021 Best of Year winner for Iconic Old Classic. Experiencing perhaps the greatest James Turrell piece in New York doesn’t require a museum membership. You only need to have business to conduct with this family-run off…