|Part of the DS+R firm with Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro at the bottom right in black at the recently finished High Line in NY|
The introduction of Diller Scofidio +Renfro into my architectural vocabulary originates with the Blur Building. The principals refer to this project as“architecture of atmosphere.” In simple terms it is a platform built on Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland that uses natural and manmade forces to create a fine water mist fog as the defining feature or enclosure to the “building.” The Blur Building essentially is a 50,000 square foot experiment redefining the term “built form” while creating a building that entices all of the senses simultaneously and directly. There are more theoretical and mechanical processes than can be inferred, but are meant to be hidden from the voyeurs.
|Exposition pavilion: Swiss Expo Yverdon Le Bains (Lake Neuchatel) 2002|
I highlight the Blur Building as an example not only because it was my first encounter but it incorporates built form, sensory experiences, and experimentation and building of systems. Some of their recent works include the Landscape Master plan of the High Line in New York, the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Expansions, and the Be Yourself performance.
|Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Renovation, DC|
|High Line, NY|