The landfill used to be an ensemble of slopes with earth covering the waste beneath but, until the moment of development of the project, without final capping.
Vortex (Bringing It All Back Home), 2011
Jim Lambie’s fifth solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery in New York has been conceived as “one living organism” that inhabits the gallery space and, as is usual in his work, the artist conceived the exhibition especially for it.
GKS Architekten + Partner AG studio from Lucerne, has developed this project at Küssnacht am Rigi, in Switzerland on Lake Lucerne. The project was conceived by the architects in 2006, and it was finally built between 2009 and 2010.
Rintala Eggertsson Architects have created a transportable home that was installed close the MAXXI museum in Rome during 2010.
The house is composed of three units, an ensemble of large ascending steps, each one of which the size of a shipping container that could be potentially transported anywhere. Cabinet Home is a wooden construction with a 10 m2 garden that collects rain water and sun, inspired by the idea of building an ecological one-room house. The aesthetic is minimal, and it opposes the clear exterior that reflects the sun and blends with the surroundings against the dark and shadowy interior that offers shelter for the sometimes-excessive Mediterranean light.
On the ground floor there is a kitchen and a dining room, which open to the garden. On the first level, a living room (or library) with a small terrace overlooks the garden. Finally, on the second level there is a bedroom, with access to the rooftop and a view to the sky.
Sami Rintala and Dagur Eggertsson conceive contemporary architecture as “the theatre of our primeval social and private behavior, fulfillment of our biological true needs, whether we realize, accept and implement this fact or not. Cabinet Home is based on a simple idea of combining three nature elements that are freely there to be used for no one’s loss and everybody’s gain: trees that grow by themselves, rain and sunshine that come rain or shine.”
With this project, the Finnish-Norwegian office is encouraging the use of solar energy and is proposing a model for a discrete use of space and resources in Western culture; with it they consider it relevant to promote the idea that quality of life can be achieved through excellent design and simple materials, and not necessarily through more square meters.
The project was jointly supported by the Norwegian and Finnish embassies in Rome. Whatever it is about the country they come from, Norwegian architects are taking pioneering leaps in blending inside and outside, sometimes nearly erasing the line completely. If you like the look of Cabinet Home, you’ll definitely need to go see White Line Hotels edit Juvet Landskapshotell.
location: Maxxi Museum, Via Guido Reni 4, Roma
size: 28, 5 square meter interior + 10 square meter garden
materials: wood; sawn timber structure, board exterior façade, plywood interiors
construction team: Sami Rintala, Rintala Eggertsson Arch., Rinchard Barriteau, U2 Arkitekter, Jani Rintala, Tuomalan Tekniikka Ltd, Tony Karlsson, Tuomalan Tekniikka Ltd.Politecnico di Milano: professors: Paolo Mestriner, Massimiliano Spadoni, Giuseppe Cusatelli students: Chiara Cabrini,Clara Ferrari,Veronica Grazioli, Marta Bartolini, Emanuela Baldissera, Alessandro Parise, Giacomo Grazioli, Edoardo Giancola, Federico Zarattini
sponsors: ONYX Solar, Spain – Tuomalan Tekniikka, Finland – Iguzzini, Italy – ACER, Italy – Finnair Cargo, Finland
support:Norwegian Embassy in Rome – Finnish Embassy in Rome
Contributing Writer: Gabriela Galati
Images: Rintala-Eggertsson Architects