Unprecedented numbers of contemporary art collectors are building private museums to share their collections and promote emerging artists around the world. Ever since the collector Charles Saatchi opened his first exhibition space in a former paint factory at Boundary Road in St John’s Wood, London has been at the forefront of this trend.
Studio 09 will start the year with a collective study of these spaces, the works they hold and their relationship to the city. Our first proposition on a site in central London will be a house for a collector. We will explore private spaces of living and rooms for public display and exhibition.
For the field trip we will travel to Venice and study the Casa da Stazio, the generic typology of the Venetian house, its relationship to the city and how it has evolved over time into the Palazzo we know today. We will look at a number of institutions situated within, including the Prada Foundation, the Peggy Guggenheim museum, the Pinault Collection and Querini Stampalia Foundation by Carlo Scarpa.
We will also use the opportunity to explore the sixteenth International Architecture Biennale Freespace curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. We will look at ways of exhibiting and the forms of representation used in contemporary architectural practice.
On our return to London, the main project will be to develop a programme for the Foundation itself, a space for collection, gathering, education and display and to create a building proposition that responds to its context and forms part of the urban fabric of London.
We will focus on the act of making as a way of exploring the architectural proposition and as a means of representation. Working between the scales of the city and the room using model making, photography and drawing to develop our understanding of the role of building within the city.
Image: Palazzo Giustiniani and Ca’ Foscari, Grand Canal Venice, David Howarth
Studio 01: Generosity
Alex Bank and Sam Casswell
Studio 1 will explore the potential of generosity in architecture. Generosity comes from the design of real things simply expressed; the interrelation of exterior / interior spaces; the gesture of a building; structure / construction; proportions, materials, textures, colours. Practicing these fundamental aspects of architecture will require effort, intellect, humour and a good eye. We will investigate how architecture can bring a lasting sense of delight and pleasure to sites in central London.
Studio 02: After City 2 – Tolerance and Compromise
Colin O’Sullivan and Charlotte Harris
Studio 02 will continue its explorations of European rural settlements, this year in Alentejo, Portugal.
Studio 03: Crossing Cultures Industrious Edgelands: a productive threshold between town and country
Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Jane McAllister
The studio offers students to be part of a larger research group and develop architecture proposals and strategies for the depopulated mountain village, Belmonte Calabro, in Southern Italy. Working with local stakeholders, migrants and graduates, Studio 3 proposes an “Industrious Edgeland” to re-animate the town of Belmonte; preforming as an inhabited live-work threshold and engaging the surrounding landscape with the civic town centre.
Studio 04: Frame and Horizon
Anna Ludwig and Rufus Willis
Studio 4 will consider the topography of London’s city wall and how, through the good governance of urban institutions, sanctuaries in the city can be created to provide support and opportunities for its citizens. Our speculations, informed by two closely related representational conceptions: Frame and Horizon, will assert a public realm in which edge conditions become borders for exchange not boundaries of separation.
Studio 06: The Experimental House
James Payne and David Leech
"While it is true that concentrating on the individual house is socially irresponsible...the little house should not be scorned." Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, Some Houses of Ill-Repute, essay 1971.
Studio 07: Looking Outwards
Robert Barnes and Dr Bo Tang
Studio 07 offers students the opportunity to engage in a transitional setting in Europe; a migrant gateway for refugees in Eleonas, Athens, Greece.
Studio 09: The Foundation: Private Realms, Public Rooms
Jillian Jones, Ewan Stone with David Howarth
Studio 09 are interested in how buildings engage with the public life of the city. We will be working in London and Venice, examining the evolution of domestic architecture from places of living to spaces for exhibition and display.
Studio 10: Both Directions at Once: Architecture After Brexit
Kieran Thomas Wardle and Owain Williams
What will be the Architecture of Brexit? How can the way we build represent a democracy pulling in both directions at once? A flawed memory of the past and an imagined future are the basis of many voter’s reasoning for voting in the 2016 EU referendum. We will be visiting historic buildings around the UK to reimagine defunct architectures to offer a commentary on the divergent identities emerging across the UK, looking to the past to say something surprising about the future.