REA has come across a few interesting architects who integrate fine art and design into large-scale, experimental installations. Enjoy the images and links below.
John Locke is an architect living in New York City. Below, you’ll see the mirrored fence he built around the World Trade Center site to emphasize the shape of the sky in between buildings. Sometimes, it’s the negative space hugging the angles of buildings that is quite beautiful in itself.
Locke also built bookshelves to incorporate into NYC phone booths, redefining the use for phone boots in a cell phone age. The bookshelves invite people to take a book for free, or leave one for others to find. This is perhaps the most public a “public library” could possibly be.
Ball-Nogues Studio is an architecture firm started by two friends, Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. They “explore the nexus of art, architecture, and industrial design” and have exhibited their work in various art museums around the world, including MoMA, the Guggenheim, and PS1.
RO&AD Architects are another duo — Ad Kil and Ro Koster — who came up with the “Moses Bridge.” It quite literally parts the water of a moat for a fort in the Netherlands, called Fort de Roovere. The fort is part of a defense-line that includes other fortresses and cities dating from the 17th century. Drawing on the area’s historical context, RO&AD decided it was best to create a bridge that would be invisible to enemies trying to cross the moat.