Foto ©Gilbert McCarragher
Valerio Olgiati invita
'La Casa da vivere'
Giovedì 7 novembre 2019 ore 19.30
Auditorio Teatro dell'architettura
John Pawson CBE has spent over thirty years making rigorously simple architecture that speaks of the fundamentals but is also modest in character. His body of work spans a broad range of scales and typologies, from private houses, sacred commissions, galleries and museums to hotels, ballet sets, yacht interiors and a bridge across a lake.
As Alvar Aalto’s bronze door handle has been characterized as the ‘handshake of a building’, so a defining aspect of Pawson’s work is a sense of engaging with the essence of a philosophy of space through everything that the eye sees or the hand touches in a building. His method is to approach buildings and pure design commissions alike in precisely the same manner, on the basis that ‘it’s all architecture’.
Whether at the scale of a monastery, a house, a saucepan or a ballet, everything is traceable back to a consistent set of preoccupations with mass, volume, surface, proportion, junction, geometry, repetition, light and ritual. In this way, even something as modest as a fork can become a vehicle for much broader ideas about how we live and what we value.