Oculus - Fall 2011 - (Page 27)

feature (left) “reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio” is a fabric installation that wraps 16 existing classical columns in the Brooklyn Museum’s Great Hall, recently renovated by Ennead Architects. “T e Kiss” and made from recycled honeycomb cardboard on a plywood base, were designed to live for just a day. Temporary in the case of pop-ups is completely subjective, but it is the temporary nature of the beast that appeals to architects who design them. According to Craig Konyk, AIA, principal of KONYK Architecture, the impermanence is a departure from the way architects usually think, and therefore is a good exercise. T e turnover, low budgets, and sometimes very short deadlines inspire creativity, he says. He compares pop-ups to Andy Warhol’s Factory, which was broken down and remade daily, New York’s now-defunct Area nightclub, which changed themes every three weeks, and Lady Gaga’s outrageous single-use outfi ts. “We architects are trained in permanence, to The Lure of Pop-ups Low budgets, tight deadlines, and impermanence ought to be turnoffs, but architects and designers love these temporary projects BY CLAIRE WILSON A great deal is said and written about all that is disposable and temporary in our society, but amid all the posturing on ephemera and the environment, something that is by its very nature temporary has taken hold around town: the pop-up. T rough December 14, the fi ve winners of the second annual BOFFO Building Fashion Competition that teams architects with fashion designers will be rotating their pop-up showroom installations at 57 Walker Street in TriBeCa, each on display for two weeks. Van Alen Books on West 22 Street, designed by LOT-EK, is a temporary home in a long-empty space for the city’s only shop exclusively selling architecture books. Situ Studio has done a fabric installation that wraps 16 existing 25-foot-tall classical columns, enlivening the Great Hall at the Brooklyn Museum until January. Last July 30, two pop-up wedding chapels went up in Central Park as a venue for gay marriage ceremonies. T e chapels, one by ICRAVE, with rainbow ribbons fl uttering from a mesh ceiling on a white frame, and a second by Z-A Studios, called Interior Motives: Activity & Growth Fall 2011 Oculus 27 (below) LOT-EK: Van Alen Books is a 300-square-foot pop-up architecture bookstore with seating platforms made of recycled doors. make things that will last beyond ourselves,” says Konyk, who last year won the Supima Field competition to design the outdoor event space under the High Line in the fi rst BOFFO competition. “T ere is a delight in doing something like theater that closes down if it doesn’t work out, and that doesn’t outlive you.” Giuseppe Lignano, Int’l. Assoc. AIA, a principal of LOT-EK, likes the way pop-ups limit the designer’s investment in many ways, without limiting the rewards. “It is always stimulating to do projects that are an adventure from almost every point of view,” he says, “and it’s not like it takes years of your time.” T ough LOT-EK’s bookstore for Van Alen, he notes, may end up being permanent. ©Keith Sirchio ©Danny Bright http://www.naylornetwork.com/arc-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Fall 2011

First Words
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The New Office Space
Small Spaces, Transforming Results
Redesigned Practice
The Lure of Pop-ups
A Giant, Hardly Sleeping: Pro Bono Sector
In Print
57-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

Oculus - Fall 2011