Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Sosno Art Gallery in Alpes-Maritimes, France by Rytis Daukantas
November 13th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Rytis Daukantas
SOSNO Art Gallery- Architecture of Obliteration
French sculptor Sosno and architect Rytis Daukantas transformed one of his sculptures into an Art Gallery building. Sacha Sosno (born 1937) is French artist of New Realism movement and is one of the legends of so called “School of Nice”. His works has been termed as the art of obliteration. All of his works are masked by empty or full space, inviting the viewer to use his own imagination. Whatever it is some painting, sculpture or building, people have to finish creating it in their minds. The concept of “inhabited sculpture” was born in mid-80s. One of the most recognizable works is 26-meter high monumental sculpture-building “Tete carree” which by now become one of the landmarks in French city of Nice.
SOSNO Art Gallery building is total 600 m² with unique gallery space, conference hall, souvenir store and multimedia room. “Inhabited sculpture” building is 22 meters high and has 6 floors with a basement. The biggest challenge was to convert sculpture into a building and maintain as much useful space as the form of the sculpture allows. It was crucial to create a construction which would successfully resist the power of Mediterranean winds. Everything is organized around 22 meters high vertical steel skeleton.
The structure also holds a cantilever which itself is divided into four levels. The right and left wings of cantilever are serving as a primary gallery. The space here is fragmented into four sections. Cantilever is covered with a glass and wooden louver. The second floor has a 52 m² conference hall for 45 persons with staff room. Basement has 41m² souvenir store. Aluminium sculpture firmly covers steel structure making it integral. The building is fully adapted for disabled persons.
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Category: Art Gallery