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NEIZVESTNY HOUSE AND STUDIO in New York by MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT
October 8th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: MARK DZIEWULSKI ARCHITECT
Ernst Neizvestny is an internationally recognized Russian sculptor, whose projects include Kruschev’s tomb, work for the Pope, the largest sculpture in the world, and the new gigantic statue of Liberty for Taiwan. His sculptures and paintings are represented in museums and collections all over the world. There is already a museum devoted to his work in Sweden, and these buildings will eventually become his museum in the United States.
Shelter Island can only be reached by ferry and is very rural in character. The house is designed to be a mixture of working studio, country getaway and a venue for entertaining large parties and art openings. The requirements for the new buildings make them a playful mixture of barn, temple, castle and log cabin.
The layout of the complex provides a series of large open reception rooms and an enormous three story circular studio, naturally lit from above by a pyramidal skylight. The study and bedrooms are more secluded and peaceful. Spectacular views down to the lake are taken advantage of by the whole composition.
The language used is one of massive, rugged timbers and exposed steel and concrete, which provides a suitable location for the creation and display of the artwork. All the furniture and lighting are custom designed by Mark Dziewulski specifically for the project, providing a consistency of design philosophy throughout.
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