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The inde/jacobs gallery in Marfa, Texas by Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects
July 9th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects
The inde/jacobs gallery, together with an eight-piece furniture and accessories collection, were presented at this year’s ICFF together with a new book entitled “Claesson Koivisto Rune in Marfa – The inde/jacobs gallery”, published to mark the inauguration of the gallery.
Marfa is famous for the artist Donald Judd who bought up many buildings and turned them into spaces for permanent installations of minimalist art. The lot is typical small-town American. Fairly deep and narrow, positioned between a main street and a back alley.
The building is actually two, the gallery and a private house, separated by a shared courtyard. By connecting the long façade walls, the two buildings are perceived as one long structure. Opposite is a long, freestanding wall to define the space alongside the house. By putting the wall slightly off angle, a false perspective is created, making the space seem longer seen from the street.
Also, to further stress the perspective, the long façade has a very slight slant toward the back alley. The one large gallery window and the one large house window change size proportionally. As do the doors. These “distortions” are very subtle; they border on the unnoticeable unless you’re watching out for them.
The idea is the perspective.
The two parts open to a secluded, inner courtyard. This place serves equally well as a garden for the private house or as a sculpture garden extension to the gallery.
Since Donald Judd’s death in 1994, Marfa has transformed into a center for abstract art of international rank. Yet, Marfa’s face hasn’t changed much, since most development has consisted in renovating empty, existing buildings. In fact, the inde/jacobs gallery is one of the first new structures of its kind to be erected.
Claesson Koivisto Rune
Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm, in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. It started as an architectural firm, but has since become an internationally acclaimed, multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design.
As the first Swedish office to have exhibited in the international section at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2004, they are also responsible for award-winning projects such as the Tind Prefab house collection for Fiskarhedenvillan, Widlund House private villa on Öland, Örsta Gallery building in Kumla, Sfera Building culture house in Kyoto and Nobis Hotel in Stockholm.