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.
COURTYARD in Vienna, Austria by heri&salli
February 10th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: heri&salli
The architectural studio heri&salli created an artificial landscape broken up into fragments for a courtyard of a private builder.
Some spaces are not made for beeing filled with nature. There is few light, the air is bad, the room by itself is narrow and uncomfortable. Like in the case of a viennese building, dating back to the late nineteenth century, a very small and narrow courtyard served as ventilation for two vertically aranged wet areas. The quality is only functional, there is no added value.
Mentally realities of nature, like plants, light or water are introduced into the courtyard by using fragmented pieces of artificial lawn, subsequently they disintegrate like falling leaves. Like a dress turned inwards the outer space on the inside becomes an inner space on the outside, coloured and soft.
The perception is centra l…..the function is casual …..architecture is experience.
Since 2004 Heribert Wolfmayr (1973) and Josef Saller (1971) – heri&salli – have been working on architectonic, spatial and temporary concepts that only achieve their objectives when the completed object is presented to other people. The material acquires meaning and purpose through having counterparts. Time and time again, it is human beings who make up the active part of the reason behind an architectonic concept.
The most important awards they have received for their concepts and realisations have been the ORF Art Award in 2002, the Salzburg Wood Construction Award in 2003 in the category of special constructions, the Architectural Promotional Award from the Region of Salzburg in 2004, a nomination for the “Adolf Loos Staatspreis” in 2005, award-winners in the “Central Glass International Design Competition” in Tokyo in 2005, the Architecture Prize of the Region of Upper Austria in 2008, the City of Vienna Prize in 2009, the “Europe 40 under 40” Architects Award in 2009, a recognition prize in Carinthian Wood Construction Award in 2011, “Best Digital Exhibition Award” at the 9th International Architecture Biennale in Sao Paulo in 2011, the Architecture Award of the Region of Burgenland in 2014 and the Austrian Property Developer Prize in 2014 for the project OfficeOff.
They have participated in exhibitions at Salzburg Künstlerhaus, Vienna MAK, Vienna Künstlerhaus, Architectural Biennale in Beijing in 2004, Aedes Gallery in East Berlin, Palace of the Republic, SAM in Basel, Archidocumenta / Documenta 12 in Kassel, DAC Danish Architecture Centre, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castellón, Architekturforum OÖ (afo) in Linz, 9th International Architectural Biennale in Sao Paulo 2011,
Guest professorship: space&designstrategies, 2009/10 – University of Art, Linz