‘Architecture as air: study for château la coste’ explores a new form of transparency that goes beyond the density and opacity of a building’s structural components. by blurring the limiting boundaries between space and structure, the project essentially aims to illustrate architecture as air, which transcends the concepts of lightness and weight.
Measuring approximately 14m in depth, 4m across and 4m high, the installation is a physical model of a building planned for somewhere in europe. by building it at full-scale, it should enable the viewers to perceive the otherwise invisible void, an element that is, much like air, smaller than anything of an everyday scale.
Constructed out of spindly carbon fiber pillars, the installation first collapsed hours after the opening of the press preview on the 26th of august. through numerous trials and errors, ishigami’s team worked on rebuilding the structure while simultaneously
refining the original idea, resulting in just the pillars for the final presentation. nevertheless, the international jury appreciated ishigami’s ‘unique and uncompromising vision, which pushes the limits of materiality, visibility, tectonics, thinness, and ultimately of architecture itself.’