Original Music Workshop's next event will take place within the under-construction shell of the building on May 30th and will feature works and performances by Helga Davis, Laurie Anderson, Jeffrey Zeigler, Philip Glass, Tim Fain, Maya Beiser, Erika Harrsch, Bryce Dessner, and Suzanne Vega.
Yesterday we skipped work and hiked the Ice Glen in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Just as we thought we were exiting the trail, we unexpectedly wandered into this epic valley.
Construction at Original Music Workshop is moving along swiftly. These photos show the interior performance hall and a few structural details. Notably, the springs footings for columns and beams have been put into place. These footings isolate the structure of the performance hall from vibration to reduce the amount of noise that can enter or escape the room.
Ready for some plastic on plastic action? I happened to have my favorite Walmart edition plastic camera with me when I spotted this sweet collection of 80's and 90's 35mm plastic cameras. The shot was taken with discontinued Fuji Velvia 50, cross processed, and pushed two stops.
After more than four years of work, and with a budget upwards of 15 million dollars, Original Music Workshop is Bureau V's most significant project to date. I won't go into details as it would require quite an essay, and likely a bit of psychoanalysis, but this project, probably more than any other, has made me re-evaluate everything I thought about making architecture, from process, to ambition, to execution. Mostly for the better (I think). I can say, with much excitement, that we are now roughly at mid-construction, with an opening set for the end of 2013.
Radiant Emblematic Structure was exhibited at Land of Tomorrow in 2009 along with other works in the Deliverables series. These drawings, created through processes such as computer-generated graphics, hand drawing, applique, paint, and collage, make up an ongoing experiment that seeks to find new values for the architectural deliverable outside the functions of presentation and construction.
Here's another in the overly long list of projects that went unbuilt. This undulating landscape was commissioned by the Whitney Museum for its retrospective, Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe. It was part of a collaborative performance piece we developed with playwright Lars Jan that recombined material and rhetorical tropes of Buckminster Fuller’s oeuvre. Our ambition was to combine the flourish of Fuller's writings with a wild interpretation of his strategies for assembly. Unfortunately, we lost funding for the project before we could begin construction.
In the summer of 2007, Isa Wipfli and I drove deep into New Jersey to take pictures of a drag race we had heard about. My photos from that day only scratch the surface of the wildness that ensued, but I'm drawn to them as the combination of the film stock, development process, and subject matter produced a mood that I had been after in both photography and architecture for quite a while. Somehow I still haven't seen Isa's images from that day. I can only imagine.
The Strata Tower was my final project at Asymptote Architecture. I remember one night in Dubai just before we started, Hani Rashid and I smoked cigars at a floating nightclub (so Dubai) and talked endlessly about our ideas and ambitions for the building.
I spent a sleepless year on the design, working solid through Christmas and New Years without taking a day off. Still, it all felt worthwhile when construction started.
Unfortunately, and this tends to happen too frequently in architecture, it did not get much further than this.
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Asymptote Architecture: Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture