ARCHITECT

FALA ATELIER

PROJECT

FOLLY FOR AN ART PIECE 2017

A temporary art gallery for an unknown art piece in a sloped garden. The site was remote yet absolute; the brief was vague and open to speculation.


A folly, as the word itself suggests, is an extravagant, frivolous or unreal building, thought more for an artistic expression than for functional reasons. The proposed art gallery was, indeed, all of that. Through a polyphonic repertoire, it aimed at being a temple, a temporary construction and a toy, both neoclassical and postmodern.


A misleading rational structure enclosed a cubic volume. The understandable metrics of the wood elements found a mismatch in the proportions of the openings and in the apparently arbitrary colours. A plinth erased the building’s relationship with the sloping terrain. Two circles of black marble marked the entrances while a red beam crossed the inner space. Inside, five lounge chairs provided a vague sense of domesticity to the otherwise monumental construction.


The art piece, a short-film about contemplation and leisure, found a dialogue with both the park and the light-heartedness of the architecture. Perhaps, the folly was to architectural languages what the film was to leisure: a joyful and reflective pastiche… half toy, half temple, half sensible.

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