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Brief Published: 30 Jun 2011

Architecture as Air


Embracing the philosophy that less is more in the most literal way possible, Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has created an ultra-minimal site-specific installation for The Curve gallery at London’s Barbican arts centre.

As Ishigami’s first UK exhibition, the installation is a development of his experimental installation Architecture as Air: Study for Chateau de la Coste, which won the Golden Lion award for best project at the Venice Biennale in 2010.

Conceived as a direct response to the space, Ishigami describes the work – a single, curved line of fragile columns that run the entire 80m length of the gallery – as “melting endlessly into space”. A feat of architectural ingenuity, the ethereal columns appear to defy gravity and mystically float in mid-air, until closer inspection reveals the underpinning structure.


Junya Ishigami Associates