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Art is everywhere! It seems to exist in a zone of freedom keeping distance from the rules and conventions of everyday life. Artists have used paintings, sculptures and carvings as a form of expression, social message, and experience.

Much of the architecture that we see today has derived its form from art. Art and architecture have been united by a platform where the design, designer and individual meanings are intertwined. Both are created using the same organizing principles (balance, rhythm, harmony, movement, circulation) visual elements and engagement of senses.

Architecture, sculpture, and painting once existed together. The closeness of the shared relationship is so unique that the subject (architecture) was predominantly taught in art schools until reclassified as science in 1958 by RIBA.

Art needs an appropriate built environment within which it can be showcased, while architecture needs art to turn bricks, concrete and steel into a space in which people relish.

With the progression of the modernist movement (1860-1970), everything that did not meet the demands of structural necessity or material functionalism was deemed unnecessary and rejected.

Architecture discipline began to align itself with the fields of science and technology, determined by functionality and rationalism. Another contributor to the quietus was economics. The lack of art in architecture contributed to visual poverty and impersonality.

Challenge

The aim is to design an art gallery in a public space that is open, accessible and promotes communication. The structure should be able to host new artists, where they can collaborate and exhibit their work.

The outdoor art gallery should take inspiration from one of the major modern art movements (i.e. impressionism, post-impressionism, cubism, fauvism, Dadaism, pop art and surrealism)
Don’t be afraid to colour outside the lines and visualize bigger.

Objectives

An open house art initiative where artists would work, exhibit while interacting with public. The designed gallery should be able to house at least 200-300 people. Consider the following:

  • Symbolic: Adaptation of an art piece from specific time period.
  • Accessibility: Should be open and accessible to everyone.
  • Interactive: Should promote discussions and public engagement.
  • Flexible: Should have flexible spaces for viewing as well as exhibiting art.

Prizes

Prize pool of worth 20,000$

  • First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
  • Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
  • People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
  • Honorable Mention: 12 x 500$ Each
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