Finesse of detail, shadows and light, mystery and beauty, coupled with a precision of gesture in production. The fragments of stone filigree adorning gothic cathedrals and Moor palaces have marked the history of architecture.
Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode, Calais – 2009 © Moatti & Rivière, Paris. Photo: Michel Denancé
Pavillon Polonais, Shanghaï – 2010 © WWAA Architects, Varsovie
Today dynamised by the use of nanotechnologies, computer software and high-performance materials, architecture is reintroducing various forms of screens or netting which evoke the designs of lace and stone filigree.
Musée du Louvre, Abu Dhabi – en cours © Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Pavillon Seroussi, Meudon – en cours © EZCT Architecture & Design Research
Notable examples include: the steel lace to filter light which drapes the new John Lewis department store in Leicester (Foreign Office Architects, UK, 2008), the wooden weave covering the future Poland pavilion for the Shanghai Universal Exhibition in 2010 (WWA Architects, Warsaw, Poland, project under construction), or the thin waving concrete skin for the Jean Bouin stadium in Paris (Rudy Ricciotti, delivery 2012).
Stade Jean Bouin, Paris – en cours © Rudy Ricciotti, Bandol
Going beyond the banality of the "left as is" principle, fine-worked materials are taking over from unworked materials, giving new forms of nobility to the question of ornamentation in architecture. A remarkable return to the idea of beauty, which is after all, the cornerstone and heartbeat of the art of building.
Aéroport International, Jeddah – non réalisé © OMA – Rem Koolhaas, Rotterdam
This exhibition is produced by the Maison de l’architecture et de la ville
Curator : Odile Werner and Sophie Trelcat
Redaction : Sophie Trelcat & Martine Fosse
Scenography and graphism : Les produits de l’épicerie
Translation : Tony Coates
to the Maison de l’architecture et de la ville
LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, Villeneuve d’Ascq – 2010 © Manuelle Gautrand, Paris. Photo: Max Lerouge
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