Starting today, June 7 2012, this striking installation appearing as a baby blue house balancing on the edge of a modern building will be open for visitors. Contemporary Korean artist Do Ho Suh explores our ideas of home and our perception of surrounding space this a site-specific installation balancing on the edge of the flat roof of Jacobs Hall, in California. The Seoul-born artist currently residing in New York City worked on this project for seven years, and now it proudly adorns a high corner of the building. One of the largest cranes in America was used to lift the structure up and people can see how it looks up close starting today. Exploring the way we construct the memory of a space, the Fallen Star installation weighs 70,000 pounds and was built from scratch. Hoisted atop the UCSD building in San Diego, Fallen Star is actually the 18th addition to the 30-year-old Stuart Collection of site specific sculptures in the campus. Measuring 15-foot by18-foot, the New England-style house spotted on the UC San Diego campus was modeled after a real home in Providence, Rhode Island.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests