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.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.