WAD 2014

THURSDAY 31 JULY 2014

SEARCH   
 
 
World Architecture Day 2014
 
World Architecture Day 2014
Previous Next
 
Aluminati Installation, Kjarvalsstadir Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland 
Saturday 15 Aug 2009
 
Natural discourse 
 
Copyright 2009, BAM LLC 
 
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment
 

'Aluminati' Installation sheds light on environmental debate 

Constructed by BAM and designed in collaboration with Martha Schwartz as part of the Reykjavik Experiment Marathon, the Aluminati Installation was conceived as a charged political statement intended to expose and address the current crisis of the Icelandic landscape.

The 500 sq m black box set within the courtyard of Kjarvalsstadir Museum is penetrated by aluminum-encrusted portals that allow daylight to pour into the dark hallways. The use of aluminum as a primary material exposes Iceland’s struggle to define the sacred role that nature plays in its national identity. Geothermal heat sources throughout Iceland have been tapped by foreign companies to smelt aluminum, posing a threat to the pristine landscape. Burdens of a struggling economy, however, have created a dilemma for an Icelandic Government benefitting from foreign interests in aluminum.

The environmental controversy is felt in the dark but enchanting spaces of Aluminati. Through the mineral-like shapes of the windows, visitors meditate on a truly sublime landscape, one of beauty but also not without danger.

Key Facts

Status Built
Value 0(m€)
BAM
www.bam-usa.com

More projects by this architect

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium

Biornis Aesthetope

L'Idiot Restaurant

 
Vola
ECOWAN