A Portal (with concierge)
photos by Regis Golay
Confronting the conservative city regulations of this historical neighborhood, the portal tries to address notions of classicism and contemporaneity. Manipulating a stereotyped pattern borrowed to a traditional blacksmith, the design plays with the question of modern craftsmanship and confronts vernacular references with our own 2012 culture.
"Before I leave this matter of the surroundings of life, I wish to meet a possible objection. I have spoken of machinery being used freely for releasing people from the more mechanical and repulsive part of necessary labour; it is the allowing of machines to be our masters and not our servants that so injures the beauty of life nowadays. And, again, that leads me to my last claim, which is that the material surroundings of my life should be pleasant, generous, and beautiful; that I know is a large claim, but this I will say about it, that if it cannot be satisfied, if every civilized community cannot provide such surroundings for all its members, I do not want the world to go on”
“How We Live and How We Might Live”
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