Thursday, 18 July 2013

Horror Vacui at Trienal de Lisboa

With less than two months to go until the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale kicks off, more and more projects are being finalised, announced and, in some cases, kickstarted. Close, Closer will see exhibitions, events, interventions and more unfold all across Lisbon from 12 September to 15 December and three architects hoping to join in are Jaffer Kolb, Ang Li and Phoebe Springstubb with their tile-based project Horror Vacui.

Horror Vacui takes its cue from the top-notch Portuguese tradition of covering building facades in tiles - in particular, the blue and white tiles depicting historic events. If this project meets its Kickstarter target of $8,000 by 30 July the facade of a building in Lisbon will be covered in blue and white renditions of photographs submitted by anyone wishing to take part, first as a projection while local manufacturer Corti├žo & Netos produces them as tiles. Once the tiles are ready they will be applied to a type of scaffolding around the building, giving the building a beautiful crowdsourced second skin. I think it's a really interesting-sounding project (but then again I would, wouldn't I) and I hope it makes it to the finish line :)

Images via Horror Vacui