Gordon Matta Clark Anarchitectural Resurrection

Gordon Matta Clark was an American artist who studied Architecture but didn’t practice it. He referred to his work as “Anarchitecture”. Gordon Clark got famous for his “building cuts”. He made controlled demolitions in abandoned buildings which gave an other dimension to their architecture. He didn’t create by constructing,by putting brick on bricks… but by demolitions,revealing and subtracting… That is why he called his work “Anarchitecture”.

Splitting, 1974

Undoing a Building

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Paris Biennale 1975

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Paris Biennale 1975

Circus or The Caribbean Orange" 1978

Circus or The Caribbean Orange” 1978

The HUBflat, a work of CH+QS arquitectos situated in Madrid,Spain can be seen as a modern resurrection of his work.

The  HUBflat which is originally a co working space began to have a large success as an event space. The question was then, how to combine these two functions without losing the look and feel of the space? By adding stuff? Touching without touching? What does it mean? Subtracting? Removing? Yes ! The creation of a new environment by removing.

They came up with a controlled demolition and for that they used a huge cone and two spheres and subtract those volumes from the existing walls , ceiling and the floor.

what I really like about this project is the unexpected. The element of surprise.

Interior Architecture is not only adding walls and volumes… sometimes we have to think outside the box and see what can be done without constructing? Using the existing elements and the beauty of them.

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© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

Courtesy of CH+QS arquitectos

Courtesy of CH+QS arquitectos

Courtesy of CH+QS arquitectos

Courtesy of CH+QS arquitectos

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

© Elena Almagro

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