Movie: architect Rossana Hu explains why she and her partner Lyndon Neri turned the theme of “feeling good in architecture” on its head in their keynote speech at this year’s Inside Festival.
Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu
“This year we have been offered the topic of feeling great in architecture and interior style,” says Hu in the film, which was filmed at Inside Festival 2014 exactly where Hu was a keynote speaker and judge.
“I feel we were a lot more interested in questioning whether it is viable or relevant to feel great.”
The WaterHouse at South Bund by Neri&Hu
Hu says that significantly of Neri&Hu’s work “is not about coming to a fairly space and feeling great.”
Rather, she says, “it is about coming to a space exactly where, through discovering diverse items you may possibly feel bad. But I think feeling bad has greater worth or is a lot more meaningful than feeling excellent.”
Hu provides the instance of the firm’s The Waterhouse at South Bund boutique hotel, which was named Planet Interior of the Year at the inaugural Inside Awards in 2011.
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The redevelopment of a former Japanese army barracks in Shanghai, the hotel attributes a lot of the original building’s exposed concrete and brickwork.
“When you stroll into the lobby most men and women are surprised by the roughness and the rawness of that space,” Hu says. “In truth, when I brought my mother there she could not cease laughing since she believed it was nonetheless a building website.”
She continues: “So that does not necessarily make men and women feel excellent, but I believe it tends to make folks query exactly where am I? What am I hunting at? What is the history of this developing? For us that is exactly where design and style creates worth.”
Hu compares this aspect of her studio’s work with the artist Louise Bourgeois.
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“She talked about her perform getting disturbing and she wanted to give that mental challenge to people,” Hu explains. “It is not so much about appreciating. It is about disturbing the traditions and accepted values of society and we are also difficult individuals with some of our function.”
Red Room (Parents) by Louise Bourgeois
Inside Festival took location at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from 1 to three October. Award entries for subsequent year’s festival are open from February 2015.
We published interviews with all the category winners from this year’s event. You can watch the motion pictures below.