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Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture
Winner - Gold
Designer: Mark Sarkisian & SOM Design Team - Partner
Design Type: Exhibition
Company / Organization / School: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Team Members: Mark Sarkisian, William Baker, David Horos, Eric Long, Alessandro Beghini, Samantha Walker, Nicole Wang & Daniel Koroski
Hosted by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the historic Schindler House in Los Angeles, California, SOM’s “Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture,” is an exhibition that celebrates the interconnected qualities of architecture, engineering and visual art. Through hand-drawn sketches, sculptures, immersive video, and a lineup of more than 30 structural building and research models, the exhibition seeks to establish a dialogue between SOM’s current and past projects, ideas that lead to new architecture, and inventive works of art. The exhibition reveals the striking similarities that exist between artistic and structural design, and the remarkable results that can be achieved when these disciplines are integrated. For more than 80 years, SOM has explored the poetics of structure through continual examination, experimentation, and partnerships with artists and architects. The MAK Center hosted this exhibition as part of the organization’s mission to challenge conventional notions of the relationship between architectural spaces and creative arts. The intimate scale, design and materials of the Schindler House, which Rudolph Schindler completed in 1922, provided a dynamic backdrop for the exhibition’s exploration of how collaboration between artists, engineers, and architects fosters the creation of new works that challenge convention.